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“Superb hotel and a Proposal!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Beacon
Ranked #47 of 475 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Superb hotel and a Proposal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

My partner and I went on holiday to NYC on 27/10/12 (the day before Hurricane Sandy!!!!) and booked to stay at the Hotel Beacon. After reading previous reviews on here it was recommended that we emailed in advance to request a high corner room away from the lifts. I did choose to email in advance as I also wanted to inform the hotel that I was planning to propose to my girlfriend. I received a swift response from the reservations department and they were very polite.
Upon arrival, our room wasn't ready (we were two hours early) but the staff were very friendly and informative. They recommend a few local shops and food places if we wanted to pass the time. When we arrived back after just over an hour the room was ready and we were allocated a room on the 21st floor (there is only 25 floors in the hotel). I do not cope well with confined spaces etc but the speed of the lifts was excellent and I managed to survive the constant use! :). We arrived at our room and it appeared we had been given a larger room (possibly because I emailed in advance) and we also received a complimentary bottle of wine and box of chocolates which was a lovely touch. The room was excellent, large, spacious, very clean with more than enough storage. The views from our huge window were fantastic! The concierge were attentive and informative without being pushy (this was my partners 6th time in NYC and they did not feel the need to tell her anything as she had good local knowledge).
Even though NYC pretty much shut down for a few days, the housekeeping service was still available (albeit on a reduced staff) and they were very polite. If you are there for a few nights (we were for 5) I would recommend that on your first morning to leave a $10 dollar tip and a note to housekeeping then leave $2/$3 for the duration of your stay and you will end up with plenty of extra toiletries/towels/pillows etc or anything else you may need.
The hotel staff kept all guests up to date with information regarding local facilities that were still available during the hurricane.
We were both very impressed with Hotel Beacon and the staff and will certainly be planning on staying there again when we visit again next year. It is extremely popular with a wide variety of ages and people visiting for various reasons. I highly recommend the Hotel Beacon.
P.S. my partner agreed to marry me when I proposed! I also received an email from the hotel to congratulate us.

Room Tip: Request a high corner room.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Michael P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We needed a room at the last minute in Manhattan and got a very good rate from The Beacon. We were treated with great sympathy by the friendly efficient reception staff and subsequently found that helpful attitude was typical of all the staff we encountered.
The room was spacious and clean and surprisingly very quiet - no sounds could be heard from neighbouring rooms or the floor above.
The hotel is in a very good location- close to Lincoln Centre and Central Park, a couple of blocks from the subway. It seems to be a very busy family area and very safe. Lots of cafes,and restaurants and a fabulous supermarket across the street.
We would certainly return.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I have stayed at this Hotel (which is a residence hotel) for over a dozen years. What brings me back for so long is the fabulous service and value. Mary at the front desk has been there longer that I have been going there. The entire staff is very attentive.
When you stay here you are getting an apartment. I have experienced both the studio and the one bedroom units. All have been recently renovated. Basically we love this hotel and it's location on the upper west side less that two blocks from the subway.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Stayed at the Hotel Beacon over Veteran's Day weekend and the experience could not have been better. This hotel is a block from the subway, clean, clean, clean and best of all for NYC, QUIET. The front desk was extremely helpful and we will stay here again. Pass up the Fairway market across the street and walk another block and a half north and visit the West Side Market for food, groceries, liquor, etc. And be sure and drop in next door to Big Nick's pizza for a slice, delicious and cheap! The Hotel Beacon also has a small kitchenette with refrig if you require one. This is a wonderful hotel, don't even think about staying at the hotels around Times Square.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 23rd floor with a room of Central Park, no noise at all. Very restful.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Kristin_9
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We are from Australia and stayed here for 9 days. We were worried at first that it was too far from Times Square, but in fact it is the perfect location to stay. It is situated in the Upper West side district which is very family and "Dog" friendly. We saw 10 musicals in 9 days and travelling late at night was not a problem at all. Just a 3minute walk to the subway and get on the 2 or 3 express train downtown which takes 3 minutes and you are in Times Square. One more stop and you are in 34th Street at Macy's. The hotel itself was excellent. Very friendly staff who will help you with any question. The room was big with the kitchenette. The bed was very comfortable.
You can also choose to eat junk food or very healthy as there are numerous gourmet supermarkets across the road which are so much better than Coles or Woolworths. Down the raod is "Big Nicks" diner which is open late at night after the theatre has finished.
When travelling on the subway get the $29.00 seven day pass. You can see all of the New York sights via the subway. The subway is very easy to use as well. Took no time to pick it up.
Walk the streets around here and you will find some lovely boutiques which are way cheaper than prices in Australia. Overall a great quiet district to stay in away from the hussle and bussle of Times Square.

Room Tip: Ask for a room higher up. From 19th to 24th floor overlooking Broadway.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank Jan G
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Swanton, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Stayed here while visiting carnegie hall show. Rooms are very clean, bright colors, welcoming,small bathroom but everything worked. In room coffee, little kitchenette. Tv didn't work but it was only for checking the news, so not a big issue.bed and linens were very comfortable. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Sandra D
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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We were a group of 4 adults and 3 children so we booked 2 1 bedroom suites which were perfect. The bedrooms were spacious and the lounge area had a lot of room to move around, even once you put the sofa bed up. The kitchen is small but adequate and when staying for 6 nights it was nice to be able to make breakfasts and heat things up for dinner. There was lots of storage space so we weren't tripping over our cases. The only thing which could be improved would be to have more hooks to hang towels in the bathroom but aside from that we were extremely happy with the Beacon. The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms clean. The location was excellent. Fairways market was across the road for breakfast supplies and there were lots of restaurants and cafes within a short walk. The subway station was a two minute walk and it was only a 5 minute walk to Central Park and a 25 min walk to Times Square. Was really nice to be in a residential area that was quiet, yet close to everything. Will definately stay at the Beacon when we come back to New York.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank tripgirl680
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Property: Hotel Beacon
Address: 2130 Broadway at 75th Street, New York City, NY 10023-1724
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Family Hotel in New York City
#34 Business Hotel in New York City
#36 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Beacon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 278
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Hotel Beacon NYC, a haven of comfort amid the bustling excitement of New York City. Located on the historic Upper West Side, amid tree-lined streets and landmark buildings, the hotel is a beacon for relaxation. Friendly and accommodating, we offer handsomely decorated, oversized guestrooms and suites. With wonderful views of Central Park, the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan, the Beacon is the perfect vantage point from which to venture anywhere in New York. And when your busy day is done, you'll have a perfect place to come home to. ... more   less 
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