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“DON'T BE PUT OFF if you can get good price!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Pennsylvania New York
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street, New York City, NY 10001 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #384 of 459 Hotels in New York City
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“DON'T BE PUT OFF if you can get good price!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Stayed here for 4 nights in November 2012 - last time I was here was 11 years previous in 2001 and the wealth of bad reviews recently made me apprehensive about staying here again.

But I need not have worried. This hotel IS old and a bit shabby but my room was **ultra-clean**, all bedding and towels ultra-clean and the bathroom also.

YES there might have been a hairline crack on the bathroom sink, YES the paintwork in the room was shoddy, YES the TV was ancient, YES the carpet a bit worn - but does this make for a dreadful stay in NYC? NO!!!!!!

Location is SECOND TO NONE - straight opposite PENN STATION. No walking around hauling bags when you get off the train or bus from the airport or from the subway during your stay.

Next door (practically) is MACY's. Starbucks, Pret-A-Manger, Whole Foods, etc. etc. ALL ON YOUR DOORSTEP!!! Times Square a few minutes walk up the street. Subway right outside takes you ANYWHERE instantly.

I found the front-desk staff perfectly helpful and polite. I made use of the free safe deposit box every day to store my laptop and ALWAYS got friendly and polite staff. Even chatty some days.

The cleaning staff always had a "good morning" for me when I passed them in the corridor!

Free fast WiFi in my room (wasn't expecting that) and even though I was on the 16th floor I *never* had to wait for an elevator - they have tons of them, all new and clean and FAST.

Slept like a baby every night (when I arrived I said I'd like a quiet room and the receptionist said 'no problem'). TV is ancient but perfectly adequate with about 20 or so channels. Bed was super-comfortable and my superior double room was not cramped at all. Bathroom old but clean. Shower had great water pressure and instantly hot every morning.

So if you are expecting the Ritz but you've paid less than almost any other hotel rate (for en-suite room) in the city, then yes you will be disappointed.

On the other hand if you are expecting a clean, comfortable room in an AMAZING location for a price around HALF the typical NYC hotel price then you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: I was on the 16th Floor - everything perfect.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

No option for early check-in ,for late check-out (3 hours) they charg 94 $ ,to store 4 small bages they charge me 16 $ ,30 minuts wait in row during Check-in .small and old rooms it cost me around 660 $ for two nights, i will never retrun.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Hotel Pennsylvania is in a great area, looks great outside and in the lobby, but upstairs the hotel is due for a serious makeover.
Rooms are decent size but showers will problematic. Water temperature variances were annoying. Front desk was helpful but not enough to make up for the other issues.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I'll start with the good. The staff at the front desk are nice and helpful. Also conveniently located near time square, empire state building and across the street from penn staition.

The cons are rooms are so dated, old and extremely dirty. I don't think they vacuumed it since the hotel first opened. The room is also pretty dark due to the lack of lighting probably to keep from showing how dirty it is.

The heater was louder than a car engine I couldn't sleep the first night. I called front desk in the morning and they sent someone up right away. The guy changed the filter, he also found that the window couldn't close properly so he just pulled down the shade. After changing the filter the heater was still as loud and said thats the best he could do.

If you don't feel like sleeping at night this hotel would work for you. I would not recommend or stay at this hotel again. I would rather pay a little bit more for another hotel and get a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

This Hotel is not really that bad as some people make out, after all it was built in 1919 and the rooms could do with a bit of renovating. Anyway you don't go to New York to stay in your room!!. The sheets and towels were very clean and that is the main thing. The room and bathroom were clean and shower good. Location exellent. If you want a perfect hotel then you pay the price it's as simple as that.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Stayed at the Penn for two nights last week with some friends. Booked a few weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised by the rates. When we got there, we found what was, in its day, a fabulous hotel but one which, it has to be said, has suffered from a lack of tlc in recent years. Many of your most outspoken critics have commented on the seediness and the 'carewornness' of the place - not evident when you check in or step into the lifts/elevators, but certainly so once you arrive on your chosen floor. We were on the 9th, and once we arrived in the room we were somewhat alarmed by the state of the bathroom and the room itself, which hadn't been visited by a caretaker or maintenance chap for some considerable time. What was evident, though, was that the housekeeping staff were 'on the case' as the bedroom, bathroom, linen etc were superbly presented. Many of the contributors have been extremely harsh in their criticism of the place, which I believe is pretty unjust. What many haven't mentioned is that the location, in the heart of 7th Avenue, opposite Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, is absolutely first class, possibly the best spot in NYC, so for the price you pay, fab!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Pro:
the location.

Con:
- we booked at non smoking room, but the room still smelled old smoke.
- the bedspread had old stains on it so we asked to change room (wich we did).
-Thin walls, we were awakened by the neighbors.


Comment: we are happy that we only spent one night at this hotel. It was old and run down. We will try another hotel next time.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street, New York City, NY 10001
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #384 of 459 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Pennsylvania New York 2.5*
Number of rooms: 1705
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A great location doesn't have to be out of reach. New York's Hotel Pennsylvania is in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, and our surprisingly affordable rates leave more money in your pocket to enjoy the city.Each day our guests hit the streets and arrive at fabulous New York City locales within minutes. Marvel at the Empire State Building, savor exciting Times Square and take in a Broadway show or, hop on the subway right by the hotel and head to one of NYC's diverse and exciting neighborhoods. Just steps away from Midtown's most popular attractions, and offering countless easy transportation options, New York's Hotel Pennsylvania puts you in the middle of the action. ... more   less 
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