I’ve stayed here for a little longer period of time due to work.
I believe people need to see this place in perspective when they book a room. You shouldn’t think of it as a hotel, but as a hostel where you get your own private ‘bunk’.
Instead of sleeping with sweaty, snoring and smelly people in one big room, you get your own little place to snore, watch TV, stay up late or get up early all you want!
Off course this is not a 5star hotel (despite the location!) but you are not paying for a 5star are you?
Because reviews can make you both feel good and bad (scared even) before you leave on a trip, I decided to write one about the Vanderbilt. Hoping to get you all you want to know before you arrive :)
1) The room is private, but small. The privacy makes it a safe place to keep your stuff, which is very pleasant! And since the security checks your room key before going up (make sure to show it when you come in and they will be happy) the safety of the hotel is very good!
About the size; With 2 people mostly this would be crampy. Trying to leave your stuff organized will make this a lot easier! The walls are empty and the light is pretty bright. If you think this will affect your mood, remember you are only here to sleep. Also, opening your door helps with the feeling of being cramped in the room and brings in fresh air. (and you meet people!)
If you stay longer, bring some sticky gum and photo’s/flag. Fill up those walls! You will have a tv with 32 Cable channels, a desk, drawers under the bed and most rooms have a (table size) fridge!
2) Since you have a fridge, you can go to the supermarkets (on 48th/2nd or the organic Amish one on 45th/between 2nd and 3rd) and get some breakfast. Saves lots of money and it’s fun. Utensils are free at the every local supermarket, Deli and or other food shop.
3) Off course, if you want to eat cereal, you need a bowl and if you want to cook you need a kitchen. Luckily there is one! The 4th floor has a kitchen for students, front desk can access your card to it. Across from it is a simple lounge, where btw the internet reception is great if your room one fails!
The kitchen is very simple, but has some stuff you need for cooking and eating. Good way to save money again!
4) The heating thing… Yes, in the winter (until around beginning of April) it makes banging/ticking noises. It sounds like someone is banging a hammer against the pipes. BUT; this only lasts a few minutes and happens about 4/5 times a night (or day). Sure, it’s not cool. But I’ve been told it’s common in old buildings and if you sleep well, you won’t notice. If it does bug you? Around the corner on 2nd Av. Is a Duane Read (pharmacy) that’s open 24Hours where a few bucks buys you some nice earplugs. Either way, you might just as well have trouble sleeping for the City that never sleeps You never know ;)
If the heating is to hot (happens fast! The first few days in freezing winter, I was walking around in a tank top), turn it off completely and just ask for an extra blanket instead. The heat of the building will keep you room on a normal temperature, so you won’t freeze.
During the summer this City gets pretty hot and humid. Your room has an AC in it!
5) Laundry you can do on the 3rd floor, where you pay 3,75 in quarters for washing (30min) and drying (45min). An additional 4 quarters gets you powder and fabric softener.
6) Staff.. I’ve noticed, it really depends on who you are talking to. But in general, if you ask nicely, be understanding/calm, most things are possible. This may sound a bit crazy, since you are the PAYING guest here! But.. maybe someone is just having a hard day? People in the city work many many hours, often two jobs. You try being nice all the time. Once again, matter of perspective and experiences. I noticed, when you are understanding you get a hell of a long way :)
7) The area! The location is simply awesome. You are right next to the UN Headquarters and one of the trump towers. The nice Turtle Bay park is 3 blocks down and Grand central is 5 minutes away. Lex-53 is 7 minutes and Time Square is 15min. All these stations get you everywhere with the subway! You are in 5min walking distance of 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) and St. Patricks Cathedral. Central Park is about 25 minutes. It’s a very safe neighborhood and pretty quiet to. During the week there are mostly business people around, in the weekend it’s mostly tourists and local outside. Walking outside as a woman is very safe here and there a lots of places to grab a bite to eat of have a drink (bring your ID!)
8) They have no restaurant or room service. They do have free use of the 2 swimming pools (bring a cap) and fitness areas on the 4th floor of the membership building. (not the same as the hotel part) They also have 2 kinds of steam rooms in the locker rooms and many showers there, if the one on your floor is busy. Free shampoo/shower gel is in every shower available. Your room gets clean towels every day or you get them in the locker rooms. Any of these things are included in the price and after a day of walking, the sauna feels like heaven! Personally, I have never experienced any weird things in the locker rooms, like people described, but off course I’ve never been in the men’s locker rooms / showers.
9) I read they had bed bugs a while ago. I can tell you, I had them ones in my stay, but I brought them in myself after a movie-visit. (I’d been there too long for them to be in my room before!)
The responds was great, they gave me a temp. room until mine was fully cleaned and assisted me with getting my clothes cleaned! They felt bad and did everything they could and should do! They have someone regularly cleaning the rooms to prevent it and all the beds have plastic covers to protect you, causing the risk to be put to a absolute minimum!
The price/quality thing…..
This one, you have to decide on your own. If you are looking for a luxury place to spend your trip, don’t go here. But if you’re looking for a affordable place to sleep on a good location, well then, here you go. Hoping this was useful and you will all fully enjoy this wonderful city!!!!!
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