I recently visited Yale university. As I did not have a vehicle, I wanted to stay near the university. I selected the New Haven Hotel, because, it was also reasonably priced. Most of the internet sites through which I tried to book gave the following problems: (1) no guarantee of giving the room that I wanted (2) $25 fee, in case of cancellation. The internet site of the property offered only higher priced rooms. Finally, I called the property directly at 203-498-3100 and made a reservation for a $149+tax+no-breakfast room.
The room was pretty good. I have no complaints at all. The service also was very good. For example, it took quite a bit of time for me to figure out that to open the door of the room, I had to move the handle twice, after swiping the key. Before I knew this, I called up the front desk at least twice. On every occasion, someone showed up in front of my room within a couple of minutes. The hotel provided free wireless access to the internet at the room. If I am not mistaken, there are also some public PCs through which one may access the internet free of cost. I did not use this option, however, as I had a Macbook with me.
As mentioned earlier, one can walk and reach most places in Yale university in a short time. When I looked for walking directions in google maps, I always got a warning that there was no guarantee that there would be side walks. These fears turned out to be unfounded: like most university towns, there are excellent side walks on all roads. The maximum time I took to reach any place in the university was 20 minutes.
There are excellent eating options near this locality. For lunch, I wanted to go to a buffet place, as that would be the quickest and also value for money. I was planning to go to the India Palace Restaurant for a $10 lunch buffet. But on the way, I stumbled on Thai Pan Asian restaurant that offered lunch buffet at $7. This restaurant is only five minutes walking distance from the hotel. They had a good selection of vegetarian dishes. The number of dishes got reduced, as I did not eat eggs. I could eat two vegetable dishes with rice and then fruits. As I generally prefer a non-Indian, vegetarian, meal when I travel overseas, this turned out to be an excellent option, however. Being a bagel lover, I ate different types of bagels with cream cheese in one of the many Dunkin Donut joints (less than five minutes walking distance) and also at Brueggers (15 minutes walking distance). Of course, there are several other excellent eating options within ten minutes of walking distance, but I did not stay in New Haven long enough to explore them all.
This hotel is not far from the union station, the terminus for trains and also long distance buses. It took $8 only to reach the hotel from this station. I reached New Haven by a Peter Pan bus and left by Amtrak express.
I recommend the New Haven Hotel without any hesitation.
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