The Hotel Giraffe Review, Suite #506, New York City, NY

Hotel Giraffe, New York City, Exterior

In New York City I must have walked by the corner of 26th and Park Ave South and the Hotel Giraffe several times but never noticed it before this review.  My attention is usually consumed by knowing that one of my favorite restaurants, Blue Smoke, is nearby.   But with just a glance upward I would have noticed something different.  A newer brick boutique hotel with dozens of small balconies overlooking the corner.

Lobby of the Hotel Giraffe

This rather small 72 room luxury hotel was built from the ground up to be something different from a major cookie cutter chain hotel.  A doorman welcomes you into the small but comfortable lobby of the Hotel Giraffe.

Lobby area of hotel.

A mixture of comfortable seats let guests lounge or work in the lobby.  Food, snacks, and beverages are served here at various times of the day.  A rooftop patio is also available.

Hotel Giraffe offers guests wine & cheese in the evening.

Each afternoon you will find complimentary afternoon tea, coffee, cappuccino, espresso, cafe au lait along with cookies and pastries.  From 5-9pm Monday-Saturday evenings a generous wine and cheese service is enjoyed by the guests of the Hotel Giraffe.

Seating area of Suite #506 at the Hotel Giraffe.

The hotel's Suite #506 is a king with sofa bed accommodation.  The sitting room has two comfortable arm chairs , an HDTV with DVD, AM/FM radio, and a sofa bed.  Large floor to ceiling windowed doors open out onto a narrow balcony.

Sofa bed in suite #506.

Warm colors give the room a very restful feeling.  The suite's artwork is minimal and understated.  A small coat closet is located just beside the entry door.

Hallway to bedroom with mini-bar, closet, bathroom.

A mini-bar area, large closet and the entrance to the bathroom are located in the hallway that connects the sitting room to the bedroom.  This suite is mirrored on each of the hotel's 10 floors.

Mini-Bar, frig and books.

A well stocked mini-bar refrigerator is in a bright, mirrored alcove that also has a few interesting books.  Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes, by Lynn Sherr, is provided in each room and gives guests and interesting insight into these unique animals.

Bathroom with Shower/Tub.

The bathroom is small when compared to the rest of the suite, but very well appointed.  Towels and supplies are basic and plentiful.  A lighted makeup mirror makes a great night light.  The comfortable bathtub/shower was welcome, especially after spending a long day on your feet in the City.

King Bed in suites bedroom.

Beyond the bath is the bedroom with its own door separating it from the rest of the suite.  High quality bed linens with maroon accents compliment the warm tones of the bedroom. The king bed was comfortable and plenty of pillows are provided. Double-paned windows cut down on street noise.  I found it very quiet compared to other New York City hotels I've visited.

Wide desk in the suites bedroom. Closets on either side.

A very wide desk has plenty of room for spreading out your work, or for just organizing your personal gear.  Two closets on either side of the desk have drawers, hanger space, and a TV.  It is odd that the TV is an old standard definition model.  The hotel provides a full range of TV/Cable channels.  The suite had a wired internet connection at the desk and WiFi.  The WiFi was strong and fast in both rooms.

Tall windows open to Juliet balcony overlooking Park Avenue.

An unexpected treat in the sitting room is a narrow balcony which in suite #506 opens out onto Park Avenue South.  The floor to ceiling glass doors provide a view up and down Park Ave and washes the room with natural light.

Continental breakfast service.

The Hotel Giraffe provides a simple but well stocked breakfast daily.  It lets you get up and on your way quickly in the morning.  Mon-Fri 7 am-10:30am, Sat & Sun 7am-11am.

Piano in lobby area of New Yorks Hotel Giraffe.

The lobby offers plenty of comfortable seating along with the morning New York papers.  Note: The hotel does not have a gym.  They do offer guests passes to a nearby gym.  A Subway stop is just a block away.  Details at .  It is an easy walk to Grand Central Terminal.

Exterior of Hotel Giraffe.

