Distrikt Hotel: Shiny New Accommodations in the Heart of Midtown Manhattan
by Mike Richard | April, 2010
We recently had the pleasure of staying at New York’s shiny new Distrikt Hotel, part of the Choice Hotels Ascend Collection of unique hotels. It’s a cutting edge property with a variety of amenities geared towards the modern traveler.
(Before you say anything, the intentionally misspelled name is a homage to the city’s Dutch roots.)
First, the lowdown straight from the hotel:
Four Star Amenities and Service with a refreshing design and feel located close to everything New York has to offer.
Every room offers:
- Saflok Radio Frequency Identification key cards offers the cutting edge in contactless hotel room security
- Airport grade 6/8 inch windows keep the sounds of Broadway where they belong
- Simmons Beautyrest Queen or King bed
- Work desk with ergonomic chair
- Welcome gift for all guests
- Turndown service with chocolate and a weathercard
- Frette robe for use during your stay
- Frette bed and bath linen
- Complimentary highspeed WiFi and Wired internet in every room
- iHome docking station radio and alarm clock
- Ecru New York Bath Amenities
- 37” Flatscreen LG Televisions with over 40 channel selections
- Daily delivery of the New York Times
Freshly opened in February of 2010, the halls and rooms still smell new. Guests are greeted in the lobby with a huge, wrap-around wooden wall sculpture representing a map of the entire city, including Central Park.
Hotel floors are cleverly grouped into various city “districts”, with lower floors representing “downtown” and upper floors, Harlem and uptown. Distrikt notes:
New Yorkers are defined not just by the city they call home, but also by the neighborhoods in which they reside. These unique “districts” are worlds in and of themselves, and together they define an icon. The Distrikt Hotel New York City celebrates the individuality of these melting pots and the island of Manhattan itself through architecture, design, style and service.
From Kyle, the attentive front desk manager, to the cleaning staff who routinely remembered which floor we were staying on, to the door men who always offered a courteous Hello and Good afternoon, the staff at Distrikt was accommodating, professional and friendly.
Location, Location … Location?
In Manhattan, one is rarely far from world class restaurants, theaters, bars, etc. Distrikt Hotel is no exception – centrally located in New York’s midtown, near Times Square, Central Park, scores of city landmarks, and 100s of other conveniences within a three block radius.
It’s an easy $6 cab ride from Penn Station if you’re arriving by train. Or just off the highway for east- or westbound guests arriving by car.
Room decor is a balanced mix of corporate cool – think abundant glass and dark wood – with enough trendy designer touches to ensure guests feel comfortable.
Given that the hotel is so centrally located, one would expect to hear the usual array of constant city noise. Fortunately, hotel architects thought of this too. Each room features extra thick, soundproof windows – nearly 1” thick. It’s a nice touch and one we instantly appreciated our first night in bed.
Our large, King room afforded us with an insanely comfortable bed, oversized bathroom (far larger than you’d expect of any hotel in NYC), and comfortable workstation from which we blogged for the duration of our two-day stay.
An important note for modern vagabonds: the free wireless and wired internet was blazing fast and we never lost our connection. (And yes, I said free WiFi. Are you listening, other NYC hotels?)
Connect with Distrikt Hotel
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/distrikthotel
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DistriktHotelNYC
Pricing & Availability
Pricing starts at around $200 USD per night.
For up-to-date vacation package pricing, check out Distrikt Hotel’s Something Special page.
Among scores of freshly opened NYC boutique hotels, Distrikt Hotel stands out among the best we’ve stayed at in the city. With prices starting just north of $200/night, the hotel is well-suited to travelers seeking a little something extra without the exorbitant pricing typical of many NYC accommodations. Recommended.
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About the Author
Vagabondish founding editor, Mike Richard, is a Rhode Island native, professional web designer and travel junkie with an unhealthy addiction to backpacking, hiking and seeing the world. He enjoys knit hats, small, declarative sentences and speaking in the third person. His professional credits include "Woman's World magazine contributor" and having once been interviewed by Tyra Banks (seriously).