This is our review of the Pendry Manhattan West hotel in New York.
You probably haven’t heard of Pendry before, but it is a small brand of luxury hotels based in the United States. It also has a sister brand called Montage, of which there are seven hotel and resorts.
Pendry Manhattan West is the newest edition to the family and the sixth to open. Other locations include Baltimore, Chicago, Park City, San Diego and West Hollywood.
The reason I was there was as part of Virgin Atlantic’s press trip to New York to celebrate the re-opening of transatlantic travel. Virgin Atlantic chose, booked and paid for the hotel.
Where is Pendry Manhattan West?
Pendry Manhattan West is located in the Manhattan West development adjacent to Hudson Yards. It is one block away from The Vessel, which is unfortunately currently closed.
This area of Manhattan has changed hugely in the past five years, with the entire development floating on a structure above the Hudson Yards railway depot – a clever way to reclaim land for development in the city.
Hudson Yards is also at the northern end of the High Line, which I always love to stroll down every time I’m in New York. The trees and shrubs have bedded in significantly in the past few years and the park now feels much more mature and integrated into the rest of the city.
At the southern end of the High Line you also have the recently opened Little Island – a mini city park built on a pier of beautiful concrete tulips at an astonishing cost of $260 million. Money well spent when you compare it to the Marble Arch Mound …….
In addition, Hudson Yards is also home to a large shopping mall.
Inside the Pendry Manhattan West
As a new development, the Pendry goes all-in on glass and steel architecture with a beautiful rolling curved glass facade:
Inside, the hotel is more understated. There is no swooping lobby here: just a warm and sophisticated reception and casual seating area:
Plus a glowing check in area:
The hotel porters are exceptional, by the way. Extremely friendly and welcoming.
Rooms at the Pendry Manhattan West
There are 164 rooms in total at the hotel, including 30 suites. I was given a Deluxe City King which according to the website is 30 square meters. It certainly feels large for New York City.
My room had a mini corridor with shower room and toilet on either side:
On the left is the shower (just a single shower head) and a sink:
I had some issues with the shower splashing underneath the door a little which was annoying (more annoying for room service I imagine!) The toilet is separate and also has its own sink.
Both have sliding doors but I couldn’t for the life of me work out how to close them so I gave up.
Toiletries are by MiN for Pendry and were very nice. They are in big stealable bottles but with a bit sign clearly indicating how much you’ll be charged if you do take them.
The room opens from the corridor:
The hotel would describe the design as California-inspired but to me they felt very mid-century modern. I enjoyed the warm wood finishes and neutral colour palette. Here is the bed:
The TV is opposite:
There is a bedside table on each side and lots of sockets:
You also get an extensively stocked mini bar:
The coffee machine is branded Espressotoria which I’m unfamiliar with.
On the left hand side is the wardrobe with iron/steamer and very fluffy dressing gowns:
By the window are two seats and a decent sized round table. Here is the view:
A large gym is on the fourth floor, and includes some Peleton bikes (Peleton HQ is just round the corner):
There is also a roof terrace with a very good view of the New Yorker sign.
Breakfast and dining
Zou Zou’s, the hotel restaurant, was not open when we went but should be open by now. It is situated on the ground floor in a very beautiful art deco style room.
There is also Bar Pendry, a small snug bar complete with gold leaf ceiling:
Breakfast is served in the Vista Lounge on the fourth floor. This is a fairly small space with lots of large palms and plants, again giving a very art deco vibe:
The menu is relatively short but I was able to order Eggs Royale off menu. It came with a very healthy side of potatoes:
The Pendry Manhattan West has been beautifully designed – the style was right up my alley, very warm and neutral, which I liked. I’m not sure if the wood fittings were solid wood or the marble genuine – had this been the case I think the hotel would have been elevated further.
In many ways it feels very similar to an EDITION hotel. Although the EDITION tends to feature darker wood – you can see in my review of the Barcelona EDITION here – I think they share a lot of the same characteristics.
Rooms begin at $625 per night with suites from $1,250, plus tax. You can’t earn or redeem points in any major programme although the hotel is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
The hotel website is here. If there is no difference in price you may be better off booking via Hotels.com and earning your stamps there.