The Bernic, New York
Despite its location on a rather unglamorous – but quiet – strip in Midtown East, the Bernic is in close proximity to New York's hottest restaurants and tourist sights such as the Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Station and, for cheap eats, Urban Square Lexington is hard to beat. There's also plenty of amenities around the block.
Part of The Tapestry Collection by Hilton, its smaller, boutique hotel brand, The Bernic is a fairly new addition to New York City, opening in mid-2017. A smallish hotel, it has 22 floors of rooms with a tiny reception area staffed by friendly and helpful staff. A whimsical Italian restaurant Allora is alongside the reception area on the ground floor. It also serves breakfast (not included in the room rate). There's also Alto, the hotel's cute rooftop bar with good views of the Chrysler Building. Guests can access the nearby New York Health and Racquet Club, as there is no on-site gym or pool.
The light-filled rooms with floorboards are functional and clean, furnished with white linen on Stern and Foster luxury beds, and there's a desk with business-like swivel chairs, Nespresso coffee machine and plenty of powerpoints and USB ports. Bright bathrooms feature double showers, heated floors and Beekman toiletries from Upstate New York. My room has a small balcony with decent views of other rooftop bars and apartments in the vicinity, but it was a bit small to do anything else other than admire the views and take a few photos.
The service is very friendly and helpful, with not much required other than checking in and out. I was directed to a handy touchscreen service for tourists visiting New York, which directs you to top local sights, restaurants and bars, and also has novel Seinfeld and Sex in the City points of interest which you can have emailed to your phone.
As the hotel is in the heart of Midtown, there is no shortage of sights, bars, restaurants and shops within walking distance of the hotel. It's in close proximity to the UN building, the Chrysler building and Grand Central Terminal.
For a no-nonsense, reasonably-priced place to stay in New York, these clean, bright and central rooms hit the spot.
From $A247 a night, 145 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA; the bernichotel.com
The service – usually a one-person operation – was friendly and helpful every time.
The airconditioning unit was unusually noisy for a new hotel.
The writer stayed as a guest of The Bernic