I spent a month in New York this past January attending classes, and at first, I thought it would be a good idea to stay as close to the school as possible. I'm so happy I decided to stay here instead!
Although it might seem a bit far from where I was going to school (SoHo), you can't beat this location. The subway is just a couple of short blocks away, which is a 2 minute walk, and you can be in Times Square in 10~15 minutes. It's definitely worth it, because the great neighborhood thoroughly makes up for the distance. Central Park is right there, there is a wonderful market just around the corner, and so many restaurants, delis and food stores you won't be able to try them all.
The room I stayed in was great too (Apt 5). It had a wonderful bed, great windows with a view of the street, a TV with more channels than I'll ever be able to watch, fast internet, a couch, a wardrobe, and a fully equipped kitchen (large refrigerator, stove and sink, plus all the plates and appliances and stuff). The kitchen made all the difference, because I could cook and make myself breakfast or any other meals, which substantially cut down on my living costs (food in New York can be SO expensive!) The bathroom worked fine, and had an exhaust fan so everything dries quickly. The heating was good too, never too warm or too cold, despite the bellow-freezing temperatures outside.
When I checked in, the building manager, Rob, was already there to welcome me to the room. He helped me with my bags, explained how everything worked, and told me I should call him if I needed anything. He comes by about twice a week to change sheets and towels and take out the trash, too.
The only reason I wouldn't recommend this particular room is if you're an elderly person, because there is no elevator and it's two flights of stairs, plus the bed is very, very high. But I'm sure there are other rooms here that are just as nice and a little closer to the ground!
Lastly, the owner, Fergus, was very nice about everything. It's good to deal with a real person when making reservations, and he was very attentive, promptly answered all the questions I had, and was very flexible with my requests. He lives in the same building, so that made me confident that it was in great condition, and he provided me with a lot of great tips about the neighborhood any time we met in the hallway.
Overall, it was a great stay, and I would not only stay here again, but definitely recommend it to everyone. It's a perfect place for a longer stay, away from the hustle and bustle of the more touristy areas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All four of award winning spacious studio apartments offer private bath, kitchen, free wifi: each within a delightful and completely restored 1891 limestone townhouse. Enjoy fast access to all the Upper West Side has to offer. Convenient for subway (2 blocks), Central Park (3 blocks) and all manner of nearby entertainment (restaurants, theaters, gourmet groceries, natural history museum) and not so far from Manhattan's other notable tourist attractions as to be a nuisance. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Country Inn The City Hotel New York City
- Country Inn New York City
- New York City Country Inn