Candlewood Suites provided a perfect base for us to explore New York. Situated on 39th St between 8th and 9th Ave, it was close Broadway theatres, many restaurants and to transport, buses and Metro (Port Authority), to anywhere else in Manhattan/New York.
Access from JFK was easy via air-train to Jamaica, Long Island Railroad to Penn Station and a short taxi ride along 8th Ave.
We felt safe in the surrounding streets, as we did anywhere else we wandered in Manhattan by night or day.
The suite (combined bed/sitting room/kitchen and separate bathroom) was small but adequate for two, had plenty of storage and was impeccably clean. It was serviced weekly. Clean towels, supplies of shampoo, detergent etc. and garbage removal were available on request.
We appreciated the well-equipped kitchen, a table and chairs as well as a very comfortable bed, blackout curtains, armchair, iron and ironing board, huge TV, free internet, also a DVD player that we were too busy to use. We made good use of the free guest laundry but were too busy to visit the gym.
The front desk attendants were welcoming and assisted with our many inquiries. Reception had a computer/internet screen that facilitated booking tours and theatres, also a computer/printer to print vouchers, boarding passes etc.
There was an Irish pub with good meals almost next door on 39th St and a variety of restaurants on 9th Ave. We enjoyed AceLuck Thai especially. “Cooking in” was easy with excellent fresh foods from the farmers’ market and the fish market on 9th and the supermarket on 42 and 10th.
Our only downside was that our first week’s account was put on the credit card that the hotel required as security instead of the pre-loaded-with-US$ debit card that we wanted to use. We sorted this for the remainder of the stay.
Otherwise Candlewood Suites ticked all our boxes and offered better value than other accommodation we reviewed for February/March 2013. It doesn’t have or claim 5-star opulence, daily cleaning, room service, in-house restaurants and live concierge. If you want these, it’s not for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let our Times Square Hotel be your Home Away From Home Located at the 'Crossroads of America', the newly renovated, all suites Candlewood Suites hotel at Times Square has the perfect location for extended stay business and leisure travelers. We are convenient to the major businesses in Times Square, as well as the attractions of New York City. If you are traveling to 'the Big Apple' for just an overnight stay or for an extended stay, our NYC hotel's studio suites, with full kitchen facilities, will make your trip a smashing success. Our hotel's Times Square address places us within walking distance of the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, Legg Mason, Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch among others. Our suites offer extended stay guests a comfortable workspace, free high-speed,wireless Internet access and we are pet friendly. Leisure guests know that our hotel in NYC's Times Square is centrally located so it is easy to visit the best of the city; the electricity of Times Square, the majesty of the Empire State Building and the excitement of Broadway Theater are at our doorstep. All modes of transportation, from trains, buses and cabs, are nearby. Our extended stay Midtown Manhattan hotel offers deluxe amenities including a DVD lending library and a free 24-hour Fitness Center. There is the Candlewood Cupboard, located in the main lobby, for food and sundries. We also offer free laundry facilities. ... more less
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