Based on the overwhelmingly positive Tripadvisor reviews, I chose this hotel over the Comfort Inn Midtown (also a great selection that my daughter & I have stayed in before). Nicki & I were in NYC celebrating her HS graduation and making up for a trip I had to cancel 2 years ago due to a sudden illness. We booked a "double-double" (2 double beds) Room 303 which faced 46th Street and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Colin (manager) was so pleasant & gave great suggestions - Nicki said "can we bring him back to Madison?"
Plusses - very convenient location on West 46th street - about mid-block between 8th & 9th Avenue. Lots of restaurants all around. We loved the flat-screen TV and built-in DVD player (spent our late post-theater evenings snacking & watching "Dallas" reruns) & we appreciated having the mini-fridge to store our uneaten treats & juices in. The room windows had screens allowing us to get fresh NYC air & street ambience when we wanted them. When closed the room was pretty quiet - you could still hear traffic & street noise, but it was muffled & easily ignored. The hotel provides breakfast but Nicki & I never managed to get up & out of bed in time to try it (guess that's why it's called a vacation!). The hotel staff were very helpful - printing out my airline boarding passes before we checked out, giving good recommendations for restaurants & helping Nicki find a much-needed safety pin.
Minuses - the room is small & getting to my bed (the one closest to the window) required some deft maneuvering (think billygoat!). There's not alot of storage space for large suitcases & several times I ended up heaving the suitcases & desk chair onto my bed so I could get around easier! You definitely cannot leave stuff scattered around if you expect to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night without tripping. The room reminded me very much of what we had in Paris - small but very charming. You just have to be tidier than you maybe want to be on a vacation! There's also no real lobby - just a couple of chairs & table across from the front desk. The vase of roses (real ones with fragrance) was a much appreciated touch - we got to enjoy them every time we left & came back to the hotel.
I agree with previous posters who've noted the 2-burner cooktop is pretty worthless. We didn't have any pans/dishes to heat anything up in. A microwave would've been more useful. Also, while there are cabinets to put dishes/glasses in, the hotel does not provide them (except for coffee mugs). Thankfully I brought my own paper plates & plastic utensils along - made our late-night snack time more enjoyable! There is also no place to hang long items (such as overcoats, long dresses, etc.). The desk in the corner was very tiny - just big enough for my laptop. The hotel provides hard-wired internet as well as wireless - it was easy to just plug it into the laptop. Having an extension cord with me allowed me to plug the laptop's power cord in without having to unplug the desk lamp.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely! Our timing must have been good - we got our room for $249/night. Maybe not the cheapest alternative, but pretty good for NYC. We truly enjoyed our "mother/daughter" time together and a big part of that was feeling safe & comfortable with the place we stayed. Thank you French Quarters for helping make this a memorable trip for us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on New York’s famed Restaurant Row, The French Quarters Guest Apartments brings a taste of the Big Easy to the Big Apple. Whether in town for a week, a weekend or an extended visit, the comfort and quality of superior accommodations and service awaits you. Our sophisticated and comfortable surroundings will refresh and rejuvenate you for another day in the board room or night on the town. ... more less
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