We stayed for 6 nights at the Beacon, in a 2 room suite (BR plus sitting room/kitchen). The hotel is located close to the Metro, a few blocks from Central Park, a half hour walk across the Park to the Museum of Natural History and a little further to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was a quiet oasis, particularly after the .shock of arriving at bustling Penn station. Rooms are well appointed and comfortable, and access to restaurants and food is easy (try Isabella's restaurant a few blocks away and buy great food at the supermarket opposite). The desk and concierge staff are efficient and helpful.
Only 3 weaknesses. The bathroom in the suite we were in, while adequate, was very small, one of the smallest we have ever experienced in many years of travelling - no place to leave toiletries, and it could be uncomfortable for some travellers - ask for a room with a large bathroom! Second, there was no washing up detergent provided requiring purchase of same, with a lot wasted at the end of the stay. And third, the airconditioning is old and very noisy, sufficient to wake one up during the night if you have it going in the same room - we shut the bedroom aircon down and relied on the second unit in the sitting room to keep the room cool, which worked well for us. If you are in a single room and a light sleeper, watch out for this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hotel Beacon NYC, a haven of comfort amid the bustling excitement of New York City. Located on the historic Upper West Side, amid tree-lined streets and landmark buildings, the hotel is a beacon for relaxation. Friendly and accommodating, we offer handsomely decorated, oversized guestrooms and suites. With wonderful views of Central Park, the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan, the Beacon is the perfect vantage point from which to venture anywhere in New York. And when your busy day is done, you'll have a perfect place to come home to. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beacon Hotel New York City
- Hotel Beacon New York