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Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
The hotel is really run down and needs an upgrade desperately. The rooms are tiny as it can only fit the bed and desk. The microwave is on the desk and the mini bar fridge is inside the desk. The TV is mounted to the wall. The carpets were old and dirty which made the room smell miff. Elevators were tatty and very noisy as one can hear it from their room. The bathroom had a pipe running down the wall that was extremely hot and is a danger as one can seriously burn themselves. The wifi was pathetic as the signal was so weak and it kept asking you to resign in every 5 minutes. It's the definition of a budget hotel.
So, if you are looking to stay in Manhattan and not break the bank, and don’t need amenities, this is a good place. We went for Thanksgiving weekend. There was one adult and two kids (one teenager and one almost teen). We had a ‘suite’ which had one room with a double bed, and an adjacent room which served as the other bedroom/workspace/kitchenette (small fridge and microwave). Each room had a TV. Please be aware that the rooms are small compared to what you would get at most other hotels, but if all you are doing is using them to sleep, this could work for you as it did for us. The two elevators are also very small and fit four people tightly. We had to make a couple trips to get our luggage to the room. There is no temperature control in the rooms, so when the heat is on for the winter, it is ON. The only way to cool the room is to open the windows. Since it was an older building, there was also a pipe banging sound when the heat kicked in. The bathroom was small, and the water pressure was on the lower side, but they made an effort to have an updated look. Plenty of hot water. On the plus side, the neighborhood felt very safe and the staff is friendly. The hotel is close to the 79th Street subway station where you can catch the 1 Train which runs the length of Broadway. There are many stores and restaurants in the area. It is also only a few blocks from Central Park and the museum of natural history. If you are driving, it is very easy to get to and from the expressway. Another nice thing about this hotel is that you don’t get the noise you would by staying in midtown. The windows were open overnight and I barely heard any sirens. If you have stayed in midtown, you would know they are constant. Overall, I asked my kids and they would stay here again. The size is small, but it is difficult to beat the price and the location. Again, no frills small rooms that do the job.
The hotel is really run down and in desperate need of a bit of TLC. Elevators were tatty and just about holding together. The room is small with a 3/4 bed. Tv, fridge and microwave. Carpet on floor looked filthy, we know the maid came in and cleaned so I guess it was clean, just didn't look it. We were on the 11th floor and had good views of the river. It's about 1.5 hr walk to Times Sq. Lots of bars and restaurants about 3 blocks up on Amsterdam. Next time I'll pay a little more and stay closer to the centre.
After finishing a conference at Columbia University I chose to stay an additional night in NYC. I found the closest hotel which was the Riverside Tower as our original hotel was booked. I read the reviews and took a chance. Upon entering the room I was disappointed. The bedding looked very old, the cabinetry had a ton of paint coats on it, the furnishings looked beaten up. I do not mind old but I do mind gross. When I pulled down the comforter I saw the sheets and blanket. The blanket was old and looked to be disintegrating. My biggest concern was after resting for a few minutes in the bed, when I got up there was a bug. I alerted the front desk and was told I could check out with a full refund. It was after 9pm on a Friday night. I was able to find another hotel that was $100 more but what choice did I have? Very disappointed. Some reviews state rooms have been remodeled - if you have to stay here, ask for an updated room and check the sheets for bugs as soon as you get in.
Pros: Location, staff, in- room frig & microwave, re-modeled bathroom Otherwise, it's horrible- Torn & filthy carpets, dirty baseboards & windows, beat- up furniture, walls, and woodwork, wiring tacked up along the walls & ceilings, and a dirty, cramped, and scary elevator. Noisy pipes & thin walls. Had to leave a window open due to the excessive heat & no climate control in the room, torn window screen. Flimsy door with a keyed lock, no hotel security bar, no peep- hole. Overall, I couldn't stand the dirt, worn- out furnishings, and lack of security. Needs some serious maintenance and a re- model. Even a low price of $144 ($167/ night with taxes) can't compensate for the environment.