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Hotel Beacon
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

very clean nice and comfortable hotel in a great location, close to Central park and subway. the bathroom is a little small and doesn't have a fan so mirror kept fogging up. other than that I thought it was a very nice place to stay and bed was very comfy. Nice restaurant right next door, and across the street is fairways market and there is a Starbucks close by also. Was very happy with my stay here.

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3  Thank foxtipp
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

My wife and I were planning a trip to New York for our 10th anniversary, and there was no doubt where we would stay -- Hotel Beacon. Great location on the Upper West Side. Near Central Park, Natural History Museum, the 72nd Street subway, Fairway Market across the street, you can't beat it. Room was clean and spacious, K bed with living room, kitchenette. Service is excellent across the board. Felt like we were really living there, not just visiting. If you're searching for a place to stay in NYC, stop searching. Stay here, you won't be disappointed.

And check out Shake Shack at 79th and Columbus for great burgers and shakes.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank SP1979
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

I stayed at the Beacon several years ago and then for four nights recently. They have remodeled and done a fine job. We had a one-bedroom king suite on an upper floor.

Here are pluses, minuses, and general FYI:

Pluses:

Quiet rooms.
Location (see other reviews for more on this)
Comfortable beds and pillows
Excellent televisions
Our room had three good-sized closets with plenty of hangers
Plenty of storage in drawers. Be careful if you have black items, since the drawers are also black
Free wi-fi
Small bathroom, but good water pressure
Looks like they have plenty of umbrellas to lend, though we didn't need one

Cons:

No bathroom downstairs - under construction

Only two elevators working, and rather slow - the third was under construction

No outlets available in bedroom (they were just too inaccessible), so anything that needed to be plugged in (phone charger and such) had to be used in the living room.

Keurig coffeemaker - not a favorite (but there's a Starbucks across the street and plenty of other coffee options nearby).

Minimally stocked kitchenette, as far as utensils. There is cutlery, a bottle opener, and cutting board, but no knife usable to cut fruit, salami, etc. There's not exactly a place to eat, but we were fine sitting on the sofa and using the coffee table.

Air conditioning a bit fiddly - maybe there was a way to stop it cycling off and on all night but we just lived with it.

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The housekeeping staff was very friendly; the front desk people were fine. Late check-out requested and they gave us an extra half-hour.

They stored our luggage for several hours - looks like many people do that. There was a large room filled with luggage.

No fitness facility, but there's one down the street with a $20 day pass charge. We didn't use it.

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I would return to the Beacon and would recommend it.

Room Tip: Our room on the upper floor faced east towards the park. Nice views. We appreciated the blinds blocking out the morning sun.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank culley
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

We stayed in a one bedroom suite with a living room and a full kitchen. There was lots of space (especially by New York standards) and two TV sets. The room could easily have accommodated an extra person or two in the living room. Everything was clean and featured the expected amenities. Housekeeping staff were friendly and willing to help. The lobby of the hotel is not large. We arrived a few minutes before the 3PM check in time and had to wait with others until that time . Fortunately there is a very nice grocery store right across the street and a Starbucks next door. Unfortunately, the Beacon Theater is on the other side and one night of our 3 night stay there was a rock band that was very loud. We could hear the band playing and the audience shrieking then we heard the stage being disassembled until at least 2 in the morning. You may want to check the performance schedule before booking a room. Getting around from that part of town was easy. Columbus Circle is nearby and the 72nd St subway station is very close. There is no need for a rental car and it was convenient to walk in Central Park and visit Riverside Park. It was fun to hear so many languages spoken by the many international guests and I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Request a room on a lower floor so that you can take the stairs. The wait for an elevator was sometimes very long.
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1  Thank Movinup
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

Have been recommending this hotel to friends and family who are thinking of a visit NYC. Views are fantastic if you request a room at the back of the hotel. The location is perfect for Broadway shops and the subway on 72nd St. The Beacon is Just two blocks from Central Park or two blocks the other way to the Hudson river walk. All amenities available, having the kitchenette is a bonus and the beds are large and comfortable. The room was kept very clean with coffee and tea supplies replenished every day. Would love to return to NYC destination The Beacon Hotel. Enjoy !

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank strawblyn
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