My quest to find a Manhattan hotel under $200 a night seemed futile, but the Shelburne Murray Hill turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It is conveniently located at 37th and Lexington. The rooms are all different but large for New York. Maybe it used to be efficiency apartments, because every room has a kitchenette and surprisingly large rooms. The hotel is U-shaped, and my room was facing inward. This means that there was no view, but it also means that the room was quiet. The staff was helpful and pleasant. The doorman was especially good. They used to have jazz in the restaurant, but it's not happening now. They said it might return. The rooftop lounge was closed for the winter, but it would be pleasant in warm weather. Attractive lounge, exercise room - all in all more than I expected and good enough to recommend. The hotel seems to be popular with groups, and the teenagers could be a noise problem, but the hallway commotion was manageable during this visit.
- Free Wifi