Sleeping Around NYC: The Quin Hotel
By Shari Hartford
Stepping into the new Quin hotel is like entering a very hip art gallery. In this opening year, the hotel will host a series of artist salons in addition to the 15-foot video wall that graces the lobby. That artistic theme, in keeping with the artistic history of the building, carries through to the guest rooms and foyers of each floor: there’s in-room art, both commissioned by the Quin and curated and loaned by the arts curator.
Everything about the hotel screams chic, beginning with the uniforms worn by the lobby staff. Even the location of the hotel is chic – West 57th Street, across from Carnegie Hall, steps from Lincoln Center, MoMa, Central Park and down the block from Bergdorf Goodman. The hotel offers Attache, a high-end concierge service that will help turn your stay into a uniquely memorable experience.
The 208 guest rooms and 27 suites are furnished in soothing tones of taupe, gray, white and cream. The calming ambiance is complemented with fresh flowers, upscale amenities and nightly turndown service. The in-room iPad electronically controls just about everything in the room, in addition to being a basic clock and alarm. Raise the shades? Shut the lights? A little bedtime music? Current weather? Check, check and check. After settling in and watching television on the extra large flat screen, I thought I would read for a bit before turning in. Gotta say, the reading light in the room was awful. When, oh when, will hotel designers realize that not everyone wants romantic ambient light. Oh well. I allowed the king-sized bed, with crisp linens and plentiful pillows, to lull me to a perfect night’s sleep.
A bracing morning shower in the large walk-in stall (the towels were extra fluffy) set me for the day. I ventured outdoors – to yet another snow storm – but was rested and ready to face the weather. After all, my iPad warned me about the conditions outside even before I raised the shades.
For more information see, thequinhotel.com.
Shari Hartford is the former managing editor for Diversion magazine, where she wrote about travel in the northeast and cruising. She is currently a freelance writer and editor based in her hometown of New York City.