When one visits New York the location of your hotel is absolutely key. You don’t want somewhere too far from the prime parts of the city, but also not too congested with foot traffic. The Archer Hotel New York, fits this bill. Close enough to Madison Square Garden and a major train stop, but positioned on a fairly non-congested block in Midtown.
Recently renovated, the 22-floor Archer Hotel is quite the charmer. The tiled floor and warm surroundings welcome guests as they make their way up to their rooms. One thing to note the rooms are much smaller than you would think BUT a cozy small. The ceiling to floor windows give you uninhibited views of Midtown (guests are able to book and Empire State Building view if they so choose). Rooms are equipped with the most comfortable mattresses that welcome you to completely sprawl out on (or cuddle with that special someone). Don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your room for a morning caffeine fix? Have no fear, all rooms have a Nespresso machine at your disposal. Some of the rooms have exposed brick and soft earthy features that add to the relaxing ambience of the hotel.
Most of the neighborhood is littered with tourist-trap restaurants, so a fancy dinner with style is just what the doctor ordered. The newly opened Charlie Palmer steak house in the hotel lobby, is a breath of fresh air compared to traditional steak houses. The well light restaurant is surrounded in navy blue and cream finishings with modern artwork on the walls and hanging from the ceiling. Executive Chef Ryan Lory has changed the way diners look at a steakhouse menu. Food is an art that should be experienced in by all 5 senses and somehow a magical 6th sense appears when dining on his dishes. With all the mouthwatering items on the menu it’s hard to just choose one.
For the full experience start off with the littleneck clams casino and the pickled beet and goat cheese salad. Both dishes compliment each other in an unusual but perfect way. The juiciness of the beets and tang of the goat cheese goes spectacular with the lemon buttery taste of the littleneck clams. If you are dining at a steakhouse, it goes without saying you need to order a steak. Go for the one dry aged 30 days Bone-On NY Strip. This steak is seasoned to perfection and so flavorful that the use of the 3 sauces delivered with it is kinda moot. All while dining on this feast, get to know the lead sommelier, Amanda Streibel. She will be able to perfectly pair your meal with the extensive wine selection that the hotel and restaurant have put together for it’s guests. One of the other great features of the Archer is the Spyglass Rooftop Bar. Rooftop bars are all around the city, but not many are open all year round. So make sure to visit in the summer and winter, and take in the direct view of the Empire State Building.
Finding a hotel that has it all and at a reasonable price, is a miracle on Manhattan. So you’re prayers will be answered with a stay at the Archer Hotel, if it’s for a quick weekend or a week long stay.
TIME OUT TIP: While the Archer is located in the most touristy part of NYC, make sure to check out the non-touristy attractions that the city has to offer! Since you can already see the Empire State building from the hotel rooftop (or your room); check out the Bowery Graffiti Wall. Just a 15-17 minute train ride from the hotel, the Bowery Graffiti Wall is the perfect spot to capture a non-typical tourist Instagram.