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The Belvedere
Ranked #210 of 466 Hotels in New York City
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Brasilia, DF
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“Thank you The Belvedere!”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Thank you Belvedere.

My family and I visit NYC very often, but at this time I decided to stay in The Belvedere Hotel mainly because of the kitchenette. In the beginning, I booked an Executive room for 4, after reading many reviews from Trip Advisor, which indicated that the Executive room was much better. Before going to travel, I found a super last minute offer for a Deluxe room. Even though being aware how superior the Executive room was, we decided to save a lot and grab this offer.
We arrived early and... GREAT! We got our room immediately. The location was excellent at 319 W 48th St, surrounded by many interesting restaurants, delis, and a very good supermarket, The Food Emporium.
Our Deluxe room was dated, it's undeniable, but was a good size for NYC standards, the cleanness wasn't exactly excellent, but it was ok. The kitchenette was very tiny, had no utensils, but a sink, a good size empty fridge and a microwave, which were very, very useful for our supplies.
Unfortunately, we arrived October 28, the day of the Superstorm Sandy and because of this NYC would stop at 7:00 pm and everything would close for safety. We were advised to go immediately to the supermarket to buy water and supplies, because nobody knew what would happen. When we arrived in the supermarket, we realized how serious was the situation. Long lines, many shelves empty, people grabbing as much as possible to stock up. That was very worrisome to us. We had no idea that a hurricane could disrupt our trip. The next day, NYC stopped. The Belvedere hotel was our safe place to stay. There was enough room for our needs and the facilities were perfectly adequate. By the way, the fitness center was very nice too.The staff, even though stuck in the hotel as well, was there with professionalism all the time to help us. The concierge was very helpful, providing us good advice. They were brilliant.
We had to delay our departure once, but it wasn't enough. When we tried to do it again, there was a waiting list with 15 people that wanted to do the same. The hotel was very busy. People couldn't check out because all of the airports remained closed. New Yorkers due to the power outage, lack of hot water and heat went to the hotels. At this time, the hotels were sold out because of the people running in the NYC Marathon which hadn't been canceled at this time. They had already made reservations and they were eager to get to their hotel. How frustrating it was. Booking, Expedia, Hotels, Otel, Hotwire, Agoda and so on that used to offer hundreds hotels, all were sold out. It was scary to us, what to do? Sleepless night, jitters... We felt very vulnerable.
Luckily, the Belvedere's staff did a great job and we could stay.
Thank you Belvedere for all the effort to bring back our well-being. Thank you for all your professionalism and for having such a competent staff in the hotel during this hard time.
We are looking forward to staying in the Belvedere again on our next vocation.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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San Clemente, California
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We really liked this hotel. The front of it is inviting, the lobby is warm and welcoming, the neighborhood is quiet and comfortable, and it's only two blocks from Times Square! Our room was quiet and very clean, and the beds were comfortable The refrigerator and microwave in the little kitchenette made it easy to store juice, cereal and milk. We stayed three nights, November 9-12, 2012. We felt this hotel made us feel "at home" and will definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Boston
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

I cannot say enough good things about The Belvedere. The service at the front desk was top notch, Ilianna was the best and was very accommodating when I asked for a room on a higher floor with a view. The beautifully decorated Executive King room I was given on the 15th floor had a nice view with windows that open. The room was spacious and everything was brand new (not refurbished) as they recently remodeled. The room was incredibly clean and quiet, even though it was directly across from the elevators. I never once heard any noise from the hallway as the actual bedroom is set down a long hallway away from the door. I did hear a little noise from the room next to mine, but that was only because the people in there were shouting. Luckily, it only lasted a few minutes, otherwise it was quiet. The bed was a little soft for my liking but provided a good night’s rest. The room was equipped with a little kitchenette/bar area with coffee maker (including coffee, cups, sweetners, etc.), sink, microwave, and fridge. Very nice, well lit closet with plenty of storage space, a safe large enough for a laptop, iron, and ironing board. There was a working desk with a great chair and lighting, wired and wireless internet, good sized LCD television, a small table with 2 chairs, and another larger chair on the other side of the room. The bathroom was small but one of the cleanest I’ve seen at a hotel, and the water pressure and temperature were perfect. The hotel does not offer in-house room service, however, they have partnered with a few restaurants in the area that will deliver right to your room door for a very small fee (under $3). Patzeria is one of them and the food was very good and pretty cheap. There is also a great market around the corner, The Food Emporium, where you can pick up just about anything you need. I absolutely have to have cream in my morning coffee, so I picked up a small carton for the fridge along with some fruit and yogurt for breakfast. They have lots of prepared foods and baked goods as well, if you’re not looking to order from delivery menus. I have read several reviews here where people have complained about slow elevator service, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that the elevators were anything but slow, tiny and oddly shaped, but not slow. Perhaps they have serviced the elevators since those reviews were written, but I never waited more than a minute for an elevator...and I was in and out of the hotel many times during my stay. I would absolutely stay here again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We have just returned from NYC, being unfortunate enough to be caught up in Hurricane Sandy. The hotel did it's utmost to keep the disruption to a minimum and provided us with an written update every morning letting us know the situation. The lobby staff were particularly helpful in getting us to the airport in time despite the major power and transport outages.
Conveniently located in a quiet central area, this hotel was perfect for us. The double room has all the amenities you would expect (TV, air con, extra power sockets, bath/shower, kitchenette with fridge and microwave and coffee maker).
All of the hotel staff were polite and courteous to us at all times.
I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Canada
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

