My husband and I have stayed many times in New York over many years. When we were young and had to be frugal, we stayed on the west side near the area of the Michelangelo. After staying at the Plaza and other upscale hotels north and east of Fifth and 55th, in the years since the mid 70s, we preferred that area. On Trip Advisors recommendations, we tried the Michelangelo, since we had theater tickets, and we learned to appreciate what that area now offers. It really is convenient to a lot of things, if a bit on the tacky side. At least it is safer now than it used to be. Since we stayed from Friday to Monday, we had a very favorable weekend rate.
I was surprised to see how attractive the lobby is, considering the price. The room was fine, but could have been spruced up. I didn't care for the neoclassical decor. The velvet chair was very "tired". Other downers were the noise from above, where some construction was taking place right over our heads, and the drilling was very noisy, and happened on more than one day; and the noisy air conditioning unit. The room, which faced 51st St., was amazingly quiet, considering that it was on the 3rd floor. The upper floors of the building are entered by a separate entrance next to the hotel entrance, and are condo apartments not part of the hotel. I loved having the coffee and delicious croissants in the lobby bar. One didn't have to waste precious time over breakfast. The fruit offered every day was apples. I think orange juice would be more appropriate.
We tried several restaurants in the vicinity. Our 2 favorites were Trattoria Tricolori and Basso56, both Italian and within walking distance. I recommend them. Right on 51st in the block between 6th and 7th there are quite a few choices. If you are in the mood to splurge, try Le Bernadin, for years considered a top restaurant. Also there is Capital Grill, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse,Cafe Europa for breakfast or lunch, and Heartland Brewery, where we ate lunch after we checked out. The food was commonplace, but the people watching entertaining. 51st has some office highrises which spew people in and out at certain hours. There is also a very large grocery / carry out with all kinds of ready to eat items practically next door.
The Friday and Monday doorman is very attentive, but the Sat. and Sunday replacement never opened the door for us once. I think he hides in the baggage room by the door. We would stay at this hotel again, in spite of the few negatives. It was a real bargain. Midweek might not be a buy though, but m ost New York hotels do tend to be very pricey.
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