Review: Staypineapple Hotel in NYC

With Broadway back, we had a staycation weekend in NYC. We found the Staypineapple Hotel in midtown and prices weren’t too bad for a Saturday night. It was such a cute hotel I wanted to post about it! Here’s our review: Staypinapple Hotel.

Staypineapple Hotel lobby in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Staypineapple Hotel check-in table in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The Staypineapple Hotel is part of a small boutique group. It’s the only one in Manhattan, and there’s one in major cities like Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego and a few in Seattle (and a few other cities).

Staypineapple Hotel haiku wall in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

It’s a quirky place, with a haiku on the wall facing the lobby elevator. They are dog-friendly (for a fee). The staff was super friendly and gave us information before we asked for it, which was appreciated.

Staypineapple Hotel king room in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We got the basic king room. This is pretty much the size. It’s small but they put a pull-out tray below the bed for luggage storage. You can’t see the AC unit on the far side of the bed, but the unit location means it’s kind of hard to get into the bed from that side – there’s not much room.

Staypineapple Hotel king room in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The top drawer of the side tables pull out to form a longer surface or “desk.” That black thing on the table is their phone. Not a traditional phone. You can use it to set wake-up calls or contact the front desk by saying “Okay Pineapple.” That freaked me out enough that I wouldn’t say the hotel name in the room for fear of having someone hear us talking (or worse). I’m not big on smart speakers.

Staypineapple Hotel king room in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The unit above has some drawers and the Keurig maker etc. The wardrobe has hanging space and two bathrobes. The colorful curtain pulls down to make the room darker.

Staypineapple Hotel bathroom in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The hotel has built-in soap, shampoo, lotion etc. from Tommy Bahama. The room uses mirrors probably to make everything look bigger. So when you’re sitting on the toilet, there’s an almost fully mirrored wall across from you. I did not enjoy seeing myself sit on the toilet.

The view from our 20th floor Staypineapple Hotel room in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Each floor has probably 4 rooms – it’s narrow! This was the view from room 2002. Nice, huh! When checking in, the staff member told us what we could see from our window (e.g. the Edge, which you can see as the triangular overhang in the middle building – you can pay to go on the Edge – it’s at Hudson Yard).

The coffee in the Staypineapple Hotel room in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The hotel has its own branded coffee and tea and cute mugs (you can buy the mugs, of course).

Staypineapple Hotel NYC robes look pretty silly on, but they were comfortable! Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

The robes were very comfortable, but not so attractive on.

Whimsical things in the Staypineapple Hotel in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
The elevator in the Staypineapple hotel. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Here’s my pet peeve: Resort Fees. This hotel had a $25 resort fee, even though it’s not a resort. They say the fee covers the internet, $10 in snacks, the Keurig in your room, unlimited bottled water, streaming, and use of their beach cruisers. My recommendation, just avoid the $25 fee or add it on to the hotel cost, and offer free wi-fi and be done with it! They asked that we use our daily $10 credit the day we checked in, as it’s apparently they can’t add it on/subtract the $10 on your check-out day. But shhhhh….they did let us get the yogurt the next morning, after my husband’s run. The staff was very nice.

The resort fee covers $10 in purchases from this food area. The money doesn’t go far! Staypineapple Hotel in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Staypineapple was very Instagrammable. I saw one woman posing on the couch on all fours in the front part of the lobby. We felt very hip and trendy at Staypinapple!

The front of the Staypineapple Hotel in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Is Staypinapple NYC good for kids?

The Staypineapple NYC hotel does have adjoining rooms. I think they set it up so there’s an outside door you can lock which covers the very tiny entrance to both rooms. So the rooms don’t open into each other, per se, but there is a door blocking them off from the public. Does that make sense?

They also have some rooms (the opposite side of where we stayed), with cute balconies. That would be fun for families. But when they say 2 will fit in the room – at least our room – they are correct. There is no room for much else, let alone a crib.

Cookies in the lobby of the Staypineapple Hotel in NYC. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

In the afternoon they have these adorable cookies available for free in the lobby. We didn’t see any when we checked in on Saturday, but we saw them on Sunday when we picked up our luggage after having them hold it for the day. They have a water container (with floating pineapple chunks) in the lobby too – along with coffee, I think.

We would stay here again and would try Staypineapple in other cities too. Friendly staff, nice amenities, thoughtful touches, and a fun place.

Review Staypineapple hotel NYC – if you go

Where: Staypineapple is at 337 W. 36th Street (between 8th and 9th) in Manhattan. It’s a few block walk from Penn Station and Port Authority. It’s close to the theater district. The block itself wasn’t scary, but it was not high-end.

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