Arrival Experience: The brand new boutique Quin hotel (it opened at the end of 2013) successfully blends contemporary chic with subtle style to reveal what is actually a surprisingly large property in Midtown Manhattan. Friendly bellstaff swing open large glass doors to usher guests into the naturally lighted lobby. A trio of reception staff man the front desk to assist in all-things formality-related. Waiting guests are gifted bottles of water and assisted with any city-related questions by the dedicated attaché staff. Plentiful artwork adorns the lobby, which winds further back from the main street to find a living area with Internet-equipped Mac workstations and plump seating. Two elevators do the heavy lifting to carry guests to their rooms, which can be nearly two dozen floors up.
Dining: Three meals a day are served in the street-facing, ultra-modern Wayfarer restaurant, which doubles as a cocktail bar during the late evening hours. The dual-level eatery specializes in regional seafood, but stops at nothing to provide a memorable and sleek dining experience. Decor is sleek and worthy of conversation as it blends together both a clubby and trendy vibe well. Three private dining rooms add to the dining options for groups, and brunch proves especially popular with the weekend crowds.
Accommodations: Guest rooms here seem plucked from a trendy Martha Stewart catalog with notable touches like Dux bedding with Sferra Venetian bed linens, Fresh organic toiletries, and smart color patterns. Most of the room's electronic functions are handled from a touchscreen pad by the bed that controls air conditioning, lighting, and the window shades. Bathrooms are awash in marble, most with deep soaking tubs and drenching rain showers. Separate glassed-in water closets add a European touch. Leather armchairs on swiveling casters draw up to spacious work desks, and a deconstructed minibar and flat-screen cable TV round out the counterspace. In another corner sits complimentary bottled water and Nespresso machines with pods changed at the request of a hat. It seems that every inch of this property is bathed in luxury, a fact that begins in the carpeted corridors, but extends all the way into the rooms.
Conclusion: Free wireless Internet signals are available throughout the hotel, and fitness buffs can take advantage of the hotel's modern fitness center with Technogym equipment. The foundation for art here is quite strong with notable masterpieces found at every turn in addition to an artistic motif found in the guest rooms and small touches from the stationery to the bottled water with sheet music on the inside label. Meeting space to small groups will find this a unique and impressive alternative to the main brand links in the heart of town. There is no doubt that this up-and-coming New York star will surely impress even the most discerning traveler.