10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great New Hotel
"A wonderful stay in this beautiful brand new hotel in the middle of midtown. The staff was very helpful and accomodating. The room was very nice....plenty of space to move around. The breakfast room was very nice and served a continental breakfast. I would highly recommend this lovely hotel."
- Travel date: 17th February 2010
"My friends and I stayed here for 2 nights. Location is great, right near times square and Rock. center, Bryant park, Hells Kitchen etc. So if you are sightseeing its a good place to stay. They just opened a few days ago so you could tell they were still getting things completely organized and running smoothly, but I think that's to be expected. There looks like there is a restaurant and bar however it wasn't really open for anything but breakfast when we were there? Not really sure since we were not awake for breakfast hours but it was pretty big. There's a computer in the lobby you can use. The rooms were pretty huge by NYC standards, and the beds were amazing! stylish modern decor. In addition, the hotel staff was so great. They were very helpful with all kind of requests, from the normal directions and food recs and subway maps to hangover cures at the local market and clubbing recs and ice buckets at 6am when we stumbled in not wanting our night to end...we were pretty respectful and tried to be quiet and in return they did not seem to judge us for our frequently intoxicated state of mind. In fact, they seemed pretty entertained by our enthusiasm for the city. We didn't really see or hear any of the other people staying at our hotel, since we pretty much only slept there for a few off hours...but it was never noisy or anything. I saw a normal mix of tourists and ages. I would definitely recommend staying here!"
- Travel date: 11th February 2010
Very Good But Not Perfect
"The biggest down all and upside to the hotel is its location. Only a half block from the Subway (corner of 8th and 40th), one must walk by DVD shops selling pornography, the Department of Probation, and a lot of construction. It was a little creepy. There are three new hotels in a row all facing the back side of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The hotels are Four Points, Fairfield Inn, and the Distrikt. I suspect that in time it will be much better on the block. The lobby is quite small and the hotel very narrow with only 5 rooms per floor, 32 floors in all. My room on the 12th floor faced Port Authority and every once in a while during the night there were loud bangs that woke me up. Perhaps higher up would have been quieter, but the rooms increase in price as you go to the higher floors. The minimalist style of the room is not to my liking generally but it was very clean and fresh and modern. Another reviewer described it as W like and I would agree except the W has a much darker feel, this hotel is very bright. Missing was an ice bucket and any kind of drinking vessel. The front desk apologized for the oversight and assured me I would have a glass in the evening. The front desk staff also gave my keys directly to the bell hop to bring me to my room. I am just not comfortable with that. I had a roller bag and as a woman alone prefer not to have a strange man in my room. The shower had a glass wall and door going the full width of the shower which was a wide as the bathroom. The bathroom was not especially large. One complaint with the shower is that you cannot adjust the temperature without getting wet because the door, which opens into the shower, is on the opposite end from the turn on and the door is only half the width of the shower. Minor inconvenience, I know. Iâd stay again, especially at the low rate I received. Iâve stayed in other NYC hotels for higher rates that were not nearly as nice."
- Travel date: 11th February 2010
New Hotel Comforts and Staff were a 5 Star experience for our group of six.
"I cannot say enough about the wonderful visit that we had for 5 days at the new distrikt hotel. All the staff were very accommodating to our many requests. The rooms were very comfortable and contained the comforts of a 5 star hotel. The breakfast was excellent and the decor was very elegant. The hotel on W. 40th, between 8th and 9th, is well located for walking to the times square area and the broadway shows. Penn station is also just a few blocks away. Will definitely return to this hotel for our next new york stay."
- Travel date: 10th February 2010
"We stayed here from Feb 5,checked out Feb 8th. Front desk staff is very professional . They go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Bar/restaurant was not open except for a continental breakfast. We had breakfast elsewhere, so I cannot comment. Room was just the right size for the two of us. The linens are REALLY nice ,both bed and bath. Very comfortable night's sleep and SO quiet. The Wi-fi is very good. The only real issue we had was with housekeeping.But it may be that our expectations were out of line,too. Left our room on Saturday about 8:30 and returned about 4:30. Our room had not yet been made up. We informed staff and they sent someone right away. Housekeeping came about 3:30-ish the next day. We were out most of the day but it was SO COLD, we just wanted to come back and warm up before we headed out again. They forgot to leave a bath mat the second time and didn't replenish all the stuff. Not a big deal to us but it may be, to some. We found a great bar around the corner called Blue Ruin. It wouldn't be for everyone but we had a great time there. Not even a tiny bit frou-frou,chi-chi..Down and divey, the way we like 'em...:) Subway is close by . For us, we know we can take the subway and be in the thick of things in minutes. Times Square is a short walk, for those of you who feel they must be close. That is generally an area we avoid, unless we are seeing a show. NYC is MUCH more than just Times Square,I hope you explore all the neighborhoods while in the City. We love Greenwich Village in particular. I will post pictures later, after I unpack my camera. This is my hotel of choice from now on, whenever we visit. I'd stay again in a heartbeat!"
