This was our first time in NYC, and we used Choice Privileges points to pay for the room. Our travel style is "Get up, shower, eat, go. Return, sleep, repeat" so all we ask of a hotel room is that it is convenient to our activities, clean with comfortable bedding, has hot water, and offers some kind of breakfast. The location of the Clarion Park Avenue was excellent! Not only was it an easy walk, even with luggage, to and from Penn Station for arrival/departure, but it was also ideal for sightseeing via walking or using the nearby subway.
The very narrow hallway and miniscule elevator belied the size of the room itself (we had a double)-which was surprisingly large considering the reviews I had read. Having stayed in a series of bed and breakfast type inns in the UK, some of which required dragging our luggage up steep, switchback staircases only two feet wide, and showers retrofitted into corners, we were okay with the expectation of tininess in any affordable hotel in NYC, so were extremely happy with this room. The bathroom was adequate with a large shower and everything was new, but there was no counter, only a little shelf.. We simply used the desk in the room for a vanity and kept only toothbrushes in the bathroom.
The beds and bedding were comfortable, and there were two luggage racks in the closet that we put at the foot of each bed - it worked great as we tend to live out of the suitcases. Others may like the fact that there are dresser drawers, a closet, and a small wardrobe, and it seems quite adequate space for fully unpacking.
Breakfast was pretty standard Choice Hotel continental fare; a waffle maker, juices, breads, cereals, yogurt, fruit, as well as eggs and sausage. Although perfect for our family, others may find it lacking if they prefer heartier breakfasts. There are plenty of restaurants in the neighborhood though, so eating should not be a problem.
We especially want to extend our compliments and thanks to Nabil, who was our breakfast attendant, bellman, and all around host for our entire stay. What a wonderful man! He really made the whole stay even better! The rest of the staff we encountered ranged from inoffensively adequate to friendly enough- only Nabil went above and beyond.
Our only complaint was that the carpet smelled sort of mildewy and wet and the housekeeping staff turned off the AC during the day. We would have liked to come back to a dry, cool room. We live in a very humid area so are somewhat used to it, though.
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion New York City
- Clarion Park Avenue
- New York City Clarion