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Sanctuary Hotel New York
Ranked #71 of 471 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 June 2012

This is the perfect hotel for an overnight stay-cation! I booked a queen room for my husband's birthday. We started the evening with exquisite cocktails and tuna tartar at the rooftop lounge, which is trendy without being pretentious. Our room was tiny, as I expected, but had everything we needed to relax. Rain shower, soft and firm pillows, stocked minibar with snacks, duvet--no gross bedspread, dimable chandelier. The air conditioning wasn't quite cool enough at times and the "closet" was hilariously small, but I'm not complaining. This is not a place to spend a week, especially if you expect square footage. It's the perfect setting for a night away from real life.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Hotel is very nice ... warm staff, comfortable surroundings ... rooms are small, but perfectly fine ... bathroom is not separate from room ... perfectly acceptable when you are traveling alone.

Lobby is intimate, mood lighting, great coffee bar ... but no where to go with a customer to have a meeting without background music.

I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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JeremyPoon, General Manager at Sanctuary Hotel New York, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2012

We appreciate the feedback and will certainly address your concerns in regards to the background music.

We are happy to know that you enjoyed your visit with us.

Best Regards,

Jeremy Poon
General Manger

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Reviewed 15 June 2012

A friend who is a frequent visitor to NYC recommended this hotel, and it lived up to expectations as a well priced boutique hotel, within walking distance of of most places. Friendly staff, and a good service overall.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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JeremyPoon, General Manager at Sanctuary Hotel New York, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Sanctuary Hotel.

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you back.

Best Regards,

Jeremy Poon
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

The Sanctuary is ideally suited to see most of New York, and especially for the Theatre District. The hotel is very chic, with the roof bar extremely popular in the evening with "bright young things". Rooms were stylishly decorated, clean and well-equipped. The staff were extremely helpful and welcoming, and we would especially mention Jacob and Jimmy for their work to make our stay most enjoyable. Thanks for making our special trip extra -special!!

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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JeremyPoon, General Manager at Sanctuary Hotel New York, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2012

Thank you for your feedback.

We are happy to know that you enjoyed your visit with us. Jacob and Jimmy will certainly be happy to hear about your comments.

We hope to see you again soon.

Best Regards,

Jeremy Poon
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

We booked at Sanctuary after reading the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor and cannot put into words how happy we are that we did...but let me give it a shot.

We were booked at Sanctuary in New York for three weeks in three rooms for myself and my husband (Superior King Room), My 67 year old mother (Superior Queen Room), and my parents in Law (the "Sweet"). We were all in New York to celebrate my 30th Birthday (on Memorial Day) and as we were the largest party for the longest stay Sanctuary has had in it's small but stellar history so far, we feel it appropriate to give a complete an honest review here on TripAdvisor.

Our experience began well before we checked in...given there were 5 of us who all wanted different things from our holiday we were in constant email correspondence with the remarkable Jacob Schwartz (Head of Concierge). Jacob was amazing, we mentioned we were "foodies" and gave a list to Jacob of the restaurants we wanted to visit....we are so glad that Jacob threw out our list and instead gave us his "improved" list. We were delighted, every mouthful in every restaurant he sent us to was the most delicious thing we had ever tasted......I'm telling you, DON'T book a restaurant in NYC without consulting this man first, he knows his stuff. Not only was Jacob warm and friendly, precise and accurate (a godsend when you are not familiar with the currency, custom's, etc), but also he does his job SO well that I want him to quit tomorrow, move to Australia, and come and work for me in my furniture store. I'm not joking.

We also wanted to see/do lots of different New York things i.e. Mum wanted to go to the United Nations, we wanted to do a Helicopter ride, my parents in law wanted to see the Naked Cowboy, etc, etc...Jacob made it ALL happen, we also did it without lines/queue's and were treated like royalty everywhere we went. Unbeknownst to me Jacob had told every restaurant he booked that it was my 30th birthday and were given birthday cake/free drinks/special attention everywhere!

Now here is were I want to introduce Jacob's "right hand man"....the equally as stellar Brandon McMillan. Now girls, I'm just telling you know, Brandon is the most gorgeous specimen I've ever seen, at first I found it hard to talk to him because he's just so good looking, but after I got over that I realized that Brandon is just as amazing as Jacob, he went to great lengths to make us welcome. Things like running down to 6th in the pouring rain to bring a cab to the front door of the hotel for us, helping my mum to get a cake from Magnolia Bakery and candles ready for when I came downstairs on my birthday (side note here that all the staff gathered to sing "Happy Birthday" to me and give me a big hug...never felt so special in my life), and organizing THAT night in Astoria....what happens in Astoria stays in Astoria so I'm sorry I can't elaborate.

So now that I've gushed about my two favorite men at Sanctuary let me give you the lowdown on staying there:

Superior King Room - I'll review this room only as this was the one myself and my husband were staying in (I'll leave the others to post their own reviews). The room was small but not as small as some of the reviews here had led me to believe. The bed was very comfortable, the shower is fabulous, and there was heaps of room for us, two suitcases each, and the furniture. The only downside is that the airconditioning is quite loud - too loud to sleep with it on, so we just opened the window during the night to allow a breeze through. As there is no view (the window faces a wall) it's completely quiet and the lack of sunshine allows for a cool breeze. We turned the television on about 15 days into the trip for the first time, there aren't many stations but if your in NYC, staying at Sanctuary, and want to watch TV then there is something very wrong with you.

