My daughter had stayed in this boutique hotel last year and loved it. So we made it our destination this year! First impression of the room: dingier than their website pics... but it did grow on me!! The queen room was a reasonably good size for NYC, with a decent closet and a charming bathroom. Great shower with surprisingly good water pressure for an old building. Toiletries were of good quality. The bed was good with 2 pillow options. Window AC unit functioned well and I appreciated the white noise it offered ... no noise heard from the hotel at all. As expected, the elevators are slow, so we always used the stairs from the 6th floor. The only negative was dingy carpeting in the room.
The exercise room was a nice surprise ... kept clean and cooled. 24-hr coffee/tea on the 2nd floor common room, which was a perfect space for bringing in breakfast or lunch. Roof top patio was nice in the evening. WiFi worked well in the room, but I did have some trouble in the business centre. Hotel staff were responsive to requests. It's a small hotel, so there's usually only 1 person at the desk.
Hotel is located on Madison Ave in an UES residential area, a minute or two from Central Park ... and far far away from Times Square!!!!! We felt safe for the 4-5 min walk to the subway, even at night. Nice restaurants nearby that are frequented by locals. Second Time Around down the block. Pure Foods across the street whipped up incredible healthy smoothies. Upper end shops further down the avenue. Easy walk to museums and mid town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let Hotel Wales be your home away from home when visiting New York City. This sophisticated Manhattan boutique hotel, located in a historic building on the Upper East Side, is the perfect combination of old world charm and new world comfort. With its 46 stylish guestrooms and 43 expansive suites, Hotel Wales provides comfortable accommodations for business and leisure travelers as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. In addition to well-appointed accommodations, Hotel Wales offers a scenic rooftop garden terrace, fitness studio, elegant meeting space, and more. This historic hotel is minutes from the subway and also conveniently located within walking distance of some of New York’s best attractions, quaint neighborhood shops, local eateries, Central Park, the Museum Mile and Madison Avenue’s famous stores to name a few. And don’t worry about going hungry - Hotel Wales is connected to Sarabeth’s East, a New York institution serving up comfort food favorites and Paola’s, an authentic Italian bistro. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wales Hotel New York City
- Wales New York City