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Carvi Hotel New York
Ranked #217 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice Stay at the Carvi”
Reviewed July 10, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Carvi Hotel for four nights in early June 2011. We hadn’t been to NYC for 20 years and had no idea where to stay. As usual in this type of circumstance I turned to Trip Advisor. After much research we chose the Carvi due to the great reviews, good location, and reasonable rates (by NYC standards).

When the cab dropped us off on East 55th Street, it took us a minute to find the hotel, as the front is very nondescript with the only sign being inconspicuous and on the awning overhead. At eye-level, the entranceway itself is totally blank with no signage and no décor of any kind (see photos). But the small lobby inside is nice, and all the people we met at the front desk were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay.

We stayed on the fourth floor in a room facing the street. As others have noted, there are only 6 rooms per floor, and it appears that two of the rooms on each floor don’t have any windows, as they are interior rooms. I would not have been happy had we been given one of those rooms; I believe they are, however, lower in price. Our room had two big windows facing the street, not really a great view, however, as all we really could see well was the office building across the street.

The room itself was very clean and modern, and while not large, was roomy enough for us. It was well planned and had plenty of space for all of our clothes and other items. Especially nice was having the use of the mini-fridge, which we emptied of hotel items and filled with our own groceries (from nearby ‘Klein’s’, a great grocery store about a 10-minute walk away).

The bed was very comfortable, the sheets clean, and the shower was very powerful (although small in space). Everything in the room was super clean and fresh. There is a hair dryer, full-length mirror, safe, and free (fast) wifi in the room. But because it is a very small hotel, the hotel itself does not have many extras. For example, there is no restaurant or bar, and no fitness center. However, our main objective was to find a clean, modern hotel in a nice area with decent rates, and good, friendly service, and that’s what we found at the Carvi.

The neighborhood around the hotel is nice. We always felt safe there, even walking back to the hotel very late at night. And there are many convenient shops within a small area including a Starbucks, a 24-hour drug store, and many small restaurants and cafes. We especially liked the Pig ‘n’ Whistle Pub around the corner on 3rd Avenue (they have an excellent house-made veggie burger).

Our only suggestions would be the following. There was only one chair in the room. This meant that one of us had to sit on the bed to eat our breakfast. Although the room was small, there was enough space near the windows for a small table and another small chair. Also, it would have been nice if there were a few pictures on the walls. The TV reception was not great as the picture pixated quite a bit at times. Also, there was no way to have only one of the two bedside lights on – it was both lights on at once or nothing, which meant that I couldn’t read on my side of the bed (while my husband slept) without the light being on at his side of the bed.

The other strange thing was the temperature control. Under the thermostat was an unfriendly sign saying that we were not to change the temperature, that if we wanted to change the temperature in the room we were to first call the front desk. We ended up changing it anyway, as we got cold during the night and the air conditioning was blowing right across the bed. Also, the a/c makes noise when it comes on and off during the night, and light sleepers might be bothered by this.

Overall we found the hotel to be very quiet. However, on our last night (the only night we needed to get to sleep early) it appeared that the other rooms on our floor had been taken over by one family, who proceeded to leave their doors open and treat the whole floor as their own suite. They were quite noisy and we were about to call the front desk when they finally closed their doors sometime after 11:00pm.

One thing we feel we should point out is the following. We noticed that there is a door outside the hotel entrance (i.e. essentially on the sidewalk) that leads directly up a flight of stairs with access into the hallways where the rooms are. This means that if that door is left ajar, anyone can access the hallways of the hotel without ever entering the lobby. The door is designed to lock after someone exits the hotel from this staircase, but it only does so if the person is careful to slam the door and make sure it is locked. On a few occasions we returned to the hotel to find this door ajar and unlocked.

That being said, our complaints are minor and we do really like this hotel. We recommend it and plan to return again, as overall we had a very enjoyable experience at the Carvi.

Room Tip: If you're claustrophobic, ask for a room with windows.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

Everyone knows how difficult it is to find a good and not ovepriced hotel in NY.
For my first trip to New York in March,2011 Carvi hotel was the best possible choice.
The rooms may not be very big, but they are very well equiped, clean and new. They Wi-Fi connection was stable and quick enough. The bed was sooo comfortable, that it was difficult to make myself wake up and explore this wonderful city.
The front desk was very polite and helpful. You can here a lot noise from the street, but for me it wasn't that important - after a long day of walking through the city, nothing could disturb my dream.

Room Tip: Prevent living on the 1st floor. 2nd floor is good.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Sheridan, WY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2011

First night was put in a very small room that one could barely get around the bed. The walls were scuffed and needed paint, the carpet was stained, and the bathroom so small that if you dropped your soap in the shower you would have had to get out of the shower to pick it up. And the air conditioned was so loud that when it kicked on it would wake me up. However, the bed was comfortable. The next day I was moved to a larger room and that was better. When I asked about some consideration for the first night it was not granted but then it was not expected either. Overall, I was very diappointed because of that small room and will not be back.

Room Tip: Do not accept room 201 and probably that room on .
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2011

I stayed at this hotel with my husband and my 3 year old daughter. It's a very new hotel, with friendly staff and well located.
For brazilians it's very good, because there are a lot of brazilian employees there that can give us a lot of tips.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2011

We stayed at the Carvi for 5 nights and found it comfortable and pleasant. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean and the decor modern. We had a few problems with adjusting the temperature down on the air conditioner and as it appears the controls were faulty the staff sent a tradesperson to attend to it promptly.

The hotel was in a good location close to the subway and closest subway station is on line that comes from JFK Airport. We arrived well before check in time after a red eye flight from Vegas and the receptionist was accommodating in getting us into our room as early as possible, even though they were fully booked. The street and neighbourhood was pleasant with a choice of places to eat in close proximity. We easily walked to Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Centre, the Chrysler Building and a few other attractions from the Carvi. We would stay there again when next in NYC.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2011

We stayed in a small, but very comfortable, clean and well equipped room. Great bed, soft linen and pillows. In the luxurious bathroom there's also a powerfull shower with hot water.

There's a free wi-fi network within the hotel that worked very well.

It's located in a pleasant neighborhood, almost in the corner of 55th St. and Lexington Av.
Not so close to Times Square, and if you prefer not to walk by, the subway takes you there in a few minutes.

The staff was also very helpful and likeable all the time.

It was my second visit to NY. It's an astounding city and when you stay in a nice hotel like this it makes your trip even better.

I really recommend this charming and efficient hotel.

Room Tip: Those without windows are cheaper but satisfactory
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2011

We stayed for 5 nights at the Carvi on our first trip to New York. It is ideally located for sightseeing in Manhattan, within walking distance of Central Park, the Rockefeller Centre, and 5th Avenue. The rooms were modern and well equipped, with very comfortable beds. There is no restaurant,but the hotel has an arrangement with the little diner across the road which is open 24 hours, and good for breakfasts. The staff were friendly and helpful; one minor problem with a room was fixed within minutes. They booked us a car for our return trip to JFK airport, much better than a yellow cab, and hardly more expensive. Ideal for couples or families with teenagers looking for reasobly priced accommodation in central Manhattan.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Carvi Hotel New York
Address: 152 E 55th St, New York City, NY 10022-4513
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#108 Family Hotel in New York City
#154 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#209 Business Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carvi Hotel New York 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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