The simple elegance found in the rooms is mirrored on the exterior of the Hotel Giraffe.  The hotel is an non-smoking facility.  You can smoke on the inviting rooftop patio if it is not being used for a private function.

Street view of Hotel Giraffe.

Due to the nature of what I do.  I rarely stay at the same property more than once.  I'm always looking for additional options for my readers.  But New York's Hotel Giraffe is one of those spots that has me wanting to break the rules and return.

Living it Up in New York at Hotel Plaza Athenee

New York City is considered one of the hottest and chicest locations to visit. Of course, if you’re visiting the city, you might as well do so in style. The Hotel Plaza Athenee is situated very close to the famous Central Park and combines the elegance of European styling with a personal experience that you will surely remember in the years to come. This is itself makes it a good choice for a luxury accommodation, aside from its very strategic location.

Entrance to the Plaza_Athenee of New York City
If you’re the type who enjoys the cosmopolitan lifestyle, you will definitely have a wonderful time here, especially if you stay in the Upper East Side area.  So if you want to go shopping or simply take in the sights of Manhattan, you will find that everything is practically at your doorstep.

Superior guestroom at Plaza Athenee Hotel
The Hotel Plaza Athenee boasts of a wide selection of rooms and suites to suit various preferences, occasions, and budget specifications. If you intend to go out a lot and just want a simple room, both the Classic and Superior are great choices. They may not be considered hotel suites, but they are so well-furnished that you might as well be staying in one. They combine elegant furnishings and lovely bathrooms with the latest in entertainment equipment.

Athenee Hotels Premiere Balcony Suite
If you’re visiting the city to celebrate a special occasion or if you simply want to give yourself a treat, then you can choose from the various types of suites. From your suite, whether Classic, Penthouse, or Presidential, you can marvel at the gorgeous Manhattan skyline. Aside from having the enjoyment of space and luxurious furnishings, you also have access to kitchen equipment.

The Thai Suite at the Plaza Athenne in Manhattan
If you want something a bit more exotic, book the Thai Suite. It is bedecked in elegant silk with intricate patterns as well as special Thai-inspired furnishings. It is a suite that is truly fit for royalty.

Spoil yourself just a bit more by enjoying the services of the Plaza Athenee Spa, which carries only the best Swiss and German skin care and cosmetic lines. You can just close your eyes and know that you are getting truly world-class treatment.   

As if the experience were not special enough, the Hotel Plaza Athenee offers even more options to make your stay even more memorable, without piling on the cost. For instance, it offers special packages for events such as Easter and Mother’s Day. Aside from the usual seasonal promotions, though, there are also other promotions available for extended periods of time. There is a package for everyone! Visit the Website.

Children will also love the Pillows and Penguins Package, which comes with gifts and tickets to the zoo. On the other hand, stressed-out parents can either kick back and enjoy a nice massage by availing of the Spa Package or rekindle their romance with a special package for couples.

If you’re going to be in town with your girlfriends, you might want to check out the Sex and the City Package, too. You’ll have access to a stylish limousine, eat out at the hot spots, and enjoy great shopping deals. What more can a girl ask for?

Weddings and Meeting Rooms
The Hotel Plaza Athenee is not just for small groups. It can also accommodate large numbers of people for meetings, conventions, and weddings. The Le Trianon can accommodate around a hundred people. Simply specify your purpose, and the hotel staff will be happy to arrange the room accordingly. Smaller gatherings can make use of the Private Dining Room or other lounge areas.

If you’re staying with the family, do away with the hassles of making your own museum bookings by getting in touch with the hotel staff. They will be happy to assist you as you plan your daytrips.

Atrium Terrace at New York's Athenee Hotel
New York City has always lived up to its reputation as one of the most exciting metropolitan areas to visit. You, your family, and your friends are sure to have the experience of a lifetime. Why hold back? Take the experience level up a notch by staying at the Hotel Plaza Athenee and take New York on in style! Photos provided by the Hotel.