We were there with another couple; each of us had our own one-bedroom apartment. The staff was incredibly nice and helpful, and the lobby is beautiful. The units themselves are due for a bit of TLC though. Paint peeling from the base boards, spots of mold in the aging bathrooms... Having said that, someone came every day to make the bed, tidy up the kitchen and change the towels, and for the price we paid, it was (just) acceptable.
The Marmara is located in the Upper East Side and quite a bit away from Midtown walk-to conveniences. The subway is a short walk away though, but if you're traveling solely by taxi, this can be expensive. Stepping outside of the hotel, we did feel like true New Yorkers, because there's a bit of a neighbourhood feeling there, away from the tourists. :-) Central Park is also not too far and easily reachable by foot.
The noise, due to the construction at street level, was incredible. Bring earplugs (it goes on at all hours), and on the lower floors (we stayed on floor 6) the banging makes it impossible to stay in the rooms during the day -- forget about opening the balcony door: you'd have to shout to make yourself heard. While the noise does quiet somewhat at night, it picks up full force at 7am -- weekends included. It looks like this is going to go on for a few years, so beware. Light sleepers won't have an easy time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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