Aug 8, 2012

~ the james ny

My 4 top qualifications for a great hotel are fairly simple. 

1. Comfortable bed (really, unusually comfortable)
2. Nice shower/water pressure 
3. Good location
4. Must be clean

I've certainly been spoiled thanks to my husband who is a hotel snob in every sense of the word. To give you an idea, our usual hotel of choice in New York is The Peninsula, and I do love it. It is  truly luxurious and I have no complaints. However, with our plans being in the Greenwich Village area, we looked for a more convenient location. My daughter suggested checking out Gwyneth Paltrow's City Guides app for New York. (goop city

Gwyneth recommended The James (among others) for our area. The cost is fairly reasonable for NY - certainly a fraction of The Peninsula price tag. 


I must admit, my first reaction was not as positive as my feelings about the hotel by the end of the trip. (This may have had something to do with the heat exhaustion I suffered in the cab ride from the airport.) However, things turned around quickly. For dinner, we were taken to our destination in the complimentary hotel Mercedes. Nice perk. Like a magic carpet ride.

The rooms are small. And when I say small, I mean tiny. But they are neat and clean, and decorated minimally. The windows covering an entire wall reveal an incredible view of the city. 


This is not the view out the window, but a motorized screen... lowered for privacy here. 


And raised to reveal the bathroom here...


Upon checking in, the concierge could not have been more friendly or helpful. 
This wall, leading to the lobby, is made of keyboard buttons...

The Lobby

Rooftop Pool


Attached to the hotel is David Burke Kitchen, a restaurant where we noshed on an afternoon snack of Pretzel Crab Cakes that were quite scrumptious. ... a nice surprise after reading the mediocre review on Immaculate Infatuation. (here) We were glad we tried it, and would go back! (We do have minds of our own!)


See the pretzel sticks on top?

As far as being eligible for a top hotel consideration, let's run down the qualification list:
1. The bed was extremely comfortable and the sheets super soft. (Again, unsure of how much the cab ride from hell played into this evaluation of the comfort level...)
2. The shower was beautiful, had awesome water pressure, fancy gadgets, and an added bonus - products that smelled heavenly and were sulfate free! (I'm allergic to sulfates and have to travel with sulfate free products.) 
3. The location was prime - staying in the heart of Soho allowed us to walk almost everywhere we went.
4. Clean and elegant

I would definitely recommend The James in SoHo and will surely stay there again. 

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5 comments:

Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

Jan...

Love hotel recommendations and I must say you are spot on in your criteria...I will take small rooms if the location is right. Greenwich Village is perfect! Thanks so much for taking the time to create this review...I will have to check out your others...

Just love the joy that shines through on your blog page...a lovely spot to visit.

Best wishes from Saigon...

Jeanne :)

The enchanted home said...

Good to know for when we have "younger hip guests" visting in town! Looks like a very cool hotel and your husband and I would get along fabulously......have so many hangups its ridiculous but it always insures a fabulous stay for my family much to the eye rolls from my sons, you can imagine.
The James looks like a winner.

Acquired Objects said...

It's a gorgeous hotel and I've stayed there many times and love it. While the rooms are tiny, about 300 sq. ft., they have everything you need.

XX
Debra~

michele said...

so many cool design details. i am sort of stuck on pretzel crab cakes and think i may have to whip up some before summer flees too far.

thanks for the review--i am so hotel snobby it's pathetic!

michele

Bring Pretty Back said...

We could travel together! I get silly over a hotel room - it has to be just right! ( :
Have a pretty day!
Kristin