Those of you who fell in love with Lorenzo Carcaterra’s harrowing novel ‘Sleepers’, may recall the wonderful descriptions of Hells’ Kitchen, as a melting pot of all the nationalities of the world, a bustling neighbourhood, packed with animated characters and people with stories. Well if you yearn for a New York stay filled with laughs, and great conversations, then you need to book a few days at the 414 Hotel on West 46th Street in Manhattan.
Perfectly placed set in two quaint brick townhouses in historic Hell’s Kitchen, 414 Hotel is less than a 10 minute walk to Times Square and the subway.
As soon as you walk through the door, you’re greeted by one of the friendly team who take time to show you the hotel and your room.
We had been given a cosy courtyard ground floor guestroom, with a gorgeous comfy king bed and a room complete with its own private bathroom, minifridge, flatscreen TV and complimentary WiFi.
On a tight schedule, after a short and wonderfully refreshing power knap, I was amazed by how close to everything I was stepping out on to West 46th Street.
In case you felt hungry, not only are there a mouth watering array of great bars and restaurants on 414’s doorstep, but the hotel even sells mini bar snacks priced at just $1 each! That’s quite a bargain.
Every afternoon, around 5pm, 414 begins its happy hour, a fun time for letting your hair down where guests and staff catch up before dinner to talk about the days’ adventures.
Fernando, one of the team, gave me a town map, showed me the breakfast buffet and even helped me plan the best way to get to a ferry to Liberty Island.
This is a cross between a bed-and-breakfast and a boutique hotel and you really get that personal touch you may not find as easily in a large chain.
Right around the corner you can find Broadway Theatre district, the Rockafeller Center and Top of the Rock experience, with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Central Park, and a handful of different trains and subways spanning the breadth of Manhattan all within a 10/15 minute walk of the hotel.
Set up a bit like a guest house you really feel like you’re getting a personal service at 414.
I loved the comfort of the bed, with luxurious down pillows (non-allergenic) and sealy-posturpedic mattresses.
Another highlight was taking in the warm spring sunshine whilst drinking a freshly brewed coffee in the courtyard, set at the back of the hotel, masking any interference from what little traffic there is outside. The 414 truly is a home from home.
In the morning, after a fantastic nights’ sleep, breakfast was a chilled affair in the reception and dining area. In true continental style there were baskets full of breads, bagels, fruits, hard boiled eggs, all presented beautifully for guests to indulge. They have a fresh tea and espresso/cappuccino machine on refill, all as part of your stay.
Whether you’re a regular visitor to New York and are looking for something new to try, or it’s the first time you’re planning to visit, consider 414 as the serious contender for your stay this summer or any time travel to New York City awaits you.