Rated 1 out of 5 by Bill1419 Unacceptable experience on many levels
I've been a loyal global W hotel guest for 5 years but the experience in NYC Lexington Ave. was terrible. After multiple discussions with the staff prior to arrival, our late check in and adjoining rooms were not provided (and I was traveling with minors). Our complaints were dismissed and there was no communication of our concerns from one manager to the next, leaving us with uncomfortable accommodations for 4 nights. Add in the noise from the banging water pipes in the hallway, and I feel as if I was taken advantage of by the cost of the stay. A large part of the issue seems to be the overall apathetic attitude of the majority of the staff and general lack of ownership by the team (which was uncharacteristic for a W Hotel). An example is that for the 15 or so times I called the "anytime, anywhere" line, I was forwarded to an answering machine consistently. I've complained to the W Hotel after the trip, but the location continues to take no responsibility for their lack of service and execution, even getting the details of my complaint wrong in their feedback. In the end, my family and I had what should have been a wonderful vacation turn into a frustrating stay due to the staff and accommodations. Add in the fact that SPG doesn't give you credit for stays booked through a third party and I can't imagine ever using the W Hotels for travel in the future, business or pleasure.
January 28, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Steele9153 Save your time - skip this property
I don't often feel compelled to write reviews but when I see the amount of people choosing this property for special events like anniversaries or birthdays, I want to be sure that they seriously consider other options.
I recently stayed from December 14-18 on business, with family accompanying me to enjoy NYC at Christmas.
I booked a pre pay rate and used suite upgrade nights/pre planning with my Ambassador to try to make the stay memorable for my little girl. From the moment I walked into the property to the time I left, we had a difficult stay.
When we checked in, we were placed in a suite that was filthy. There was food stuck to the small couch, it smelled musty, and there was a piece of plastic molding swinging free from the bathroom door frame. I went downstairs to alert management and they said they would send an engineer up. We waited for the engineer to come, and he fixed the molding. However, while waiting for the engineer, I noticed that the bathroom was very dirty, particularly the shade on the window, which was caked with dirt. I ran a towel across it and it came back dirty, so I headed back down to the desk to alert them. The man at the desk was annoyed at seeing me again, and simply blurted out "do you want a new room?" I said if I could, I would appreciate it. By this time, my wife and daughter were quite hungry and we were in the lobby headed out to eat. However, the man at the desk said "can you move now? we need that room."
Annoyed at the attitude of the front desk folks, I saw the manager at the other end of the counter and I let him know what was happening. I even asked if it was possible to perhaps buy my way up to to a better suite. The manager raised his head, seemingly perturbed at my question (like I was trying to get something for free, which I wasn't) and said there weren't any available because of space limitations (despite the fact that another gentleman at the front desk had told me the direct opposite minutes before and I could see availability on my mobile app). He was also sure to remind me that i already received a 'complimentary' upgrade to a suite from a cozy room (I had used suite night awards, actually).
When the manager eventually called to check on the new room (which was fine, except for the fact that the temperature in the room was difficult to control) he offered free breakfast for our trouble (which we were already getting as my platinum amenity) He then offered 5,000 points.
The amenity that I had arranged with my Ambassador for my wife and daughter never arrived.
Upon checkout, the manager actually said "you'll be receiving a survey, we would appreciate a positive review."
I was going to let it go, but then I noticed when the points posted that I was awarded 1,000 points, not 5,000.
Look, as a very frequent traveler, I realize things happen. Rooms are dirty, things don't work, etc. It just happens. But the lesson learned here is that, quite simply, the team here does not react well to these things. We weren't made to feel very welcome, actually reminded that the hotel felt they'd already gone out of their way for us, and did very little to amend the situation. A pre-arranged amenity, while a small gesture, never arrived, and the management team obviously tried to get away with providing fewer goodwill points than promised.
With so many other SPG options in NYC, and other options in general, I very much encourage you to seek other options. Particularly if you are coming for a special occasion.
I don't mean to be negative, but this was a seriously disagreeable experience.
December 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by higheredtraveler This hotel does not cater to business clients--maybe it never did
I can deal with the rooms being small, the lack of upgrades, the furniture showing wear and tear...but the final straw was that they no longer serve any kind of a grab and go breakfast in the lobby. You can't even get a cup of coffee without calling room service from a phone in the lobby--seriously. I am done. I will not use this hotel again. I've lost my patience.
February 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Junior81 Best in the business
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay this weekend. Thank you for helping to make our celebration a memorable one.
February 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by LandedSPG Barely a W-Hotel, but not the worst option!
Ok, I got the W-Lexington (as I call it) ranked higher than the W-Time Square. I can justify myself, so be warned.
If you must stay at a W in NYC and you can't afford the W-Time Square prices and for some reason don't want to venture downtown, then this is your only logical choice, unless you really want to slum it (W-standards) and walk over to the W-Union.
The prices, although steep and out of whack for the age of the hotel and location are still more affordable than the W-Union and W-Times Square. However, if you want a good neighborhood style location and want to tell people you were/are staying at the W, then come here. I can't recommend it over your other alternatives, but I can suggest it if you can find a good promotion or a geographical reason.
I really don't know if this place even has facilities other than rooms but I can tell you there is no sense to the true whenever/whatever experience the W-brand tries to create.
Also, expect zero PLAT benefits and generally limited service.
This hotel is well, well below the category 6, 5 or 4 standards for any W you would come to expect. In fact, I dare say, prepare for category 3 standards. But it's still a W, whatever that means anyway.
November 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by PeteyHw Best stay ever!
Just really want to thank the staff for an amazing weekend! The room was spectacular! Everything from the lobby, bar to the stuff was top notch. I will not stay anywhere else when I'm in NYC. Thanks again!
February 20, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Dv23 W Lexington Needs improvement
this was the third time I stayed at a W hotel and I would not recommend the W on Lexington to anyone. the rooms look worn out as the carpets and furniture look terrible. The room had an odor as the whole hotel did.. I would have a really tough time staying at a W hotel again. the staff in the hotel was also pretty rude as the woman who checked us in seemed like she didn't care to be working there .
My fiance was supposed to stay here for her bachelorette party, but she is now cancelling it due to the experience we had..
I only complain when it needs to be done and unfortunately, this is one of those times.
June 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by PM1982 Good facilities, but staff is not responsive
Overall good hotel, good facilities, but staff needs to be a lot more responsive.
Case in point - I needed a folio for one of my stays and the hotel staff sent me an invoice for $8.73. Of course, I couldn't be staying by paying $8.73, right?
I called the reception 3 times, only to be redirected to the Accounting group, which never answers calls. No, it wasn't a weekend or after 5PM on a weekday, it was a perfect Monday afternoon
December 29, 2014