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“An old hotel with historical grace”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Wolcott Hotel

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Wolcott Hotel
Ranked #247 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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“An old hotel with historical grace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

Don't ever book this hotel if you prefer a modern, fashion style. However, this hotel with more than 100 year pride will take you back to the good old days. Location is good, no problem to visit the Midtown New York all the way to central park by foot if you enjoy walking.
Many restaurants, one supermarket and Korean Town are nearby.
Our room had comfortable size with a double bed. Furniture was bit aged but bathroom was clean.
The housekeepers were friendly and did good job.
Front desk staff maintained proper courtesy but not very warm or smily to make you feel like welcoming. But they were still helpful and willing to assist your needs.
From 6 to 10.30 am, they will offer complimentary coffee/ tea and delicious muffin.
During my stay, I enjoyed very much to grab a book, found a seat , admired the ceiling and had a cup of tea in the lobby.
The issue we had was the wifi service was bit pricy. But it's New York, so you can easily find free wifi in the Apple stores, fast food restaurants, even well known cosmetic store offered free wifi, so a husband could be delighted waiting for his wife on beauty shopping!!

The only problem about this hotel is the street noise. Bear in mind this is an old building, so the windows were old, not double glasses, so if you are very sensitive with sounds, don't expect a good view. Ask a room facing the back of the hotel, that will reduce much noise but not at all, because of the location is near a fire station. In one way, you are very safe. But the sound from the street was possible.
Nevertheless, We had good night sleep during our stay. Don't have big problem with the minor sound as our room was facing the back.

Room Tip: Ask for higher floor will reduce much of the street noise if you care much of quietness.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

Stayed at HW for one night and it was more than fine. Small room but clean and comfortable. Great location near madison square garden and staff was friendly. The fitness room was lacking but usuable. Coffee and muffins in morning was a nice touch. Would stay here again for sure!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

When you walk into the lobby you are transformed to another era in history. It is so beautiful. The crystal chandeliers and gold wainscoting along with the striking colors just takes your breath away. The staff was wonderful to us. Especially helpful, friendly and courteous was "Jeto" of the desk staff. He helped us locate the places we wanted to get to with great patience. It was a wonderful stay. As two older (not elderly) women, we felt protected and cared for. Thanks to all the staff and the owner of the hotel who has the vision to return this historic site to its original glory.

Room Tip: We had a room with twin beds. Not many hotels offer that option. It seemed to be located in an adj...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

Have stayed at the Wolcott the last 3 times I came to New York, clean, rooms good size, heating can be noisy at times ,but thats because its an old hotel.............. great location right beside 5th avenue /broadway/empire state building and much more............staying there again in October 2103............

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2013

We stayed at the Wolcott for 3 nights at the end of Feb this year. Despite other comments about rude staff we found everyone to be fine, not over friendly but courteous enough.
If the weather is cold *beware of the radiators* in your room, the first thing my daughter did was burn her hand. The heat in the room was stifling so she tried to turn it down. You have to ask the maintenance man to adjust the temp.
We got a room with a view - the top half of the ESB which is beautifully lit blue and green at night. Noise from the street is a bit of a problem though.
My only criticism is the lack of a vanity shelf in the bathroom, we had to put our cosmetics on the window sill and toilet tank. All in all, basic but good value and great location.

Room Tip: If you want a view of the ESB get a room at the front, but you trade this for noise from the street.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013 via mobile

The Wolcott Hotel is without a great hotel; decor in the lobby is very 40's/50's style with great elegance, service by concierge and other staff was very good and the location is fantastic being just 5 mins walk from Times Square, and all the shopping avenues (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Madison, Park, Lexington) are all writhing 5-10 mins walking distance also. Central Park is about 20 mins walking as its about 18 blocks down however on a nice day this is nothing to worry about.

Cons for this hotel is the price, it's expensive considering the size and type of rooms on offer, although many hotels in NYC have rooms that are smaller so the room we had at the Wolcott (913) was a suite and of decent size. Rooms view was awful however, looked out to two offices which was about 20 sq feet, no actual street view. The room decor was a little drab however with how old the hotel is it coincides with the time period so although I thought it was drab its actually not that bad. The room was constantly hot, we had windows open the whole trip bearing in mind we travelled late February into early March where weather is not very warm, this failed to air the room as the view from our room was a confined area between our hotel and two offices meaning there was no breeze to cool the room. Heating was never turned on and the fans are too loud to keep on during sleep. Lastly the shower water took around 7-10 mins to get warm and at times you could hear the pipes squeaking and shaking, they even done this very early one morning and woke us, we were not using the shower so this is bad, the plumbing must need updating.

Pros:
- Location (9/10)
- Room Cleanliness (8/10)
- Staff Service (7/10)

Cons:
- Price (5/10)
- Room View (2/10)
- Room Temperature (5/10)
- Room Decor (6/10)

Overall I would recommend staying here, I would do so again, I would just make a request for a different room if I was given the same and I would search for a cheaper price if possible as it was expensive.

ps. The morning tea/coffee/muffins in the lobby was a nice touch seeing as this hotel doesn't have a food room to serve breakfast etc.

  • Stayed March 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

I spent 4 nights in this hotel with my school. The room was bigger than I expected,which is brilliant! I shared a twin room with my friend&the bathroom,was the right size. The whole entire room was clean&suitable for what you need when staying in NY. The maids cleaned & checked our rooms everyday,and they cleaned it up appropriately. The only negative points I have, are that the breakfast is not good enough, They did not supply a wide range of muffins&I think they should supply a wide range of foods. My view wasnt the best but you cannot complain if you are in NY.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Wolcott Hotel
Address: 4 West 31st Street, Between 5th Avenue & Broadway, New York City, NY 10001-3594
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Suites
Hotel Style:
#43 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#177 Family Hotel in New York City
#195 Business Hotel in New York City
#245 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wolcott Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Wolcott is located in the center of tourist New York. Near the Empire State building, NoMad,UN, Macys, Circle Line, theater district, SOHO, the High Line and all public transportation. The Hotel offers clean comfortable, modern accommodations in an old-world atmosphere at reasonable prices year round. We have been written about in many domestic and international guides. ... more   less 
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