First of all, the location. The Newton Hotel is situated on the Upper West Side in such proximity to the subway, Central Park, restaurants and cafes as well as good shops that it is hard to wish for a better location. Anyone who wants to stay in a safe neighbourhood should consider this hotel: they will not be disappointed.
Secondly, accommodation. I had a double room on the 2nd Floor overlooking the Broadway (I got what I requested at the time of booking) which was clean, comfortable, warm and spacious. Don't get me wrong - the room was not big but not tiny either: just a good size for a single traveller. I guess it might be on a smaller side for 2 people but it was perfect for just one. As mentioned in previous comments, I found the coffee machine with free coffee sachets extremely useful. I also appreciated the fridge and, although I never used it, I am sure other guests appreciated the fact that there was a microwave oven in the room too. Overall, I had an impression that whoever designed the rooms had the guest and their comfort in mind first and foremost.
Bathroom was small and somewhat awkwardly designed but very clean with good shower and good quality towels. It was cleaned every day (not that I made any mess!). Also, the shower curtain was superbly clean, or I might have been lucky to have gotten a new shower curtain altogether!
The furniture was not luxurious but functional and (important) did not look like it was picked up from some discounted store just for the sake of having some sort of table and chairs in the rooms. Basically, the furniture was simple, relatively new and practical. I wasn't sure about the bedsheets though: some days I would have the nice and crispy sheets, and the other day I would end up with the old and somewhat worn out ones. It would be great if the old ones were discarded altogether and the newer ones used all the time. Also, a couple of times, a change of sheets would constitute the top sheet being put on a mattress and the mattress sheet used as a top one - this I didn't like at all...
And last, but not least, the staff. I wouldn't say the staff, overall, was very friendly but everybody was very efficient which, in my book, is really important. Of course, efficiency combined with genuine, courteous friendliness would go a long way but maybe it was just the winter blues that some of the staff members were affected by. In any case, I did not have a problem with it... it's just the atmosphere could be a bit lighter and more welcoming with a few smiles here and there.
And finally, I would definitely stay at The Newton Hotel again. I have already recommended it to quite a few friends who visit NYC on a regular basis as it is hard to find a nicer hotel with good rates and great location such as this one.
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