Stayed in September of 2013 and was really happy there. Location is great-on the UWS, close to the subway and the Beacon theatre, a few blocks from Central Park and Levain Bakery... Check-in was quick and very friendly. The guy chatted about Toronto, Canada etc and it was really nice to have the personal touch.
I was in a queen room on the 14th floor. View was pretty boring-backs of buildings. It was a nice size with a comfy bed, widescreen TV and little kitchenette. The bathroom was pretty small, but not unusually so for a single room and it had reasonably nice toiletries. Everything was completely spotless and it felt very restful. I loved having my little kitchenette and being able to throw some food in the fridge, warm it in the microwave etc. The ipod dock was also a nice touch.
Wifi is free and pretty fast. No room service but they give a list of local restaurants which will deliver. It's really close to lots of restaurants and directly across from a big Fairway Market anyway so there's not much need for it. And it's NYC-if I'm there I want to spend as little time as possible in my room!
The gym downstairs is welcome but a bit poky. They have towels down there and some cardio equipment (ellipticals, treadmills etc) but the resistance section is limited to a cable machine. It's a nice effort and better than nothing, but throwing in a few sets of dumbbells would make it infinitely more useful.
-1 for the emails before the stay. My stay was being funded and it was kind of difficult to get them to confirm it! They seemed to be struggling with communication and contradicted one another. It all worked out in the end though, thankfully! I'd still stay there quite happily.
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- 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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