I'm writing this very belatedly, because I am amazed this hotel isn't rated more highly. After being completely shocked at the high prices for accommodation in NYC, a friend recommended TripAdvisor to me and I then spent a lot of time researching hotels in NYC. Coming from Australia, we had a lot of travelling to do, and needed to be mindful of what we spent on hotel rooms along the way. What I was looking for was "clean", "comfortable", "safe" and hopefully with rooms not the size of shoe boxes.
We arrived into NYC late at night, and as I had booked the hotel on line at a great price (at the time, 3 years ago, US$99 for the room) I kept wondering if the hotel might be too good to be true. It wasn't. We loved our room (2 double beds), a small but adequate bathroom - with heaps of fluffy towels provided - and plenty of room for our luggage. It was great standing at our window at night just watching New Yorkers going about their lives.
Each morning, my husband would go to a convenience store around the corner to buy yogurt, then fruit from a vendor on the corner and then bring back coffee from the lobby area for our breakfast.
We made use of the free ice, and used the internet and the laundry in the building. We loved the quaint posters on the walls, and enjoyed the building's history. It's position in NYC was very central, but just a little way away from Times Square, which suited us.
And Penn Station was just a few, easily walkable, blocks away.
For those people who don't wish to stay in 5 or 4 star hotels (or whose budget doesn't allow it) you can't go past this hotel. For all you backpackers and holiday makers, check out this hotel's website, you might get a bargain like we did in 2006.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Life Hotel, centrally located in midtown in the NoMad neighborhood between the Emipre State building and world-famous Flatiron building,. From nearby Pennsylvania Station, we’re minutes away by train from the United Nations, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, museums and shopping. In the original building that once housed LIFE magazine, the 98-key hotel has been restored to its former glory with the additions of an intimate namesake restaurant Life Restaurant, lobby bar and basement speakeasy. Inside the newly renovated guest rooms, ranging from “Classic Queen” to “Premium King” and multi-room “Suites,", features include; Pillow top Beautyrest® Simmons mattress voted “best hotel beds 2016”, offering amenities and services like all-natural, socially conscious LATHER bath products, access to a 24/7 fitness facility outfitted with Peloton stationary bikes, and a pet-friendly policy, a stay at Life Hotel is easy. Need a restaurant recommendation or reservation? Forgot your toothbrush? Craving a bacon-egg-and cheese after a night out? Life Hotel’s awesome, friendly staff is only a text message or call away. Come for the night, stay for Life. Life Restaurant, by veteran restauranteur Stephen Hanson and seasoned NYC chef Michael Vignola offers a vegetable-centric, seasonally-driven menu of sustainable and wild-caught seafood dishes and pastas, much of which will be prepared in a wood-burning oven. Chef Vignola focuses on locally-sourced ingredients from the New York area as well as from the hotel’s own rooftop Chef’s Garden where the menu will include playful riffs on classic dishes paired with a beverage program offering handcrafted cocktails, and an extensive, thoughtful “wines by the glass” program. The basement bar will offer classic cocktails harkening back to the days LIFE magazine staffers used this space as their own speakeasy. The space can also be utilized as private dining or meeting space for up to 60 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Herald Square
- Herald Square Hotel New York