Historical Traveller Reviews of The Hotel Giraffe
Very nice boutique hotel
We recently stayed here and really enjoyed it. Service was great...not snobby like you sometimes find.The cappucino machine was broken 2 times while we there but that's not a major deal. We loved the wine/cheese reception in the evenings. The breakfast was good but not outstanding. Still nice to have something in your stomachs before you begin your day. We had booked a double/double by mistake and they still gave us a king when we checked in without charging us extra. Would stay here again. Location not really that central. I would say the nearest subway was easily 6 blocks away so be prepared to use cabs a lot or walk. We had a great stay though in our favorite city in the US.
A Very Nice Boutique Hotel
Had a recent stay in NYC and stayed in one of their upscale suites. The rooms were clean and the amenities nice. One of the elevators was not working during my stay, so it took forever to get up and down to the lobby. Also requested a bucket of ice which never arrived from room service. The continental breakfast w/ juices was quite enjoyable. Would recommend with some reservations.
My Home in NYC
I happened upon the Giraffe in 2001. Since then I (alone or with my wife) have stayed at this beautiful hotel about ten times. Unless omething beyond my control prevents me from taking a room at the Giraffe, this is my home in NYC. When you see the Giraffe I am confident that you will understand my loyalty. The common areas --
the lobby (that also serves as the breakfast room in the morning and the location for wine and cheese in the evening (with a piano player
as a bonus)) and the patio on the twelfth floor -- are lovely. The rooms and the suites have generous sizes and feel even larger due to the
ten foot ceilings. The staff is attentive and very helpful. Rose Revicki, the director of sales and marketing, especially stands out. My only quibble is very minor: perhaps the Giraffe, during its next "technology upgrade," will put in the rooms and the suites DVD players. The VCRs (and the "check out" library of tapes at the front desk) are fine but a bit dated. As you may surmise, when that is my only input for "suggestion
box," I rate this hotel at the head of the class.
Fantastic New York Hotel!
My husband and I don't have to stay in New York hotels due to my in-laws nice apartment - however this past weekend it so happened there was no room at that inn so we tried Hotel Giraffe because of the reviews we read on trip advisor. And I'm happy to say our experience was really great! The room are large and extremely clean especially for New York City hotels (we stayed at the Peninsula recently and it wasn't as nice unless you got a very pricey deluxe room). The service was very friendly, and the all-day complimentary coffee, fresh fruit, and snacks were a nice bonus. The hotel has a very pretty roof garden, where you can takes those snacks and drinks and relax in the summer. The free breakfast in the comfortable lounge was yet another added lovely suprise. As someone who spends a lot of time in New York - I think the location is actually quite inspired. You're near to great resturants - especially Indian ones, lots of shops, and weekend street markets. There is a nice little shady park with a children's playground just a block away, and you can go uptown or downtown to all the sites either on long interesting walks or by bus, subway or taxi - much better than being in overly busy time square day and night! All in all it's a great little European style hotel - very clean and cozy! We'll be back!
Wonderful place to stay
from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel was great in every way. The weekend price is reasonable for an upscale NYC hotel - it was half the price of the W. The rooms are stylish, impeccibly clean and roomy for New York. The staff was helpful and professional, if not overly "warm and cozy". The location is quiet and still within walking distance to Union Sqaure/Village (if you like to walk). The breakfast was delicious and had a wide variety of items (not just boring mini danish). We decided we would go back again without hesitation. A great place!
s our new favorite hotel!!
After staying at many New york City Hotels-- including "grand old" and "boutique"-- this was by far the best, Our one bedroom suite was spacious for NYC...beautiful decor with a balcony! The staff was consistently friendly, helpful and professional, from reservations to turn-down service. The complimentary food and beverage offerings went beyond the norm as well. Location was great-- and QUIET!! It's the only place we'll stay from now on.
Terrific Hotel in the Union Square/Grammercy Park Area
The Hotel Giraffe is a very, very good hotel in an area where there are relatively few hotels. The location was just about perfect for my visit--I needed to be near my friends @ the W Union Square. The hotel is immaculately maintained. The lobby is extremely spacious for a relatively small hotel, and the decor/furninshings are tasteful, comfortable, and welcoming. The staff are, for the most part, excellent, though I did encounter one bellman & one maid who were subpar. My room was nicely appointed, and I really enjoyed having a balcony. My room, although not huge, was definitely big enough for needs. I particularly liked the creative & subtle use of color in the decor scheme. This hotel offers some wonderful little perks that many hotels @ this level simply do not--somplimentary continental breakfast, evening wine & cheese, and daily passes to a nearby gym. The lobby has coffee, tea, expresso, juice, and cookies available all day. It was so nice to enjoy a cup of tea in the lobby after a long afternoon in the city. The price is quite appropriate for a high end hotel in New York. I've stayed @ the nearby W Union Square, and I would DEFINITELY recommend the Giraffe over the W. I plan on telling all my friends in LA about this little gem of a hotel!
can i move in?!?
from A TripAdvisor Member
quite possibly the best hotel i've ever stayed in, the hotel giraffe exceeds your most particular expectations. from the staff, to the linens, to the breakfast...this hotel is lavish and abundant in service, without pretension. would stay here again in a heartbeat.
No Attitude Here
from A TripAdvisor Member
This Hotel is a"W" (only better) without the attitude. Just returned from a five day stay and was very pleased with all aspects of this property.Suite was large,clean and very comfortable.Excellent location away from the Times Square crowd. Dining at the restaurant Sciuscia was most enjoyable.(Try the meatloaf) Last, but not least, I must comment on the quality of service from every member of the staff. Always first-rate with a smile!! Especially appreciated were the Manager, Nalini, greeting guests in the Lobby every morning and the outstanding services provided by the personable and efficient Michaela B. at the Front Desk.
Absolutely LOVED it!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel Giraffe completely exceeded my expectations. Located in the Flat Iron district/Grammercy Park- in a very quiet neighborhood (for New York), yet a short cab ride, or walk, away from NY hot spots, including SOHO, and Penn Station. Small boutique, with only 50 something rooms, so not really busy. Staff is extremely helpful, always with a smile. As soon as you walk in the door (opened for you, of course), your bags are wisked away. Beautiful rooms- modern, art deco-y. Gorgeous. Breakfast in the lobby (free) with the best bagels ever, and in the afternoon, free champagne, tea, and cookies. Everybody should come to this hotel.
Top Local Tips for New York City
Friday nights are free admission - The Modern restaurant (attached to the museum) is a wonderful place to eat. Put your name in for a table early then wander around the museum - great evening!
DEFINATELY GO!! Great for vintage and individual shopping. On arrival i was very sceptical but the shops were fanastic and there was a great cafe called 'oeuffs, frommage...' or something AMAZING
If you fancy yourself a foodie, go to Bar Americain on 52nd in the Theatre District. I had an excellent dinner there with a great down-to-earth waiter and the the decor is definitely spongeworthy.