Life Hotel

19 W 31st St, New York, NY, USA
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Hotel Description

Not a boutique hotel that takes life as its theme — though aren’t they all, in a way? — but a boutique hotel that occupies the old Herald Square headquarters of the now-defunct Life Magazine, home to much of the best photojournalism of the 20th century. It’s a classic building, dating back to the late 1800s, by the architects who built the Fifth Avenue library, and thanks to its new proprietors (and designer Tara Oxley), the Life Hotel is a perfectly contemporary boutique-hotel version of that Old New York fantasy.

It’s something of a work in progress at the moment, opening piece by piece, but if you’re like us, the novelty might just tempt you through the doors before the end product has acquired its final polish.

In the meantime, you’ll find the neighborhood has been through a dramatic transformation; NoMad is now a bona fide nightlife and dining destination, and Life Restaurant, from chef Michael Vignola and restaurateur Stephen Hanson, aims to join the pantheon. Of special note is the basement bar, which, according to legend, was a private speakeasy for Life staffers during Prohibition — both the restaurant and the speakeasy are set to open soon.

As for the rooms, they’re somewhat retro in their glamour, with brass fixtures and marble baths, and they walk the fine line of affordable luxury. New York has plenty of hotels that occupy the highest of the high end, but the rest of us appreciate having another attainable option — especially in a neighborhood that’s convenient to Midtown, Union Square, the Flatiron, and a wealth of transport links.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 98 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Lively

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Wake-up service

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Please note: The minimum age to check in is 18 years old. Guests ages 4 years and younger are considered children and must be accompanied by adult or guardian. 10 Rooms and more are considered a group. Please contact customerservice@tablethotels.com for group rates and availability.

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    • 225 ft²/20 m².
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    • concrete floor
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    • flat panel television
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    • hardwood floor
    • iron
    • laptop safe
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    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • working desk
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    • 240 ft²/22 m².
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    • central heating
    • concrete floor
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • Lather bath amenities
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • tiled floor
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Premium King with Sleeper Sofa

    • Fits 4 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 240 ft²/22 m².
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    Views: street or partial street.

    This room includes:

    • air conditioning window unit
    • bathtub/shower combo
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • Lather bath amenities
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • sofa sleeper
    • wake up service
    • working desk
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Please note: The minimum age to check in is 18 years old. Guests ages 4 years and younger are considered children and must be accompanied by adult or guardian. 10 Rooms and more are considered a group. Please contact customerservice@tablethotels.com for group rates and availability.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

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