My wife and I spent four nights at the Belvedere in September 2012. The hotel is quiet and secure with very accommodating staff. Our room was large by NYC standards, very clean and comfortable. I believe the room was a deluxe king and came with complimentary Wi-Fi. The location is within walking distance to Times Square and the fantastic restaurants of Hell's Kitchen.We had a late flight out and there was no problem leaving our luggage or arranging for a cab in the evening. Overall a very enjoyable stay. For those new to NYC look for restaurants displaying an A on the door. The health department uses an alphabetical rating system and a A signifies no deficiencies.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

The location is great, close to restaurants, and the sights of the city. The room was large with microwave, fridge and the rest of the usual hotel additions. The bed was large and comfortable with room to move around. Great water pressure. We did note that we could hear the people in the next room who were not loud but just talking, maybe on the phone. Not bad but you could hear them. Front desk did their job, cleaning was very through each day. We stayed eight days in November and paid for breakfast to be included, $20 per day per person. The menu did not change once in the eight days. I would pass on this option and eat at one of the nearby restaurants for a much better selection and price. We were there just after the hurricane Sandy and when the NYC marathon was to run. The hotel was very expensive during this time and very crowded. Long waits for the elevator.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I stayed here for one week in October 2012. There are 17 floors, and I was on the 16th and it was quiet and I was able to get good sleep each night. Room was a corner one and near a service elevator where the cleaning crew got off and on regularly, but it wasn't too bad. But you knew they were there, and there's no sleeping in past 9 a.m.. That's about the time when they'd start getting off the elevator.

The bed was pretty comfy but a little sunken in, and I asked them to flip the mattress and they did. Breakfast was good in the hotel restaurant, about $20 for full buffet. Hotel is close to Times Square and many subway stops. A Dunkin Donuts is around the corner, and I highly recommend Amarone Italian Ristorante also around the corner at 686 Ninth St. Excellent food, wine and service. I went there twice during my trip.

Hotel front desk service was friendly and nice enough, but since there's so much to see in NYC and I was out and about each day, I didn't feel like I got the personal attention one might get when the front desk people recognize you and call you out by name or remember you and say hello. It wasn't their fault, but it sort of made me feel distant from my experience and people at the hotel, but it was still a pleasant stay and everything was comfortable enough.

For us ladies who like a lot of counter space in the bathroom, there's none. You have to use the back of the toilet, the floor, or flip the toilet lid down and use that to put your makeup bag, etc.

Small kitchenette includes microwave, sink and a dorm-size fridge. Coffee pot in room, and housekeeping stocks it with decaf and regular but not enough sugar or cream, so you'll have to ask for extra if you need any.

Hotel towel service was good, and even though there's a card on the desk in the room that says to conserve and if you don't want your towels washed every day, hang them up on the hook or over the shower, the maid still took every towel each day anyway and replenished the supply. (I put them on the hook every day.)

Overall, my trip was a great one, and I feel fortunate to have left the day before Hurricane Sandy. I do recommend this hotel. It was comfortable, people were cordial, and it was a convenient location. Views were great out the window.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: The Belvedere
Address: 319 West 48th Street, New York City, NY 10036-1331
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Hell's Kitchen , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#164 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#167 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Belvedere 3.5*
Number of rooms: 350
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of New York City’s theater district, The Belvedere Hotel in Manhattan is a hidden jewel within walking distance of Broadway’s best theaters. Built during the 1920’s Art Deco period, The Belvedere Hotel impresses guests with its elegant ambiance and comfortable lodging accommodations, all complemented by a friendly and helpful staff. The Belvedere’s spacious rooms, earthy tones, and endless amenities provide a relaxing retreat from the bright lights of the big city.The Belvedere’s central location in midtown Manhattan offers easy access to the best the Big Apple has to offer, including Broadway shows, fine dining, unparalleled shopping, and historic landmarks. Whether you’re traveling to New York City for business or pleasure, this luxurious hotel has something for everyone. Its room service, dining options, fitness center, business center, and special offers will make your stay at The Belvedere a central part of what is sure to be an unforgettable visit to New York City. ... more   less 
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