It's true, the rooms are a bit tired and lack adequate storage space for four people and its also true that the street noise, mainly the beeping of car horns which seems to be a national pastime, is present through the night...but location is key.
With Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St, 5th Ave, Central Park, Park Ave, Empire State Building and the Rockerfella Plaza and much more within a few minutes walk you are bang smack in the middle of the action. No need for taxis or the subway unless its something you particularly want to do.
The bottom line is that after the first night we were so tired we no longer noticed the street noise. The beds were really comfortable and the room was lovely and warm, you just need to set the AC correctly. No fridge but there is an ice bucket in the room and an ice machine in the corridor. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Excellent stay.
A few tips:
Wear comfortable shoes, you really rack up the miles - on day two we walked over 13 miles; from Midtown to the Staten Island Ferry Port via Greenwich Village, Soho, Tribeca and the Financial District.
To view the Statue of Liberty take the FREE Staten Island ferry rather than the tourist cruises. About 25 mins, get off and join the one coming back. Stay on the right side for Statue of Liberty going out and Brooklyn Bridge coming back.
The best panoramic view is from the top of the Rockerfella Plaza (Top of the Rock), from here you can see both North and South (difficult to see North, including Central Park, from Empire State).
If you are military make your first stop the Uniform Services Organisation (USO) located on the second floor of the Port Authority Terminal. They give great tips, discounted theatre tickets, you can also chill there with free coffee, refreshments and Internet. Show your ID Card and ask for military discount everywhere be it attractions, museums or restaurants.
Internet in the Roosevelt costs about $15 per day. Tip if you have an iDevice, download the free Roosevelt Hotel App, take your device to reception to prove you have it, connect your Wifi to AT&T when prompted, choose 'bill to room' enter your name and room number, repeat for all devices - all Internet charges to your room will be waived giving you totally free wifi regardless of how many devices are being used (we had 3 x iPads and 3 x iPhones). Repeat the login process every 24 hrs (less for taking your device to reception).
The room key cards are really cool with iconic pictures on them, they make really good momentos - we simply asked to keep them at the end of the visit, no problem, no charge.
If and when we go back we will stay there again, no problem, it's a great hotel in the very best of locations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For a classic New York City hotel experience with the finest contemporary amenities, The Roosevelt Hotel offers 1,025 guestrooms and suites. Opened in 1924 at the height of the Jazz Age, the "Grand Dame of Madison Avenue" continues to impress guests in its prime location in midtown Manhattan. The Roosevelt is the perfect combination of classical and modern creating a relaxing ambiance in the city that never sleeps. ... more less
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