The Hotel Location/Amenities - Location cannot be beaten...5 doors from the TKTS booth in Times Square, right near two subway stations, tucked away in a quiet street opposite a carpark so not much through traffic. It will be great when the restaurant is done, that was the only thing really missing from the hotel. The free Wi-Fi is great, it's not fast, but good enough for doing status updates and sending emails.The breakfast is fine, not exciting but good for grabbing a quick bagel with your cappuccino before heading out for the day. The housekeeping is quick, go down for a coffee and you'll probably have a made up room by the time you get back! There is no gym/pool/etc but I believe they have an agreement with a local place (we didn't check that out). The decor is great, I really liked the low lighting, asian/contemporary decor, it really felt upper class and exactly as the name suggests..like a "Sanctuary" whenever you got home.

The "Haven" rooftop bar - COMPLETELY AMAZING! OK this place opened about 3 weeks before we arrived (winning!), there are still a few teething problems with making cocktails and wait time for food when it's packed, but I am still rating this place in my top 3 bars in the world. Picture great views, fabulous decor, and the staff....particularly the gorgeous Dyana (server) and Mike (who works the door bringing people up to Haven...please forgive me if I got that name wrong), every time we went upstairs to Haven they had a special spot for us ready and treated all the "Miller's" especially "Princess Caroline" like royalty. We spent a lot of time at Haven and it was fabulous.

The Hotel Staff - As others have mentioned the doormen/reception staff were examples of the best in the world. All 5 of us have traveled extensively and we are amazed how Sanctuary has managed to find the best of the best in every area of the business. I can't remember everyone's names but I want to make particular mention of Julio on the door, the two GORGEOUS girls at reception, Jimmy with his hilarious "British" attitude, Vassilio who does the night shift (hope you enjoyed the McFlurry, sorry we don't remember arriving back with it!), The gorgeous girl on the Spresso bar (she makes a mean coffee...yes other Melbourites you won't be dissapointed).

We booked directly with the hotel, this meant that when we wanted to extend mum's stay and reduce our stay by two nights (for an unscheduled trip to DC) Jeremy could not have been more obliging and made it all happen with no stress.

So as you can gather from this review, I've sort of turned it into a "Thank you" rather than a normal review but it sums up what the Sanctuary is all about. After 3 weeks I realized that they actually do genuinely care about their guests and how much they enjoyed their trip. I think most of the staff tend to take their cue's from Jacob and Brandon, I'm not sure if the place would be the same if those two weren't there setting the example for the other staff. So it's an 'out of the ordinary' review for me but that was our experience and I'm glad to share it..all I can say is book here, have an open mind, and enjoy the best NYC has to offer.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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JeremyPoon, General Manager at Sanctuary Hotel New York, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2012

It was absolutely a sincere pleasure to have you and your entire family here with us at the Sanctuary Hotel.

I can't honestly remember a time where we had so much fun with guests while working. You certainly made our jobs very rewarding in the sense that the staff felt such a sense of accomplishment and appreciation. It motivated them to go above and beyond even more than normal.

We'd like to thank you for writing such a thorough and thoughtful review of your experience here. Just remember that you will always have your home away from home at the Sanctuary Hotel and we certainly look forward to your next visit.

Best Regards,

Jeremy Poon
General Manager

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Address: 132 West 47th Street, New York City, NY 10036-1502
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Times Square / Theater District , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #71 of 471 Hotels in New York City
Price Range: $225 - $627 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sanctuary Hotel New York 4.5*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winner of multiple hospitality awards including International Hotel of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards, the Sanctuary Hotel is a leading Manhattan Lifestyle design hotel that delivers a unique approach to service that is beyond expectations with Sanctuary Hotel very own S.T.A.R. Program (Service Tailored to Any Request). Our S.T.A.R.™ Experienced Concierge Managers are available to assist you with transportation services, restaurant reservations, theater tickets, and anything else that your heart may desire. Sanctuary Hotel New York is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan Theater District near Times Square and Rockefeller Center. A walking distance to Radio City Music Hall, Fifth Avenue Shopping, Bryant Park, Broadway, Hell's Kitchen, Columbus Circle, Central Park and major subway lines. The hotel boasts 113 luxurious rooms decorated with a rich warm palette that includes deep orange, chocolate brown and cognac. Leather headboards and crystal chandeliers add a touch of glamor, with pillow-top mattresses that compliment imported European sheets, duvets and terry. Sanctuary Hotel offers: • Free Breakfast Buffet • Free Wi-Fi internet access • Free Gym Passes to Equinox Fitness Center nearby • Free local and toll-free calls • Concierge and business services TENDER SPORTS BAR: The chic & Intimate Tender Lounge is ideal for enjoying hand-crafted cocktails in a glamorous and eclectic ambiance created by acclaimed designer Josh Held. A polished brass bar anchors the lounge with walnut beaded chandeliers and wood panels, while vintage Parisian table lamps sit atop the silver veined stone top. TENDER STEAK & Sushi Bar and PRIVATE DINING ROOM The chic & Intimate Tender Lounge is ideal for enjoying hand-crafted cocktails in a glamorous and eclectic ambiance created by acclaimed designer Josh Held. Long banquettes with bright turquoise tufted leather line both sides of the lounge and sit against hand-applied murals over original brick walls. HAVEN ROOFTOP LOUNGE AND RESTAURANT – OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND Haven is nothing short of a hot hideaway above the city. The venues feature a French inspired menu created by Chef Madison Belem and an innovative cocktail menu created by mixologist Isaac Grillo. The year-round rooftop transforms its design with each season with the view of Midtown Manhattan Skyline. ... more   less 
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