An ex-New Yorker who now lives abroad, I was bringing family members to the States for their first American experience. For the New York leg of our trip, a friend recommended the Hotel Marmara, but I was a little skeptical at first. On the Upper East Side, it seemed too far from the things I wanted to show them and do in NY. On the other hand, public transportation was an easy walk from the hotel door, and the hotel is in a REAL NY NEIGHBORHOOD, so I decided to give it a try, especially when I calculated that we (4 adults) could stay in a very spacious suite for less than the cost of two ordinary rooms in any respectable, but modest midtown hotel. What a find! The hotel far exceeded my friend's enthusiastic recommendation. The staff was smiling and welcoming. They were helpful in every way -- you need directions? Done. You need more coffee in your room? You got it. Want a restaurant recommendation or a pot to cook your own pasta in. You got it. With a smile thrown in.The suite was spacious, airy and bright, and the view (from the 17th floor) a treat at every hour of the day, dusk, night and sunrise. The suite -- with its two bedrooms, large LR, 2 baths, full kitchen and dining room, washer and dryer -- was bigger than the apartment I've lived in for the past 40 years! And after long, tiring days of touring the city, coming back to it really felt like coming home. Sure, there were some scratches on the furniture, and the elevator kept us waiting sometimes -- but none of this has any importance whatsoever when measured against the very cordial atmosphere and the comforts of a real home away from home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Marmara Manhattan offers a combination of studio, one, two and three bedroom suites for your travel needs; whether it is for a few days of vacation or a few months of stay in the exclusive Upper East Side neighborhood. You will only be a short distance away from famous New York City attractions like the Central Park, the Museum Mile and Madison Avenue boutiques. Our suites provide for all your comfort needs during a stay at your 'home-away-home' with fully equipped kitchens and plenty of sunlight. Hotel featues: Complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour exercise room, art gallery, pet friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marmara Manhattan