When Glen Coben and his design firm began work on the Archer Hotel, they attempted to break away from the traditional hotel space by incorporating a more residential feel to the boutique. Coben, along with Peter Poon Architects masterfully achieved their goal with this hip and charming haven in Manhattan’s Garment district.
As soon as guests enter the front door there is a inviting stone fireplace, strategically placed within David Burke’s Fabrick Restaurant, that catches the eye. Adjacent to it resides a casual bar, both of which are perfect for guests and passersbys alike. To the left stands the hotel desk where the Archer’s staff will stop at nothing to make your stay as pleasant as possible before you check-in to your cozy but comfortable room.
I recently stayed here for a single night earlier this month and this was my assessment:
I arrived well before the check-in time of 3 PM and had intended to simply drop my bags with the concierge. I was told that the room was ready and that I was welcome to use it. Already they were off to a great start!
The double beds in the room were a tight squeeze for my two travel companions and myself, but this is NYC after all. Besides, what they lack in space they more than make up for in amenities and services. The room is smartly adorned in black and white design, city-centric photos line the walls, and the south facing views offer a striking view of the nearby Empire State Building. Incredibly unique art embodies the entire property actually, and those with a yen for the visual will be green with envy at the impressive collection.
The walk-in showers on the black and white tile bathrooms are equally as cramped for larger framed folks but not to the point of discomfort. After luxuriating with complimentary Malin and Goetz products, you’re welcome to slip into their fine Italian Frette linen bathrobes.
The bed is unbelievably comfortable. Their Eurotop mattress is built with back and neck support in mind providing a quality night’s rest. The pillows also add to a decent sleep. When the morning comes, you might be tempted to inconspicuously walk off with their bedding, but please don’t. For one thing, it’s tough lugging a mattress in New York. For another, they will charge your credit card. However, if you inquire at the desk about any specifics like this, they will be more than happy provide you with information on how you can enjoy their products in your own residence.
Other free touches that the Archer offers include: overnight shoe shine, Wi-Fi, free bottled water and caramels, Nespresso coffee machines in every room, premium movie channels, nightly turn down service and treats to cure your sweet tooth. Still hungry? There are plenty of tempting nibbles available for a nominal fee from the in-house concession and bar. Burn them all off with complimentary passes to New York Sports Club, located just down the block.
Literary minds will appreciate the added joy of a few book selections in each room which are available for purchase- a thoughtful, yet unpretentious detail. Why should this be surprising, however? Details are what Archer does best.
Those wishing to catch some nightlife don’t have to stray too far. Their stunning rooftop bar brings the city to you. Shoppers can get their fix at Lord and Taylor, located at the end of the block on the corner of 5th and 38th, or at Macy’s which is only a few blocks away. The hotel is also situated in a perfect spot dividing the east and west sides of Manhattan. If the West hearkens, you’re only a short walk to Bryant Park and the theater district. Head east for more shopping up and down Fifth and Madison avenues. Either way, public transit to most lines is easily accessible and valet parking service is also offered for those willing to drive in city traffic.
For the location and flawless service, the Archer extends far beyond the boundaries of professional service. Their staff intuitively knows what you need before you need it, ultimately creating a seamless and comforting guest experience.
The Archer Hotel is located on West 38th between 5th and 6th. For information and reservations, visit http://archerhotel.com/