Loews Regency Hotel
Hotel in New York
During my last stay in New York City, prior to the Loews Regency, I stayed in two hotels.
One was a hip, downtown place with loud music, hipster receptionists and a purposely unfinished ceiling. The result was a very cool atmosphere, but not a particularly pleasant experience. After that, I stayed in a Midtown hotel obviously aimed at businessmen. It was a place of nice rooms, flawless service and exquisite boredom.
I am mentioning these unnamed hotels because they added up on my experience of the new, young, fresh, airy, bright, smart and elegant Loews Regency. Its location is bliss for everyone who likes “traditional New York City”. You may be faraway (if a mere 20 minute ride by taxi) from the hip Meatpacking District, but Central Park is on your doorstep as are the exclusive boutiques of Park Avenue, the colourful carriages in front of the Plaza and the wonderful steak houses in the area. The opulent Rockefeller Centre is a ten minute walk, as is the MOMA.
The hotel itself is refreshing: the lobby is an ode to interior design, with beautiful wall ornaments and an elegant feel that merges Art Deco with 21st century design. I arrived early, so my room was not ready yet – I couldn’t have minded less – reading the papers in the lobby was very pleasant. I stayed in a so-called corner room (or was it me who nicknamed it that way?) that offered magnificent views on the avenues. It comes with windows instead of walls on its two sides and is hence very light. On a bright sunny day it makes you want to hug the city!
The room décor follows the lobby – it is modern, with light colours, an elegant feel and very comfortable. The only downside is the bathroom, which is surprisingly small and poorly equipped for such a grand room.
You can’t miss the hotel’s bar that is right next to the lobby. It is a great place, obviously liked by locals – in the mornings I’ve seen smart people holding business meetings, in the evenings there were girlfriends enjoying a glass of champagne and couples dining in the ‘Regency Bar & Grill’ that is leaning on the bar area. The food is good quality New York food – juicy blueberry pancakes for breakfast and massive burgers for lunch.
As I was visiting just as the hotel, originally built in 1963, reopened after its lavish renovation, the SPA had not yet opened, but I hear it is well worth a visit.
The staff are friendly and make you feel at ease. Start the day with a nice breakfast at the bar (which is an option), reading the New York Times and chatting to the barman and writing down his tips for the day. Then walk out on Park Avenue and stroll downtown looking up the skyscrapers of 5th Avenue mirroring the city on its surfaces. You will feel very New York, indeed.
Ana Muhar is the London Correspondent for Jutarnji list, the biggest daily paper in Croatia
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Lively Nightlife, Culture / Sightseeing, Shopping, Great local restaurants|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Health Spa, Conference Rooms, Wedding / Personal Event|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
|Number of Rooms||379 guestrooms including 58 suites|
Superior King; Luxury King/Double (300-400 ft²); Avenue King (335 ft²); Grand King/Double (425-440 ft²). Executive Suite (490 ft²); Grand Executive Suite (460 ft²); Manhattan Suite (900 ft²); Park Avenue Suite (1,100 ft²) and Terrace Suites (700-1,500 ft²).
Wonderful décor, modern, light, new and an uplifting atmosphere.
A good breakfast for two will cost about $100. A typical lunch for two excluding wine will cost around $100.
Last updated on 02-10-2015