25 West 38th Street NY 10016. To most people this is just a series of numbers that make very little sense but, type them into Google Maps, and you’ll see that this is an enviable location just a few blocks away from both the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue AND Time Square. Indeed, the newly opened Hotel Hendricks has plenty to offer on the inside, but its proximity to some of the hottest spots in uptown make it a winner on paper already. We booked in for a two-night stay on our recent trip to watch the Eagles perform at Madison Square Garden and were very impressed with how much bang we got for our buck.
As a member of the Preferred Hotels collection (something we are very familiar with), we already knew that Hotel Hendricks had been vetted by a fairly discerning audience. A quick scout of any potential negative reviews pointed to only one flaw; that the rooms were a little on the cosy side. This being New York, we knew that real estate is a sought after commodity, so square footage wasn’t something we were particularly fussed on. Our Superior Queen bedroom was certainly a little cosier than other hotels we had stayed in, but all of the smallest details had been thought of and addressed. The bathroom was luxurious and had a really strong marble finish to it, complete with Argan toiletries, and the rose gold accents were an excellent finishing touch. Elsewhere, the low bed opened the room up and allowed a line of sight from door to window, with the Keurig coffee machine becoming our best friend each morning.
At this point, a special mention must go to Keys at reception. He had us booked in for a Double Double Room on the 7th floor (which had a slightly bigger footprint), but we spied the tip of the Empire State Building way above our heads. We asked him if there were any rooms on the higher floors and he showed us around Room 2204 on the 22nd floor. Although we sacrificed a little bit of space and the second (redundant) double bed, the view of the Empire State Building more than made up for that. I actually slept with the curtains open so I could fall asleep under its iconic glow. That being said, keep the windows shut and the A/C on, as this is definitely the city that never sleeps!
Elsewhere, the hotel maintains the same high level of finish that you find in the bedrooms. The lobby, although small, has a lovely on-site bar and restaurant. If it is views you are after, then I highly recommend taking the elevator all the way to the top. The rooftop bar overlooks the Empire State, and the panoramic glass windows give you a 360 view over Bryant Park and Uptown on one side, and a view all the way down towards Freedom Tower on the other. My only gripe is that it isn’t open and so may not be the most desirable location in the summer, but it was definitely the perfect place to be in a cold, harsh New York winter. Cocktails are beautifully presented and are priced in line with most other New York rooftop bars.
Find out more about the Hotel Hendricks through their website here.