The Jewel Facing Rockefeller is clean, efficient and in the perfect location. Half a block from St. Patrick’s, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. An easy cab ride or by subway, close enough to the excitement of NYC, but not stuck in the middle of it.
The rate on price-matching sites was the same as booking direct, check-in was easy with their self-check in, though an attentive staff member helped me from the moment I walked in the door. Room 601 on the front of the building, right next to the purified water station. (A nice perk as water in the city can be as much as $3 a bottle.)
The room reminds me of a cruise ship room – built long and narrow but efficient. I was pleased with the spotless bathroom with amenities and a blow-dryer. A place to put my suitcase and a wardrobe to hang my clothes. A comfortable sitting chair with a swing out work surface and a generous work desk with a good task light and easily accessible outlets as well as a work chair I was trying to figure out how to steal it was so comfortable. I had requested a mini-fridge and a microwave which were already in my room, right under the flat screen TV that swiveled for easy viewing. The comfortable queen size bed had plenty of soft CLEAN bedding and pillows. The nightstand had iPod docking station / Alarm clock, plenty of outlets and USB chargers; this is also where the thermostat is located.
The frosted glass window in the bathroom door worked well as a night light, kept the bathroom light on without it blinding me overnight.
The view from the 6th floor isn’t too exciting, straight ahead is an office building (with people who work late, if you are a people watcher.) But you can see into the courtyard to Rockefeller Center, and looking left and right you can see the steeples of St. Pats and the lights of Radio City.
The dining arrangement with the neighboring “Club Quarters” is nice. A 20% discount on food and a free drink voucher. Their “all season outdoor” dining was nice. Food was fine, but there are many great casual restaurants in the area including Bill’s Burgers, Johnny Utah’s and Simply Fresh.
I would say that the price is right for NYC, the room is the right size for one or two people and the staff is great. I came into my room at 11:30 one night and staff was cleaning the water station and fire extinguisher. When I had a problem closing my window at 1am, polite staff quickly took care of the problem.
I was able to store my luggage at no charge for the day as I spent the day around town. Cab’s do not often drive by this way, so you might be better off trying to hail one on 5th or 6th Ave. Upper floors have rooms with a balcony that would overlook Rockefeller, might be worth the extra price. All in all, I would stay there again for sure as well as recommending it to others.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Jewel Facing Rockefeller Hotel New York City