I visit NYC many times a year for business and am always on the lookout for a great room at a great price. Having stayed here about a year ago, I knew it was a great place to stay. Rooms can differ greatly in size, even on the same floor so keep that in mind when I talk about the size of my room. Last time I got the same type of room (2 doubles) and the room was much smaller this time around where the room was an amazing size, especially for NYC!
The New Yorker has been around since 1929 and is steeped in history. The location at 34th-35th St and 8th Ave is remarkable for so many reason. We visit the Javitz so it is a mere 3 long blocks and you are there. No taxis, no buses just good ole fashion feet to the pavement. Being on 8th does put you a tad farther on the west side but depending on your itinerary that may work well for you. You are 1 long block and a few small blocks from Times Square, 3 long blocks from 5th ave and close to so many things. It is a large hotel with 40 floors and many amenities. Tick Tock Diner, which I have enjoyed both as a hotel and non hotel guest is open 24 hours a day with delicious comfort food. Right out the door in the lobby is a place to get a quick coffee and muffin for the road or to eat in the expansive lobby. There is an upscale restaurant called Coopers Tavern which I have not dined at but have heard good things about. There are escalators that go below the lobby with a gift shop and other helpful hotel amenities. The elevators are broken in 2 categories for floors 2-20 and 20-40 making most elevator waits and rides relatively quick. Key times like 8am and 6pm can have longer wait times and many floors to stop at. Overall, this is not an issue.
I requested a high floor room on both stays and received the 35th the first time and the 33rd this time. I had an amazing view of the Hudson and NYC the first time and this time I had views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and sweeping views of the city in general. Quintessential New York views!! The room this time was a great space. Very large room with more than enough room for people, luggage, etc. Walk in closet gave so much room for luggage, clothing, etc with a full ironing board, iron and luggage rack. The room was very well laid out with plenty of amenities. I have gotten corner rooms both times I have stayed here so having 2 sets of 2 windows on a high floor overlooking the city in multiple directions is magnificent. The room offered a desk, desk chair, multiple phones, dream machine clock radio alarm, tons of info on area attractions and restaurants/bars, ice bucket, 3 lamps and overhead lighting, club chair, large flat screen TV with over 30 channels, individual heat/cool, windows that slightly open (about 5"), full length mirror and the above mentioned walk in closet, etc. The bed was firm but comfortable and the pillows (8 of them) range in various pillow fillers. Everything was very clean and well kept and believe the rooms were updated just a few years ago.
The bathroom has a con but mostly pros. The bathtub is full size with an extended shower curtain rod. The water gets warm quickly and stays that way with good pressure (often an issue in many NYC hotels). It has been updated but not 100%. The pedestal sink, long thin glass shelf, mirror, wall mounted towel holder and glass shelves are all new and modern. They give you a lot more room than expected in a smaller bathroom. The tub is original which is fine but the toilet has seen better days. It sits almost up against the wall, maybe 5" away so actually sitting to do your business could be a hassle. You can barely move one arm as it is pressed up against the wall, a tad uncomfortable. It is also about as old as the hotel, by no means new or updated. If you can get over that, than you are in great shape. I would NOT let it hinder me in staying here again and again but it is unexpected compared to many other aspects of the property.
I stayed here for 3 days and 2 nights. Every interaction with the front desk from check in to check out to wake up calls were always handled extremely well. Courteous, dedicated and had no issues with any requests. Never saw housekeeping but room was always made up to perfection. Utilized baggage check on several occasions and those guys are great! You interact with many staff members here due to the size of the property and each one I met was just as nice as the one before.
Overall this is a great place to stay and I would highly recommend!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The New Yorker Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in New York City. Come revel in the newly re-imagined grandeur of our historic hotel. Our newly renovated and upgraded guest rooms and suites deliver contemporary comforts that leave nothing to be desired for today’s business travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- New Yorker Ramada Plaza
- Ramada New York City
- Ramada Plaza New Yorker Hotel
- New York City Ramada
- New Yorker Hotel New York
- Ramada Hotel New York