Please don't make the same mistake i did and go to this 2.2 star hotel. I use to live on the Upper West Side, W75th Street, a little over 15 years ago. There were two old hotels on the UWS then, that catered to SRO occupants. The Belle Claire was home to many artists and writers and dancers, who did not have high incomes. They could only afford the Belle Claire, or move to Brooklyn. Then there was the Hotel Newton, the building at that location then was a cold depressing SRO that housed many drug addicts and drifters. For some reason Trip Advisor and other hotel booking agencies do not bring up easily the hotels under $150 a day in NYC that are pretty good, and Hotel Newton kept popping up as if it were the only quality budget hotel in the entire city.
I was in a hurry and trying to book a hotel for myself on a bus from Washington DC to NYC that had wifi, and the connection was breaking as i approached Manhattan with no hotel room yet. One thing led to another, and i was electronically shepherded to Hotel Newton, and at the time of paying online i could not remember it was a former SRO beneath the Columbia University outer fringes, in a former dead zone. My mistake.
This area has been cleaned up a bit since 1996 up but it is super dead and unappealing still today. It shines but the kind of shine as in Payless Shoes and Wendy's.
I paid $165 and with city taxes it was $199, for one night, and it was not worth it. The staff was surly and taciturn, and the walk to the shared toilet, made me feel like a hooker having to wait to pee in the hall, long ago, one toilet for every ten rooms, in the good ole days of this building. The plumbing seems unchanged since decades ago in this entire 'upscale renovated' hotel.
I will admit, the sheets were clean and the little towels were fresh in the TV desk drawer, usually used to hold a Bible and not your towels and toiletries you have to walk the long walk to the toilet, past door after door like in an army barracks. Some fake fancy toiletries like brand name shampoos and soaps in classy hotels, were in the drawer, but really it was faked cosmetic culture, like knock off Rolex watches sold out of the back of a truck.
I never paid $200 in my life for such nothingness. But at least it was clean and no hookers or thieves were lingering around, and no shouting also, but i did not sleep well, nonetheless, for I could not adjust the air conditioner manually the entire night and morning.
The next day I checked out and found a new and better room down on W77th near Broadway, indisputably a great neighborhood, for $129, with 5-star service and personnel and stellar architecture and voluptuous interior design, and my own sumptuous private bath.
So when you book a room in NYC, be careful how you use the intermediary agency booking agencies on the internet. They are not always trustworthy guides any longer, despite customers online comments that praise the hotels.
I guess all the super high prices in NYC hotels and hostels are party due to Dubai investors, other long distance owners, foreign speculators, etc. Who really knows?? ... but it really hurts to pay out of the nose in New York City for crummy product, and I could remember with tears my friends in Paris or Barcelona who get a room easily for much cheaper than in NYC at 10x the satisfaction value. I've done it myself on occasion.
But not all is rotten in the Big Apple reality game show experience of finding a room which does not seem like an overpriced rip off! If you are tipped off by a friend or a local who knows where to recommend their out-of-town guests, when his/her house is full, and actually, sometimes a few of the booking online agency intermediaries are in fact helpful, you can get lucky and feel you weren't laughed at as they fleeced your pockets in a mean and stingy managed hotel.
There is very little to do or see near Hotel Newton, and at night NOTHING! But, one rewarding venue nearby. The Dive Bar, is over on Amsterdam Avenue and 96th St., with a large selection of microbrewery beers and foreign draft beers, and very good food, especially the mussels, fresh, and served long after midnight. About the only other place open nearby after 9pm, is a non-descript diner, and a McDonald's.
If you can cut a deal with the management before making reservations, for only $60 a night, it might be worth it, but not if they add more city taxes to this price. then skip it and go elsewhere.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.