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  • New York City’s Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel from World of Hyatt, offers much more personality than the typical Financial District hotel. 
  • Despite its Wall Street-adjacent address, the hotel is quite warm and welcoming, with decor inspired by Aspen country houses for an overall vibe that is rustic and cozy. Details such as tufted leather, dark wood, and brass accents are woven throughout the property. 
  • I spent the night in a Premium King Room, which typically starts at $369 per night. Nightly rates for smaller rooms start at $299, depending on the time of year.
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Tucked away on a cobblestone-lined side street in New York City’s bustling Financial District, Gild Hall feels like a rustic oasis in an area otherwise dominated by steel and concrete.

Mixing retro ski lodge decor with midcentury modern touches (picture Eames-style lounge chairs alongside antler chandeliers and live-edge side tables), the hotel manages to set itself apart from local competition via its urban Aspen theme and cozy Tuscan cocktail lounge complete with glowing, bottle-lined walls. 

Of course, this is Wall Street (well, technically it’s Gold Street, but you get the idea), and any hotel that hosts its fair share of business travelers can’t coast on charming decor and dining options alone. Amenities such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, music docking stations, swanky toiletries, and mini-bars stocked with status snacks keep the vibe from veering into full-on time capsule. 

My Premium King Room was comped for review purposes but typically starts at $369 per night on Booking.com. It’s an upgrade from Gild Hall‘s standard entry-level King Rooms which starts at $299, but not as lavish as the hotel’s suites.

While it’s not exactly cheap, the price is fairly reasonable by New York City standards. In FiDi especially, it’s easy to pay the same amount for considerably blander accommodations.

Overall, it seemed perfect for tourists who want to be near major attractions but want a dose of personality and warmth when they return to home base. 

It’s also worth mentioning that Gild Hall is part of the World of Hyatt program, so if you have a World of Hyatt credit card you can redeem its annual free-night certificate for an evening there.

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Gild Hall’s rustic lobby area.

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Gild Hall’s country cabin charms are especially apparent in the dead of winter. Stepping into the lobby on a 30-degree evening, I was struck by the warm, ambient lighting and the clubby feel of the space’s dark wood and overstuffed leather seating (interior designer Jim Walrod is behind the hotel’s bold aesthetic choices).

The centerpiece of the ground floor was a striking, bookshelf-lined two-story staircase, which ascends to La Soffitta, Gild Hall’s upper-level wine bar.

The staircase in Gild Hall’s main lobby.

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To the left of the entrance, the lobby opens up into the Tuscan-inspired Felice Ristorante, and at 6 p.m. on a weekday, there were enough guests seated at the bar area to lend the hotel a lively atmosphere. As such, Gild Hall’s after-work scene defies the neighborhood’s somewhat stuffy reputation.  

Check-in was seamless, and I was immediately handed a bottle of water and two electronic room keys before stepping into the elevator.

Here, I should mention that the dramatic red geometric carpeting lining the upper levels’ hallways was practically identical to the flooring in “The Shining”‘s Overlook Hotel. Was this intentional? Who knows. Should you stage a semi-unsettling Instagram photo? Absolutely.


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Gild Hall’s Premium King rooms feature a more contemporary look than observed in the rustic lobby.

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There were two things I noticed immediately upon opening my door. First, the enormous, wall-spanning tufted leather headboard. This is a Gild Hall signature, and you’ll find one in nearly all of the hotel’s 130 rooms. Next, the equally oversized (yet minimalist) brass chandelier. The combined look skewed more midcentury modern than the more rustic communal spaces I observed in the lobby area. 

My King Premium Room featured 12-foot ceilings, a king-size bed outfitted in 400-thread-count Sferra linens, a 55-inch LCD flat-screen TV, a desk, a lounge chair, and a luggage rack —  everything you’d need for a short stay.

One thing it lacked, however, was a view, and the small window didn’t allow for much natural light. This made the room’s somewhat masculine color palette (tan, gray, blue) appear a bit drab the next morning.

This room type is a slight upgrade from Gild Hall’s standard accommodations, which are slightly less spacious. If you don’t plan to spend much time in the room or are traveling solo, that might pose a better value.

My bathroom offers modest privacy when a curtain is fully drawn.

