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The Blakely New York
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   136 West 55th Street, Bet. 6th & 7th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #113 of 459 Hotels in New York City
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“I can see why visitors from europe would like this”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2006

After having read the other reviews, I found my experience was somewhat consistent with others' experiences.

This is a boutique hotel - it was renovated over a few years back. I would guess it was a hip destination for a short while, but it seems like now it's starting to lose its lustre, and I think it's due for some sort of renovation.

First - the rooms are OK. As far as NYC goes, they're on the smaller side. They do have flat screen televisions, but they are very small and the picture quality is poor because they are not receiving any HD signals. The carpets and furniture are showing signs of wear (example - the sitting chair in my room was covered in a felt or velvet-y material, and looked like it was worn out where your butt and back would hit if you sat against it). Likewise, the rooms need to be repainted and the carpets are starting to show wear and stains.

The bathrooms, similar deal. They were probably great when the Blakely opened, but for whatever reason the showers have seen their share of abuse and have that dirty appearance even when they are clean. The shower is also a jet-tub, and there is crust/calcium accumulating on the jets and on the nozzles of the shower heads. The tiles on the floor are starting to discolor and crack.

The restaurant is OK - but then again, this restaurant is not why you're probably in NYC. Service was great. The breakfast is not very good but dinner is definitely worth checking out.

If any of this doesn't bother you, you will probably really enjoy the Blakely. Service there is excellent - the staff is both friendly and helpful. It does make up a lot for any of the shortcomings, which, everyone may not find to be as big of a deal as me.

The location is good if you want to be near times square but not in times square, but I think there are better options all around for what a room at the Blakely costs.

  • Liked — The service
  • Disliked — cramped hotel...rooms were below average for cost
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Gorleston, England
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2006

For our first stay in New York my husband and I decided to book The Blakely for a 4 night break purely based on the reviews on Tripadvisor.
We stayed on the 7th floor overlooking 55th street after reading reviews but were woken up at 6:00am in the morning by noise from traffic and workmen not a good start. The Blakely really needs triple glazed windows for a peaceful nights sleep.
The lobby of the Blakely seems dark and in need of some light by changing the dark furniture and highly patterned carpets for bright clean colours. We were not helped by the bell staff with our luggage from our taxi.
The Blakely hotel rates averaged at $450.00 per night for 4 nights, felt a bit ripped off compared to other US cities, but everywhere in New York was equally excessively priced for what you received in return. The staff were friendly and helpful but our interaction with them was minimal. Francisco the Concierge was particularly helpful in arranging our tourist days out before our arrival by e-mail but unfortunately we never saw him during our stay. The lifts are small if you have a lot of luggage and take forever. The hallways are dark and narrow. The rooms themselves are smallish and bland and because of the dark furniture they looked dowdy - but it was clean. The bathroom is bright but small.
The Blakely does have a superb location for walking to Central Park and Times Square and Rockefeller centre. We didn’t eat breakfast in the hotel but there are two restaurants that seemed to be open all the time on each corner of the street (turn left out of the hotel door) and a café across the road selling coffee, pastries and fudge filled doughnuts from 7:00am. If you are heading back to the airport ask the hotel for a Lincoln car to take you rather than using a taxi it’s only a few dollars more and makes all the difference.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Tips/Secrets — No
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Miami, Florida
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2006

Have stayed 5 times this year. Each time gets better and better,.
When comparing prices you are not going to find a better deal that offers comfort, location and attention. Try a Litlle restaurant called LA VINOTERIA, a hblock away from the Hotel on 55th. Its great.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orange, California
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166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2006

I have stayed at the Blakely three times and recommended the hotel to my sister. She stayed at the property last March with her family and loved it. Many other people have written in the reviews about the great location and customer service of the Blakely. Here are some other small details that make this hotel a big plus.
1) They only fill half of the mini fridge with hotel items. The bottom half is left free for your personal use. A generous gesture.
2) The taxi fare from JFK into the city is a standard rate of about $49 (including tolls, excluding tips). HOWEVER, the rate from Manhatten back to JFK is not standard. The Blakely offers a town car service for the price of $59 back to the airport. This service was SO much easier to use then a shuttle and we felt so pampered!
3) If you have the need for one, try out one of the suites. My sister's husband snores very loudly and the whole family was able to get some sleep with him in another room. I went to NYC with a female friend and she said she did not hear any noise at all in the suite area whereas I was woken up each day by the sound of jackhammers and other city noise. The door between the bedroom and suite is solid core. The suite area has closets, drawers, plasma TV, and a fold out sofa bed.
4) Book through the hotel directly. On their Web site, they listed their suites as being $400, yet when I called the hotel on another matter, I discovered that they were $285! Don't know why they do that, but I would call the hotel to verify any prices that you see on the Web.
I travel extensively for leisure and the Blakely is a true hidden treasure. Have a great time in NYC and stay at the Blakely!

