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“Value for money in Manhattan” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Riverside Studios
Ranked #438 of 464 Hotels in New York City
Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Value for money in Manhattan”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

I found this hotel after looking for a cheap place to stay in Manhattan.
It is rundown and has minimal services. The hallways and stairways are shabby and the elevator was more hassle than it was worth but our room was clean and roomy and our sheets were not dirty despite what other reviews report. The room had a fridge, air conditioner sink and TV, all relatively new and functional. The communal bathrooms are old but basically clean and functional, except for one of the toilets on our floor that was backed up for a day but the second one was still functioning and not at all busy. The laundry is in the dingy basement and requires lots of coins.
Having said all that we barely did anything but sleep in the room as it is Manhattan after all. It is a great neighbourhood with easy access to the subway and good local restuarants and food shopping (Trader Joes!). In a city with outrageously expensive hotels and much to do it stacks up as good value but don't expect any real standards as it is an old building with no efforts to renovate or update.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2011

its the most disgusting place i have ever stayed ..We booked for 5 nights only stayed the one night . As i walked into the front door my face dropped , that holiday excitement disappeared.The entrance was dirty ,then turned right into reception it was worse .At this point i still had hope. When we walked into the room ,i cried . I was born and raised in Africa ,where I have seen some terrible living conditions .What I saw was shocking .The sink , chair ,carpet ,bed linen and walls were dirty ... Then when i went into the bathroom ...oh my gosh ! The thought of it makes me want to cry again. We checked into Hotel Mayfair the next day, it was beautiful.and to think there was just a £100 difference.
DON'T STAY THERE .

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

Well, if you are a rude traveler, this hotel could seems an acceptable place to you. If you are such a person that only books 4 or upper stars hotels, this one could means a terrible experience to you.
Points in favor:
It's near from everywhere in Manhattan island
It's the cheapest hotel in the island
You have shared bathroom, maybe as accident you can know such a beauty girl with few clothes.
Points against:
It smells from the main door to anywhere inside. It's not a vomit smells, but means that it has not a good cleaning and ventilation.
As Argentinean, I could say that it's extremely expensive. In Argentina, with 100 bucks you can book a real good hotel, maybe 5 stars. But considering that it's in Manhattan maybe riverside studios worth it.
Shared bathroom, there's not to much to say about this. If you don't use shared bathrooms, this will be a terrible experience.
In my own advice, If you are such guys that go to new york and dinner in MacDonald's, this is your best option. If you go to new york to live the top stars glamor, just discard this webpage.
Bye!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank matias q
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Northern Ireland
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25 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2011

I want to preface this review with a note that I am a student and very unfussy person. I stay in hostels a lot (shared rooms with bunks, shared bathrooms), so am used to "roughing it" a fair bit. I really try to give fair reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Riverside Studios is the most disgusting place I have ever stayed. Someone described the lobby as resembling a "crack house" and I would agree with this. The hallways are mouldy, carpets peeling, wires hanging everywhere. The general state of cleanliness is well below par. The entire hotel is dusty, dirty and smelly.

The room my friend had booked was a double for two. The bedsheets were stained, the carpets were dirty, I saw a huge cockroach scuttle along the floor and couldn't even tell my friend because she'd rather sleep on the subway than stay in a room with creepy-crawlies. The shared bathrooms were VILE. What looked like oil stains all over the bath, the toilet blocked, I actually felt gross using the water to brush my teeth.

The worst moment of all was coming home after a night out and seeing a huge RAT run along the entrance to the hotel. It sounds like I'm making this up but I in no way am. Now that my friend and I are away from the dump that is Hotel Riverside Studios, we can laugh about it, but it kind of ruined our trip. We wanted to spend no time in the place at all and after a day in NYC sometimes all you want is a nice shower and bed.

DO NOT STAY HERE!
The website tricks you with nice pictures but it's a lie. Once you book, your booking is non-refundable so they have you trapped. Don't stay here! Sleep under a bridge, I guarantee it would be better!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2011

well where do i start, the room was booked by my friends who flew in from overseas we arrive on 10/1/2011 love the vicinity it is located in but the lobby looks like a crack house that i have seen on tv, the elevator was so small that 2 adults with large handbags would not fit comfortaby, the rooms smelled strong of old ciggarettes and pee the bed sheets were marked and the heater was painted in an ugly pink the tv did not work, the view outside was so crappy, this bldg should be shut down its horrible, we complained to the BBB cause these living conditions for anyone is not healthy, they did not take a cancellation fee cause they told us we will not find a hotel room on the upper west side this close to the city for 700$ but we did at the hampton inn on 6th avenue.i advise anyone do not stay there (riveraide hotel)

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hotel Riverside Studios

Property: Hotel Riverside Studios
Address: 342 West 71st Street, New York City, NY 10023
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #438 of 464 Hotels in New York City
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,680 - ₹ 8,022
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Riverside Studios 1*
Number of rooms: 100
Also Known As:
Hotel Riverside Studios New York
Studios New York
Riverside Studios New York City
Hotel Riverside Studios Ny City
Riverside Studios Hotel New York

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