We stayed at the Hotel Metro for a week in January 2005 for our honeymoon and to be honest, there wasn't another hotel we'd have rather stayed at unless we had a bottomless pit of money, then the Plaza or Waldorf would've been nice.
We had a penthouse suite on the top floor which was comfortable and warm, but not quite what I would consider a suite. It did have the advantage of being down the corridor from the roof terrace, which has a fantastic view of the Empire State Building and overlooks Macy's.
A 'help yourself' bagel, pastry and muffin breakfast included in the price is good and coffee on tap 24/7 was a blessing. We didn't use the restaurant or bar so I couldn't comment on them other than they looked nice. The other facility we bypassed was the gym - just too exhausted after all the sightseeing.
Renovations on the lower floors and, at the end of our stay, the lounge, didn't really cause us any problems as we were out most of the time. The only real problem we did encounter was a blocked toilet, but this was fixed immediately and efficiently. We found the staff a little abrupt but again, we were out so much this didn't really bother us.
What really makes this hotel is it's location. Situated on West 34th between 5th Avenue and Broadway it's within touching distance of Macy's (which has a fantastic restaurant in the basement) and Herald Square, a 2 minute walk to the Empire State Building and a 10 minute amble to Madison Square Gardens, the Flatiron, the Chrysler Building and Times Square, to name but a few. We walked pretty much everywhere due to it's location. Central Park is a 30 minute walk up 5th Ave, taking in the Rockefeller Centre and some fantastic shops on the way. A bus from Herald Square will take you down Broadway to Battery Park via Union Square, Greenwich Village, Noho, Soho, Little Italy and the Financial District. For swifter travel there's a subway station at Herald Square, and Penn Station and Grand Central are both a short walk away.
For those wanting luxury and finesse this hotel wouldn't be a good choice, but if you want a fantastic location and an inclusive breakfast for not a lot of money, Hotel Metro is ideal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Metro is an independent boutique hotel in the heart of midtown Manhattan, one block from the Empire State Building and a 2 minute walk to Macy's. Times Square and Madison Square Garden and Grand Central Station are all within a 10 minute walk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metro Hotel New York City
- Hotel Metro New York