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“A super hotel in a great location”
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Hotel Beacon
Ranked #66 of 469 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stayed 3 nights in a spacious suite with 2 DBL beds plus a very comfortable Queen sofa bed in a separate room which provided us with all the space we needed.
An added bonus was the small but fully equipped kitchenette complete with with fridge, freezer and coffee maker.
There is a large supermarket directly opposite the hotel which was great for buying groceries to take back to the room and they also have a cafe upstairs which served super meals.
The location was fantastic - only 2 blocks from 72nd Street subway station which ensured easy access to all areas of Manhattan as well as being only a 5 minute walk from Central Park.
We were in a front room but were not bothered by any street noise as the rooms have double glazing and this ensured a great night's sleep.
All of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly which added to a very enjoyable stay and, if we are ever in New York again, would definitely stay at the Beacon.
Highly recommended

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

I stayed in a queen suite and loved everything about, including the $305 reasonable price for this spacious accommodation. Very helpful front desk and great location. There is a very good diner right next door for breakfast, lunch or whatever. Nice Beacon Bar with manager Michelle watching over things.

Great location and value and right next to Beacon Theater for a good show.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

Not only was the room/suite clean and aesthetic it was comfortable and spacious and the staff were always ready to help.We felt at home and the kitchenette made our room the breakfast centre with the other couple that was traveling with us. And they, the staff, happily offer and do the washing up.
Ask for a room on a high floor and of course not adjacent to the lifts.
We stayed for ten nights and were happy with the location (it beat the midtown location of our friends and my convention centre hotel) and all the nearby facilities from the two supermarkets across the road, convenient bus and underground stations, and a full range of retailers north, south and east of the hotel.

Room Tip: Standard request- upper floor and not adjacent to the lift well
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

This was my umpteenth visit to the city, but first stay at Hotel Beacon and on the Upper West side. What a fantastic find! The Beacon was a perfect choice for us because:

(1) Value for family travelers - We were a family of four with two teens and needed the bedding and space that implies, but weren't keen on paying rack for two rooms or taking our chances with Priceline for what would have been modest savings off the Beacon's reasonable (for NYC!) rates. We had a spacious (for NYC!), well-appointed one bedroom corner suite with 2 DBL beds + queen sofabed with a super comfortable memory foam mattress + tiny but fully-equipped kitchenette--a bonus considering the Fairway Market across the street (convenient for groceries, and their cafe serves up a really yummy breakfast).

(2) Location, location, location - The hotel is a 2-block walk from the 72nd street red line station, which gives you quick, direct access to Lincoln Center, Midtown, Times Square (and the convenient cross-town shuttle to Grand Central), Penn Station (terrific for our Amtrak arrival, also for Empire State Building), Chinatown/Little Italy, Wall Street and the Battery (Statue of Liberty). It's also a short walk away from Central Park. And what really wowed me was how quiet the hotel was at night--it can be a challenge to get a good night's sleep in the city that never sleeps, but the Beacon's residential neighborhood location + soundproof windows made for dreamy nights...literally.

(3) Friendly, helpful staff - We received excellent customer service from everyone: front desk, doormen, bell service and housekeeping.

Room Tip: Corner suite, high floor
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

We stayed here 3 nights at the start of a tour of the USA. It's in a great location, close to the subway station on 72nd.Street. The room was spacious and had a kitchenette, which was an amazing bonus, as the building used to be an apartment block so they have kept these in the rooms. The staff were extremely courteous and smart. The supermarket opposite was quite expensive but a convenience store at the back of the hotel had cold beers and fresh fruit packs, which we could put in our fridge. A safe in the room was very useful for leaving valuables. The Beacon Theatre is next door, a lovely building, with lots of British acts on tour.

Room Tip: We were on the front of the hotel but had no street noise so soundproofing was good
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

It's been 33 years since my (then new) wife and I, flushed with hopes and expectations of our lives together, visited New York in 1981. Then, we found the city dirty and congested, the population generally rude, and financially we suffered at the hands of unscrupulous taxi drivers. This time? Well the traffic congestion hasn't changed much, but the city is cleaner, the people we met were helpful, and we weren't ripped off by unscrupulous taxi drivers. We chose to stay at the Hotel Beacon since we could get from JFK to the Upper West Side by train, and as some of you know, we love travelling by train! You do have to change from the A-train to get to the closest stop to the Hotel at 72nd St., but from there it's only a few minutes to the hotel.
And the Hotel is good value - rooms were large, there was a kitchenette with a real coffee-machine, and a small fridge. And we received a complimentary morning newspaper! WiFi was free, though while our connection speed seemed high, data transfer seemed a little slow.
As others have noted, immediately opposite the hotel is a supermarket where you can choose to buy foods without added corn syrup and fructose!! Would we stay here again?
Yes!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

I lived on the Upper West Side for 20 years, and every time I passed by the Beacon I admired its wonderful architecture and the old box office with its perfect little sign. In May 2014, I finally stayed at the Beacon as a circumstance of geography: an evening meeting in the neighborhood.
The Beacon's rave reviews did not disappoint. It was excellent from A to Z.

I paid, with (very steep) hotel taxes, about $314 for the room. Elsewhere, this would make one yelp, but in NY this is par for the course, and one can get a dive for $300.

I requested a high room and got one on the 15th floor, no extra charge (rooms on 15th floor and above are premium rooms).

The plusses:

1. Location, location: The Beacon is two blocks from the IRT 1,2 and 3 lines (local and express that run north to south in Manhattan, and two blocks from Central Park). Even the 72 Street subway entrance/exit itself, a historic landmark, looks like a little Peruvian church plopped in the middle of the concrete jungle. Worth a picture from Needle Park, on Broadway and 72 Street.
Beacon is across the street from the Fairway, a food store ruined by success, but you may enjoy it. The food is expensive and the coffee okay, not great at $9.98 a pound. But you may like to keep the little skyscraper bag it comes in, a worthy souvenir when framed.
Citarella, a fish store turned delicacy shop is on the corner, same side as the Fairway. Their $6 sandwich is excellent, puts *$ to shame.
Zabar's, also overrated except for the smoked salmon, which you may not wish to haul around, is six blocks north, same side as the Fairway.
2. The room: Unlike a lot of other Manhattan hotels, the Beacon does not skimp on details even though it could get away with it given its A+ location. The room, while small, is not cramped, and every single device from the stocked kitchenette to the iPod chargers works perfectly. TV gets good range of channels. In-room coffee maker has surprisingly good Pods. Bath amenities excellent. Bed, A+. And perhaps best of all, the double pane windows are soundproof. In addition, although I had room 1508, directly across from the elevator, but it was noiseless.
3. The price: Again, $300 is a wallop in consideration of prices in most other U.S. cities. But in Manhattan this is almost a bargain. Although the Upper West Side, unfortunately, now bears little semblance of its former self -- H+H Bagels, the Bibilophile bookstore, Eclair pastry shop, the former Citarella with its cunning fish displays in the window etc., are all dinosaurs of the 1980s -- the UWS is still a whole lot more interesting, and convenient than what's east of Central Park.

Room Tip: 1. Rooms on the 15th floor and above are premier rooms, but if they're not booked, management se...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Address: 2130 Broadway at 75th Street, New York City, NY 10023
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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
#57 Luxury Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $180 - $677 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Beacon 4*
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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