A Review of the Redbury Hotel New York- Step into Music History
Location: Midtown New York City
If you are looking for a boutique hotel with a bit of history and personality for your stay in New York City, look no further than The Redbury Hotel. With a great location near the corner of 29th and Park, walking to everything is easy and convenient.
Nearby attractions and activities include Times Square, Broadway, if you would like to see a show, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Empire State Building, and a variety of good restaurants and bars from which to choose. If you are coming for a concert or event you are walking distance to Madison Square Gardens.
A perfect place to base yourself for a quick New York City stopover or a weekend in Midtown.
Located in Tin Pan Alley, which was the headquarters of the American music scene in the mid 1900’s, the hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. (For music trivia lovers- there was a Tin Pan Alley in London as well.)
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Public Spaces at The Redbury Hotel
When you enter The Redbury Hotel off Park Street you step into a wide hallway with red velvet curtains and sepia-toned pictures. You leave the hustle and bustle of New York behind and enter a more relaxing era, as you journey down the hallway to reception.
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There is not really a lobby in the hotel, just the hallway to reception and the restaurant off to the left as you enter. There is a bar/lounge which also serves as overflow seating from the restaurant. There are no spa or gym facilities in the hotel.
Guest Rooms at The Redbury Hotel
Our room was a king suite on a corner. It was spacious and actually had two full bathrooms, which we jokingly referred to as his and hers! There was a sitting room and separate bedroom with a small desk.
The décor features red (maybe from the name The Redbury?) and pays some homage to its musical heritage. The old-fashioned looking record player you can see on the nightstand in the left of the picture is one such functional piece. It is a docking station/radio.
The room was quiet and dark at night so we were able to catch up on our missed night’s sleep, after having traveled on an overnight flight. The bed, with luxurious pillows and linen, was incredibly comfortable. Reviews of the hotel mentioned the comfortable bed, and I can see why!
Despite two closets, one in each room, there was not a lot of room to unpack as there was other “stuff” in both closets; ironing board, safe, bar fridge, extra linen. There was some hanging space and hangers. It was adequate to unpack for our three night stay.
Food and Beverage
There is a bar/lounge on the street level. It serves a continental breakfast (additional charge) in the morning. Complimentary coffee is available just outside the lounge for guests.
MARTA, the restaurant within the hotel is an Italian pizzeria. You need to make a reservation as it is extremely popular. The atmosphere in the restaurant is vibrant. You can see the staff making pizzas at the wood fired oven. It’s also a great place just to have a drink and people watch.
MARTA has adopted a no tipping policy. Service is included in the price. If you like Italian-style gourmet pizza, this is a fantastic choice even if you aren’t a hotel guest.
We would like to say how smooth check-in was and that our request for an early check-in was accommodated, but it wasn’t so.
Despite making a request for early check-in at the time of booking several weeks earlier and corresponding again regarding airport transfer and check-in, upon arrival I was told the room was not ready. In fact the previous guest was granted a late check-out. Further, when asked if they could call me when the room became available (after enduring an overnight flight) I was told “no”. So not off to a great start.
At least they stored our luggage for us.
There is a porter/valet but no one met us on arrival and we had to deal with our own luggage from the car to the reception desk. Someone did come to the room to collect our luggage upon departure.
The restaurant was the highlight as we probably would not have discovered it had we not been staying at The Redbury Hotel. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bath robe was one of the best I have found in a hotel. Tempting to buy one for use at home!
The lowlight was arrival, as mentioned previously.
Summary of our Review of The Redbury Hotel in Midtown, New York City
Despite the rocky check-in process, the hotel did redeem itself throughout the course of our stay. The hotel is boutique and tastefully decorated. The hotel is well located in Midtown, New York City. It’s quiet, comfortable and the heavy curtains ensure a nicely darkened room at night. The in-house restaurant at The Redbury Hotel is a cut above the usual hotel option and is a culinary highlight.
There is a concierge at the hotel, and they were quite helpful in assisting us to find an open jewelry store to change a watch battery for us.
The hotel also has some personality, which we like in a hotel.