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The Mansfield Hotel

12 West 44th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10036




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The Mansfield Hotel


Updated: Feb 18, 2016


id: stylish boutique hotel

size: 126 rooms

luxury level: luxury level 30

atmosphere: quiet

‘hood: midtown west

room windows open: yes

parking: yes

price: from $143

cool detail: Jay Gatsby slept here (sort of)

hotel photo

By Terry Trucco

At a glance: The Mansfield has been a pretty, not-too-pricey little hotel (126 rooms) since it was first spruced up in the early Nineties. And this French-inflected Beaux Arts building (gleaming copper turrets, expansive bay windows) became even prettier, and still not too pricey, following a makeover in 2007.

I like the whipped-cream white lobby’s impossibly high ceiling – and lavish cornices – and the comp bottled water when you check in. (Too bad there’s almost no place to sit).

But what I really like is the hotel’s A Tale of Two Cities vibe. You see Paris when you look at the polished wood banisters and wrought iron stair guards on the twin staircases connecting the floors.

And the compact wood-paneled library near the front door? Pure London, with floor-to-ceiling book shelves, a library ladder and a fireplace, gas-jetted but potent. The leather club chairs invite you to hang out and the espresso/cappuccino/tea machine spews its brew 24/7.

Alas, the hotel looks unloved in places. The library, while clean, appears more perfunctory than personable. The bookshelves cry out for curation (and restocking -- does anyone really look at leather-bound encyclopedias anymore?). And the front of the building is currently wrapped in a wood construction apron. Let's hope the latter means good things are on the way.

Cool detail:The tiny, carpeted room in the back of the library, a pre-cell phone telephone booth, is outfitted with lipstick red banquettes, ideal for a quiet, if airless, tete-a-tete (and sadly, looking a bit worn on a recent visit).

Rooms: Queen-bed rooms come in three sizes -- small, smaller and smallest. But king-bed rooms are big enough for two people. Suites are available if you crave space; most have velvet sofa beds in the living areas, striped window seats and French doors with decorative frosted glass.

The rooms I saw had imposing rectangular upholstered headboards and were kitted out in manly blacks, tans and creams (a nod to the Mansfield’s origins as a men’s hotel?) with down comforters, 300-thread-count sheets, pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen TVs and – bonus for allergy sufferers -- ebony-stained hardwood floors.

Bathrooms are smartly renovated, most with large stall showers in lieu of tubs. Request a front room if you like streetscapes (and don’t mind street noise).

Food and Drink: A complimentary continental breakfast (cereal, bagels, Danish pastry, coffee, tea, juice) is served daily in the book-lined lounge next to the lobby. There’s no restaurant, but room service is available at breakfast and dinner (and the neighborhood is packed with restaurants).

M Bar serves pricey, trendy drinks (Violet’s Blueberry Martini, the house quaff, costs $15) under a magnificent ceiling. The mood was congenial on a Saturday evening as a School of Norah Jones singer performed on an electric piano. Sipping a Mansfield Elixir (Stoli Vodka, ginger liqueur, honey and lemon -- a cold remedy with punch) I listened as a jovial table of eight nearby discussed politics. And the two women next to me, fresh from an excursion to Chanel, unveiled their purchases (the entire room oohed and aaahed).

Amenities: Free WiFi and shoe shine. Pets allowed, free of charge. IPod clock radios; Aveda bath products. The futuristic-looking fitness center is cool, with a loft for warm-ups and stretches perched above the stylish Italian TechnoGym weight and cardio equipment.

Surroundings: A cool block packed with hotels, clubs (Harvard, Mariners, Penn) and some appealing architecture. Times Square, the Theater District, Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and the New York Public Library are nearby. Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue shopping are slightly further afield. The subway is a four-block walk, and bus stops are steps away.

Back story: This slender site housed an orphanage in the mid 19th-century followed by a three-story brick horse stable servicing the big-time mansions lining Fifth Avenue during New York’s Age of Innocence days. In 1890, architect John Renwick, famed for flashy classics like the New York Public Library, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Bartholomew’s Church, designed the far-less-flashy Mansfield as a stylish bachelor hotel (painter John Butler Yeats, father of poet William, was an early guest).

The building later was home to Max von Gerlach, said to be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for Jay Gatsby. It was recast as a boutique hotel in the 1990s and renovated inside and out in 2007. The hotel is now part of the Denihan Hotel Group.

Keep in mind: Rooms have window air conditioners, old-fashioned radiators and teeny closets. Hallways are extremely narrow. Rooms can be noisy due to street sounds.

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Katherine » What is your benchmark for 'not too pricey'? Love the site.

Terry » "Not too pricey" in New York means in the $200 range -- sad but real.


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