The Blakely came recommended to me by a friend. I was there in August 2012 with my mother and niece and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Based on that visit, I booked it for a reunion with 10 sorority sisters in December, 2012. Asst. Manager Yariv Schein was very helpful in coordinating three rooms, including a suite, putting us close to one another, juggling the billing among all the women, and accommodating our needs. We were there in December which is, of course, high season, and he worked with us to get us the best rate possible. The location of the hotel in Midtown is superb, you can walk everywhere, many amenities and all the sights are nearby and the subway line to lower Lower Manhattan is close by. The hotel is clean and nicely decorated, the staff is friendly and helpful, and continental breakfast in the neighboring restaurant is included. I would not hesitate to stay at The Blakely again for work or personal reasons and highly recommend it.