The Ritz Hotel NYC

The lobbyMany hotels claim to be synonymous with one superlative or another. ("Our name is synonymous with service . ") With the Ritz, it's precisely the opposite: the superlative "ritzy" is literally derived from the hotel's name. Even the Four Seasons can't say that. ("This fruit is so four-seasonal . " Um, nope.)

Featuring 298 rooms (including 39 suites) on 39 floors of a skyscraper right on the Hudson, this Ritz is quieter, lower-key, and, yes, a bit less ritzy than its sister property uptown by Central Park. The lobby is classy, sure, with gorgeous modern art and a baby-grand piano, but it's smaller and less imposing than those you'll find at other luxury hotels like the Waldorf Astoria. The front-desk clerk who checked me in wore a suit and addressed me as "sir" and "Mr. W__, " but he was also chatty and smiley, like, say, a waiter at Applebee's.

Still, this is the Ritz, and the little flaws you find at other hotels - chips in the paint on the door, luggage-tire scuff marks on the walls - are noticeably absent here. The Ritz's ritz is in the details: the water bottles and headsets in the gym; the padded hangers in the rooms; the complimentary overnight shoe-shine service; the trademark cobalt-blue glass vases (check out the interesting history behind that motif at the corporate site). Even the Gideon's Bibles are gold. All of that adds up to an experience that has earned this Ritz a place on numerous "Best Of" lists.

I stayed there in mid-April, seven months into the recession, yet it wasn't immediately evident that the slowdown had hit the Ritz. The lobby was never empty, and the restaurant, 2West, was still bustling at 10 p.m. An hour later, its bar area was a happening place to be, with finance types in pinstripes crowding around the larger tables and well-heeled couples lining the bar. RIse Bar, on the 14th floor with gorgeous views, is another bar area at the hotel but is only open for private events.

Attentive, efficient, and relatively informal for a Ritz. Everyone there, from housekeeping to the front-desk staff, is - or at least seems to be - happy to serve you.

According to the corporate website, the Ritz's motto is, "We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen, " which makes the place sound a bit snootier than it actually is. Yes, the staff dresses formally, and when I dialed from my room, whoever picked up addressed me as "Mr. W__." But the vibe is a far cry from aristocratic Manhattan. When I passed staff in the halls or elevators, it was all smiles and how're-you-doings. Patrick, the front-desk clerk who checked me in, seemed genuinely happy to be there. That, or he's just a really good actor (always a possibility in New York).

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Where is the ritz NYC?

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The Ritz Bar & Lounge is located at 369 W 46th St. New York, NY 10036. Call them at (212) 333-4177.

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