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Riverside Tower Hotel
Ranked #387 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Augusta, West Virginia
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“Great for a place to sleep & explore the city”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We have stayed here twice on family trips to NY. It is an old building with small cramped rooms but if you are like us you only need a room to sleep and shower. I like the fact that it has an old authentic NY feel to it. Our rooms have been clean & adequate with a small fridge, table & microwave. The location is perfect...right beside Riverside Park & the views are great. Its a lovely neighborhood full of old interesting buildings. Its a quick walk to the subway & a variety of restaurants & stores on Broadway. I enjoy the short walk to Zabar's & having breakfast with the locals. We have been lucky to find a parking spot right in front of the motel but there is a parking garage right across the street. The front desk is always staffed with friendly, helpful people who have steered us to buying theatre tickets, restaurants & directions. There is a small lobby & bathrooms downstairs. The elevators are small & cramped but no problem. I think if you are on a trip to explore the city this a great value & a beautiful location. We will be staying there anytime we return to New York.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Fairport, New York
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Although small the room was very clean, the rates are 1/2 what you would pay for a budget hotel in Manhattan and the parking is free on the street - just pay attention to which side of the street is being swept when you do park!. Subway is 2 blocks away, the neighborhood is very safe and nice to walk through. Central Park is 4 blocks away and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby. Elevators are very tight so if you are claustrophobic ask for a low floor room. We had a room on the 15th floor and one of us walked the stairs each time! Great view of the hudson river out the window... Will stay here again!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Absolutely gross, the interior of this hotel reflects sheer neglect from top to bottom. Our sheets were dirty (multiple pubic hairs) as was the bathroom. I am fine with the tiny, barely equipped rooms but there is no excuse for the overall lack of upkeep in this building.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

This hotel is a great location on the upper West Side. It was built as a dormitory for Columbia Univ. students in the 1920's, but was not used as such and was used as apartments for many years for artists and entertainers. It was converted to a hotel some years ago. It is down at the heels and needs a good refurbishing which I understand they are starting.
Very small rooms. But for the location and the price it is a good deal.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

The decor was poor and run down . It has scope to be a good hotel... needs to be spruced up. The staff at the reception were friendly. Rooms were cramped . Furniture/furnishing was tacky.Fine if it is a place to sleep only.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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San Luis Obispo, California
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

I felt some trepidation about booking two suites here for my family's weeklong visit to New York. There were seven of us, my wife, son, daughter-in-law, and three grandkids. But there was no way I could afford accommodations for this long hoped for trip to my old home town at any other establishment I could find on the internet. But from the first moment of telephone booking to the morning we left, every bit of the experience was terrific.

The location, as stated in all the hotel's publicity, is unbeatable: adjacent to Riverside Park and the Hudson River in a tall building that stands by itself in a classy neighborhood, the block a special historic architectural district, the amazing restaurants on Broadway and subway stop a five minute walk. The building dates from the 1920's when it was constructed as a Columbia University dorm and thankfully has never been redesigned though it has been updated in essentials like windows, showers and elevator. The fact that it's old, the paint is thick, the pipes and radiators are visible, and the rooms are minimal size makes it not only an authentic New York antique, but serves as a model of modest, sustainable habitability in which every square inch of space is functional. The building's design seems to me unique and classic--it occupies a small horizontal footprint and gains its volume from vertical rise. That means that every room provides unobstructed and beautiful views. The tall graceful proportions of the structure are intensified by the eccentric angle of the southwest corner, apparently designed to accommodate the requirements of the lot-lines laid out by Frederick Law Olmstead when he designed Riverside Park.

The rooms were very clean when we arrived and kept that way by first class maid service before we returned every night from our explorations of the City. The beds were comfortable, the microwave and fridge handy, the closet and sitting space small but sufficient. The lobby staff, on duty and friendly round the clock, represented a rich ethnic, national, and age cross section, as did the largely international clientele of guests.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Riverside Tower Hotel
Address: 80 Riverside Dr, New York City, NY 10024-5725
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#26 Best Value Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Riverside Tower Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 120
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