My son and I recently visited NYC to scout out a law school he was accepted to. I found a good travel deal for The Archer and decided I could not pass it up. The Archer is located in the fabric district, which is midtown in the city. It is an easy walking distance to Times Square and some rooms have a view of the Empire State Building.
My first impression was that the hotel was nicely appointed and the staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel has an al fresco dining area outside of main entrance which was too cold to utilize when we were there, and the view was nothing spectacular, it faces office buildings across the way.
Trying to get a room with double beds or queen accommodations in the city is TOUGH and you will pay more for it. The beds were very comfortable, the bathroom shower was great and nicely appointed, and although the room was small, it was well thought out and a very smart use of space.
The rooms were very noisy and I heard conversations coming from both sides. I couldn't tell you what was said, because both conversations were spoken in languages unbeknownst to me, but if they had been spoken in English, I could quote word for word. Not great for light sleepers such as myself.
The wifi is free and the hotel also offers 2 complimentary Fiji waters which was a plus.
The property as a rooftop bar on location named Spyglass. Spyglass has a great view of the Empire State Building and a blocked view of the Chrysler building, (although they don't claim the view is a blocked one). They have craft cocktails as well as a full bar menu. The prices at Spyglass are reasonable for NYC compared to the outrageous prices at the Knickbocker's rooftop bar, St. Cloud.
Check your credit card bill carefully because I had a much higher charge then the package I signed up for. The hotel was very courteous when I called and questioned the charge and they fixed it immediately.
Overall thoughts: I wouldn't pay full price but would recommend it as a stay if you find a travel deal. Rooms are best for singles or a party of 2 - not accommodating enough for anyone who plans on spending much time in their room. Quieter location in the city for those who desire to be away from all the hustle and bustle, but keep in mind the rooms are noisy. Nice atmosphere, comfortable beds, and very clean. Onsite parking valet for those who drive into the city. Trendy, stylish and sophisticated sum it up best.
What is your go-to hotel in NYC or do you prefer to try a new one each time?
*travel photos in this review are not my own