There are three things you need when you land in New York late at night after a long flight – and the first is the enormous king-sized bed at Room Mate Grace.
Arriving at 1am, the calming dark colors of our room and the opportunity to slump into that soft bed were very welcome. Waking up with one of the world’s most exciting cities ahead of us and a big walk-in shower to freshen up in first was just as welcome.
The second thing you need is a good buffet breakfast, served till noon. Platters of pastries, bread, fruit, cereals, hams, cheeses, eggs, sausages and coffee – most of all good, smooth coffee. Plus it comes with a cheery good morning.
And the third thing you need is to step out of the hotel with an extra coffee in hand – they provide take-away cups at breakfast – to find you are in exactly the right place. Room Mate Grace is just off Times Square, the perfect location for any New York City newbie to get their bearings quickly and start exploring.
As an LGBTI visitor, it’s definitely a plus being half way between Hell’s Kitchen with its thriving gay scene and Fifth Avenue with its famous shops – and only walking distance from both.
Room Mate hotels have all the luxuries and facilities you would expect but want you to feel the warmth you get when you visit a friend. That’s why their hotels are all named after people – you aren’t checking into a hotel, you are staying with Grace. The theme is carried through right down to their own-brand bathroom products, promising you sexy hair.
There are slightly different color and design schemes in each room but what ties them together is contemporary flair – Grace is a friend with sophisticated, cutting-edge taste.
She also offers all mod cons. Rooms come with free wifi, USB and HDMI connections and flat-screen TVs.
There is a good bar, a gym for a basic workout, small indoor swimming pool and sauna. Everything you need for a city stay.
But most important are the friendly staff – happy to point you in the right direction, book restaurant reservations, call taxis or even fix you up with VIP tickets to clubs.
After all, that’s what a friend would do if you were new in town, so that’s what Grace does too.