Visited: August 2014 Rates from $300 per night
The Broome Hotel opened earlier this year in the heart of historic SoHo on Broome Street between Crosby and Broadway. A 14 room boutique hotel with a European influence (not surprising really as the owners are French) and stylish design.
Location: Without a doubt my favourite neighbourhood in Manhattan. This hotel has the perfect location in Soho within reach of Tribeca, Nolita and Little Italy. A couple of minutes walk from the subway, it is easy to access uptown or in the other direction, Brooklyn. This is also shopping paradise with everything from the big designers to one off boutiques.
Decor: I loved the freestanding full length mirrors in the room. Although small (this is the centre of New York I suppose), the rooms are well furnished and the bathroom has a spacious shower. Their own brand of toiletries and a cool emergency pack adorn the bathroom. The minibar is well thought out although no alcoholic drinks as yet (they are waiting on a licence). The queen bed is very comfortable (sounds snooty but I do prefer a King!) and can't complain about our night's sleep, in fact struggled to get up for breakfast!
Reception Staff: The staff are very helpful. A quick check in is always top of my list and this passed perfectly. They were always on hand and happy to give advice, print out museum passes, boarding passes etc. We asked for a late checkout and there was no problem.
Courtyard: The open air atrium at the centre of the hotel is delightful with tables set out for breakfast or generally chilling. It would be even better if you could get drinks/ light snacks throughout the day.
Inclusive rates: I hate when you have to pay extra for everything on top of the room rate itself. This rate includes breakfast, good wi-fi and water (on first night only- don't understand why it's not replaced.)
Breakfast: It's not the breakfast that I have a problem with, in fact the breakfast is ideal. Sourced locally, the breakfast includes fruit, yoghurt, granola, toast, brioche with smoked salmon and a selection of pastries. Juice and tea/ coffee are served to your seat. However, breakfast is served until 11am on the weekend and until 10am on a weekday. On two days we sat down for breakfast in good time, the yoghurt and granola were very low and there were no pastries left. On asking for more we were told once the items had run out that was the end of it. So if you wanted a lie in, basically there was no breakfast for you. This is just not good enough.
Access: I know this can't be helped due to building regulations but the steps at the front of the building are steep. This is not much fun with a heavy bag. There is an option for luggage so make sure you ask for help before you try and lug it up the stairs.
If you are a fan of boutique hotels you will love the Broome, a small individual hotel in a fantastic location. The fact that the hotel has no restaurant is not a problem as you are surrounded by good bars, cafes and restaurants. In my opinion, the breakfast service needs some attention. If you don't like small rooms, opt for a higher room category. Rates are reasonable compared to the bigger hotels in New York although you are obviously not getting all the facilities. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
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