A wet New York day at the corner of 56th and 6th Avenue and you’ll suddenly see a plethora of cherry-red umbrellas springing open with a satisfying pop.
Handing out the brollies at the door is one of the myriad little ways The Quin keeps their guests comfortable during the stay. It makes you wonder why all hotels don’t do that.
There’s another nice touch in the lobby too – smooth filter coffee on tap with take-away cups. You don’t need to be prepared to live like a real New Yorker if you stay at The Quin, they’ve done it all for you.
This was apparent from the moment we checked in. Somehow we had been booked for a room with two queen-sized beds but they swiftly and cheerfully changed us for a king.
And when we got into our room on our first evening, we found a treat; a tray of cheese and berries plus a bottle of good Merlot. There was a welcome note from the management – so far so standard – but in it they remembered we had been forced to cancel our previous trip due to a blizzard grounding all flights and said they were pleased we had re-booked – exceptional.
Our suite was generously-sized, particularly by Manhattan standards. One of those beds you can get lost in, a bathtub big enough for two and a large separate shower.
But it’s the luxurious touches which stood out; a DUX Swedish bed and Sserra Venetian linens for a good night’s sleep, a Nespresso coffee maker to wake you up, Fresh Spa products to make you feel pampered, and Samsung LED TVs and free wi-fi to keep you in touch with the outside world.
What I loved most of all were the space-age controls. Blinds, curtains, heating and cooling can all be managed from a simple panel by the side of your bed. This is the hotel bedroom a Star Trek captain would stay in.
Guest facilities are another strong point. The well-equipped gym had everything I needed for a basic workout. I could then fill up on calories at The Wayfarer restaurant and bar. On two levels, it offers a modern – but not too modern – take on classic American dishes. The bacon and egg croissant I tucked into with my morning black coffee was particularly indulgent.
The Quin is perfectly located to explore Manhattan. Central Park and the shops of Fifth Avenue are just a block away. On a sunny day, you can walk to many of the biggest sites; The Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum, Rockefeller Center or Times Square. Subways and taxis can take you everywhere else.
LGBTI travelers should note The Quin is also just a few blocks walk to Hell’s Kitchen, the most thriving part of the modern NYC gay scene.
Closest of all is one of New York’s most amazing galleries, the Museum of Modern Art. World-class art on your doorstep.
The Quin itself has a long association with artists, choreographers, opera singers, and comedians.
Most famous was Ignacy Jan Paderewski – a composer, pianist, humanitarian and the first prime minister of Poland.
He made The Quin his official home while exiled from Europe during World War II.
Today, they continue the tradition by hanging contemporary art. Again, many hotels do this but it’s rarely good quality, as it is at The Quin. I loved the totem-pole sculpture in the gym, the décopage tribute to Batman and many of the figurative canvasses.
Culture, location, history and luxury come together with a warm welcome at The Quin – an ideal hotel for any visit to the world’s most dynamic city.
Located just steps away from Central Park and Fifth Avenue, the Quin’s guest rooms and suites offer an urban sanctuary with luxury finishes and distinguished amenities. The hotel also features the Quin Arts program, a multi-media initiative including a permanent collection, an artist-in-residence program, intimate artist salons, and grand displays on the lobby’s 15-foot abstract video art wall.
101 West 57th Street,
+1 (212) 245-7846