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The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center
Ranked #100 of 468 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 12, 2014

The entrance to this boutique hotel on W. 51st is unprepossessing, and when I first walked in and saw the small lobby and registration stand, I had my doubts. But once I got in my room -- and started exploring -- all my concerns were assuaged. The Jewel is newly renovated, boasting not only comfortably hip decor but a real attention to the business traveler: There are plugs all over the place (3 by the bed!) and free wifi throughout the hotel. Lots of little touches make the stay pleasant. For instance, a "living room" on the second floor offers comfortable seating, the daily papers, and a coffee machine that makes espresso and cappucino. Chilled, purified water is available on every floor -- for free-- and there's an unlocked closet right next to it stocked with the things guests often run out of. Take 4 sugars in that early morning coffee you want to brew in room? No problem. There's plenty there. The fitness room at the jewel is, unsurprisingly, small, but the machines are of recent vintage and fully functional.

I had booked a regular room through Priceline but was upgraded to a suite because that's all they had. This was much more space than I needed, but well arranged, with two very separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette -- an excellent layout for a family spending time in the city. My only critique is that the mattresses are just adequate, not particularly plush, and the linens are a little coarse. But those are quibbles. The location is ideal, and it's well worth the price.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

We bought tickets for a play and wanted to spend the night in NYC to enjoy ourselves, but we did not want to spend a fortune or stay in a dump. We found this hotel on-line and due to the low price we did not know what to expect.

The hotel is located on 51st facing the International Building of Rockafeller Center. It is a small boutique hotel. The rooms are on the small side, but they are set up great. There is a closet, a desk with two chairs and a chair with a built in tray to hold a book or a drink.

There was a microwave and a coffemaker. The room had lots of outlets, especially near the desk and the bed. Near the desk there was even a USB port you could use. There were also cables in a storage area on the desk in case you wanted to view anything on the TV.

The bathroom was set up nice and compact with a sliding door so it did not open into the room.
There is a chilled bottled water station on each floor which was very nice.

When you stay here you are also given access to the Terrace Room at the Club Quarters a few doors down where you can get a drink or have a meal.

The hotel is located in a great area. It is a short walk to the theater district and there is a couple of subway stations nearby. There is not much going on in the evening, especially on the weekend.

We can not wait to have another overnight.

Room Tip: They have discounts at the front desk for attractions in the area. Ask for a room that faces Rockaf...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

While most of the time the term boutique hotel means a room so small it's a glorified closet, the Jewel really is terrrific. The location can't be beat and while the rooms are small the layout makes sense and gives a feeling of much more spaciousness. The service was just terrific - requests for extra pillows or a replacement hair dryer were quickly filled; while there was no concierge, front desk staff were full of suggestions and willing to make reservations anywhere. If you're looking for a reasonably priced home base for NYC sightseeing or a show, this is a great choice.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
1  Thank lmandm
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

The Jewel Hotel offers a great location, convenient to all of midtown. We had a room with a small kitchenette (stove top, microwave and oven, and fridge). The room was clean and quiet, the service was fine. You need to only walk one block and you're at the ice rink at Rock Center and two blocks to St. Patrick's Cathedral and all the shops on 5th Avenue. It's a perfect spot for a quick weekend in Manhattan.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Dean L
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

I booked a single bedded room and was very pleasantly surprised when I was given a queen size bed which was very comfortable as were the pillows. The room was small, well lit and the bathroom was large and very well stocked with towels. On my floor (another pleasant surprise) was an alcove that supplied purified water and sealed plastic bottles free of charge. That's a first! I ordered room service, coffee, warm cream and a warmed cup. I received cold milk, styro cups and no sugar. I called and complained, they were very, very apologetic and replaced my order, correctly, very quickly and the coffee was very good. The restaurant gives a 20% discount to hotel guests. The hotel is excellently located right across the street from Rockefeller Center, the theatre district is blocks away and Fifth avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also just blocks away. The staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. My only complaint was that there wasn't a safe in my room and I had to be taken to the sub-lobby to access my safe. I booked online and received an incredibly low price. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

There is really nothing more to add to the many other reviews that simply rave about this place. Given that you're right across from Rock Center anyone who criticizes the slightest detail about this marvelous hotel should have their head examined. Sure, if it was in Peoria, Illinois for the same price you could find a few nits to pick, but you can easily spend two or three times the room rate for another Manhattan hotel and be far worse off. This is the undisputed best hotel value in the Big Apple, bar none.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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3  Thank metaungulate
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Had everything we needed for a "quick weekend" base in NYC.

Clean, quiet (we had a minimal room #406 in the back) and were able to access theaters and restaurants in mid-town.

Sure, it's NOT the Ritz Carlton (kind of Paris-sized room) but, a wonderful price/value proposition.

PS: Check out the restaurant in the basement (MARCELLA 51 INC) - a great deal ANYWHERE and even more remarkable in this neighborhood.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 11 West 51 Street, New York City, NY 10019-6994
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#72 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#83 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#99 Family Hotel in New York City
#117 Business Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $176 - $498 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center 4*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jewel Facing Rockefeller Center is a full service hotel with 135 rooms located opposite Rockefeller Center, steps away from the famous skating rink, Christmas tree, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue, Museum of Modern Art and Radio City Music Hall. Minutes from world class shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The Jewel Facing Rockefeller Center is the best value hotel based on quality and the prime location. The Jewel Facing Rockefeller Center provides:• Safe, restricted entry• Instant registration and check out• Free high speed internet access throughout the hotel• Nearby restaurant • Multi-menu in room dining options (through onsite restaurant and many local restaurants)• Refrigerator and microwave available• Unlimited complimentary chilled purified bottled water • 3 meeting and event rooms available nearby (maximum reception style 55 people)• Free use of computer/printer • Ergonomic workstations• State of the art guest rooms with premium bedding• Contemporary furnishings• Flat panel HD TVs• Complimentary coffee and tea• 24 hour guest service desk • Fitness room • Exercise equipment delivered to guest room upon request • Value rates ... more   less 
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