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San Carlos Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   150 East 50th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #40 of 453 Hotels in New York City
Divonne-les-Bains, France
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49 reviews 49 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Lived up to all the positive reviews”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Spacious rooms,lovely comfortable beds and quiet for New York - well soundproofed compared to other hotels. The staff were amazing - gracious, helpful and efficient.
The rooms have a coffee maker and microwave - no kettle for tea but you can boil water in the microwave.
My only gripe would be that the breakfast was spoilt for me by the use of paper plates, cups and plastic cutlery - this does seem to be the norm in the US but all the same, I find it tacky in a good hotel.


i will certainly choose this hotel for any other trips to New York as it is great value as well as being super comfortable

Room Tip: rooms at the back are quiet ( but a bit dark on the lower floors)
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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New Delhi
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The stay was very comfortable. Staff was polite and courteous. Location is great. Subway near by is great advantage. The breakfast was okay could be made more attractive. The market places are nearby.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights over the 2012 Christmas period - great location (if you want to be walking distance to Rockefeller Centre and that general area, and very handy to Metro system - about a 200m walk, or 500m, depending on which line you are getting. We had a family suite, which was a lounge room with a large queen size sofa bed, and then a second room with two double beds - all very comfortable and plenty of space for the 4 of us (two adults and two teenage children). Having a galley kitchen was great (but no stove top, just microwave). Service was good and would highly recommend this as a good family option (not always easy to find hotel accom for a family that is good value for money). There can be a bit of noise coming up from the street, but this is central New York and I suspect that would be the case in most places in the area unless you can get a room on a much higher floor (we were on the 6th floor)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The San Carlos is a real home away. The rooms are very well taken care of, the staff are great. The location is very convenient on East 50th, with plenty of resturants in walking distance. The gym is very good for a small hotel

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Okay, I tried to be open minded. I used to nice hotels.. five star, world class hotels. But, I just couldn't bear this hotel and left after a couple hours stay and went to the local Hyatt, which was awesome!!

I left because the room was very cold and the air blew right on my bed. It could not be turned off and the heat (which was a water register, fueled by a boiler in the basement) would not come on. After hearing my colleagues complain about the heat or air that could not be regulated in their room and attempting to sleep through street noise, I made a direct departure for a more modern hotel, which work out like a charm and cost no more.

Room Tip: high as possible to avoid street noise but, if you're not a city dweller, bring ear plugs.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We stayed in the San Carlos from 19 to 23 December 2012. We were coming with my daughter and needed enough room for three and were not disappointed. We had a suite with king bed for about $300/night and it was quite comfortable, a bedroom and fully separate living room with sofa bed, along with a kitchenette and a table. So my wife and I could have privacy and my daughter -- preparing for exams - had room to spread out and study. By New York standards, this suite was large and, if not terribly fancy, completely up-to-snuff and not at all tatty. Quite a decent lobby as well, and a basic but functional gym with a couple of stationary bicycles and treadmills. Its true the breakfast was nothing at all special, but there's a very nice and not unreasonably-priced diner-style breakfast place right across the street. And at two blocks from Rockefeller Center a pretty good location for Christmas. So all around a very good choice if you don't want a huge blowout but you want a nice, clean spacious accommodation in convenient midtown location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The San Carlos is a good hotel with excellent rooms and central to all you need in NY. There is nothing wrong with rooms, cleanliness, breakfast is adequate even with plastic plates and cutlery, porters are extremely helpful. It is not the cheapest and for the price, I think they had opportunities to do better and didn't. I booked through Booking.com and emailed a few days before arrival just to confirm all was ok. There followed a few emails looking for my credit card details on an unsecure email as booking.com did not appear to have sent them. If that was the case, this should have been taken up with them. I also requested a front facing room - we got a back facing one with no explanation. I had also pointed out it was a 20 year surprise wedding anniversary holiday for my family. EXCELLENT hotels would have handled the booking better, said to me that the requested room was not available and, for the price we paid, a SMALL acknowledgement of the occasion would have been made- it wasn't mentioned. There is nothing wrong with the hotel - our experience was fine but we paid alot of money for our stay. They had chances to shine and didn't. Would we stay again? Possibly, but in a big city like NY, there must be places trying harder to do everything they can for their guests. I think they are too complacent and they need to work a lot harder on the details that make a difference to keep rating of 28th Best Rated Hotel in NY.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 150 East 50th Street, New York City, NY 10022
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Midtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Family Hotel in New York City
#30 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#87 Business Hotel in New York City
#111 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — San Carlos Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The San Carlos hotel is one of New York City's most elegant, charming, and stylishly sophisticated hotels. Located on New York's fashionable East Side, the San Carlos offers spacious accommodations, plush furnishings, and warm personable service. If you are looking to relax in a tranquil and contemporary setting, San Carlos is perfect for you. This truly is one of the best hotels Midtown New York has to offer. ... more   less 
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