There are a plethora of reasons I could give for why this is an absolutely terrible hotel (rude staff, ugly rooms, poor maid service, generally inhospitable atmosphere, $17 for criminally slow internet, etc), but even if those were not problems, there is one aspect of this hotel that should dissuade all but a select few from booking.
It smells like dead rats.
I mean to say that the lobby, the elevators, and the hallways reek of decomposing rodents.
I am not a super-smeller; I have no particularly exceptional olfactory abilities, nor do I ever complain about smells that go unnoticed by others. Everyone with whom I have come into contact while staying here, stranger or not, has agreed that the hotel absolutely stinks. I have no idea how this is possible for a hotel that purports to be four stars. I am certain that the vast majority of $50/night motels smell far, far better than this "luxury" establishment.
Honestly. Dead rats. As in, rotting-in-the-crawl-space dead rats. As in, I've-been-holding-my-breath-for-two-days dead rats. As in, I-am-paying-$400-a-night-for-this dead rats.
Bravo, Marriott. Bravo.
A few other notes:
- No mini-bar, just a small, tepid fridge.
- No room service.
- Location is fine; it's Midtown. There are dozens of hotels in Midtown.
- Noisy rooms, as others have noted.
Really, there are so many other options. Why pick an expensive yet mediocre hotel that smells terrible?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, New York Marriott East Side features spacious guestrooms and suites, a state-of-the-art health club, a stylish concierge lounge and flexible event space. Experience our 4-star hotel in New York City and its perfect setting near Grand Central Terminal and Rockefeller Center. ... more less
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