I've traveled a lot and am very picky: I prefer luxury, but sometimes have to go with the other!. We booked this room for a one-night stay at the end of March 2012 as we were visiting friends and just needed somewhere to rest our heads. It was an unexpected delight!
It's a little quirky which is to be expected based on its size, but all in a good way. The hotel is new (compared to most in NYC).
You can check in at 2 self service terminals but there is always a staff member on duty at the tiny reception desk. The two staff I met bent over backwards to help with anything a guest needed and seemed very on top of local knowledge also. The hotel is very narrow, but tall and therefore has been arranged VERY cleverly to make maximum use of the space. For example, on our floor (which I think was either 2 or 4), they have built a small guest lounge with TVs and work spaces and coffee area which is close to the rooms though also far enough away not to be bothersome. Our room was very small (all the rooms here are) BUT they were designed by someone with the right idea for how to design small rooms. For example the 'desk' was a desktop arm that swung over the easy chair so you could work from the chair or sit and relax. All areas of the room were designed to be used, every inch was well thought out. The bathroom, like the bedroom, was very small but completely functional, modern and CLEAN - not a speck of dust anywhere. Same with the bedroom - absolutely SPOTLESSLY clean. Best of all - location. Our room directly overlooked the Roc and we were about 200 yards away from St Patrick's Cathedral. It was a gentle stroll to a few good restaurants and wine bars (including the area that is Ireland's 'home away from home' off 2nd Avenue). The hotel has a discounted rate with a parking garage that is 1/2 a block over so that was also a great thing as I prefer to bring my car into town - you just have to get your parking voucher stamped by the hotel on departure. The room was incredibly quiet, even though we were facing the main road of one of the busiest parts of Manhattan and I heard nothing all night...except my husband's snoring....If you turn right as you exit the hotel, there is a little coffee bar halfway down the block which does a great cup of coffee and breakfast. For the price we paid (under $200 in MANHATTAN - unbelievable), we got a brand new hotel, great room, great location and will definitely come again. I think a family coming for a full week might struggle just because of the size of the rooms BUT I could be wrong and there a far worse places to stay! Kudos to the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Jewel Facing Rockefeller Center is a full service hotel with 135 rooms located opposite Rockefeller Center, steps away from the famous skating rink, Christmas tree, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue, Museum of Modern Art and Radio City Music Hall. Minutes from world class shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The Jewel Facing Rockefeller Center is the best value hotel based on quality and the prime location. The Jewel Facing Rockefeller Center provides:• Safe, restricted entry• Instant registration and check out• Free high speed internet access throughout the hotel• Nearby restaurant • Multi-menu in room dining options (through onsite restaurant and many local restaurants)• Refrigerator and microwave available• Unlimited complimentary chilled purified bottled water • 3 meeting and event rooms available nearby (maximum reception style 55 people)• Free use of computer/printer • Ergonomic workstations• State of the art guest rooms with premium bedding• Contemporary furnishings• Flat panel HD TVs• Complimentary coffee and tea• 24 hour guest service desk • Fitness room • Exercise equipment delivered to guest room upon request • Value rates ... more less
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- The Jewel Facing Rockefeller Hotel New York City