Why We Love It
- Opened spring 2017 in the former Life magazine's headquarters
- Fitness center will be open 24/7 and include Peloton bicycles
- Basement bar was a Prohibition speakeasy for journalists
- Within 10 minutes of Empire State Building and Macy’s, and just 15 minutes from Grand Central
"The trendy NoMad neighborhood’s latest snazzy place to stay" -- Forbes
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Rooms & Rates
Over 120 years ago, the founder and editor of Life magazine constructed an office building with the help of the design firm responsible for the New York Public Library’s 42nd Street branch. The beaux-arts building is located on West 31st Street and originally included crash-pad apartments for overworked employees like Norman Rockwell and Charles Gibson. In April 2017, the property opened its doors as Life Hotel, paying homage to its history by maintaining charming details like wood molding, high ceilings, marble floors and cast-iron columns.
The hotel dates back to the late 1800s, but all 98 guest rooms are equipped with contemporary comforts like 60-inch TVs paired with Google Chromecast for streaming, Egyptian cotton bedding, all-natural bath products and free Wi-Fi. Each room includes refillable water bottles, replacing plastic bottles, and filtered water stations are located on three floors for refills. Groups traveling together can book suites with adjoining rooms to sleep as many as six adults. Over 200 original works by local artists were commissioned to decorate the rooms, which are outfitted with brass beds and light fixtures and marble bathrooms with rainfall showers.
Guests have 24-hour access to the hotel’s fitness center, which will feature Peloton stationary bicycles starting this summer. Later in the season, the hotel will unveil its restaurant and bar. The same hospitality group behind top-rated NYC dining spots like Dos Caminos and Blue Water Grill will offer small plates at Life Restaurant. For cocktails, guests can walk down the 130-year-old staircase to the basement bar, once a speakeasy for Life staffers during Prohibition where 1920s liquor bottles were unearthed during the excavating process.
Guests of Life Hotel need not look far to find quintessential New York City entertainment and activities -- the shops at Herald Square, the Empire State Building and Madison Square Gardens are all within a 10-minute walk.
- "A boutique hotel that also plans to blur the lines between work and play" -- Conde Nast Traveler
- "The historic architecture was balanced with contemporary design" -- Curbed NY
- Infant cots / cribs
- Newspaper / magazines
- Fitness classes
- Gym / fitness center
- Extra beds (fees apply)
- 100% smoke-free
- 24-hour front desk
- Airport transfer (fees apply)
- Laundry / dry cleaning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea-making facilities
- Iron and ironing board
- Sitting area
- Flatscreen TV
- Complimentary Internet access
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Luxury toiletries
- Bathtub (in some rooms)
- Public car park (fees apply)
- Accessible bathroom in some rooms
- Accessible path of travel
- Accessible restaurant
- ADA compliant rooms
- Wheelchair accessible
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard Time is 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.
Children and additional guests:
Children welcome. Cribs available on request, free of charge. Extra bed available (one per room) on request and in a Premium room only: $50 (subject to tax) per night. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply and will be added to your bill at the hotel.
Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Additional details: The restaurant in the lobby and bar in the basement are under renovations until the end of November / beginning of December.
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