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The Refinery Hotel - New York

The Refinery is a little heaven of tranquillity in Midtown's buzzing life.

Sweet scented candles and low-lit arches meet you at the lobby. They create a tranquil environment any time of day or night. In the evenings, a live jazz band plays downstairs, which is great, even if you come back from a whole day of exploring the city, you can still sit back and relax, without the need to venture out.

Fifth avenue and the Chrysler Building
One of the rooms with a view of the Empire State Building

The Refinery is a stone's throw away from everything you have seen in the movies.
Within a five-minute walk you find yourself in Fifth avenue, Bryant Park, the Empire State Building, Grand Central station, the Rockefeller Centre and Times square.
Nordstorm Rack is ten minutes walk and so is Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building.
Two subway stations (Bryant Park station is 3 min away and Times Sq station is 5 min away) provide access from Brooklyn to Harlem.
SoHo and the Meatpacking District are fifteen minutes away by subway too, or 20 minutes by taxi in normal traffic.  
Good for...
Spacious rooms with high ceilings - a welcoming escape from NYC's hustle & bustle. 
Rooftop Bar with a view of the Empire State Building.
Art Deco bathrooms with ma-hu-ssive walk-in showers.  
Comfortable beds with fluffy duvets.
Some of the Suites are decorated with pencil-like murals! (check availability)
Live Jazz band playing almost every night, right next to the lobby - great meeting space.  
Friendly and helpful staff - spot-on hipster attire bellboys and smartly chic front desk staff.
Spacious suite, home away from home...
Art deco bathrooms

Can I just take a moment to say how much I loved Bryant Park?  
We arrived late in the evening and my sister-in-law took us out for a little walk to stretch our legs after our long flight. Bryant Park was in full swing, people sitting around the park cafés, friends sitting on the grass and couples walking around this beautiful green space, surrounded by a fascinating mixture of skyscrapers and old turn-of-the century buildings.

The city Public Library backs on to the park too. It turned out to be one of my favourite buildings, not just because it was where Carrie from Sex and the City run down the Fifth Avenue stairs after Mr Big walked away, but also because it filled me with joy that such an impressive building is a functioning library that New Yorkers still use.

I kept returning to the park for morning walks, when the sunshine filtered through the tall trees and I had time to examine the impressive skyline.

Old and new, the impressive skyline around Bryant Park
New York Public City Library on Fifth Avenue
Morning stroll in Bryant Park

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