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“You Get What You Pay For. But That's OK.”
Review of Hotel Newton

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Hotel Newton
Ranked #324 of 471 Hotels in New York City
Reviewed 25 June 2011

If you keep thinking "value" during your stay at this hotel near 96th and Broadway, you will be fine. Otherwise, you may be disappointed. There Newton is clean, well tended, safe, bed-bug free (According to the "Bedbug Registry.Com), cordial and well-staffed by helpful and knowledgable personnel. How many hotels in any part of Manhattan can make those claims at $139 per night! (Plus taxes, of course). In fact, there are few other hotels in the city of any description where you can get that price. At that rate, you do have to share a bathroom down the hall with a few other guests, though for a little more you can get a room with your own toliet facilities. The shared bathrooms are meticulously maintained and, to be honest, I only saw one other guest who used the bathroom ever so breifly in 2 nights at the hotel. Besides, there are 8 floors, each seemingly with one shared bathroom per suite of rooms. So, if your floor is in use, you have 7 more to try. The clientele is a largely European crowd attracted by the bargain prices. Obviously this place is touted in European guidebooks of America. The clientele is quite varied in age, but mostly quiet, patient and travel-savvy. And best of all, you are in New York City, a walk away from some attractions and a brief subway trip away from almost all the major places. The Newton is just across the street from the IRT line 96th Street stop.

OK...so what do I mean when I say you get what you pay for. Well the rooms are very small...probably equivalent to a 2 star hotel in Paris. In our room, the closet was not too ingeniously placed right next to the front door, so you couldn't open your closet and the front door at the same time. Plus, the closet was placed where the bathroom would have been...only big a problem for very drunk guests in the middle of the night who forget there is no bathroom. Let's see...one morning at checkout time the only elevator broke down. This was no problem for us at a lower floor, but I feel sorry for guests who had to lug their belongings down in the extreme heat from the upper floors. To be fair, the Hotel staff was quite willing and able in assisting guests with that task. There are two computers for guest use in the lobby (For a price...20c per 15 minutes...not bad). Naturally one of those computers was out of order. And the worst part...while rooms are non-smoking...the previous occupants of our room had ignored this rule. Cigarette smoke clung to everything in the small room. Despite the fact that we kept the very efficient air conditioning blasting for our 2 day stay, the stale cigarette odor never completely washed away.

The Upper West Side neighborhood near the Newton is largely residential with the usual array of shops and services that grace a good residential scene. There has been a moderate uptick in panhandling over the past couple of years, but the neighborhood is well policed and largely hassle-free. There is the problem of finding a good comfortable neighborhood bar/restaurant in this area. "The Regional" with decent, sturdy Italian cooking and a really fine bartender comes closest to meeting this need. Otherwise, there are 2 taverns in the area which literally names themselves "dive bars"...which,unfortunately, in my opinion...is an all too apt description of those 2 establishments. You need to walk about 10 blocks up into the Columbia University neighborhood to find the right kinds of pubs.

Again, since this is New York, I don't have to advise you on where to go to find anything and everything you want. But in this particular neighborhood, that walk to Columbia is worth it. The campus architecture and the whole atmosphere of the place is quietly outstanding. It is also cool to walk through Riverside Park at 95th Street and make your way to "Hudson Beach" a sprawling outdoor cafe of random tables overlooking the river. Sunset there is especially eye-popping. Children and dogs and all kinds of recreational venues add to the festival atmosphere. The service is slow, so avoid the Cheeseburger unless you enjoy stiff and lifeless cheeseburgers that failed to make their way from grill to your table in anything approaching a normal time.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2011

Visited last week from the UK for 10 nights. We usually stay at Days on 94th st but fancied a change. As soon as you walk in it smells so clean in the lobby and our room did too.We had a double room and it was big and roomy.We had a great stay the hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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1  Thank Janicep313
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Reviewed 24 June 2011

+++ Positive:
1)The hotel is in a good location and it is a two minute walk away from subway station that gives access to subway lines 1, 2 and 3 which can directly take you to Times Square.

2)The hotel and its room are clean and relative to the price you can get good service.

3)The staff were polite and kindly offered to keep our suitcases for free (you have to pay for lockers) on the last day of our stay, before we go to the airport.

- - - Negative:
1)The first surprise we had was the size of our room. We booked a Superior Double through priceline, and the pictures of those rooms on Hotel's website looked great. But the room we got was very small, we couldn't even put our two suitcases easily in the room. The help desk did not bother to explain what the problem was, they just promised to do what they could to change our room and they didn't do anything. (and honestly, we didnt ask anymore since we were too busy enjoying New York). Still, we were happy to at least have our own bathroom!!

