Our family of five stayed here for a week's vacation in Manhattan, and this was the way to do it! With five of us, including two teenagers, we needed at least two rooms and two baths, and two hotel rooms in a decent hotel will completely break the bank for most families. After researching here, we chose the Marmara. It was a nice place!
The location was a little farther north than I anticipated, although in all fairness I didn't really think about it enough - that one's one me. The location worked just fine, though. To get to the subway was about 2 short blocks and 2 long blocks - uphill to the subway. Bus stop was on 2nd, across the street and one block down. By NYC standards, subway was close. By Houston standards, where everyone drives cars all the time, and we had a couple of bad knees, it was a little farther, but actually still worked out just fine.
Check in was easy - there's a small desk in the lobby, and they were ready for us. There are two elevators, so sometimes you have to wait a minute, but not too long. (Look up in the elevator!). The halls are very dark, though. Once you get used to it, it's not as startling, but there are only a couple of small lights on each floor, and the walls are painted dark gray.
The rooms are nice and spacious, tho. We had a two bed / two bath, that had apparently not been remodeled. The carpet was older, but the furniture was all fine. The entryway had a parquet floor that needed to be refinished / replaced. We did get a peak into another unit during the week, and saw that it had the newer, nicer carpet. Otherwise, our unit had the feel of an actual apartment, except that all the colors were very neutral, and there wasn't as much artwork on the walls as a private apartment would have.
Living room and each bedroom had a nice flat screen TV. Sofa and chairs in the living room were nice and comfortable. Sofa bed feels like a sofa bed - not great, but it worked. King bed in the master and two twin beds in the second bedroom were all comfortable.
Bathrooms worked just fine. Master bath had jacuzzi jets, but we never used them. Men will notice that the toilets are located a little too far back, and there isn't enough room for the seat to stay up by itself - poor planning on someone's part.
Kitchen had service for eight, good size fridge - everything you'd need for a short term stay. For our drinks, cereal, pop tarts, and snacks, it was more than enough. There was a little confusion between the small trashcan and the larger recycling bin, but we figured that out after a couple of days. In the entry hall was a stackable washer and dryer, but we never had the opportunity to use them.
Balcony was a great view! we had a corner unit on the 19th floor, so we had great views! Everyone spent some time out there enjoying the view.
Housekeeping was generally fine, but there seemed to be a shortage of shampoo and conditioner. More than once we had to ask for more after housekeeping had been there.
Closet space was great, and the hangers were nice. The safe was a typical hotel safe, but was not bolted to the floor. I don't know if they're all that way, but at least nobody stole ours while we were there.
This is not a full service hotel, so no one should expect things like restaurants and room service, or a pool. However, there are numerous decent restaurants within a block, and hundreds more a short hop away, so we didn't see that as a problem. If you're looking to sit in your room and don't want to go out, that might be a problem.
Speaking of restaurants, people have mentioned Nick's. It's right across the street, and it's fine, but not outstanding. It's nice and convenient, but there's a lot of very good Italian in New York. This works 'cause it's close, but nothing to write home about.
There are small grocery stores nearby, as well as pharmacies, and a liquor store, so you should be okay for whatever you need within a block or so.
All in all, I would recommend this hotel again. If I go again and don't have the whole family, I would probably stay at a more traditional hotel down near Times Square.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Marmara Manhattan offers a combination of studio, one, two and three bedroom suites for your travel needs; whether it is for a few days of vacation or a few months of stay in the exclusive Upper East Side neighborhood. You will only be a short distance away from famous New York City attractions like the Central Park, the Museum Mile and Madison Avenue boutiques. Our suites provide for all your comfort needs during a stay at your 'home-away-home' with fully equipped kitchens and plenty of sunlight. Hotel featues: Complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour exercise room, art gallery, pet friendly. ... more less
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