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“Pleasantly Surprised” 4 of 5 stars
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San Carlos Hotel
Ranked #44 of 479 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Good location, clean and modern rooms, free wifi that is dependable, free continental breakfast...what's not to like. It's not as glamorous as a few of the hotels next door, but if you are here on business, who cares about ball gowns in the lobby?

Room Tip: Corner suites are sunny
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

Excellent location to start with. St. Patrick' s Church, Rockefeller Centre and Time square are just 2-3 blocks away. All the people who work at the hotel are very kind- one of them- Bobby- was extremely friendly and helpful. Our double room with two Queen size beds was very comfortable and clean. We were at the third floor and had almost never daylight, but I guess it's not uncommon for NY. We were lacking some variety at breakfast, at least some eggs (in any form) or ham or cheese would have been appreciated on our side. All in all: very happy with our stay at the SC hotel.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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57 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Excellent location in midtown Manhattan, 2 blocks from St Patrick’s. The room was very comfortable, spacious and clean rooms and the staff was first rate. The hotel provides a breakfast and the WIFI worked well. I would definitely come back.

Room Tip: take the room with the 2 queens over the King with a pullout
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Scituate, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Location was ideal. Staff were ALL friendly and helpful. We stayed on 6th floor on the street, and the street was very noisy all night with construction going on.This may be a one-time only construction street project. Windows did not seem to be soundproofed. Will definitely return but ask for a room on a higher floor and in rear of the building. Not an updated hotel, but clean, spacious rooms and close to everything. Priced right. We stayed in a queen suite--5 adults with a roll-away bed added. Plenty of room. Continental breakfast included was a plus.

Room Tip: Request a high floor in rear of building
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Carthage
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I had the pleasure of staying at the San Carlos Hotel for 2 nights and it was just superb! The staff were so friendly, nothing was ever a big deal. They were more than happy to help with anything. The location of this hotel is perfect, it was quiet at night, and yet in either direction its easy to get a cab, everything from the touristy sites to going to a business meeting. I would highly recommend staying here. The room I stayed in was very spacious, I had everything from a mini fridge to microwave, so those evenings when you dont feel like dealing with the crowds you can get some peace and quiet in your room. Free internet is always a plus specially when travelling on business. I loved the way the hotel left chocolates on your pillow and drew the blinds every evening for you. That was a very nice touch and something not expected. Love, love that!
Great value for money and service!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The San Carlos really is superb. Excellent location about a mile from Central Park, a mile from Empire State, half a mile from Rockerfeller Centre. staff are very friendly and helpful.
The room really was excellent. The separate lounge with kitchenette, fridge, microwave, sink and crockery. There was a pull out sofa bed and a table and chairs.the other bedroom was separate with bathroom through. Showers and toiletries superb. Really very very clean throughout.
The reason we only gave 4 stars was because of the breakfast. It was Easter weekend and the hotel was full, so breakfast was served in the Indian restaurant adjoining.The coffee was poor, orange juice was from a dubious looking orange plastic container, there were green apples and red apples, yogurts if you knew who to ask, Rice Krispies, presliced bread, bagels, croissants etc all served in the Indian restaurant on plastic plates with plastic cutlery and paper cups. The lighting and music were poor and service nowhere near as attentive and friendly as the staff in the main hotel. We resorted to going out and finding our own breakfasts after 3 days of this, only to find that on the last day the hotels breakfast area was open and serving breakfast. What a difference, great coffee, real orange juice, lovely choice of bagels, pastries, yogurts, bananas and apples.So my question is why was it ok to serve inferior breakfast in adjoining restaurant when busy? Surely it should have been to the same std then this would have been 5 stars!

Room Tip: We had room 601 king executive suite facing front and It was by the lift, but no problems getting to...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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southern california
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I travel to NYC once a year for business and every year I scour Trip Advisor for hotel ratings and reviews. While on my latest trip I toured a hotel with a higher review rating than the San Carlos and all I can imagine is that none of these reviewers have stayed at the San Carlos. There was no comparision. I've yet to find something to write negatively about. The rooms are spotless and very classy and tastefully decorated (I read a prior review that the hotel needs upgrading but not sure why). The hotel staff is undeniably the best (backed up by the fact that the same bellmen and front desk personnel have been the same people ever since I've been staying there).

The location is perfect, a nice walk to every corner of NYC, 10 minutes to Times Square, 10 minutes to Central Park. The street feels very safe and, if you get a room at the back, it's very quiet.

This is where I will be staying next year, and the year after that, etc.

Room Tip: Select a room at the back if light traffic noise will bother you.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: San Carlos Hotel
Address: 150 East 50th Street, New York City, NY 10022-9500
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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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Family Hotel in New York City
#37 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#53 Business Hotel in New York City
#88 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — San Carlos Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The San Carlos hotel is one of New York City's most elegant, charming, and stylishly sophisticated hotels. Located on New York's fashionable East Side, the San Carlos offers spacious accommodations, plush furnishings, and warm personable service. Oversized rooms and suites are tastefully appointed and include a pantry or kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker. This four star boutique hotel is centrally located and walking distance to major attractions, restaurants and shopping. If you are looking to relax in a tranquil and contemporary setting, the San Carlos Hotel is perfect for you. This truly is one of the best hotels Midtown New York has to offer. ... more   less 
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