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The Marmara Manhattan
Ranked #144 of 473 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 August 2011

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.

Room Tip: Get a high room for the view. Ask about a remodeled room, too!
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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marmaramanhattan, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2011

Dear CSL63,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay here at The Marmara Manhattan. As the management, one the most valuable tools we utilise to measure our success is our guest reviews. The feedback provided is taken very seriously, addressing every point mentioned by our guests. It is absolutely a great pleasure for us to hear that we were able to meet your needs.
We look forward to welcoming you again during your next visit to New York City!

Sincerely,

The Marmara Manhattan Management Team

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Reviewed 1 August 2011

This was the second time we have stayed at the Marmara and it was as clean and friendly and convenient as the first time. The views are great and the apartment is very clean, bright and spacious with all the basics. . THe beds are very comfortable - as are the pillows. We had our 1 year old and they provided a crib with VERY clean bedding - and the doorman was so helpful and patient helping us unload and load all our gear in and out of the car when we arrived and left. The front desk staff are always friendly and the location is convenient for doing things on the upper east side. It is a great value, we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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marmaramanhattan, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2011

Dear moac4,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review regarding your stay. It especially makes us happy to hear that we got a chance to host you again! Our entire team is always working towards ensuring that all of guests feel at home and that they have everything they need to make their stay more pleasurable.
We look forward to hosting you and your family during your upcoming visit.

Sincerely,

The Marmara Manhattan Management Team

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Reviewed 1 August 2011

We stayed in apartment 7B for 4 nights / 5 days. It was well equipped with everything that we needed including free wi-fi which helped us to book the various NYC attractions online and thus avoid some queues. We chose the location as a friend recommended that this was a much quieter area to stay, however we did not find this to be an issue as we made good use of the excellent value NYC 7 day travel pass which gives unlimited access on metro and buses for just $27! There is a bus stop 'downtown' just 2 minutes walk from the apartment, whilst 'uptown' buses stop on 1st and 3rd avenue at 96th street - no more than a good 5 minutes walk. The reception staff were very helpful and the apartment cleaned and serviced daily. In summary a very good base.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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marmaramanhattan, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2011

Dear JUSTINATKIN,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us here at The Marmara Manhattan. We are very pleased to hear that you found everything you were looking for. We truly believe that our location provides our guests with a true New York experience, and we see that you took full advantage of that as well!
We hope to welcome you again during your next visit to the Big Apple.

Sincerely,

The Marmara Manhattan Management Team

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Reviewed 29 July 2011

we had a great time
we asked for a room 14th floor or higher (to have a view) and we were on the 14th floor.
The room was very nice, wide livingroom with flatscreen, little kitchen with everyhting you need. The bedroom was very nice too.
Large bed nice flatscreen tv clean sheets and NO bedbugs!!
The bathroom is a a bit small compared to the rest of the suite but very good.
Toilet, bath/shower , sink and big mirror
If you are very picky you may not like as we did cause there some bad paintwork done in the bathroom but almost not noticable and a curtain in the livingroom was a bit damaged but thats not something that bothers us.
The terrace has a nice view and even there were works going on in the street below we almost didnt hear a thing during our stay
We recommand this place and will go back.
Staff is very friendly.
PS when you order a cab to go back to the airport please mention you wan't a yellow cab ohterwise you'll be charges 65dollars in stead of 45 dollars just to be in a private cab that doesn't offer anything more than the yellow one
Voila i hope you'll enjoy your stay there
im wondering when we'll be able to go back ...soon i hope :-)

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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marmaramanhattan, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2011

Dear manouschka,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review regarding your stay. We believe that the feedback provided by our guests is a vital tool to measure our success. It is a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to having you as a guest in the near future.

Sincerely,

The Marmara Manhattan Management Team

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Reviewed 29 July 2011

The Marmara hotel is a pleasant oddity. It was probably born as a normal NY apartment block, but is now a really very nice apart-hotel.

We booked a premium room on the 11th floor and stayed for four days.

The room – well, not so much a room, more a grown-up apartment. A large light airy sitting room about 200 square feet (more than you get in most hotel rooms) with a balcony, sofas, dining table, kitchen. A large airy light bedroom with a first class proper double bed (not two singles squished together). Good bathroom off, and a second guest loo in the lobby.

The whole room had a very light comfortable feel, with loads of space. I have stayed in suites with less room. Overall, a very good deal indeed, if you don’t mind being in a slightly scruffy part of Manhattan.

While the normal hotel facilities were absent (no restaurant, bar, pool), there are supermarkets and off licences around the corner, and a very good laundry across the street. Metro is a few minutes walk away, and central park less than ten.

The only negative is the ambient noise. Marmara’s neighbourhood is not peaceful. If you sleep with the windows open you will have a pronounced NY background roar, but that is New York! Rooms higher up are probably a lot quieter. Definitely a keeper.

Room Tip: go as high as you can
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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marmaramanhattan, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Manhattan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2011

Dear Coltbridge,

We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review about your stay here at The Marmara Manhattan. We constantly look for ways of improving our service and product therefore the feedback provided by our guests is highly important for us. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you return to stay with us in the near future.

Sincerely,

The Marmara Manhattan Management Team

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Additional Information about The Marmara Manhattan

Address: 301 East 94th Street, New York City, NY 10128-4718
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Upper East Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#33 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#165 Business Hotel in New York City
#181 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range: ₹ 9,527 - ₹ 24,109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Marmara Manhattan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 109
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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