  • Liked — location, customer service
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — stay here, good value and location for NYC leisure. Close to Central Park and Times Square.
  • Stayed April 2006, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2006

Our first stay in New York and we were not disappointed with our choice. We picked this hotel out of the brochure because it had a kitchenette, always useful when travelling as a family and checked it out on tripadvisor. The reviews were favourable and I agree with positive reviews here.
The room was spacious for four of us with two large double beds. The kitchenette had a microwave, fridge and coffee machine with complimentary tea and coffee. The bathroom was large with the best shower we have ever had in a hotel room, bath robes, and a large deep, bath.
TV, CD and DVD player in the room and air conditioning which we needed as temperatures were up to 95F
The room was a non-smoking room, which we requested but as it was only on the second floor there was quite a bit of noise from the street outside which I suppose you do expect in a city.

The hotel is well located within walking distance of many tourist destinations and close to bus and subway stops. Easy walking to Central Park, Times square and Broadway and shops on Fifth avenue.

We would recommend this hotel to friends and family and would stay again.

  • Liked — The shower and the location
  • Disliked — The noise from the street on a lower floor
  • Tips/Secrets — Try to get a room on upper floors
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, England
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2006

My family and friends (in total 8 of us) stayed at The Blakely Hotel in New York for my 21st birthday celebrations between Dec 13 and Dec 19 2005. Lets just say we were not disappointed!

When we arrived we were greeted by 2 bellboys with luggage trolleys who offloaded our luggage from our taxi without even being asked. Then we were shown to reception and given our room keys (we had 4 rooms) and escorted up the stairs.

The hotel is quite small, i think only about 9 storeys high (which in NYC is tiny!) and each floor only had about 5 rooms. The room we had was on the second floor and faced the road, which, although was busy, you couldn't hear a thing which was great. There was 2 huge double beds (one each for me and my sister!) and a desk, 2 comfortable chairs and huge plasma tv, mini bar, fridge, sink and in the closet there was an iron, hair-dryer and 2 courtesy bathrobes (but these were so small i think only a child could fit in them!)The room even had air con (not needed in -10 degree weather but still there if you go in the summer!)

The bathroom was lovely, mirrored all round and the bath was heavenly to sit in- it was curved to fit the shape of your back so you could easily stay in there for hours! Overall, it had everything we wanted and to be honest, even if it wasn't to the high standard we found, it wouldn't have mattered because who stays for long periods of time in their hotel room in New York- only very odd people who shouldn't go to NYC!!!

Downstairs in reception there are plenty of seats and the concierge had an array of information on restaurants, the tourist attractions and could answer any question you threw at him. Though one word of warning, don't be advised on what resturants he suggests, because we tried a Chinese place he recommended and it was awful- we were well and truly ripped off!

Overall The Blakely is in an ideal location- a few blocks from Times Square (close enough to walk to but far enough from all the noise) and had everything you needed for a short break in the city. There is also a subway entrance at the end of the street! Oh and the beds- are to die for! Like sleeping on a cloud I'm sure!

  • Liked — The beds- best nights sleep i've ever had!
  • Disliked — One of the receptionists- had a bit of an attitude!
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't use the mini-bar- buy your own snacks from around the corner! Much cheaper!
  • Stayed December 2005, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
70 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2006

Hi, we stayed here again over the 4th of July holiday and had another wonderful stay. The staff were great as was the room. Great job!

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 136 West 55th Street, Bet. 6th & 7th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#76 Family Hotel in New York City
#78 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#114 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#115 Business Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Blakely New York 4.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In heart of Midtown Manhattan Central Park West, steps way from Times Square and 5th Avenue Shops. A 4 Diamond Property, voted one of top hotels by US News 2014, Zagat Best Hotel 2014. ... more   less 
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