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Reviewed 13 December 2013

It's basically a dorm room, but with less comfortable beds. The radiator in my room had only two settings: inferno and completely off. There is an ice machine in the lobby, but the night I stayed, it was broken.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
4  Thank TokyoVisitor
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

I stayed one night in the Landmark Rooms at the Union Theological Seminary. I thought the quality of the room was an excellent value for the price I paid (135/night). Considering the other pricey hotel options in Manhattan, I think this is a great place to stay on a budget if you are visiting Columbia. Room: Very clean, decent hardwood, and great a/c that worked well on a hot summer day. The bathroom was basic but functional. Cable TV worked fine and two twin beds were comfortable. Location: About two blocks north of campus and very accessible to the campus, subway, and m60 bus line stop that goes to La Guardia. The area was clean and safe with plenty of dining options nearby. Amenities and Service: Hospitality was very nice and staff that checked me in was fine too. I was a bit nervous about staying here due to price but was pleasantly surprised...just fine to stay here on a budget near the campus.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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8  Thank Coopsaremad
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Clean, in the middle of Manhattan facing a cloister garden -- what more do you need? The rooms are very basic, but a good value for Manhattan and it is an interesting place to stay -- the kind of building Hogwarts modeled on (though without all the drama). Quiet (for NY) and located near Columbia.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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8  Thank WanderersWife
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

I became aware of this place through a family member who was a student. My husband and I have stayed here twice (once at Thanksgiving and again at the end of May) and would stay here again. The rooms are on the first floor of the over 100 year old, gothic-designed main building of Union Theological Seminary. If you are crazy enough to drive a car into the city, there is free parking on the streets around and behind the building. You always risk not finding a space and having to move the car on street-sweeping days, but I've always been able to find parking within 3 blocks.

The price is steep if you are not used to staying in large cities, but is a steal when you consider location and amenities. The rooms include the same amenities you would expect at any chain hotel, just on a very basic level. Each room is NON-SMOKING with a/c and radiator heat and includes private bath (full bathtub with shower, small hair dryer, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower cap, great water pressure for both very hot and very cold water), iron and ironing board, mini-fridge, small (24") CRT TV and basic cable television, free local telephone service, daily housekeeping services, 24 hour access front desk security, and free wireless internet access. The cable TV includes a few dozen channels, but the reception isn't great. I understand this is pretty common across the city. The wi-fi is reliable, fast, and FREE.

During our first stay at Thanksgiving 2010 I found the room almost institutionally clean. On our most recent stay in May 2012, I felt the room needed a "deep" clean. The room and linens were very clean, but there was a layer of grime on the floor molding, window molding and window shades. Maybe their deep cleaning schedule occurs before the start of the fall semester?

It is easier to book by calling than email, especially if you want to avoid an "email conversation." Depending on the time of year and school events, availability, prices and payment policies may vary. During commencement, for example, graduates and their families are given priority and pre-payment is required.

Pros:
Location - About halfway between the 125th (downhill) and 116th/Columbia (uphill) stops on the 1 line. Close to restaurants, pharmacy, grocery stores.
Price - I've researched other "guest house/ boarding house" locations in Manhattan, and the Landmark seems to have the best price to quality ratio.
Security - The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day. Some security guards are more attentive than others.

Cons:
Twin or full bed - No queen or king.
Small rooms - Think dormitory room.
No closet - Wall hooks and hangers are provided.

Finally, a note on noise: You would think a first floor room on Broadway in NYC would guarantee no sleep. However, the cars zoom by and pedestrians are always on their way somewhere too. My husband, who is a very light sleeper, slept as well here as he does at home. We've had far worse experiences with loud neighbors at luxury hotels in DC than at the Landmark.

Room Tip: When booking, ask for a room on the courtyard. They are quieter. I've never scored one, but around holidays and school events I think they might be reserved for VIPs. Room 132 has a double bed and a single bed. Higher numbered rooms are farther away from the entrance and have less hallway noise.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank KriszTravels
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

The Landmark Guest Rooms at Union Seminary is an inexpensive option for lodging. It's next to Columbia University and convenient for the subway and bus routes. The rooms are very clean but also very old. It's a no-frills experience and the rooms on Broadway are pretty loud. All that said, it is an economical place to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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7  Thank MItravelerforbus
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