Everything seemed to be fairly updated except the bed. The bathroom was nicely updated and everything operated on clear controls. Lobby is nice, interesting artwork. The bed definitely needed to be replaced. The room also was difficult to work in as it only had a small table and the chair wasn't good for this task either. Toilet was so close to the vanity that I actually was forced over sitting on it.
Lobby Old mattresses blood on towels in two different rooms a/c broken elevator smelled of urine fridge broke and spoiled leftovers from 400 meal
The decor and availability of room service as well as the location The hotel is very small and cramped. The floor we stayed on had a horrible fried food odor that was overwhelming every day of our stay. I did not feel that the overall quality was representative of a 5-star hotel.
It has everything you could need in a compact package! Great location! If it had a mini fridge and microwave it would be the best place to stay in NYC for the money!
Location Everything other than location
Very Clean, Very Modern. Loved it!
Location Overall atmosphere less than satisfactory
My wife and I stayed at the Palace many years ago and this stay was the first under Lotte's ownership. It's a big hotel, so it lacked the intimacy of some place like the Lowell Carlyle or the Plaza Athenee. That said, it's considerably less expensive, unless you are in the Towers. What I found remarkable was the consistency of staff attitude. Friendly, appropriately personal, attentive, and helpful. $50 for a simple breakfast (farro porridge with fruit, coffee, and a freshly made vegetable juice, was a new high (or low, depending on how you look at it) for New York. Delicious for sure, but pricey.
Nice ambiance. Good elevators to get to room efficiently Poor housekeeping. Bathroom smelled musty. They forgot to leave washcloths one time. Then forgot to leave shampoo another time. When we called for shampoo to shower took 1.5 hours to come. Also asked for blankets when checked in which never came.