The Hudson lobby has quite possibly the most impressive hotel lobby I have ever seen. You enter the building at ground level via a set of lime green lit escalators and emerge in a veritable forest with a great big chandelier and more of that eerie neon light illuminating the place. There is dark wood everywhere which is a theme throughout the hotel.
I was a bit nervous having read some of the reviews of the hotel which bemoan the tiny rooms especially since I was booked into a single but I was pleasantly surprised to see a larger than normal single bed and an inset cupboard that was more than big enough for my suitcase.
The main issue with the room was light. As it was already dark outside when I checked in and there was only one small, very strange, light by the bedside and the entire place was panelled with the same dark wood as the reception area, I really struggled to take any decent pictures and actually left it for a couple of days until I returned it daylight to take these. There was a safe, small chair and desk, TV and fridge in the room so perfectly adequate facilities. Another small problem with the room was the bed; it was comfortable enough but boy was it squeaky! So bloody noisy it’s a good job I wasn’t sharing with anyone else if you know what I mean 😉
The reviews had also complained about the size of the bathrooms but I found mine more than adequate for one. In contrast to the room the bathroom was pure white which made it extremely bright in comparison. I was happy to see there was both a bath and a shower. I would have a shower in the morning to get ready for a day’s exploring and have a good soak in the bath at the end of the night to sooth my legs and feet after the miles of walking around Manhattan. The shower wasn’t the most powerful but it was perfectly OK, the peppermint shampoo that was provided was especially delicious and great for waking you up in the am.
The bathroom was spotlessly clean with the exception of the sink which looked like there had been construction work happening in the area and was filled with dust and debris! I was pleased to see that this was thoroughly cleaned up the following day though.
I couldn’t see a thermostat to control the room temperature at all but despite the weather being -14°c during my visit I never felt cold and slept in my regular pyjamas no layers required.
The hotel has a bar and restaurant neither of which I frequented during my stay so can’t really comment on and there were drink/snack machines on every floor by the elevators. I also discovered (on my last day) the library, which was a magnificent room just to the left of reception with a pool table, roaring fire and lots of squashy armchairs to relax in. There’s also a really cool outdoor courtyard which I’m sure is just delightful in the summer.
It seems like the Hudson has turned into quite the hotspot with the locals too as the bar/club was always busy – although this could also have been because it was both the start of New York Fashion Week and also the weekend of the big NBA All Stars game – so I was surprised to see that the elevators weren’t key activated and just anyone could access the room floors.
For the money I paid $129/night plus tax (which came to just under £100/night) and the location (just by Columbus Circle on the South-West corner of Central Park) I really couldn’t fault the hotel and would be more than happy to return again.
356 W 58th Street
New York City