Q and A Hotel, NYC: Bigger is Better!
Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City
Lots and lots of room in the Financial district of lower Manhattan
By Max Hartshorne, GoNOMAD Editor
When we were recently down in New York City for a travel trade show, we got a chance to pop over to Park Slope, Brooklyn and visit our son-in-law and his wife. They have an apartment in this swank part of Brooklyn which was nice--but our hotel room at Q&A Hotels was bigger!
At the Q&A Hotel, at 70 Pine Street near the Wall Street subway station, the rooms are giant apartments that feature full kitchens, well appointed sitting areas, large bathrooms and big comfy king-sized beds. The building has been renovated with an eye toward keeping the original 1930s art deco design, so in the lobby you'll still find the striking brass statue-plaques and interesting light fixtures that date back to when the building was the headquarters for insurance giant AIG.
Light fixtures in the lobby harken back to the 1930s, when the hotel was an office building owned by AIG.
The operators, Furnished Quarters, are still awaiting the restaurant that will be on the top four floors of the building. Many more improvements are coming as the official 'soft launch' moves ahead.
A Residential Hotel
"It's a new category," said Anna Gaffney, the hotel's sales director, "a residential hotel, with accommodations that are three times larger than the typical New York City hotel room." It does make you feel more like you've borrowed someone's nice apartment than simply rented a hotel room.
Q&A also offers a free light continental breakfast in the third floor common area, with muffins, coffee tea and the day's daily newspapers.
The rooms range from between 500 and 1400 square feet. The spacious rooms are primarily designed for travelers and businesspeople looking for a place to stay for less than one month.
Guests on TripAdvisor gushed about the spaciousness of the rooms as well as the little high-tech amenities, like USB ports on the plug sockets.
There are 132 suites, all designed by The Furnished Quarters in-house design team and Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, who also designed the Mondrian SoHo hotel in NYC and LA
Black Fox Coffee Cafe
Gaffney told us that a new cafe, Black Fox Coffee cafe will open in the lobby later in 2016, and the gym called La Palestra is currently open with limited hours. The average stay at the Q & A is five nights, with its location right in the financialSpacious loft room at the Q & A. district it's been mostly business travelers so far.
But with the full kitchens, many amenities and large rooms, she hopes that many more leisure travelers will discover that staying in a residential hotel has distinct advantages.
The hotel puts out coffee and pastries in the breakfast room we were happy to discover the New York Sunday Times waiting for us.
Max Hartshorne has been the editor and publisher of GoNOMAD Travel in South Deerfield Mass since 2002. He worked for newspapers and other sales positions for 23 years until he finally got what he wanted, and became the editor at GoNOMAD. He travels regularly, enjoys publishing new writers, and watching his grandchildren grow up.