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“Comfortable, clean, well run and reasonable hotel”
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The Watson Hotel
Ranked #351 of 468 Hotels in New York City
Sedona, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Comfortable, clean, well run and reasonable hotel”
Reviewed 8 February 2009

Great location near Columbus Circle and Central Park south. Easy walk to the subway.
My wife and I have stayed here three times and have always been pleased. Rooms are clean and well maintained. Staff of the hotel has been courteous and helpful. Certainly not a luxury hotel but for the price an excellent value.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2009

We stayed at this hotel one week before Xmas and we couldn't believe that it could be so nice being so cheap for NYC!!! The room was clean and nice, room service every day, there are lots of delis nearby so don't order breakfast in the hotel!! If you're going to NYC to do sightseeing and you're not afraid of walking all day, you won't need any transportation, it's really close to times square and 5th avenue! I would definetly stay there again

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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CT
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Reviewed 28 January 2009

This hotel is a great value. The room was a good size, neat & clean. It's in walking distance of Jazz@Lincoln Center, where we went that night. We had breakfast at the Gotham Cafe, which we recommend---good service, food & price.

  • Liked — location & price
  • Disliked — soda machine & ice machines weren't working on certain floors
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2009

I stayed in this hotel recently with a friend of mine. After reading some of the terrible reviews of other hotels, I was afraid that it would be a dive. The decor is a bit shabby and dated BUT we needed two doubles as my friend is a light sleeper and snores a lot ! The room was surprisingly big for NYC where space is at a premium. I have to say the room was spotless so I couldn't fault it. I did get roomservice one nite, but it wasn't great , so I would give that a miss if I were you. The best thing about this hotel was the location. If you stayed any closer to Times Square you wouldn't get a wink of sleep ! This was only about 10 min walk to everything. We found a really classy/ upmarket diner five mins away called The Brooklyn Diner (212 W57th Street) ~It was full of locals and little bit pricey but lots of people watching to do and the staff were really chatty and nice here. The day we left the hotel, our flight wasn't til that evening unfortunately but the concierge arranged for our bags to be checked and then they organised a towncar to the airport, which was no dearer than a cab and it was MUCH more comfortable. The only bad thing about the hotel was the bathroom was a bit on the small side, but I have stayed in more expensive hotels like the Sheraton Manhattan and the bathroom there wasn't much bigger, so like I said space is at a premium in NYC I suppose.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — shabby decor
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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6 Thank Jillian M
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2009

We spent the last day of our NYC trip in the Holiday Inn on 57th St. It was a January deal at $129 per night (book through the hotel website), it was the cheapest and the most convenient hotel we can find on the net.

Staff services were standard, as expected in any budget hotel chain. The rooms were situated on two different wings – one has all the odd-number rooms, and the other has the even numbers. We were not told which wing our room was on, so we got to find that out ourselves…

We stayed in the standard suite in the “even-numbered” wing, and were amazed at the spaciousness of the room, given how small rooms can be in Manhattan. The room was very clean and odour-free, with king-size bed, TV, fridge, coffee-making facilities, and a standard bathroom include all the basics. It was a little strange having the wash basin and mirror outside the bathroom, and the ironing board in the bathroom where the toilet and the bath tub are.

Location is between 9th and 10th Avenue, and if you are willing to do a little walking, then the shopping world at 5th Avenue is no more than 20 minutes away. There is not much of a nightlife in the surrounds, but Time Square is not too far away – about 15 or so blocks away (each block is not very big, so don’t be afraid!). There are some eateries if you keep walking towards the 9th, 8th avenues, but there is a Starbuck nearby if you need a quick feed. Duane Reade (a 24-hour convenience store) is also nearby if you need any essentials.

Breakfast is available on the ground floor. The food was reasonably priced from $8 to about $15! Food was fine, with standard offerings. The food tasted a bit bland, but the fresh orange juice was very nice!

Overall our stay in the Holiday Inn at 57th St was fairly standard – pleasant and expected. This hotel is more suited for travellers toward the end of their New York trip where they want a clean, cheap and quiet place to stay for a night or two before heading back home.

  • Liked — Clean and spacious room.
  • Disliked — It is a bit dark in the surrounds, so I would avoid walking back to the hotel too late at night.
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2009

Very well located, a very short walk to Central Park, 9th avenue (with lots of great restaurants) and Time Square. Room was a good size, don't be put off by the slight shabbiness of the corridors though, the rooms are better than this. Other than that, main complaint was the slight smell of smoke that seemed to hang around the corridors and the bathroom.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with friends
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3 Thank therednai
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2008

The Holiday Inn is a suitable family hotel. We arrived late at night and check inn efficient. Staff were very friendly, with exception of breakfast room manager who could do with a lesson in people skills. His staff were fun in the mornings though. Rooms were more than adequate. We were able to walk to most venues including Broadway shows.
Those further away were accessible via the hop on/hop off bus which also was within walking distance.
We were told to get breakfast at nearby cafe's, but the hotel breakfast was not much dearer and much more convenient. Was of good quality and many choices.
We dined in restaurants en route to night venues. Never felt unsafe walking.
Rooms were clean,beds comfortable,bathroom well presented and fresh.

  • Liked — Location,Price,friendly staff
  • Disliked — Construction Work in Progress
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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3 Thank woolwool
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Property: The Watson Hotel
Address: 440 West 57th Street, New York City, NY 10019-3013 (Formerly Holiday Inn Midtown / 57th St)
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Hell's Kitchen , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #351 of 468 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Watson Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 597
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