Hotel prices in NYC are ridiculous, but it really sucks to shell out $200+ and feel like you're staying in a motel. I'm not clear what the exact criteria is for hotels to qualify as 3 stars, but I'm guessing Hotel Azure narrowly meets them. Pros: private bathroom (I'm too old to share common bathrooms - yuck), bed linens were clean (huge plus), when I reported a problem (see cons), the front desk responded fairly quickly; basic amenities were all included, including iron & coffee maker (although I didn't use either), and location is great in terms of access to key subway lines right outside the hotel. (As an urbanite and former New Yorker, the noise outside didn't prevent me from having a good night's sleep.)
Here are the cons: while the room wasn't dirty, there were little things that made me realize they didn't really pay attention to details. The soap dish in the shower had soap scum in it, the bathroom floors weren't super clean - there was a dinginess. The bathroom linens were also poor quality - super thin. The built in hairdryer blew out seconds after I started using it. (The front desk allowed me to use one in an adjoining room) And, I asked for a wake up call, but the person came (not called) five minutes after the designated time (which is a big deal in the hospitality world) and he knocked so lightly that if I hadn't been already awake (at least my iPhone alarm was on time), I wouldn't have heard him. Also, the television only showed about 10 channels.
So, all in all - a really big "eh". I only stayed there for one night and was only in the room to sleep, so I'm not up in arms about anything. It was fine. But, I'll probably try out other options first before booking a room at Hotel Azure.
- Also Known As:
- Azure Hotel New York City
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for a hotel near Downtown Manhattan? The Hotel Azure, a SoHo Boutique Hotel is located in close proximity to Downtown Manhattan. Downtown Manhattan holds some of the world's best shopping and largest businesses. When visiting Downtown Manhattan, make the Hotel Azure, a SoHo Boutique Hotel your choice for lodging. ... more less
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