The first wave of ‘apartment hotels’ occurred between 1889 and 1895 in New York City. The Belleclaire Hotel was created in 1903 by Emery Roth the architect. His stylistic influences originated in Modern French classical, French Art Nouveau, and the Viennese Secessionist Movement. In 1993-1995 I use to live in this apartment hotel, side by side with many eccentric immigrants from Eastern Europe and Africa in the other rooms, and with native artists and writers and actors working and living in Manhattan.
I lived on the 4th floor, for less than $200 per week. We felt aristocratic on the 4th floor, because it had so many kooky and stylish asymmetrical window panes. Nearly every ‘apartment’ was different in the hotel, some with many rooms not just one, all designed with a special unique ambiance.
Years later it became some kind of youth hostel, on its lower floors, and it still maintained some of its long term SRO former occupants. Additionally, they renovated some newer upscale rooms, slowly at that time.
Now it is a first class stylish Euro-Manhattan hotel on the Upper West Side, near Fairway Market and many landmarks, shopping and eating establishments, and entertainment venues, that have been uptown quite a long time.
The rates are very reasonable and affordable, for NYC you could say it is in the budget range, and it makes one wonder why hotels are so overpriced and outrageously impersonal for the money, in many venues splattered all around Manhattan.
There are many “converted” dives and rip off hotels that prey upon unsuspecting out-of-towners, in today’s New York City, but BelleClaire is not one of them.
I hate to write this paean to a classic old lady of a hotel, because if too many people know this secret, despite my good intentions, the hotel will soon always be full, or maybe change their rates into the stratosphere, along with the other cash cows in the uncivilized real estate marketplace of Manhattan.
The service is on par with 5-star hotels in Europe, and the lobby quite attractive, with complimentary scented waters and homemade lemonades of some sort, to drink, and daily free newspapers, including the New York Times.
The amenities are many, plus the bathrooms are very nice, and the TV and towels, top notch.
It was like “going home” to stay here again, after 20-years absence. I hope this hotel maintains its essence another 50 years, at least.
So stay away from this hotel and leave it just for me!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by an eclectic array of cultural offerings, Hotel Belleclaire combines classic charm with modern conveniences in a landmark building designed by Emery Roth in 1903. Suitable for business and leisure guests, our Upper West Side hotel is ideally located near iconic New York attractions including Beacon Theatre, The American Museum of Natural History, Central Park and Lincoln Center. Additionally, the avenues surrounding the hotel contain some of the most prominent boutiques, restaurants and bars in the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belleclaire Hotel New York City
- Hotel Belleclaire New York