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“Marmara: Value hotel on Upper East Side of NYC” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Marmara Manhattan
Ranked #210 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Foxboro, MA
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Marmara: Value hotel on Upper East Side of NYC”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

The Marmara Manhattan Hotel is a value hotel on New York City's upper east side. Clean and comfortable, the hotel was obviously built as an apartment buidling and then converted to a hotel. We reserved a studio (one room with a kitchnette), but was upgraded to a one-bedroom (bedroom, living room, and kitchen). Rates vary, but start under $250. It's especialy a good value if you're more than just a two people, since the living room sofa can be slept on, and extra bedrooms cost less than reserving additional rooms as you would in other hotels.

With that said, this is NOT a full-service hotel. There's no restaurant, no gift shop, no parking, no valet parking, and limited staff. Everyone we encountered was polite and friendly, but we only interacted with staff when we checked in and out. Be prepared to be independent and self-sufficient.

The Second Avenue Subway is being constructed right next to the hotel, and therefore, the area can be congested and noisy. But the hotel's windows are well insulated -- while some sounds can be heard from third floor rooms, the higher floors are quiet and offer great views.

The hotel's neighborhood is residential, with plenty of restaurants and public transportation options. Taxicabs are plentiful and easy to hail from the street. Attractions, such as the Museum of Metropolitan Art and Central Park Zoo, are particularly convenient.

BTW, a nice way to see Central Park is on a weekend, when cars are blocked from using many of the roads that criss-cross the park. You may want to consider hiring pedicab from the Central Park Zoo and going to the Museum of Natural History (and Planetarium) on the other side of Central Park. The pedicab will cut across the car-free park, and while it's pricey (at $25-$40), it's worth it.

Room Tip: Higher floors offer grear views. From the south side, you have a glimpse of the Empire State Buildin...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank FoxboroDan
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marmaramanhattan, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
We relish our loyal guest, when we are able to offer our” brand” in New York and receive their stamp of approval. We sincerely thank you for your time to let us know how we are achieving our goals.
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44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

We spent a whole month at the Marmara Manhattan while my wife was recuperating from surgery at a nearby hospital. We had a one-bedroom apartment on the 22nd floor with a dee-lux view. The staff was very obliging, assisting us in installing a hospital bed in the bedroom and even providing a wheelchair. This is a great place for a long-stay visit to NYC, and is ideal for families with several children for a short stay. Just understand that the East 90s is not Times Square. While not a touristic center, the neighborhood has its own low-key charms. You get a feel for what it is like to really live in New York, with lots of little shops and convenience stores nearby. There are several enjoyable restaurants within a two-block radius. And the birthplace of Lou Gehrig is just down the block!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank rontet
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marmaramanhattan, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
The charm of New York is the diversity of its neighborhoods. We feel we have an advantage because of our locale. We are so glad you had the the time to enjoy our neighborhood as much as we do. Your feedback is invaluable to us, to insure that we are on the right track.

Our spacious suites do offer the ideal family get away spot for your” New York Neighborhood” home away from home. I want to thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed the hotel and our staff. Be assured we will keep the candle burning in the window to warm your return.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

The Marmara staff was one of the absolute worst I have ever encountered. The concierge, Maureen, was incredibly rude to our entire party of guests. At one point she even sunk low enough as to swear at us in another language. We were assured by another one of the desk staff at our checkout that "matters would be taken care of", but it seems that Maureen is still around. For the amount of money we paid to stay two nights in our suite, there was absolutely no reason we should have received as much flack as we did from the staff about various nonexistent rules and complaints. Avoid the Marmara at all costs!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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15 Thank FrankLeeSpeekin
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

Our second stay at the Marmara was what we expected, once again excellent :) Our daughter lives directly across the street from the Marmara and our first visit went so well, we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Manhattan. We had our young teenage niece with us this time and Maureen at the front desk was kind enough to change our room so our niece could have some privacy and some space to herself. Our niece was just thrilled. She loved the view and our balcony. The apartment was spotless and service was excellent. The doorman/bellman was so kind and we enjoyed speaking with him. While in NYC we saw Wicked, many famous places in Central Park and toured downtown too. But we love staying in this Upper East Side neighborhood rather than downtown. It really does feel like home :) We ate at our two favorite restaurants, Barking Dog ( breakfast), Nicks (Italian), among others. I know Maureen had no idea our niece had just lost her mother recently and had had a very rough year, so the kindness and special attention she showed us was more appreciated than she will ever know. Her actions have guaranteed our continued loyalty to the Marmara. Looking forward to our next visit...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank FrannyK
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, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Dear FrannyK,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel. We will make sure to share your kind words with the entire team including Maureen! It is always our aim to provide true hospitality welcoming you like we would in our own homes. We are also looking forward to your next visit.

Sincerely,

The Marmara Manhattan Management Team
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Melbourne
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

Had a great stay (5 nights)
Beautiful views, very easy access to subway 'green line'.

Great location, very close to Madison Avenue, Lexington Avenue, and Central Park, Met etc.

Very friendly staff, great computer setup.

Apartment_ very clean, comfortable, 'french' influence. Refreshing ot be able to make your own meals.

3 bathrooms bonus!

Definately recommend...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Beth J
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, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Dear Beth J,

Your feedback is highly valued and we really appreciate you taking the time to review our hotel. It is such a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

Sincerely,

The Marmara Manhattan Management Team
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

My family and I went to NYC for holiday. It's the second we stayed in this hotel and the experience was great as last time. The room is big and comfortable. The location is good enough for going around the city. After a tired day going around the city, going back to hotel room is like going home for us. We for sure will choose this hotel again when we visit NYC.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Wen E
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, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Dear Wen E,

It is a pleasure to have you staying with us again. We would like to thank you for reviewing our hotel as we believe that the feedback provided by our guests is one of the most vital tools to measure our services. We hope to have you again in your home-away-from-home soon!

Sincerely,

The Marmara Manhattan Management Team
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Louisa
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

Four of us stayed three nights, Jun 19-21 and it was like a home away from home. We had a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom suite on the 23rd floor. The suite was spacious, bright, nicely decorated and had beautiful views extending all the way down to lower Manhattan, the East River and uptown. We could even see the Empire State Building which is always a treat, especially at night when they light it up with different colors.

The staff was very helpful and friendly, greeting us each time we left and returned to the hotel. The location was perfect, just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of lower Manhattan and close enough to the subway, grocery shops, restaurants liquor stores, and practically any other service you may need. I loved the NY neighborhood feel of the hotel.

This will be the place I stay in NY from now on. Thanks Marmara!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank John D
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, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Dear John D,

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay. We always aspire to make you feel at home with our services and accommodations. It is a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Hoping to welcome you again soon in the near future,

Sincerely,

The Marmara Manhattan Management Team
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Property: The Marmara Manhattan
Address: 301 East 94th Street, New York City, NY 10128-4718
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper East Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#144 Family Hotel in New York City
#171 Business Hotel in New York City
#187 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Marmara Manhattan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marmara Manhattan offers a combination of studio, one, two and three bedroom suites for your travel needs; whether it is for a few days of vacation or a few months of stay in the exclusive Upper East Side neighborhood. You will only be a short distance away from famous New York City attractions like the Central Park, the Museum Mile and Madison Avenue boutiques. Our suites provide for all your comfort needs during a stay at your 'home-away-home' with fully equipped kitchens and plenty of sunlight. Hotel featues: Complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour exercise room, art gallery, pet friendly. ... more   less 
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