After many hours of comparison on trip advisor we selected the Pearl for our 7 night stay in NYC and boy, what a great choice it turned out to be. Executive summary: I recommend to book it if you are looking for a spacious room at a very competitive price in a central location.
Location: The hotel is situated at 100m from Broadway / Time Square and to two of the main subway lines. We like to walk a lot during our city trips and the central location gave us a great start each morning in either direction. Central park is on 20 mins walking, 5th Avenue is on 15 mins, Madison Park is on 30 mins. Broadway is literally on your doorstep and although Time Square obviously is busy, we were not bothered at night by outside noise. The location is very safe, there are always people around in the street.
Price: average price for 7 nights was around 220$ per night, which we considered a great deal, especially when comparing to the alternative hotels in this area. Breakfast is simple, but sufficient and for free! Initially we planned to have breakfast outside the hotel anyway, but we changed our mind after the first breakfast experience. Although limited in choice compared to big hotels (no scrambled eggs, no coffee service, no cheese selections etc), the toast, bagels, muffins and pastry were more than enough to have a good start of the day. Yoghurts, serials, juice, coffee/tea, all the basics are present. It is constantly being stocked as well, we never ran out of anything. Considering the fact that is all for free, we have no issue with the fact that it is served on plastic plates.
Room: the room was the biggest surprise. It was as spacious as the rooms we have encountered in most big hotel chains outside New York. The inventory was very complete and offered far more than we needed, the design was very contemporary and the bed was comfortable. Although we did not spend much time in the room (basically only the nights), it was a pleasure to return each day. A suggestion for improvement is that the aircon system cannot be turned off, which we actually prefer to do at night. There is some minor street noice during the night, but that is acceptable considering the prime location and the fact that you are in NYC and it did not bother us at all.
Staff: in short - very friendly and very helpful.
The Pearl really has over delivered on our expectations and we will definitely book it again next time we are in NYC.
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