I just spent 5 days in New York City for work and pleasure. There were very few hotels with rooms at any price that could be considered reasonable when I booked, 5 months in advance. After some considerable searching, I found a room at the Fairfield Inn on 37th. It was still more than $300 per night, but it was cheap compared to anything else that was reasonably located. NYC is a tough town in which to get a room during most of the year.
Small but well laid out room. The hotel is relatively small – 18 floors with 6 rooms per floor. The rooms are very basic, as one might expect of a Fairfield Inn. The rooms are small by normal standards. But I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels in NYC and these rooms are actually not bad by NYC standards. You’ve got what you need: the bathroom is small but serviceable. The work area is actually decent. I had no problem working at the desk area, which I had to do almost every day for at least a few hours. The storage is spartan. There’s only one normal sized drawer in the closet. The closet itself is the width of like a person. If you’re in town for anything more than a few days, there’s no way you’re going to have enough space to store your stuff, except in your suitcase. I only had a few things, so storage was fine for me and then I put the suitcase above the armoir. It worked. To the hotel’s credit, the room felt a little bigger than it was. The window looked out on the street. Nothing special, but at least there was light. The room décor and appliances look fairly new, but even so, you can already start to see wear and tear in the carpet and walls. Little nicks, stains, etc. are evident. In about two years it’s going to look pretty tired. Inexpensive hotels in NYC get used pretty hard, this one is probably no exception.
Very good service by NYC standards. I’ve visited and worked in NYC for many years. It isn’t a city known for friendly service. However, the staff at this Fairfield Inn was extremely pleasant and helpful. I had a problem with one of the lamps that had a burned out bulb. They replaced it within 30 minutes and were quite nice about it.
Breakfast is included, which is nice. It’s a very basic breakfast, so don’t expect much. But considering how expensive eating out is in the area, I was content.
Location is excellent and a main reason why I picked the hotel. Midtown is convenient for Times Square, most of the business area around Grand Central, etc. etc. Sometimes I stay in New Jersey to save a few dollars, but the hassle of having to catch a cab or use the Path or whatever to come into the city for meetings every day or whatever you’re doing isn’t worth it unless you’ve got a pretty relaxed schedule, which I didn’t this time.
Overall, thumbs up for this Fairfield Inn. It’s cozy, but considering NYC, a decent deal with a friendly and helpful staff.
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