After researching for weeks I choose the Hotel Beacon for my family's stay during our vacation in NYC. This hotel offered the most space I could find without paying for a "suite" . Our room consisted of two bedrooms, two bathrooms (great for families), a full kitchen and a living room. This was unbelievably priced at about $500. Cheap by no means, but any other comparable amount of space in the city would be well into $1,000s.
The room was kept clean and well decorated in pastel/green colors. There were nice-sized closets so bags were not laying on the floor. Big windows in each room, however we were not high enough to get a view of the city (Room 906). But a decent view of the activity on Broadway below could be seen. Each room had a flat-panel TV and there was one more TV in the living room (no fights over what to watch). Beds were comfortable with nice comforters sheets which seemed new. Having multiple bathrooms saved us plenty of time getting two kids under 10 ready for the day or ready for bed. One of the bathrooms had a tub, the other had a walk-in shower. We did have a problem with the A/C going out one night - we were there when it was 102, so that didn't score positive points with us. However it was fixed quickly and the maintenance person had a friendly attitude. In fact, all staff we came into contact with (doormen, housekeeping) had good attitudes and seemed happy to be there.
The location was great for families - no hassles or large crowds associated with Mid-town but not "dead" either. There are two markets directly across the street which we visited for food to take advantage of the kitchen. If you choose not to cook there are plenty of other restaurant options in the immediate area. Another reason I liked this hotel was there was a subway station a short block down the street which connected us to Midtown/Times Sq in minutes.
My biggest complaint was the daily internet cost - In this age I feel internet should be complimentary. Plus it was inconvenient to have to call to the front desk everyday for an internet code.
Overall, I would definitely stay here again if I came to NYC with my family. The rate seems expensive when compared to other cities, but for the space provided this is a bargain in this town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hotel Beacon NYC, a haven of comfort amid the bustling excitement of New York City. Located on the historic Upper West Side, amid tree-lined streets and landmark buildings, the hotel is a beacon for relaxation. Friendly and accommodating, we offer handsomely decorated, oversized guestrooms and suites. With wonderful views of Central Park, the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan, the Beacon is the perfect vantage point from which to venture anywhere in New York. And when your busy day is done, you'll have a perfect place to come home to. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beacon Hotel New York City
- Hotel Beacon New York