95 West Broadway (at Chambers) New York, NY 10007.
Tel:212 566 1900. Fax: 212 566 6909.
Rooms: 105. Floors: 5.
Rate Range: Around $99 per night.
Nearby Airport: Newark International (EWR) „
The Cosmopolitan is a reasonably priced hotel situated way down town, on the corner of West Broadway and Chambers Street. The hotel itself is strictly no-frills. Accomodation is on a room-only basis, there is no restaurant, cafe or room-service available. I stayed there in March sharing a room with 2 others. The room was large enough for the three of us to rattle around in without getting too much in each others way and contained two double beds, bed side cabinet, long chest of drawers unit, a reasonabley sized closet and a 21 inch tv which showed about 20 odd channels. We paid the equivalent of £33 per person per night. The en-suite bathroom was a bit on the small side and had something which they claimed was a bath. Well you could maybe bath a new born baby in it but I certainly couldnt squeeze into it so to all intents and purposes it was shower only. There was no air-conditoning in the room, only a ceiling-fan. This wasnt an issue in March but Id imagine in the summer, when it gets very hot and stuffy in New York, it could be a different story. The room was serviced every day and kept spotlessly clean. The towels where changed every day and were of the big white fluffy variety. Our room was situated at the front of the building and so there was a fair amount of street noise all the time. But you dont go to New York for peace and quiet do you! And it didnt stop me from sleeping at night. The desk staff were mostly very friendly and helpful. The immediate area surrounding the hotel is mainly residential, not at all touristy, and the local shops reflect that. You wont find any large department stores, they are predominatilly small retailers, selling cheap shoes, clothes, bags etc. The rest of this op is only intended to give a idea of the facilities and attractions which we sampled in and around the hotel and is not intended as a definitive guide to New York, so dont rate it as o
ne!!. For food and drink, there was a small Starbucks occuping the corner of the same building as the hotel, very handy if you need an early morning coffee and donut fix. There were a couple of bars nearby, altho we only went to one, The Reade Street Kitchen, situated, funnily enough, on Reade Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. The staff were typical New York, up-front, friendly but not at all tolerant of any BS. Stonking (or should that be stinking) garlic burgers and brilliant white russians. For grub on the go, there are two small supermarket/delis on the corner of Reade & Hudson and Church & Chambers that have hot trays with stuff like chow mein, macaroni, noodles, chicken wings, fried potatoes, roasted veggies, etc., you load up a polestyrine container and you get charged by the weight. Very efficient, very American. The deli on Reade and Hudson also does take-away sandwiches, you know the kinda thing, pastrami on rye, dijon mustard and hold the mayo. For breakfast, we went to Gee-Whiz which is one block along and down from the hotel on the corner of Greenwich and Warren. Friendly efficient service. They had an extensive breakfast menu, ham, eggs, bacon, waffles, muffins, pancakes (yummy banana pancakes), cereal, the usual. I can only vouch for the steak and eggs with home fries, which I had every morning, they were great and filled you up until dinner for just over $10. The main attractions we visited downtown were: The World Trade Centre Twin Towers- this is a must. They are just 5 blocks away from the hotel and completely fill your view when you leave the hotel via the West Broadway exit. No 2 Tower has an external viewing platform on the roof for amazing panormic views of NYC and the surrounding area. Expect a long queue. No 1 has no external viewing platform, however there is a bar on the 107th flloor which gives great views at sunset Statue of Liberty. The symbolic gateway to the New World and bit of a disa
ppointment, but Id guess you cant go to New York without at least gonna take a look The view from the top is very disappointing as Lady Liberty is facing out too sea so you have to crane your neck to get any view of Manhattan and the cramped stairs are murder on the legs. You can take a lift up the plinth to the base of the statue but you cannot then go on to climb the statue. If you want to go all the way, you have to leg it. Expect a very long queue. The ferry to Liberty Island will also take you to Ellis Island where the immigrant boats used to arrive. I didnt go. New York Stock Exchange. You can get free tickets to visit from outside the NYSE on Wall Street. This has an interactive visitor centre which wasnt the best. There is a viewing platform where you can view the actual trading floor which was slightly more interesting. Century 21. Discount designer fashion outlet just across from the World Trade Centre. Always busy and a bit of a hit and a miss for whats on offer but worth a visit anyway. Staff are monumentally bad mannered tho! Dean & DeLuca - 560 Broadway Very chic high class deli. Expensive but good for a browse and star spotting. The trendy areas of Soho and Tribeca are only a few minutes uptown from the hotel and you can walk to Greenwich Village in about half an hour. The walk takes you thru some dodgy looking areas but we saw no sign of any trouble. If you do make the trip into the village to see The Friend's house on the corner of Bedford and Grove you should also visit Chumley's at 86 Bedford Street. This was a speak-easy during prohibition and it has not been renovated since then. There is not even a sign outside to indicate that it is even a bar. Very authentic. The rest of the Uptown delights can be reached via the subway station situated right outside the hotel.