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“Quirky but good”
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Carlton Arms Hotel
Ranked #20 of 79 New York City B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 22, 2013

My husband and I stayed in this hotel in early May 2013. We saw that it had very mixed reviews, but were just going to be in town for a few nights and wanted something in this general area, and didn't want to spend a lot. We did get a room with a private bath. The hotel was older, but it was clean. The manager was very friendly and helpful. As many of the reviews stated, he gave us three rooms to choose from. We chose a room located on the same floor and in close proximity to the office. For that reason, we did hear some noise in the evenings as people came and went, but it usually quieted down by 10:30.

The location of the hotel was fantastic. Apparently just several months ago they closed the street off in front of the hotel to vehicle traffic and made it a pedestrian walk area, so that cut down on car noise. There is a bagel-deli right across the street and a street vendor cart that we got meals from, Madison Park is only a couple blocks away, as is the subway station.

For price and location, it was great. There are no elevators, through, so if you have a problem with stairs, take that into account. I had forgotten in earlier reviews it mentioned that they do not provide washclothes, just towels (and plenty of those). It's nothing fancy, but we were out early in the morning and didn't usually get back until late at night, so didn't miss having a TV. Does have free wifi. Will stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

This hotel is in my opinion rather a hostel than a hotel. It has shared bathrooms and toilets on the floors. The rooms are all uniquely designed by different artist and every floor has its own "theme".

We have a very indian like room, pretty colorful and with Shiva and Ganesh and other indian gods painted. Our little daughter (1 year old), really likes the colorful room.

The room is kinda small, but it has two beds in it. One we sleep in and the other we use to store our daily needed stuff on.

The baby sleeps in its own grip, which we brought over from Germany.

Every thing else is available in the hotel, and if not, the staff is very helpful and tries to find a solution to our "problems"

The location is awesome, just around the corner of Madison Square Garden, and all things needed around the corner.

The price is for NYC pretty amazing.

If you are not the type of person, which loves luxurious bedrooms, who will definitely love the Carlton Arms, a special kind of ho(s)tel :)

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Muskote
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Myself and my best friend were walking around New York City looking for a hotel for the night, as we had no where to Stay. Walking for a couple of hours we strolled past this hotel. Walking up the stairs to the hotel we could already see that this hotel was bizarre but is totally different to any hotel we stayed in before.
The staff said they were able to accommodate us for two nights, which we jumped at the chance as it was cheap. We were given a room, with dollar bills and partly naked yellow women painted on the walls. The bed wasn't amazing but you cant expect much from a hotel like this. The room we were in, we had to share a bathroom but we didn't mind that, as it was clean.
The place had such a friendly atmosphere and my aim is to go to New York every couple of years and i will always stay in this hotel. It offers such a great location for the price it is.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

No elevator, no AC, narrow hallways, small rooms BUT great fun. Every room created by an individual artist, ours by Francisco Franciscus, hallways, ceilings likewise. Very helpful staff, clean and prices like non-New York!

My rating above is on the basis of standard metrics. I would definitely go there again, though my wife might not do so.

Room Tip: web site has gallery of the rooms. Choose art work you can sleep with.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

i loved the room,10b. it was pretty and clean. we got the choice of which room we wanted. we shared bathroom but that was fine. very clean bathroom. the staff was always nice. we got there three hrs before check in and that was no problem. hotel was near subway and empire state building. only thing wrong was no elevator so had to walk up stairs a lot.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank akaAB
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

I chose the place for the location over anything in this skyrocketting hotel prices, which I believe insane, even though I had a place to stay somewhere else in the city.

I see other people's bad experiences, however, I think the quality is fair for the price they charge. As long as one understands economics of this capitalist city, the room should look fine.

I used here only for sleep nothing else and for this purpose I rate the hotel average. It can be better if they can provide warmer shower. One of them could not get hot water on the 4th floor.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Normadroaming
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Any hotel that doesn't have a mirror in the bathroom or by the sink (there was no sink in the bathroom) can't get too high a rating in my book. Art was cool, but place felt gross. Ironing boards should be standard. Room got cold. And the one small lock wasn't enough to make one feel safe. Location is amazing though. Wish it was as nice as a Motel 6 though.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Carlton Arms Hotel

Address: 160 E 25th St, New York City, NY 10010-2312
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range: $106 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Carlton Arms Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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