Hotel QT: Manhattan's Budget Luxe
Finally, a Manhattan crash pad for the young, broke and fabulous.
It's quite an auspicous name, QT. The reference to “on the quiet” implies the discreteness of back alley speakeasy, but this hotel is hardly hush hush, or low-key for that matter. Chill, but by no means dull, and the ultra mod minimalist décor is the epitome of New York cool.
Rooms start at around $225, cheap by New York standards, especially considering that 3-4 people can comfortably bunk up in one of these rooms. Balaz took the concept of a budget European Youth Hostel and put a high-end twist on it. Yes, there are platform bunk beds and community rooms, but there are also flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms and a very sleek swmming pool. Nothing is overly spacious, but everything is clean, crisp and uptown artsy.
It's the genius of pared-down design elements that allows for affordable room rates. Instead of mini bars and room service, there are take out menus and a newstand stocked with alchohol, magazines and snacks, along with a self check-in kiosk in the lobby; it's the ultimate do-it yourself hotel.
The social scene centers around the 22-foot plunge pool with a DJ, two bars, and a coffee bar. In fact, many a swank party have graced Hotel QT's waters, including its weekly Saturday night shindig. For those looking to sweat out the night's debauchery, there are dry and wet saunas along with a small gym. Any other needs are met by the 24-hour concierge.
With seriously comfortable beds, clever design and a discount for everyone under 25, Hotel QT is hands-down the place to be. In fact, I'd call it Manhattan's landing spot for the tragically hip.
JW Photos courtesy Copyright ©Andre Balaz Properties