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The Blakely New York
Ranked #136 of 468 Hotels in New York City
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Newbury Park, California
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“Our Stay at The Blakely”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

My wife and I stayed 3 nights at the Hotel. The location is excellent. The suite, consisting of a good size bedroom and a smaller "living room", were adequate although the "living room", which like the bedroom had a flat screen TV ,had a couch that was a pull out bed and not the most comfortable to sit on while watching TV. I found the living room dark since it had no outside window situate between the bedroom and the bathroom. The bathroom was neither large nor small but adequate and more than acceptable. If you are looking for "bling" this Hotel is not for you. . The lobby is very small and like the room it's decor is best described as traditional. The continental breakfast is nothing special consisting of juice, coffee, cereal, small muffins, bagels etc though you can order from a menu. Overall and given the prices of hotels in the city it's a good value.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights mid-April, my first time in New York, my husband's umpteenth. It is certainly well-located for most tourists' needs, whether they be sighseeing, shopping, theatre/shows, dinner, opera.... We walked as far as downtown Greenwich, Soho and Chelsea, as well as the more attainable midtown locations of 5th Avenue, Times Square, Broadway, Central Park, the Met, Frick and the Lincoln Centre. Bike hire and subway connections a stone's throw from the hotel too if your feet aren't up to it! I found the lobby and common areas to be a little cramped and the decor was a touch too masculine, even dated for my taste, but it is very clean and the reception/concierge staff are friendly and helpful. Room was comfortable and clean but not generously proportioned nor can you expect any good views; thankfully we were on the 8th floor so the traffic noise did not cause a problem. The rooms are not cheap but I imagine that the price is representative of similar hotels in such a location. Breakfast was fine, with a selection of fresh juices, yohurt, cereals, muffins, bagels and fresh fruit but anything beyond this is chargeable. I would happily recommend this, particularly for its location, but will personally try for something with more character next time!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

This was our second stay at the Blakely and we were not disapointed. We had a two bed suite which turns out to be a great deal, large bedroom with two large, very comfortable beds (they seemed like Queens, not doubles), reading chair and TV. The second room has a large day bed, two chairs, TV, closet and access to a large, clean bathroom. For the money and the location, I haven't found a situation like this in New York (and we come twice a year and have tried many places). We usually do not use the breakfast as we have found, like other reviewers, the service is not friendly and we prefer to cross the street and have a quick bite there with great coffee and variety of food.
The subway stop is seconds away, times square is right around the corner, Rockerfeller Center is 10 minute walk. The only complaint we had was that only one (tiny) elevator was working while we were there, luckily we were on the 5th floor so could take the stairs. I'm assuming this isn't a regular occurance, best to ask as it would be an inconvenience to anyone with mobility issues. We were not on the street side so didn't have a view but it was very quiet for NYC (except we could hear the girls screaming for One Direction at The Today Show one morning!!)
We have recommended to many friends, it is great for a family or group of friends.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

Such a shame.. we have stayed twice in this small hotel with its perfect midtown location and friendly and helpful concierge. The rooms are large and comfortable and this hotel includes breakfast which is rare for New York hotels... Here lies the problem, and the only reason I am giving this place a poor review: Every morning at breakfast a miserable woman walks round with a pot of coffee. She hands you a slip of paper with your room number on it and tells you that you should sign the slip when you have finished breakfast and leave it on the table. On this bit of paper is a box where you may fill in a gratuity.. I chose not to as I prefer to give cash rather than charge tips to my room. When we went to check out we realised that they had fraudulently added a tip to that slip of paper each morning. The front desk wouldnt do anything about it as they said that we had signed the slip of paper and couldnt prove that the gratuity had been added afterwards. We were disgusted and would not stay there any more. Sad as we had recommended this hotel to many friends... Now I would advise people to stay away based on the dishonesty we experienced.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

My wife and I just stayed at The Blakeley on 55th street on Easter weekend. Its really a great little place. Friendly well trained staff. Clean rooms. Nice ammentities and a great location. Really couldnt ask for more.

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Additional Information about The Blakely New York

Property: The Blakely New York
Address: 136 W 55th St, Bet. 6th & 7th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019-5305
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#80 Family Hotel in New York City
#108 Business Hotel in New York City
#110 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#111 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price range (per night): ₹ 14,793 - ₹ 32,946
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Blakely New York 4.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Midtown Manhattan Central Park West, steps way from Times Square and 5th Avenue Shops. A 4-Diamond Property, continuously voted as one of the top independent hotels by US News & World Report - 2014 - 2016. ... more   less 
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