Hotel Review: The Maxwell, New York City, Tribute Portfolio

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The Maxwell, New York City, Tribute Portfolio is the former W New York Hotel, which recently transitioned to a Tribute Portfolio on May 9, 2018, after it was sold and no longer deemed a fit for the W brand. Having stayed at the W New York in the past, I was eager to see how the Maxwell compares.

a sign on a wall

This is presently a SPG Category 5 property, with free night awards starting at 12,000-16,000 SPG point per night depending on the season. I was able to book two nights at 12,000 points per night, which isn’t a bad deal for New York City. Upon check-in, I was informed that I was upgraded to a superior room due to my SPG Gold status, and offered a choice of welcome amenity of either 250 points or a welcome drink.

a room with columns and tables and chairs

Lobby lounge area

a room with a column and chairs

Lobby lounge area facing the check-in desk. One thing to point out, every time I walked by the front desk there was always a line to check-in. Perhaps the hotel should consider evaluating their staffing levels!

a bed with pillows and a lamp in a room

Superior guest room, with one queen sized bed. Room looked pretty similar to when it was a W property. No real major changes in the guest room.

a bar with different food items


a phone and a book in a box

Maxwell in-room collateral

a bathroom with a shower and a shelf


a group of small bottles of shampoo and conditioner

One change is the bath amenities. As it’s no longer a W, they’re no longer bliss amenities in the bathroom. The new products are called Pure.

a room with exercise equipment and a tv

The fitness center is located on the 4th floor and is complimentary for all guests with a room key needed to access it.

a group of treadmills in a gym

Fitness Center.

Bottom Line

As the W New York to become The Maxwell Hotel, Tribute Portfolio, it was nice to finally check out the latest addition to the Tribute Portfolio. We’ve stayed at the W New York in past so for comparison, you can see Hotel Review: W New York.

Overall, not much as changed from when it was a W. There haven’t been any major changes to the rooms or common spaces, so if you’re looking for a hotel that has a similar W vibe, then you’ll like the Maxwell Hotel. As a reminder, the hotel fully participates in the SPG program, so you can continue to earn and redeem SPG points while staying here.

For those who still prefer W hotels, here’s a list of the current W properties in the NYC area:

Have you had a chance to stay at The Maxwell New York City yet since it transitioned over from the W New York? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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