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The Watson Hotel
Ranked #348 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Hamilton, Canada
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83 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

I recently travelled to NYC for the first time & stayed at this location as it was one of the 2 properties chosen by our tour group. I received a warm welcome when I checked in & was acknowledged for being an IHG rewards member, which was fabulous! We were only staying for one night as we had a cruise booked through our tour group. This location was great, so close to the cruise port & within walking distance of Times Square & other NYC attractions. Our room was spacious, more than enough room for 3 of us! When we checked out, we were able to step outside & get a cab to the cruise port right away! I wouldn't hesitate to stay at this hotel again in the future!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Jasmin O, Front Office Manager at The Watson Hotel, responded to this review, July 11, 2014
Dear msgordon74

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and experience at the Holiday Inn Midtown. We are so thrilled to know that your stay with us was welcoming and overall fabulous. We thank you for staying with us and for being an IHG Member. We are extremely excited to know you will not hesitate to stay with us again in the near future. Thank you very much for taking the time to write your wonderful review.

Sincerely,
Front Services Manager Jasmin Ortiz-Cruz
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Hartselle, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

We have been to NYC several times and usually stay near Times Square. This trip we wanted to spend more time going to Lincoln Center. Hotel is 5-10 walk from LC. Plenty of restaurants nearby. Our package included the breakfast buffet which was very good ( hot and cold food ). The rooms are large by NY standards and have in room coffee. A bit dated but clean and comfortable. Excellent free wifi. Would stay there again.

Stayed March 2014
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Jasmin O, Front Office Manager at The Watson Hotel, responded to this review, July 11, 2014
Dear nmashburn

Thank you for sharing your experience with us at the Holiday Inn Midtown and we are so happy that you chose to stay with us and have found your stay to be very comfortable. We are happy you will be staying with us again and we look forward to providing you a newly renovated room on your next visit.

Sincerely,
Front Services Manager Jasmin Ortiz-Cruz

We have been to NYC several times and usually stay near Times Square. This trip we wanted to spend more time going to Lincoln Center. Hotel is 5-10 walk from LC. Plenty of restaurants nearby. Our package included the breakfast buffet which was very good ( hot and cold food ). The rooms are large by NY standards and have in room coffee. A bit dated but clean and comfortable. Excellent free wifi. Would stay there again.
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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

The good: great location, spacious rooms (esp for NYC), friendly helpful staff.

The bad: A/C in my room was weak, and since the room faced south the view great but turned the into oven. Elevators were cramped with no fans or a/c. Lack of outlets (always a problem in older hotels).

The worst: ice machines are in the hallway, not cordoned off all. I went to get ice after an evening out on the town, and found a signed posted that said "please don't after 10pm, ice maker is noisy". Really?! I'd expect more out of Holiday Inn and out of a hotel charging those room rates. Give up the revenue and dedicate a room on each (or every other) floor for ice & vending like most hotels do.

Also avoid the gift shop if you need food items. $3.50 for a regular bag of M&Ms. There is a Walgreen's and a 24hr CVS close by.

(Did not use the pool facilities, so cannot review them)

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Jasmin O, Front Office Manager at The Watson Hotel, responded to this review, July 11, 2014
Dear BillyB32

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and for highlighting the positives such as staff friendliness, location and spacious rooms. We also appreciate you bringing it to our attention any areas that may need improvement. We value our guest feedback and will definitely look into the areas mentioned such as Ac, lack of outlets and ice machines. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again and be able to show you our improvements.

Sincerely,
Front Services Manager Jasmin Ortiz-Cruz
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Macon, Georgia
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Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

As others have mentioned, the hotel was dated, worn, and loud, with music blaring in the vestibule and throughout the very busy lobby. When we arrived, we unloaded and corralled our own bags and two tired, hot children. There was no doorman present, and we were well inside the lobby before we found a valet who called us over to where he stood and motioned for us to load our luggage onto the cart.

The surfaces of our room were reasonably clean, though corners and out-of-reach places were dusty, dingy and dirty. I don't doubt there was mold; it was impossible to shower without covering the floor with water, and there was no fan in the bathroom to absorb moisture, leaving the whole room hot and humid after a bath. This was compounded by the fact that the AC had yet to be turned on, even in late June; our room never got below 80 degrees, and the windows did not open.

The heat might have been alleviated by an early morning or relaxing evening swim in the rooftop pool, but I wouldn't know; it's accessible only from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and since we set out to sightsee long before it opened and returned long after it closed we never had a chance to visit it, much to the disappointment of the children in our party. In all my travels around the world, I have never stayed in a hotel with such limited pool access.

