At first glance, you might confuse Sanctuary Hotel for a nice, private residence (it isn’t marked). But by the time you see the sign for the Tender Steak & Sushi restaurant outside, you’ll realize you’re in the right spot. Enter through a massive wooden door flanked by white pillars and find the concierge on your right. The lobby has a warm-yet-modern ambiance with cozy fireplaces, soft (non-tacky!) music and gray, gold and red accents.
Sanctuary’s S.T.A.R. program (Service Tailored to Any Request) is an additional offering the hotel provides to make sure everyone feels at home. They’re your go-to for personal shoppers and local event and activity recommendations. They’ll even help you facilitate over-the-top celebrations or proposals—including delivery and setup of hundreds of roses and candles! Aww.
The rooms feel large and luxurious, with floor-to-ceiling leather headboards, travel-size bath products and small welcome amenities like a shower cap and blow-dryer that actually packs some power. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi and the rain-style shower has killer. But Sanctuary also keeps a light sense of humor, as well: See the cheeky artwork in your bathroom.
After you’ve checked in, stop by Tender Steak & Sushi, the hotel’s restaurant. It offers a pre fixe menu ($45) for the pre-theater crowd. If you’re in for regular dinner, do not miss the Croquette roll ($22) with tuna and spicy aioli, or The Blessing roll ($19) with lobster, seared salmon and truffle honey miso. After your meal, head up to the aptly named Haven rooftop (open-air during the warmer months, sealed up nicely after fall) for a cocktail with city views (around $14). You can see a tiny bit of Times Square, but the rooftop is otherwise nicely insulated from the craziness, making this a great spot for those looking for a fun, non-touristy bar in the area.
In the morning, do not miss the complimentary continental breakfast that runs until 10am. While you’ll find traditional stuff like cereal, you’ll also actually get a decent cup of coffee (and can take some away with you). There are also warm, high-quality pastries…not that I polished off a plate of them or anything.
TIME OUT TIP: While it’s nearly impossible to avoid touristy activities in this part of town, you’ll be happy to know there’s more to explore than Broadway shows (though those are great too)! Walk 15 minutes south to Om Factory (212-616-8662, omfactory.yoga) for a peaceful aerial yoga or silks class ($20–$25).