My husband and i stayed here for 4 nights at the end of our multi centre USA trip. We flew into Newark airport and the cab cost to the hotel was $70 including tolls which we found slightly excessive. May be cheaper if you fly into JFK. The hotel location is great, very central, Penn St station right next door, Madison Square Gardens opposite and only a 10 minute walk to Times Square. We arrived at reception check in at 8.30pm so there was no queue, very desirable after travelling for so long. The lobby is very art deco, and has very much kept the 1930's feel to it. The staff were friendly and helpful, so no complaints there. Before arriving, i had emailed the hotel a few weeks before as it was my 30th birthday whilst staying there and wanted to see if i could have a high floored room overlooking the city. The guy at check in acknowledged my email and said he had found me the perfect room and wished me a very happy birthday and hope we liked it. However, although the room was on the 33rd floor, the view was actually of another high rise apartment block directly opposite. Very disappointing :(
We found the rooms to be extremely small. I know everyone on here is saying you don't sit in your rooms all day but we had 1 double bed and between the bed and the desk, there was only enough room for one person to be standing next to it at one time. When i brought my shopping bags back, we had no hope! Although we didn't see them, the general view appears to be that the 2 double rooms have more space to move around so i would recommend choosing one of those.
The facilities included a gym, 2 restaurants and a business centre which was useful for your return flight check in and keeping up to date with the social networking sights :) The charge for use was 25c a minute. My husband managed to log into the hotel Wi-Fi on his phone from our room, which didn't appear to charge him. Was free for 1 day. We ate in the Tick Tock diner twice which was fairly reasonable. Also being open 24 hrs a day means there no rush to eat at set times. I would recommend trying Nutella on French toast with banana which i had for breakfast on the last day there, was delicious! Overall, the hotel was ok, no major hassles with anything but that's all i can say. I suppose i was expecting more due to the previous reviews on here.
Make sure you visit Liberty Island but if you want to get in the Crown or Pedestal for the views, you will need to book in advance. We booked 3 months in advance but could only get to the Pedestal. This is still a great view across the city and Island though. The Empire State Building entrance fee was around $20 to get to the 86th floor, if you want to go right to the top, there's an extra fee but probably worth it to say you'd done it! Would recommend getting the audio tour as well, this gives you explanations and history as to the buildings you are looking at when your up there. Very interesting and informative! Central Park was amazing, absolutely huge and we found the bridge and hotel from Home Alone 2, definitely get some photo's of them if you can. Also, visit the M & M store in Times Square. It's a fun store and even the adults will turn into kids once inside :)
If we returned to New York, we'd probably choose another hotel but in a central location like this.
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- Also Known As:
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- Ramada Plaza New Yorker Hotel
- New York City Ramada
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