Located along New York City’s popular and chic Park Avenue is the amazingly cozy and stylish Hotel Giraffe. Upon entering this boutique hotel I was greeted by friendly staff that instantly made me feel at home. The lobby, which host both complimentary breakfast from 7am-10:30am and cheese and wine from 5-8pm daily, exudes a real laid back and comfortable feel to it.
As I was checking in, the cheese and wine special was well underway and quite popular with guests of the hotel. Many people were lounging, chatting and laughing (a couple of glasses of wine will do that to you) on the many couches and chairs available in the lobby. Live piano music is also performed in the lobby weeknights between 6-9pm. Definitely a great spot to hang out at before or after a day in the city.
The Hotel Giraffe offers many rooms with a small balcony, now even though I did not get a room with one of these great features, I must say that it is something you might want to ask for when booking a room. Many of them face Park Avenue and make for a spectacular view and a definite “photo op.”
The room’s decor is European chic and features high ceilings, flat screen TV, a work desk, alarm clock radio with ipod dock, complimentary WiFi, a nice sized closet (that offers a safe, umbrella and robes), 2 free bottles of water, a plush lounge chair and foot rest, comfy bed and plenty of light.
The bathroom is large and offers guests plenty of room. It includes a beautiful marble counter space, plenty of mirrors, a glass and solid wood door and even a scale.
What makes this hotel so great is all of the freebies that come along with the rate. You already feel like a VIP when you are staying on Park Avenue, but the Hotel Giraffe turns it up a notch with so many excellent extras.
The next morning I checked out the complimentary breakfast, and while many hotel’s “free breakfast” usually just include some cereal, an apple and bad coffee, that is not the case at the Hotel Giraffe. They offer a plethora of items to devour before starting another day in the Big Apple. Fresh fruit include cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and melon. Also great New York style bagels, delicious pastries, strong coffee, a variety of juices and plenty of newspapers to read in a very cozy atmosphere. Finally, how can you not enjoy a hotel named after a giraffe?! I highly recommend checking it out on your next stay in New York City.
- Name: Hotel Giraffe
- Address: 365 Park Avenue South at 26 St.
- Telephone: 212-685-7700
- Website: HotelGiraffe.com
(Disclosure alert: This review is based on a complimentary stay I received from the Hotel Giraffe.)