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“Great location budget hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Grand Union
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 East 32nd Street, New York City, NY 10016 (Midtown)   |  
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Ranked #329 of 458 Hotels in New York City
Derby, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great location budget hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the best thing about this hotel is definitely the location. A few blocks walk to all the main attractions.The stairwells were grubby but the rooms were reasonably clean. The complimentary continental breakfast was excellent but if you prefer something hot check out Captains Table next door. Very good value for money. I believe that the hotel is undergoing a total refurbishment this year. I would use this hotel again as a budget option

  • Stayed December 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here early January and would definitely recommend it. We booked then looked at the reviews.. I was worried by some of them but should not have worried at all. As long as you remember this is not the Ritz and it is also much better than other places we viewed.
The room was a triple at the rear of the hotel and was extremely good value. The bathroom was in good condition and the shower could be tricky but after using it twice we all got the hang of it.
The room was large and had a double and single bed with plenty of room. Also had the usual drawers, hanging space, TV, etc..The heating was good and always kept us and the room warm. A couple of nights we even left the bathroom window open and it was still warm and it was snowing outside!
The breakfast provided is more than sufficient which included cereals, bagels, fresh fruit salad, croissants, tea and coffee. The young lady in the breakfast room is so friendly and happy to assist. The breakfast room can fill up fast so would suggest an early visit or we even went down a little later and it was empty. You can take the food to your room if you preferred. There is also a little cafe attached to the hotel which offers hot breakfast (at a cost) and meals throughout the day to hotel guests and the public. Hotel guests get 10% off when show room key. The hot breakfasts were so cheap and looked good.
The staff were friendly and the rooms were well serviced with toiletries every day. We were also able to check in very early and store our luggage at no extra cost. The storage room was secure and I had no issue leaving our 5 bags here.
The location is also brilliant with Korea Town up the road with a huge selection of restaurants and also plenty of other food types around. The Empire State Building is not even a 5 minute walk away.
This is a good clean basic hotel close to so many of what NYC has to offer. I would stay here again and appreciate you spend most of your day out exploring and it is comfy and warm room to return to at night. The free wifi in room was also an added bonus.
The only issue I did have was the elevator can be extremely slow and was often quicker to take the stairs. Apart from that I would stay again.

Room Tip: Choose a room at the rear of hotel. No view but very quiet. Would also recommend lower level so can...
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a good hotel in great location just around the corner from the Empire State building and within walking distance of loads of attractions. The rooms are very clean and basic but really good sizes - my sons' twin was huge. Yes the bathrooms are functional if dated - ours looked ancient but once we got the hang of the shower it was great. Bed very comfy and the maids keep the rooms spotless. Receptionists are very helpful and to have breakfast was great. We went on Christmas Day and at breakfast time could eat all we wanted - the girl on the breakfasts was very friendly. Get to breakfast early as not many tables there! We also liked it because compared to other NY hotels this was small in comparison. We did not hear any noise at night time but we were at the back so not sure what front rooms would be llike. You won't find luxury here but we all (including my 72 yr old mother) enjoyed our stay. Just one gripe - the hallways desperately need a coat of paint!

Room Tip: No noise at the back overlooking alley but also absolutely no view - fine for us. Rooms lovely and...
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shamokin, Pennsylvania
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I have stayed in new york a few times. This hotel really is one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in. I didn't mind it because we weren't in the room much but it was terrible. The bathroom door was so small and the tub was about 7 inches deep so it's basically a shower. The elevator took forever. The stairs were incredibly creeky. It was extremely loud and freezing. The bed was one of the most uncomfortable beds I have ever slept on. I would not go back no matter what the price. I don't think the location was that great unless you're interested in seeing china town. I cannot recommend.

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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Nice hotel, small room with no outside view (alley) but still at a good price compared to other hotels in the area. personnel were nice and the hotel is conveniently located. very small passageways on the floors but it is a very old hotel.
I would return definively

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This was our first visit to the city, the taxi took us straight to the hotel from JFK $60 in the rush hour. We were greeted by the friendly reception staff. The rooms are clean and tidy, the maids make a special effort every day, clean towels every day and I think our sheets were changed every 2 days. Our room was a bit noisy (804) but we were so tired from being out sightseeing all day that we could have slept on a pin!

The Empire State Building is 5 minutes walk. All attractions within easy reach including lots of choice of restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Beware; you will put on weight!

The hotel has a small breakfast room which serves basic breakfast ie croissant, cereal, fruit, coffee etc and it gets very busy. We usually ate around 8am to get a seat but there is an adjoining cafe where you have to pay that is fine.

The hotel was lovely and warm, clean and basic but who spends time in a hotel room when there is so much to do in the city that never sleeps? No complaints from us and we would definitely stay there again if we ever visited in the future.

Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Yes admittedly the hotel could do with refurbishment (which I believe is happening in the new year) , but the rooms are clean, it's in a great location and the staff are friendly and helpful

Our room was small but had a fridge, coffee making facilities and toiletries. Hot water was plentiful and the housekeeping did an excellent job daily.

The breakfast supplied is perfectly adequate, bagels with cream cheese or jam, croissants, small pastries, fresh fruit salad, cereals plus coffee, tea and juices - if you want a hot option you can use the Captain's Cafe (which has an indoor entrance from the hotel) which has very reasonable prices plus 10% discount with your hotel key card.

There is currently only one lift, which can be quite slow, we asked for a lower floor to use the stairs - the stairwells could certainly use a lick of paint and a good clean, but they are just stairwells - the rooms and public areas were kept very clean and presentable.

All in all we had a very enjoyable stay at the Hotel Grand Union and I hope that the planned refurbishment does not hike the prices too much in the future - we would certainly stay here again

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 34 East 32nd Street, New York City, NY 10016
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #329 of 458 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Grand Union 3*
Number of rooms: 88
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