Visiting New York and not sure where to stay? Well, if you love boutique hotels for their homey feel, HGU New York is the number one pick for you!
HGU New York
Address: 34 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016, United States
Phone Number: +1 212-779-3432
Check-In Time: 3:00PM*
Check-Out Time: 12:00PM
*We were granted an earlier check-in at 1:00PM at no additional charges.
HGU New York, located in NoMad, is part of the Small Luxury Hotels collection and has been coined one of New York City’s best boutique hotels by Forbes. Its historic 1905 Beaux Arts structure spans across 10 floors and houses 89 rooms. As to this day, much of the building’s original, historic architectural charms have been preserved making it an old-world gem with modern flair.
We’d stayed at a different hotel in Times Square prior to checking in at HGU hence did not arrive directly from the airport. However, Midtown Manhattan and NoMad are only about a 5 to 10-minute drive away. Having said that, getting from LaGuardia Airport (closest airport to HGU) to our first hotel took approximately an hour by taxi and cost us $44.42 USD. This was inclusive of a $10 rush hour surcharge and do keep in mind that New York has terrible traffic. Depending on your arrival time and how busy the roads are, it may or may not take as long/cost as much to get to HGU by cab.
HGU offers five different room types from Queen and Queen Deluxe to King, King Deluxe, and King Suite. (Additionally, there an exclusive Joko Suite, as named after John Lennon and Yoko Ono to honor patrons that HGU used to host.) King Suite is the second biggest and can sleep up to four people. It features one king-size bed and one queen-size pull-out sofa bed in the living room.
Two full bathrooms with the right one being the ensuite bathroom.
What I love about staying at boutique hotels is that sense of homeyness. HGU’s room layout very much resembles that of an apartment suite. Talk about an ideal home away from home!
Osteria Lumaca is HGU’s newest Italian restaurant by celebrity chef John DeLucie. (It opened in October 2019 and our visit was mid-November.) Lumaca in Italian means “snail” and the restaurant perfectly exemplifies the Italian way of enjoying a meal, which is by savoring each bite slowly and truly appreciating the experience.
Lights are dimmed for dinner service. Super romantic!
Hamachi. Yellow tail, citrus, crispy rice cake, black garlic aioli.
Arancini. Lascarpone, black truffle, regiano, lemon aioli.
Paccheri Al Forno Con Cingale. Large tubular pasta, wild boar ragù.
Bistecca. NY strip steak, roasted marble potatoes, garlic, arugula.
Crostata Di Mele E Pere (apple and pear tart, vanilla gelato) left; Pistacchio Tiramisu right. Selected by our server.
The food was absolutely divine and I adored the Arancini and Bistecca. Since DeLucie is originally from Puglia, Lumaca’s dishes are heavily influenced by his Southern Italian roots. I would say that items on the menu aren’t what you would find at a typical Italian restaurant and are definitely worth a try. Service was superb as well and I highly recommend dining here!
Around the Area
Grand Central Station.
Great thing about staying at HGU is that it is within walking distance to major attraction sights like Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, Flatiron Building/Eataly NYC Flatiron, and Grand Central Station. (Times Square is also relatively close although the walk takes 20 minutes give or take. We did it so it’s doable, but this might not be considered “walking distance” for everyone.) And of course, you can’t forget about Koreatown either. If you’re an adventurous foodie looking for a new culinary experience, there are plenty of KBBQ choices in the area too.
Amenities: ★★★☆☆ (no gym, meeting/banquet facilities available, one restaurant, rooftop bar, no pool)*
Value of Price: ★★★★★
Internet Access: Complimentary
*While there are no gym or health and wellness facilities onsite, HGU has partnered with local gym, meditation center, and spa. Note that hotels in New York also generally do not have pools.
- Extremely friendly and hospitable staff
- Reception provided us with countless activity and restaurant recommendations.
- The bell boy helped with luggage to our room + gave a great tour of our suite.
- Within walking distance to major attraction sights
- Spacious lobby lounge
- Perfect for waiting around for taxis or just lounging after check-out
- 24-hour room service
- Pets are allowed
- Incredibly roomy suite – especially for New York standards
- Our suite had two full bathrooms
- No fighting for the washroom in the morning or debating who gets to shower first!
- Only two bottles of complimentary water for the room
- There is water for purchase in the minibar or you can even drink water straight from the tap.
- One of the bedside lamps was broken
Lastly, this isn’t a pro or a con, but the room was a little dark. I’ve noticed that this is quite common for hotels in New York though. I’m guessing it’s because all the buildings are so close together that it’s hard to get natural light in. This may bother some, but I for one did not mind it.
To get a better sense of what the room looks like, check out my latest vlog from 5:19 to 6:49.
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