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Life Hotel

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very special and intimate space to stay when you are working and running all over. The rooms are smallish but with 5 star amenities. The building is full of publishing history. Life magazine was published here and many of the most respected photographers brought their films here to be edited. LIFE lives on! More to come....

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Maribel V, General Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Eileen e, Thank you so much for your fantastic review! Here at the Life Hotel, we take pride in making our guests’ stay as comfortable, enjoyable and relaxing as possible. We are so glad you had such a nice time and hope to see you the next time you are New York City! Please feel free to reach out...

Austin, Texas
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a well-located hotel in an historic building. And YES, it is under renovation and completely horrible to stay in right now. The rooms smell like paint, the lobby is a disaster. All you have read is true. But also, they won't be a 4-star hotel when they are done. Not only is there no fridge/mini-bar in your room,...

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Maribel V, Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback from your experience at Life Hotel. We strive to present our guests with the best quality, comfort and value possible. We sincerely apologize for the poor stay as this is certainly not representative of the experience we pride ourselves in offering our guests. We have forwarded your comments...

Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Good location, small but reasonably appointed room. BUT, having no hot water, waiting an eternity for the one elevator and having someone start vacuuming outside my door at 6:45 am on a Saturday would all tell me that this place is not ready to receive guests. The lobby is still under construction..but, honestly it is the no hot water and...

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Maribel V, Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We strive to present our guests with the best quality, comfort and value possible. We sincerely apologize for your poor stay as this is certainly not representative of the experience we pride ourselves in offering our guests. We do hope you'll give us another chance to deliver especially once our...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I just checked in. The lobby is a construction zone and the room smells like fresh paint. Really unpleasant to arrive to this after a long flight. Sort of amazing they opened while still under construction...

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Maribel V, Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

Greetings, Mr.Pospisil, Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback from your experience at Life Hotel. We strive to present our guests with the best quality, comfort and value possible. We sincerely apologize for the poor stay as this is certainly not representative of the experience we pride ourselves in offering our guests. We have forwarded your...

Sudbury, Massachusetts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful stay at this new Herald Square hotel. Huge ceiling rooms with light and airy feel, uncommon in NYC. Huge 60" HDTV with big line-up of HD channels. Cool feature, could stream OTT content and see my Google content, first hotel to do BYOD correctly.....watched dozens of YouTube Videos in 4K and just BINGED on streaming TV shows......great staff and...

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Maribel V, Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

Hi! Thomas, Thank you for choosing LIFE HOTEL and for your five star review your feedback is very important to us. we are thrilled to learn you had a great stay with us. It's great to hear you enjoyed our Huge 60" TV and we are happy to hear our staff was wonderful . Thank you again Thomas for celebrating...

Amsterdam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cutting off your nose to spite your face is not the best tactic to use when opening a hotel in one of the most competitive cities as New York. The owners, as it seemed to us, were so eager to garner revenue that they opened the doors to this death trap of a hotel WAY before it was ready. A...

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Maribel V, Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

Hello DKGAmsterdam, Thank you very much for your review, we appreciate and value your honest feedback as we are continuously working on improving ourselves here at LIFE HOTEL. DKGAmsterdam we are disheartened to here about your experience. We can certainly understand your frustrations and concerns as we move forward, we'd like our guests to stay with us in confidence and...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at the Life Hotel for 2 nights last week and it was GREAT! I took the redeye and arrived by 6.45am at the Hotel. They greeted me very nicely and said that my room was ready. As I was waiting for my key, the chef of the hotel came by and offered me coffee, I call that great...

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Maribel V, Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

Hi! Victoire, Thank you for choosing LIFE HOTEL and for your five star review your feedback is very important to us. We are thrilled to learn you had a great stay here at LIFE HOTEL. It's great to hear you enjoyed one of our spacious rooms and wonderful bed. Our ideal location makes it all the more important to provide...

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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

The Life Hotel is the former Herald Square hotel which is currently undergoing major renovations. We booked a room a few weeks ago for a last minute trip travelling from London, and a few days prior to arriving I had read some reviews on trip advisor saying that the hotel had not yet been completely renovated. I called the hotel...

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Maribel V, Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear that your stay here at the Life Hotel was disappointing. We are constantly striving to improve our guests' experiences and reviews such as yours allow us to do this. All the issues you noted will be addressed and we hope that you will consider us on your next trip to New York City once...

Cincinnati, Ohio
Reviewed 13 April 2017

OMG. I love LIFE! The charm from the prior hotel along with multiple upgrades brings a whole new ambience to this upgraded boutique hotel. From the reception team to the housekeeping staff, everyone provided stellar service and always wore a smile. (To me when you are happy about where you work, it rolls over to its customers) Thank you for...

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Maribel V, Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Diana B, Thank you so much for your fantastic review! Here at the Life Hotel, we take pride in making our guests’ stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Our ideal location makes it all the more important to provide our guests with a pleasant place to return to after a day of shopping or exploring the city. We...

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Very nice hotel located near the Empire State Building. Very pleasant staff with a great gasp for hospitality. The hotel being not completely finished makes you curious what more will follow. We saw the sketches for the bar and restaurant... looking good!No complains about the construction noises, after 5 PM it's quiet. And who spends the day at his hotelroom?...

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Maribel V, Manager at Life Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Marcel d, Thank you so much for your fantastic review! Here at the Life Hotel, we take pride in making our guests’ stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Our ideal location makes it all the more important to provide our guests with a pleasant place to return to after a day of shopping or exploring the city. We...

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Welcome to Life Hotel, centrally located in midtown in the NoMad neighborhood between the Emipre State building and world-famous Flatiron building,. From nearby Pennsylvania Station, we’re minutes away by train from the United Nations, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, museums and shopping. In the original building that once housed LIFE magazine, the 98-key hotel has been restored to its former glory with the additions of an intimate namesake restaurant Life Restaurant, lobby bar and basement speakeasy. Inside the newly renovated guest rooms, ranging from “Classic Queen” to “Premium King” and multi-room “Suites,", features include; Pillow top Beautyrest® Simmons mattress voted “best hotel beds 2016”, offering amenities and services like all-natural, socially conscious LATHER bath products, access to a 24/7 fitness facility outfitted with Peloton stationary bikes, and a pet-friendly policy, a stay at Life Hotel is easy. Need a restaurant recommendation or reservation? Forgot your toothbrush? Craving a bacon-egg-and cheese after a night out? Life Hotel’s awesome, friendly staff is only a text message or call away. Come for the night, stay for Life. Life Restaurant, by veteran restauranteur Stephen Hanson and seasoned NYC chef Michael Vignola offers a vegetable-centric, seasonally-driven menu of sustainable and wild-caught seafood dishes and pastas, much of which will be prepared in a wood-burning oven. Chef Vignola focuses on locally-sourced ingredients from the New York area as well as from the hotel’s own rooftop Chef’s Garden where the menu will include playful riffs on classic dishes paired with a beverage program offering handcrafted cocktails, and an extensive, thoughtful “wines by the glass” program. The basement bar will offer classic cocktails harkening back to the days LIFE magazine staffers used this space as their own speakeasy. The space can also be utilized as private dining or meeting space for up to 60 people. ... more   less 

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Address: 19 West 31st Street, New York City, NY 10001-4402
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Price Range: $293 - $629 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Life Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 98
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Also Known As:
Hotel Herald Square
Herald Square Hotel New York
Hotel Style:
#199 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#236 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#239 Family Hotel in New York City
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