New York City has an amazing amount of hotels to stay at. I know it can be hard to choose because there are so many. People ask me all the time best areas or hotels to recommend. I won a one night staycation at the Arlo Midtown in New York City and of course I wanted to share information and my experience.
Arlo Midtown is located in Midtown Manhattan in the Garment District. It is not far from Herald Square, Times Square, Hudson Yards, and even New Jersey. There is no shortage of things to do, see, and eat in the area. I will say due to the area, you may see homeless people, especially since the city was using hotels to house the homeless during the pandemic. Despite that, it is a good base to site-see.
Walking into Arlo Midtown the first thing I noticed was it smelled really good. The front desk is a few steps away from the entrance. The decor was really nice and I saw some lounge areas to sit on the way to check in. What I thought was different and cool was the elevator banks. In order to use the elevators, your room key must be tapped on a screen and it tells you which elevator to go to. There are no buttons for the floors inside the elevator.
There are 489 rooms. In true New York City fashion they are small. The average size room at the Arlo Midtown is 175 square feet. I was given a King Urban room on the 18th floor. Although small, it was very nice and modern.
There was a ton of accent lighting. No closet, but there was a place to sit your belongings and hang things up. A long skinny couch also had some storage under it as well. Under the bed is a drawer with a safe. I also located a pull out fridge with 2 bottles of water.
A full length mirror is in the room and a hair dryer and steamer are hanging next to it. Raining? No problem there is a big umbrella in the room as well. The bathroom is very nice and has a walk in shower. The mirror has some backlighting.
The bed is of course a king size and is very comfortable. 2 small night stands are on each side. The nightstand also has outlets for plugs and USB. Right across the bed on the wall is a 55 inch LED Samsung TV.
The best thing was the views! Gazing out the window seeing The Edge and being in the heart of the city was great. The hotel is near the Lincoln Tunnel and there was a view of the Hudson River and New Jersey out of one of the windows.
The Arlo Midtown has some nice amenities. There is a roof top bar to enjoy the city views. There is also a terrace with a garden vibe to enjoy a drink or light appetizer. There is a private lounge that connects to Nearly Ninth restaurant and a coffee bar. Since there is no room service, the coffee bar is you best bet for snacks and beverages as it is open 24/7.
There are plenty of places to sit and talk or just relax for a moment around the hotel. Alcoves to hold meetings or get some work done can also be found with outlets and a television. 2 studios for meetings or events are also located at the Arlo.
I was impressed with the size of the fitness center. It was fairly large and had weights, a boxing bag, ellipticals, treadmills, a barre, and a bunch of other equipment. It was spacious and also had a water refill as well. The gym is open 24 hours a day.
Into riding bikes? The Arlo offers complimentary bikes that come with a basket, bell, and lock. If you drove there is valet, but it comes at a price of $55 for cars and $65 for oversized vehicles. Parking in the area isn’t the best unless you are parking between 7pm-6am.
If you are looking for a place to stay when visiting New York City or even a staycation, this is a nice hotel to consider. I would recommend it. I enjoyed it and would love to stay there one day with a terrace room! Treat yourself if you can with one of those rooms!
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