- Travel date: 9th February 2010
Super Cozy, and Chic!
"I travel for business all the time to NYC and my wife has never been to the big apple so when i finally got some time off work, we booked a room here based on an article i read on the web. WOW! I was very impressed! I felt right at home with the great staff here... i have stayed at MANY Choice brand hotels before, but this was completely different. The District Hotel is very "W" esque, without the high price and "charge for everything" attitude. As mentioned, this hotel is part of the Choice hotel group so expect freebies (like internet... which was blazing fast everywhere!), turndown service, etc... I even made some calls from my room and wasn't charged... nice surprise since im used to getting nickled and dimed at all NYC hotels. The staff... what can i say... they were impeccable! So nice, so fresh... just perfect! Our room was so clean, i felt like i was the first person ever in it (i probably was). The only drawback to this hotel is the construction going on around it and the location is a little off the beaten path, but so worth it to get this 4 star hotel for a 2 star price. I will definately stay here again and i'm going to recomend all my colleagues who travel to NYC on business to stay at this hotel. Great job District Hotel... everything was top-notch!"
- Travel date: 8th February 2010
Cozy, chic, comfy and friendly
"They just opened and they have a few things to work out, but once they do this is a great place to stay if you don't like a lot of fuss but you have high standards on what is important: comfort, friendly and helpful staff, a nice modern yet classy place, and a snug feeling. I got a clean cozy room with one king bed and a view of the Empire State Building - but not all rooms are going to have that view. You have to be quite high, halfway up or more. The other side faces the Port Authority and you can see the Hudson and nice views of the cityscape from there if you are high enough. In the lower rooms you see other buildings like you do in any other hotel in NY. The beds were amazing - not bouncy but very snug with warm linens. I slept better there than I have in years in my own house. I don't know what kind of mattress that was but it felt like I was being cradled. The design is cool and modern without being in your face. The front of the hotel seems like an update on 50s architecture, but it's very clean-looking. The lobby also has a really cool wooden carving of a map of manhattan on the walls, and plants that look like they are part of the wall. For such a small hotel they make it look huge in there. The restaurant was only serving a euro-style breakfast in the morning (I like cold cuts with bread, personally) but when it gets to being a full service bar and restaurant it will be nice. The few times I was in the lobby I heard a mix of music that both me and my kids would like. The staff were friendly and though they seemed like they'd been doing this for years, they treated me as if I was the only person there. It's not in a glamorous part of NY, but it's close enough to all of the glitz of times square without being overrun by tourists. If I had any complaint it would be the neighborhood & clutter - the hotel just finished being built and another next door is being built so the sidewalk is a bit crowded. It's also not upscale trendy merchandise and touristy but it is very close to some nice eats like Schnippers, Dean and Deluca, the NY Times bldg, some small bars around the corner."
- Travel date: 7th February 2010
A great new hotel
"Fantastic rooms and common areas with a nice European style breakfast buffet. Really enjoyed the helpful staff and the design features. Once they work out the opening week kinks, it will be my favorite hotel at this price point in New York. Liked it better than the W."
- Travel date: 7th February 2010
"I stayed at this beautiful new boutique hotel in NY. In fact, I was the first person to stay in my room!! Modern furnishings, exceptional attention to detail, staff was extremely friendly and helpful. New opening minor problems as they were still trying to make it all happen. However, more than made up with their outstanding service. I have been doing regular travel for the past 20 years. I was so pleased to stay in a NY room that did not feel like a Vegas need of remodeling room. The breakfast area was very attractive. All of their staff were nice! They were not burned out and stiff like at some hotels."
- Travel date: 5th February 2010
"I travel extensively for business both in the US and internationally and consider myself a bit of a hotel "snob". I like new hotels and I am always looking for great value in places with trendy design and a unique and fresh presentation . I happened to catch the Distrikt Hotel for the grand opening and I was very impressed. Not only are the rooms great , the Frette linens are a nice touch and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom is well appointed and the windows open which is always my preference. The modern design is understated with a contemporary and urban feel. The front desk Manager and the whole staff were professional and exceptionally accommodating . Can't say enough good things about the Distrikt Hotel and the grand opening price was amazing. I now have a new favorite place to say while in NYC."
- Travel date: 5th February 2010