In general, the hotel staff seemed put out by the whole affair of assisting paying guests. The day before our departure, our room key cards were inexplicably deactivated. At the front desk, the clerk took our cards, asked for our room number, typed and swiped, then handed us new cards without ever once looking at us or saying another word, much less apologizing for any inconvenience. Likewise, a crowd of hotel staff could regularly be found congregating in the lobby, but not a single one greeted or acknowledged us during our many comings and goings over the five days of our stay. They gathered in chatty bunches discussing the World Cup, the bar scene, and after-work plans, to name a few of the conversation topics I overheard. Frankly, they were in the way and added to the hectic, crowded, tense atmosphere of the lobby. It was just plain annoying to have to navigate around them as well as everyone else. If you aren't going to be friendly, helpful or useful, then at least get out of the way.

There were two pleasant exceptions to the mediocre nature of our stay. The concierge who helped us arrange for travel back to the airport was lovely; I am sorry I did not get her name. She introduced us to a doorman whose name I believe was either Hernan or Herman. He was a delight and extraordinarily helpful. We were grateful for the high quality, professional level of service he provided and extremely pleased with the car and driver he secured for us.

This was not my first hotel stay in the city, so I am not inclined to quickly excuse the debilitated state of the hotel or lack of service as what can be expected from New York. I have stayed in Manhattan hotels both more and less expensive that delivered superior customer care. In my opinion, the Holiday Inn Midtown is simply lacking in pride of presentation and interest in its clients.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at The Watson Hotel, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Dear MrsT215,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay. It is unfortunate your interactions withe the staff prevented you from fully enjoying your time at the hotel. We are confident the necessary adjustments will be made, in order to achieve complete guest satisfaction.

Thank you again for your comments, we look forward to serving you in the future.

Sincerely,

Ben J
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Adelaide, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

Bit of a dingy, old smelly room with a tiny bathroom. We had a view that was of the dirty garbage below and not much else. The location was pretty good though. We were away, mostly, from the hustle and bustle, but we could walk to everywhere we wanted to go. I wouldn't stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at The Watson Hotel, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Dear Rachael W,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay. It is unfortunate the room conditions prevented you from fully enjoying your time at the hotel. We are confident the necessary adjustments will be made, in order to achieve complete guest satisfaction.

Thank you again for your comments, we look forward to serving you in the future.

Sincerely,

Ben J
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IHGCare
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

This hotel has everything you would want if you want to relax. The rooftop pool is virtually unique is NYC. The General Manager - Mr Cecala is typically hands on and makes you very welcome and your experience of the hotel very personal. The Bar and Food prices very reasonable. Would stay here again and have booked already!!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Thank Ray M
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Jasmin O, Manager at The Watson Hotel, responded to this review, November 13, 2014
Dear Ray M

Thank you for sharing your Great experience at the Holiday Inn Midtown. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed the roof top and got to meet our General Manager Mr. Cecala. It makes us happy to know you enjoyed your stay and have already booked a return visit. We look forward to your next stay.

Sincerely
Senior Guest Service Manager Janette Webb
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

This is hands down my least favourite holiday inn I have stopped in.

Good points
The bedroom.. This is nice and upto date beds comfortable so can't really grumble with the bedroom.

Location is good a few avenues and streets from times square.

Bad points
Bathroom... In need of a total revamp so dated it's unbelievable, we your having a shower you can see all the dust gathering on the water edge. Not to good... wall paper and the bath quality is dated.

Ice machine outside our room... We stopped in room 519, we unfortunately had the ice machine which randomly dropped ice every 10 minutes or so or if anyone needed ice you had the noise of stuff being dropped on hollow plastic. Sleep quality cause of this is a massive blow.

Lack of loungers by the pool... This isn't to much of issue but a highlighter for staff. There were too many seats reserved for members hotel guests were having to sit u near the bar there were probably 10 or so not being used but a sign saying reserved for hotel gym members or along them lines.

I'm sure if the ice machine was away from the room or if the hotel invested in a quieter model this would be a three star you do lose your sleep which is a shame for what you pay.

I'd recommend visitors to possibly look at alternatives at a similar price then make your mind up..

Also I'm not just one of these moaners I'm genuinely saying it how it was.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at The Watson Hotel, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Dear Mattcooper91,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay. It is unfortunate the noise levels prevented you from fully enjoying your time at the hotel. We are confident the necessary adjustments will be made, in order to achieve complete guest satisfaction.

Thank you again for your comments, we look forward to serving you in the future.

Sincerely,

Ben J
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Property: The Watson Hotel
Address: 440 West 57th Street, New York City, NY 10019-3013 (Formerly Holiday Inn Midtown / 57th St)
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Hell's Kitchen , Manhattan
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #348 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Watson Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 597
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