by Lissa Poirot
Centrally located in the heart of New York City’s Midtown, just steps away from Bryant Park and Times Square, is the very welcoming and uber-trendy boutique hotel, Archer.
One of just a few in a boutique chain (the others are in Austin, Texas; Florham Park; and Napa Valley, California), this buzzworthy city hotel is a great option for families with older children. This is a place to people watch and enjoy the views, all within steps of great shopping and some of Manhattan’s best attractions. Teens will feel cool staying at Archer (as will parents), and the service is impeccable — from the doorman to guest reception to concierge to restaurant staff. This is a great city property.
Our Editor Loves
- Close to Empire State Building
- Steps away from Bryant Park
- Rooms with Empire State views
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
This boutique property may offer tight fighting accommodations, but they are certainly designed to be so hip, you may not mind the close quarters. Bathrooms decorated with white subway tile are a bit larger than more New York hotel bathrooms, and the living space is decorated with crisp and clean black and white artwork and photography.
Classic queen and king rooms can only accommodate two people, and are only 192 square feet in size.
Double Double rooms can sleep four with two double beds and 208 square feet of space. Rooms with views of the Empire State Building are priced higher than those without. Some king rooms adjoin to a Double Double room, providing accommodations for up to six guests.
Den Guest Room
Archer's Den Guest Room, located on the 10th floor, is a 368 square foot studio room with a king bed and a sitting area with a sectional sofa.
I think one of the best things about this hotel is the fantastic location. 5-10 Minutes walk in each direction you have 5th Avenue, Empire State Building, Times square, Macys. For our tourist holiday this was perfect. We were able to walk to many of the top attractions in Manhattan and the hotel even has its own Roof Bar with amazing views of the Empire state building and NTC skyline. Speaking of the bar I know NYC is expensive but $24 for a small coke and one Aperol Spritz was a bit much.
The room itself was very well presented with quite a cramped bedroom but spacious bathroom. Amenities wise we had a Nespresso coffee machine (with pods that were refilled daily - which we appreciated), TV and a mini fridge and selection of widely expensive snacks and drinks ($6 bottled water anyone?). The Queen bed was blissfully comfortable after a day walking round NYC and there was also quick free Wifi throughout which helped with planning activities.
This review is mainly for the incredible staff (Nathan, Charly, Jacob, Reenie, and Troy) that continuously went above and beyond to make my stay so memorable and comfortable. Everyone here is professional, positive and thoughtful! I really appreciate their prompt responses and updates - they pulled a couple miracles for me during my stay for work. Also, when they heard about my trip delay to the beach for Memorial Day Weekend - they sent me the cutest goodies with a note (see picture attached).
Staff will check in to see if you need anything and drop off yummy sweets every night. Room is clean, modern, and most importantly the pillows are good quality. Location can’t be beat! This hotel sells out, and I can see why...I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay in NYC whether for business or with friends and family.
As typical of a New York City hotel, Archer does not feature any activities or special amenities. It is located near Times Square, Empire State Building and many more of Midtown Manhattan's best attractions.
The main restaurant at Archer is David Burke's fabrick. The small plates concept restaurant uses American style cuisine with Burke's flair. The restaurant is open daily at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast, weekend brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and weekday lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner hours begin at 5 p.m. weekdays, closing at 10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesdays, 11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursdays and midnight on Fridays. On weekends, dinner hours begin at 3:30 p.m. and end at midnight on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Spyglass Rooftop Bar
The hotel is also home to Spyglass Rooftop Bar, which provides outdoor seating in the summer and a direct and clear view of the Empire State Building. Small plates are served here from the main restaurant. The bar opens at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends, serving food until 10 p.m. most days and until midnight on weekend nights.
The lobby bar, Foyer Bar, also provides light bites, as well as outdoor patio seating as weather permits. Food is available from 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on weekends, with later dinner hours than Spyglass and fabrick.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Free Wi-Fi is provided.
The hotel does not have a fitness center, but guests receive complimentary passes to New York Sports Club, located on 38th Street and 6th Avenue, or 36th Street and Madison. Passes are good during all gym hours, except 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The hotel is pet-friendly to dogs up to 15 pounds. A non-refundable pet fee is charged.
At check-in, guests receive a Destination Joker card, which is good for $10 in the hotel's restaurants and bars. (Be nice to everyone you meet and staff may surprise you with additional cards.)
The Art of Smart Timing
New York City is a year-round vacation destination, but Archer's close proximity to shopping makes it an especially popular hotel during the holiday season. During the week, business travelers frequent the hotel. Weekends offer more availability, but the boutique hotel's restaurants and bars fill up with local in-crowds.
Archer is located in Midtown West, which is very accessible via any of the New York airports. Taxis to the hotel will take about 45 minutes. If you drive, parking is not available, but local garages are nearby.
Archer Hotel is located near Bryant Park, Herald Square and Times Square subway stations. Of course, walking and taxis are other popular ways to maneuver New York City streets.
For Mom and Dad
Checking out the hotel's rooftop bar, Spyglass, is a must. This romantic spot provides the best views of the Empire State Building.