A few weeks ago, due to weather conditions, I was unexpectedly stuck in New York City overnight. Of course, one can’t really be “stuck” in the city that never sleeps. I decided to embrace the overnight stay and take advantage of being in the city alone for the evening. Because it was a weather issue, I wasn’t able to get a hotel from the airline. I had to pay for my own hotel, and decided that I didn’t want to just stay right by the airport.
Based on a recommendation from a friend, I decided to book the Row NYC hotel online. I did it while I was at the JFK airport, and also purchased a ticket to see the musical Waitress on Broadway. It was the perfect reasonably priced NYC hotel for my quick stay, and was so convenient to both Times Square and Broadway.
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Review of the Row NYC Hotel in Times Square
Location of the Row NYC Hotel
If you are looking for the perfect location for your NYC vacation, the Row NYC is definitely a wonderful option. Since I only had an overnight in the city, I wanted to be able to easily walk over to the theater for my show.
The Row NYC is located right in Times Square, and was only a two minute walk from the theater. The hotel does offer off-site valet parking, if you are driving into the city. Of course, once you arrive, you probably won’t want your car during your stay.
Rooms at the Row NYC Hotel
When I booked my hotel room, I had a few options of room types. There are 28 floors of the hotel, so some of the rooms have great views. Ultimately, since I was by myself and paying for an unexpected room, I opted for the most basic of options – the standard room with one bed.
Other guest room options include Superior, Deluxe City View, Premium City View, Executive Suites, and Penthouse Suites. Definitely review these options to see what the best room is for you before booking.
Admittedly, my standard room was tiny, but that’s not surprising for such a central NYC location. It was perfect for my purposes, however, because I really just needed a place to spend the night. The room included such amenities as free WiFi, a hairdryer, a television, a comfortable bed, television, and a work desk. There was a small closet as well.
If you are staying for a longer NYC vacation, or are visiting with kids, I’d definitely recommend getting a larger room. The room I had really wouldn’t have been a good option with more than one person staying there.
Amenities at the Row NYC Hotel
In addition to the central New York City location, there are some great hotel amenities at the Row NYC. My room, booked directly through the hotel, included a complimentary breakfast at District M. It was a limited breakfast, but I was able to get a beverage, pastry, and fruit for my breakfast before I headed out to the airport. This was a perk that was offered specifically for those booking direct through the hotel, and may vary depending on when you book.
There’s also a fitness center, a food hall, a salon, a candy shop, a sundries shop, and a cycle studio in the building. In the lobby, you’ll find a group of iMacs and printers that can be used by guests. I headed there to print out my Broadway ticket confirmation as well as my new boarding pass. It’s nice to have these available.
This is a very modern, fun hotel. Because it was so affordable, I was so impressed with how nice it is. It’s also a central location and is a bit of a hotspot in the city, because of the City Kitchen food hall.
Resort Fee (Facilities Fee at the Row NYC Hotel)
When you book your stay at the Row NYC, you’ll find that they charge a resort/facilities fee per night. During my stay, it was $30 plus taxes each night (note that as of 2019, the rate is now $40.16 plus tax).
The facilities fee does include a few benefits, including filtered water in the hotel (I had a two plastic cups in my room to fill with the filtered water down the hall), access to the fitness center, printing at the computers, and WiFi. You’ll also get a pass with some discounts at local businesses as part of the fee.
Row NYC Restaurants
While you’ll be steps away from countless delicious restaurants in New York City, there are also some great options available to you. I loved having lunch at City Kitchen, a small food hall that offers several kiosks from local, popular NYC establishments. It’s a busy spot during the day, and it was so convenient to grab a quick lunch.
There are about seven food vendors at City Kitchen, including Luke’s Lobster, Dough, and Box. There’s some seating in the food hall, or right in the Row. During mealtimes, the lobby was bustling with people sitting and eating their purchasing from City Kitchen. Because I was alone and had some work to do, I took my lunch upstairs to my room.
The hotel also offers the District M lounge, which is a cafe throughout the day and a bar in the evenings. If you are looking for a quick drink before heading out or going to bed, it’s a great location. It was definitely busy before I headed out to see the show. This is where I was able to grab my complimentary breakfast items in the morning before heading to the airport.
Customer service at the Row NYC Hotel was great. Check in was very easy. In addition, the concierge at the hotel was very helpful. I needed to arrange transportation back to JFK airport in the morning, and they were able to set that up for me.
When booking your room online direct through the Row NYC, you may be able to take advantage of specials and package deals. Right now, they have Row NYC hidden deal that is offered to guests booking directly on the website. There are also package deals with dining, shopping, and other packages offered. These can be a good deal if you are already planning on doing these other things.
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