2)The room was very cold and after two times calling the reception and making them believe there was something wrong, they finally sent a maintenance guy to fix our heater. The guy fixed the problem but left a leaky heater and a lot of water on the floor.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank SaminBayat
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

We spent 9 days at Hotel Newton and we are absolutely satisfied with our stay. We had the Junior Deluxe Suite and it was large enough for two adults and a baby (with big stroller and his own babycrib). We had two large beds, a small kitchen bench with microwave and refrigerator, a decent sized bathroom aswell as a little separate storage room.
The cleanliness of the room was spotless, even tough they forgot to add more toilet paper a couple of days (we had spare in our luggage so it was not mentioned).

There was a heatwave when we visited NYC so we used the A/C a lot. Unfortunately the A/C was noisy so it couldn't be used during the night. Had to turn it on for some minutes during the night to cool the room down occasionally.

As for the neighbourhood, we got everything we wanted just minutes away. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, and if you are into pizza, Pizza Famiglia on 96th & Amsterdam is the place to go. Best pizza I've ever had!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank sirt0m
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MILO928, Manager at Hotel Newton, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2011

thank you for your kind words and I am so happy that your trip was a success. Please know that if you ever stay with us and feel that the A/C is a bit noisier than it should be, call our front desk and they will be more than happy to look into the problem and if it cannot be rectified, change the A/C for a brand new unit. We look forward to your next stay with us.

Emilio Morales Jr.
Director of Reservations and Revenue

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Reviewed 17 June 2011

The only negative things I could come up with is that the elevator is indeed really slow and you have to pay extra for the internet connection.

Other than that, this hotel is really bang for the bucks. Friendly staff, large clean rooms with microwave and refrigerators, clean bathrooms, close to subway,...

I recommend this hotel to all my friends

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ChrisMaes
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MILO928, Manager at Hotel Newton, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2011

thank you for your comments. I completely agree with you about the elevator. We have one elevator for 9 floors and sometimes during morning rush times and afternoon rush, it becomes a bit of a longer wait. we are working on installing a new elevator and hope to have this in the upcoming year.

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Reviewed 16 June 2011

My family (2 adults, 2 teens) stayed here in June for a family wedding. We stayed in a sJr Suite with 2 queen beds and although the accommodations were a little tight, the sitting room provided enough breathing space for us to have a very pleasant trip. The hotel is immaculate, wood is polished, corners are clean, just a really nice place. The price is tolerable and actually very good for new york. Although it is upper west side, the subway is right across the street which makes navigating really easy. There are several excellent restaurants close by. By far the best NY hotel I have found to stay at for a weekend trip. Parking isn't too outrageous for new york. We'll be back

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank chet_Maryland
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MILO928, Manager at Hotel Newton, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2011

Thank you for your review and we are counting on your return to us. I especially like the comments about the cleanliness as we preach this to all of our employees. This and customer service sets us apart!

Emilio Morales Jr.
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

We stayed at the Newton Hotel for 5 nights for a short holiday in New York. Four years ago I had stayed in the neighbouring hotel so I knew this was a nice and fairly quiet area of New York.

We arrived at the hotel much later than planned, but the check-in went smoothly and the rooms were very clean and reasonably sized. The room was a bit warm, but the airconditioning fixed this after a while. In the room was a big fridge, microwave and a water boiler. The first night we were kept up by the sounds of our airconditioner and the ones outside the window, but later on these noises were shut out by wearing earplugs. This was really the only downside to our stay.

The beds were clean, the shower worked fine and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The decor was being refurbished at the time we stayed there, but it was no hassle at all.

On top of that the location of the hotel is excellent if you want a bit more quiet, but not too quiet. Near the hotel is a very good Corner Cafe where you can get a lovely breakfast and good coffee. We dined in various restaurants near the hotel and all were good (Pio Pio, Buceo95). In front of the hotel is a subway station and you can get to the busier parts of Manhattan in 10/15minutes.

At the end of our stay The Newton booked a cab to take us to JFK and that's recommendable - it's a bit pricier than a regular cab, but we travelled in style to the Airport.

All in all we enjoyed our stay at the Newton and I'd definitely go back there again in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank KimV999
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Address: 2528 Broadway, Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, NY 10025-6946
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #324 of 471 Hotels in New York City
Price Range: £49 - £191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Newton 3*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Attractive Nine-story Hotel located on the Upper West Side, convenient to Columbia University, theaters, museums & shopping. ... more   less 
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