This was an absolutely fantastic buy. The hotel is located right exactly at an express subway stop so even though it's pretty high up on the westside (95th), it's very fast and easy to get there. Very. Our room overlooked Symphony Space which was pretty fun. On the 6th floor, road-noise wasn't a problem. Our room, 604, was a really perfect room for a family. It was very spacious. There was a walkway which is great for shedding coats and giving a sense of more space than may technically be there, and a coat closet -- ditto. The room was very clean. It's true, the elevator is old and slow. Oh well. There's no problem walking down 6 flights and probably most of us could stand with some of that walking up too.
Most amazing of all was that we booked this room through Tingo and they did actually give us money back, a whole lot of it even (~-60%!!). I didn't believe that "gimmick" but I was wrong to doubt.
The only annoyance was regarding the internet. They charge $5/day for it which seems pretty silly given that rooms cost hundreds of dollars. Why irritate your customer over chump change? What was most annoying is that after all that, it didn't even work. It took 4 tries with a different password until one finally "took". In the meantime, there's a national chain hotel next door with ... free wireless. It reached into our room, so while the Newton's expensive, useless wireless service was messing up, we just used the other. Oh, and that separate wireless charge? It works for just one computer only. Geeesh. Silliness.
OK, so the internet-thing was quite annoying. But not enough to color my impression of the room in NYC, which was really a bargain all-told. The staff was very nice and helpful, the room-cleaners lovely. It's only that stupid little pissant internet charge that mars an otherwise perfect experience!
As others have noted, there's a coffee shop two doors north that's quite good. Manhattan Cafe it might be called? Also, one on the corner - called corner cafe I think - half-block south. The latter is a little cheaper, plastic-ware, but fast and cheery staff. The former is more typical neighborhood NYC diner replete with dreadful coffee. Mmmm. And those deserts. It is absolutely worth stopping in just to look at that rotating rack of death -- I can't think of anything more typical of Manhattan!
For a delicious, if expensive, NYC breakfast, walk down to Barney Greengrass at 86th and Amsterdam... with H & H closed where do they get their bagels now?
I highly recommend this hotel. And since management clearly monitors this site, perhaps they'll heed the request to nix the penny-ante games with the wireless and just make it available to one and all, no charge (it could be on request by room if you're worried about it being a big, bad city). Since a huge proportion of your business is obviously coming from online and these sorts of reviews, of which there are hundreds on trip advisor, are all a part of that, why not toss your obviously internet-fluent audience a bone and shell out for their existential fuel, free internet service? You are obviously trying very, very hard, very successfully, to provide your guests with a looked-after experience. Don't greet them warmly by the hand and tread on their toes simultaneously....
Oh yeah, the beds were rather saggy in rm 604. Not impossible to sleep in, but clearly in need of a little attention sooner than later...
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