New York City is so much more than skyscrapers and crowds. If you prefer to stay in a picturesque and quiet neighborhood--with easy access to famous attractions--the Marcel at Gramercy just might be the perfect fit. Located in the Gramercy Park area, this intimate boutique hotel has been updated with a cool retro look. Stroll 3 blocks south to Gramercy Park itself, though you'll have to admire this private enclave through the fence. The park is surrounded by 19th-century brownstone homes, including one row known as the "Block Beautiful." Or walk 3 blocks west to Madison Square Park--this leafy park is open to all, and is home to the original Shake Shack gourmet-burger stand. Cross the street and snap a picture in front of the iconic Flatiron Building. The Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, the East Village--they're all around 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the Marcel at Gramercy. Baruch College and The School of Visual Arts are both just steps away. And, if you're heading farther afield, 2 subway stops are within 5 blocks.
You'll enjoy a picture-perfect view of the Empire State Building from the 10th-floor lounge and business center, which opens to a seasonal rooftop sundeck. Or warm your soul at 'inoteca liquori, a renowned Italian wine bar adjoining the hotel. The wine selection is enormous, and the small plates are delicious.
Ready to settle in for the evening? Your guestroom is a chic retreat with retro-mod decor and classic comforts. Custom beds with leather headboards, Frette Italian linens, and down duvets are designed for a good night's sleep. Or stay up awhile and watch a late-night show on the 32-inch flat-screen TV. You can plan the next day's activities via wireless Internet access (surcharge). Refresh with holistic bath amenities by Lather. And, with an iPod® clock radio bedside, you can awaken to your favorite tunes.