Monday, June 27, 2016

Hotel Giraffe Review

My stay at the Hotel Giraffe during Memorial Day weekend was a pretty cool one. This hotel is part of the Library Collection of hotels, and was designed from scratch by owner Harry Kallan. The outside was quite lovely, so I knew I was in for a treat once inside! Located in the NoMad district, on Park Avenue, easy to walk to the Flatiron and Union Square areas. A very lovely neighborhood, with even my favorite Paris Baguette down the street! Carrie and the gang in "Sex and the City: The Movie," which prominently featured this lovely hotel. (One of its top suites was the setting for Mr. Big's apartment.) Love when a little SATC comes into my stay! 

Oh, and those are balconies you see in this photo.  

The room was a decent size, designed in Art Moderne decor, felt very homey.  

 
This was pretty cool as well. Yep, a balcony!  
Made you jump up and down a few times!  
Bathroom was small, but nice decor and loved the bow on the toilet paper! 


The lobby is lovely, with a wine and cheese hour every evening. I even had a bottle of prosecco waiting for me when I arrived at 10:15am, and my room was ready as well. 
Breakfast was very nice, lots of choices from fresh fruit, cereal, muffins, bagels, hard boiled eggs, toast, oatmeal, juice, tea, coffee. 


Positives: 
  • Free High Speed WiFi 
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Complimentary refreshments in lobby
  • Wine & cheese receptions evenings from 5pm-8pm
  • Free bottled water, turn down service
  • Fabulous roof garden 
  • Fantastic location 
  • Comfy bed 
  • Refrigerator in the room 
  • High end customer service 
Negatives: 
  • no gym on premise but New York Health Club passes available 
  • no Business Center but a laptop in the lobby  
  • no coffee or tea maker in the room but can request one 
  • no in-house kitchen, food served from restaurant next door 

Hotel Giraffe 
365 Park Ave South at 26thStreet
New York, NY 10036
212-685-7700


4 star hotel
Boutique Style hotel; A member of the Library Hotel Collection 
Location: Gramercy and Murray Hill 

72 smoke free guestrooms 
Valet parking 
Pets are not allowed unless service animals  
2016 Hotels.com winner for luxury hotels 
Free WiFi in public areas and hotel rooms
Trip Advisor Ranking 5 of 475 (as of 06/18/16)
Trivago Rating 92 out of 100 (as of 06/18/16)
Price Range $364 - $582 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)


Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sunday nights are the lowest prices for hotel rooms, in most cases. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip AdvisorHotels.com and Travelzoo. Always remember to check the hotel's website itself, they are really trying to have you book direct and sometimes offer specials or a discount with AAA that is cheaper than the websites I mentioned above. I am also finding that if you book on your mobile device, you can save some money as well. I actually got a better rate via my mobile phone than using my AAA discount online direct at the hotel. You should really do some research on your price for hotel a few different ways, and ALWAYS book a room that you can cancel, you never know what may happen in the future. 

Remember to take into account for your total cost the NYC Hotel tax of 14.75% plus Daily $2.00 per room occupancy fee.

Would I reserve a night at the Hotel Giraffe again? In a heartbeat! This hotel was just oh so lovely, and the location is top notch. You are within walking distance of so many great shops and areas of the city. Staying here makes you feel like a "New Yorker", and not a tourist. I would highly recommend this hotel to just about anyone, and I look forward to staying again in the future! The balcony and roof top garden are just pure New York! 
 
The amazing roof top garden!  A great place to sit and chill on Memorial Day! 

My rating for this hotel, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being perfect in every way, is a 9. 

Disclosure: This stay was paid for by me. I will always state at the end of each review whether my stay was paid for by myself or if I was hosted by the hotel. I will honestly tell you about my experience at this hotel, not being swayed in any way by complimentary services. I know you value my opinion, and it is important to me to be as honest as possible. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.


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