What a pleasure! The freshly renovated, attractive & comfortably furnished accommodations really do look like the photos on the hotel's website, but the photos do not show just how airy and spacious the bedroom of our suite was, the size of the walk-in closet (with window), how well-equipped the compact kitchen is (toaster, microwave, basic cookware, small range with oven, microwave, sink & refrigerator). The bathroom, however, is quite compact, and the towels are not luxuriously thick.
In addition to the closet space, there were ample drawers for the 3 of us; the large flat-screen TV was directly across from the sofa; excellent climate control, an ergonomic desk chair; and the iPod docking station was a nice touch -- all features, I might add, that were not to be found in the Sofitel suite in which I stayed 2 weeks later at twice the price. And, my friend reported that the sofabed was surprisingly comfortable.
This is not a deluxe hotel with full-service amenities, such as a bar & restaurant. But the immediate environs offer a variety of those & food markets; a gym [day passes available to hotel guests at a discount] and a good wine shop are just next door; and the neighborhood, one of my favorites, delighted my out-of-town friends as much as I hoped. For those staying longer, there are also coin-operated washers & dryers in a pleasant-enough laundry room on the 7th floor. Lastly, the staff was unfailingly pleasant, welcoming and professional.
If I could afford it, I'd be tempted to give up my apartment to live at the Beacon year-round; I'm sure you too will be pleased with your stay here.
- 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