Choosing the right hotel for a business trip can be a pretty strategic affair for the image conscious traveller.
While many opt for the familiarity and loyalty programmes of chain hotels, there is an argument to be made for a boutique hotel that can lend its own heritage and history to cultivate your image.
The Quin, located in New York’s Midtown Manhattan district, on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue, is one of those hotels that enjoys a strong heritage, which it peddles to guests keen to associate themselves with the more refined and cultural side of the city.
Opened in 2013, the art-deco property was refashioned as a boutique hotel and it has embraced its artistic past (it once played host to musicians and artists including Renata Tebaldi and Georgia O’Keefe), by focusing on exhibitions and displays of modern art.
The cool, marble lobby essentially doubles up as an art gallery and what could be more discerning than an appreciation for the arts? The hotel’s exhibitions and artwork will easily lend itself to interesting small talk for meetings and first encounters.
Its meeting spaces include a 10-seat boardroom which can be hired out plus there are also three private dining rooms, one of which can seat 130 people.
Workwise, there is a small business centre (basically a couple of computers with internet access) to carry out basic tasks. However, Wi-Fi is freely available in the rooms and there is ample desk space to spread out documents. While there are plenty of sockets, they are all standard US, so you will need an adapter.
The rooms are decently sized and light and airy with a palette that doesn’t venture too far from white and grey. Crucially, the beds are very comfortable and each room has a Nespresso machine.
There’s a dash of technology with control panels that allow you to adjust the curtains, lights and temperature. And thankfully, it’s relatively easy to use.
But despite the high-tech feel, there is no trouser press so you must rely on the laundry service.
Given the hotel’s location in New York, the city of skyscrapers, the Quin stands comparatively short and is dwarfed by its surroundings, offering only street views for those staying in the standard rooms and no sight of Central Park, just a short walk away.
The property has 208 rooms and suites with prices starting at $400.
Where is it?
The hotel is a stone’s throw away from the Carnegie Hall, famed for its classical and popular music concerts. With its central location on 57th street, it is close to a couple of subway stations, Central Park, the shopping haven of Fifth Avenue and Times Square.
Apart from meeting rooms, what other options are there for hosting?
To really impress clients, you can hire out the hotel’s penthouse for an event, which occupies the top three floors of the property with a 1,300-square foot terrace overlooking some of New York’s most iconic landmarks.
Is there a gym for after hours?
Yes, there’s a small fitness centre that is open 24 hours. It has the standard equipment – running machines, cross trainer and weights. The gym overlooks the lobby, so you can watch guests wandering around. Personal trainers and yoga instructors are available on request.
What about restaurants?
Downstairs is The Wayfarer restaurant, offering seafood fare. The in-room dining menu is exquisite with lobster cocktail and Colorado rack of lamb; prices range from $18-25 for breakfast to $20-65 for lunch or dinner. But if you’re staying in New York, you really ought to venture out.
The best thing about boutique hotels is the level of service, it is just that bit more personable. Apologies are particularly forthcoming – unable to fulfil our request for our rooms to be on the same floor, the manager apologised with a handwritten note and a box of handmade chocolates from a local outfit. It was an elegant touch.
Follow The National’s Business section on Twitter