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I enjoyed a fantastic night’s sleep on the bed’s plush mattress and the pillows hit the perfect soft-yet-supportive note, too.

The marble-floored bathroom was small but well-appointed with oversized Frette robes, toiletries from Brooklyn-based perfumery D.S. & Durga, and the option the buy a Harry’s shave kit for an additional $15. One curious detail was that the bathroom door was semi-transparent, and I had to pull a curtain over it for total privacy. 

The minibar was well-stocked with wine, beer, liquor, and snacks, and there were even a few novelty items thrown in like a “Lover’s Kit” with adult-friendly amenities, and the hotel’s signature candle, “Velvet” with notes of black leather, tobacco, and amber.


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Inside Felice Ristorante, Gild Hall’s Tuscan-inspired restaurant.

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Gild Hall offers two dining options.

Felice Ristorante is a Tuscan eatery with a regionally-focused wine list, and La Soffitta is a tucked-away cocktail bar featuring a striking wall of glowing wine bottles.

The latter has a fairly casual vibe and a menu that spans everything from comfort food classics like cacio e pepe to lighter fare such as raw artichoke salad.

You can order room service from Felice Ristorante between 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., which means late-night gelato is just a phone call away. 

One of the hotel’s three gym rooms.

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Tech-wise, Gild Hall allows free basic Wi-Fi for up to two devices per room, with the option to upgrade to high-speed for up to eight devices for an additional charge of $19.95 per day. The free option worked just fine with my laptop and cellphone.

The hotel’s fitness center is actually split into three small rooms, with an elliptical, treadmill, free weights, and towels in each. The facilities feel a bit cramped, and if your gym routine is on the involved side, it might not suit your needs. The hotel also offers discounted day passes to the nearby Crunch Fitness as part of its “Destination Fee.”

This $22.89-per-day charge also includes premium Wi-Fi, a glass of prosecco upon arrival, use of the hotel’s Pure Cycle bicycles, and 15% to 30% off select guided tours within the area.

If you’re arriving by car, Gild Hall can provide valet service for $55 per day for a sedan or $65 per day for an SUV or oversized vehicle.


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Gild Hall is centrally located in Manhattan’s Financial District, within walking distance of South Street Seaport, the Brooklyn Bridge, the World Trade Center, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Battery Park, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

It’s also quite close to Fulton Center shopping and dining, as well as the departure point for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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Gild Hall holds a 4.5 out of 5-star rating on Trip Advisor, and a 9 out of 10 on Booking.com

Users are quick to praise the hotel’s spacious rooms, unique decor, and plush beds, as well as the warm and accommodating staff. There’s also a glowing mention of Gild Hall’s resident dog, Maya, a golden retriever who I was not fortunate enough to meet during my stay.

There are some negative reviews, but they’re mostly regarding one-off issues like inconsistent water pressure in the shower, gloomy lighting, and an air conditioner that seems to have two settings: off and arctic blast.

Read reviews, compare prices, and book Gild Hall on Trip Advisor


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Who stays here: Business travelers, tourists in search of an unconventional home base, couples looking for a cozy escape.

We like: The bold design and spacious accommodations with ultra-comfortable beds, luxe toiletries, and general cabin-like atmosphere.

We love (don’t miss this feature!): The welcoming lobby. From the soft, ambient lighting to the book-lined walls and worn leather couches, everything is working in tandem to convince you to order a glass of wine and linger. 

We think you should know: Gild Hall charges a “Destination Fee” of $22.89 per day. This might be frustrating, though if your workout routine goes beyond the basic, you’ll appreciate the included discounted day passes to nearby Crunch Fitness. 

We’d do this differently next time: Request a room with a view for a brighter stay with natural light, and ask which days Maya the dog is working to be sure to visit then.


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A cozy, Aspen-like cabin feel in New York City’s Financial District might seem unconventional, but that’s exactly what we loved most about Gild Hall. This hotel is warm and welcoming, and an ideal base for those who don’t want to spend their entire travel budget on accommodations, yet want a hotel with more personality than a standard chain or business hotel. 

The convenient location offers easy access to many major tourist attractions, and the plush rooms, strong in-house dining, and a whimsical off-the-beaten-path vibe curate an experience that’s boutique over cookie-cutter. 

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