Some things just get better with age. Take the Sheraton New York Hotel. The large midtown hotel has been around for a while. But a massive update over the last year has reawakened the hotel and remade it into a solid choice for business travelers heading to New York City.
The hotel is located on 7th Ave, between 52nd and 53rd streets, meaning it's close to everything from Broadway to Fifth Avenue shopping to hundreds of businesses like CBS, Deutsche Bank, and more. In addition to recently renovated rooms, the hotel features a fantastic fitness center, a restaurant, a club lounge, and impressive meetings facilities.
All rooms in the Sheraton New York have recently been fully renovated. Gone are the traditional deep blues of the Sheraton brand, replaced with much more corporate neutrals. The rooms include New York City-related artwork, and a "Crate and Barrel"-type aesthetic.
The hotel's traditional rooms include an ergonomic chair and desk. Many rooms have a chaise lounge and/or lounge chair and cocktail table. Rooms have relatively large LCD televisions with on-demand movie channels. Rooms include a bottle of water and a free weekday newspaper.
Business travelers will be most interested in Sheraton's Club-level rooms. Club-level rooms have upgraded amenities, as well as provide access to the Sheraton Club Lounge (detailed in a following section). Sheraton Club rooms are located on the upper floors of the hotel for extra-nice views, and provide upgrade bath amenities, bathrobes, and more. Guest of Sheraton Club rooms also gain free access to the Fitness center.
I enjoyed my stay at the Sheraton New York Hotel, although it was brief. My Club-level room had a great view of the city. The bed was excellent, and the window drapes did a great job blocking out light. The room was tastefully decorated in warm browns and other neutral tones. The bathroom was upscale and nicely done, with plenty of towels. City noise was non-existent, as was hallway or nearby room noise.
The hotel has somewhat limited dining options, although there plenty of great restaurants in the area. Hudson Market serves a full breakfast in the mornings, while Hudson Market Burger provides upscale casual burgers, fries, shakes (although it's hard to go wrong with Shake Shack), and more. The Sheraton also has the Library Bar in the lobby, if you're just looking for a quick drink.
The hotel has a number of other amenities, including a gift shop, a multilingual staff, an ATM, a Theater Desk, and a concierge desk.
Business travelers should note that the Sheraton New York is definitely a large hotel. If you're looking for a boutique hotel experience, or a small hotel with a limited number of guests, this isn't the place for you. The only caveat with the hotel that I experienced during my stay were long lines for both check-in (I entered the hotel right after a tour bus unloaded) and a line for luggage check. Both took about fifteen minutes—certainly longer than I hoped to spend in either line. However, on the flip side, there's definitely a significant value in the hotels amenities like the Club lounge and the massive fitness center (as well as its location). It's just good to be aware of what to expect.
The Business Traveler View
Most business travelers want to make sure they have a chance to work out on the road, and the Sheraton New York makes that easy. The hotel features high-end fitness options, from a gym-in-a-bag that can be delivered to your room for a private workout, to well-appointed fitness center that features lots of cardio and strength training equipment.
Unlike many hotel fitness centers, the Sheraton's health club is large--4,000 square feet, with everything from treadmills to Stairmasters to bikes and cross-training machines. There are separate locker rooms for men and woman, along with steam rooms and saunas. Towels, water, and fresh fruit are also provided. In addition, the hotel also has a full, separate weight room. Access to the fitness center is $10 per day or $20 per stay.
The Sheraton New York Hotel has a good business center, open from 7am to 11pm for assisted services (like shipping) and 24 hours for faxing, printing, and computer rentals.
Business travelers will definitely want to take advantage of the Sheraton Club Lounge (available to guest staying in the Sheraton Club-level rooms). The Sheraton Club Lounge is located on the 44th floor, with great views of the city. It's open 24 hours a day. As a business traveler, I love being able to visit a hotel's private lounge like the Sheraton Club Lounge. It gives you a place to relax (at any time) or work without feeling like you're trapped in your room. Free coffee drinks (which are very good!) are offered around the clock. The lounge also features a free breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, and drinks. Solo travelers will appreciate the two high-top tables with private TVs, for catching up on their news or sports. There are also computers and printers available, as well as periodicals for reading.
Wi-Fi and high speed Internet access is available for $14.95 per day. Laundry service is available, including overnight laundry and overnight pressing (great options!).
Meeting Rooms and Business Events
The Sheraton New York Hotel is the place for meetings and events. The hotel has large meeting facilities, along with many (over 1700) guest rooms.
In addition, the hotel will be even more impressive for meetings in Q1 2013, when renovations to the hotel's meeting spaces are completed. The hotel's will be starting complete renovation on its meeting spaces in late 2012, completely redoing everything from the ceiling on down to the carpets.
The Sheraton New York Hotel has 55,000 square feet of meeting space, spread across 43 meeting rooms. It also has an upscale executive conference center. The hotel's largest space, the 13,000+ square foot Metropolitan Ballroom can host up to 2,500 people. The New York Ballroom, on the floor above, holds up 1,200 people. In other words, this is the place for large events.
The hotel's lower level features 13 conference rooms and the executive conference center. The fifth floor features a few larger rooms, along with a number of more intimate board-room-like settings.
The hotel has an executive meeting specialist team that helps business travelers and meeting organizations plan their events. They also provide a full range of meeting support services.
One unique feature of the hotel's meeting options is that it has partnered with Cisco to provide TelePresence services, via high-definition video and audio feeds. TelePresence allows meeting organizers to create seamless virtual meetings with participants around the world.
Sheraton New York Hotel Information
Sheraton New York Hotel
811 7th Avenue 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019