We stayed here in August 2012 as a family of three, so took a double double room, which was great for us.
When it says 16.00 hr. check in, they mean it, no room for manoeuvre for us despite having been travelling for 18 hrs. and being 3 hours early. So we dropped our luggage off, changed in the lobby public toilets and went out for the afternoon.
Were efficient and managed transaction with competence and speed but were not “warming” in interface with customers.
Luggage / Airport transfer
We were able to leave our luggage on our last day in luggage store as we were leaving late evening for Newark Airport. We arranged a private car to take us to the airport, which was so easy, via the concierge. $90 for three of us, 40 mins to the airport. We chose to do the return trip this way back as on arrival we had taken the Newark Airport sky train, to main line train to Penn Street station and walked to the hotel (approx.15 - 20mins). It was 85’C that day so we were roasting by the time we got to the hotel.
We were on the 12th floor and had a corner room so had two windows facing different direction allowing us a wider city skyline view and great sunsets!
The blackout blinds were appreciated and were great cutting out the neon city lights at night, but hey, you are in NYC, you would expect lights.
The room was a good size, allowing us all to have room to move around, which I have heard is a blessing and rare in NYC.
The room was lovely and clean, the beds are a good quality and comfy, mattresses hard so good for sore backs too.
The small kitchenette was perfect for us to be able to store water/ juice and snacks and grab a coffee when we needed.
This was the first time we had been to New York and what a place!
Clean, friendly, feels really safe, busy, open all hours and loads to see and do.
If someone told me I would be buying my daughter jeans at 00.45hrs I would have thought they were mad – nope – I was, as I was buying jeans at that time!
Take comfortable shoes because you will walk miles as it is so flat and easy to find your way around the city.
Carnegies Deli, famous for sandwich sizes – blimey, half a cow in 2 slices of bread!
We had breakfasts at nearby diners, reasonable costs and good value for money.
Baked by Melissa, cupcakes – tiny little cupcakes, less than 50 calories each, self-selection, lovely collection to taste and not feel guilty as you will walk the calories off easily.
Good veggie restaurants
Roxy’s in Times Square. We weren’t too impressed as I am sure the food would have been good, but the service was awful. We got a grunt on arrival to go up the stairs to be seated. We ordered our meal, my daughter and I shared a main course and finished the meal first and whilst my husband was still eating, the waitress took away our dishes, and gave us the dessert menu, hubbie was still mid pizza at this point. When we were asked if we wanted to order a dessert, we said no thank and had the menus removed at speed and the bill slapped on the table – hubbie still mid pizza! No option for having a coffee there then!
If you are into photography there are hundreds of photo opportunities here and a shop worth visiting is B&H – a 4 storey shop of camera equipment. It is worth going to for the experience of seeing green boxes full of camera equipment whizzing over your head on roller rails en route to the check outs.
The hotel is walkable from Times Square – approx. 10mins - we were surprised to see how small it was and that it is triangular! Everywhere else accessible. If you want to be closer to the shops, aim for closer to Grand Central Station
Subway / Metro/ Tube – we heard it referred to as every title!
There is a tube station up on the corner of 50th / 51st which links you to loads of stations so you can get over the city easily. We got the weekly pass and it was certainly good value for money as we used it at least 4 – 6 times daily.
The carriages were clean and well kept, only once were we squashed in the tube, the rest of the time there was plenty of room.
We went to see loads of iconic sites from the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, and Empire State Building (Just after 2 people had been killed and 11 shot by police!), Wall Street, Central Park, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown, Grand Central Station, went to see Wicked at Broadway and of course Ground Zero.
We were there the e last week in August and it was hot – on average 85’C during the day and down to 19’C night. One episode of rain – well rather drenching than a shower!
Would we go back – yes
Would we recommend the hotel - yes
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Thanks for your comments regarding your recent stay with us. We do everything we can to accomodate guests who arrive early but this is not always possible, especially for guests who may have special room requests. Our check-ouot time is 12:00 noon, and many guests take full advantage of their time wth us and do not check out until late morning. When we sell out the night before, we clean the rooms as fast as possible and assign rooms based on room type and in order that guests arrive. I'm sorry we were not able to accomodate you earlier. Our bell staff will store luggage for early arriving guests when we don't have a room available and our front desk staff will take your contact informaiton so we can conbtact you as soon as a room is ready. I hope we have another opportunity to welcome you to the Belvedere.
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