A July 2004 trip
to New York by Elginah
Quote: We arrived in New York on July 5th, 2004, for a 7-day stay in the heart of this pulsating city. And, like most New Yorkers and visitors alike, we didn't do it all!
Hotel | "Thirty Thirty Hotel"
We took the train from Newark Airport and managed to buy the wrong tickets. It seems there are 2 Penn Stations: New Jersey and New York! Our hotel was a 5 minute taxi drive from Penn Station, New York. The hotel is less than a 10 minute walk from the 28th Street subway station. There's at least four delis where one can have breakfast in a 1 block walking distance. We were also pleasantly surprised to find that the Empire State building was 15 minutes walking distance away.
The check-in process was short and they didn't keep our passports as European hotels usually do. Our room was on the 11th floor and with not much of a view. In fact, we had to keep the blinds closed to maintain a level of privacy from the office/apartment blocks.
The room was standard: shower, toilet, air conditioning, bed, in-room safe, TV (had to fiddle to unlock it). The only strange thing was that the sink was in the bedroom as opposed to in the bathroom. No mini-fridge, which was a shame in all that heat. Wardrobe space was minimal and there was hardly any space to lay our suitcases down, let alone leave them standing.
It seems the welcome teddy bear on the bed can also be purchased. And on 2 occasions we were given a complimentary newspaper.
Most of the staff were pretty young and maybe not entirely as professional as a hotel environment requires. But they were helpful when necessary. We managed to loan an iron and ironing board but the staff didn't seem keenon getting it back until check out day - impossible when we were already tripping over our suitcases.
The hotel also offers internet access at 2 PC's in the lobby which we didn't try out because there was a cafe across the road. It was a more cosy environment with a Cuban-American flare and huge paintings on sale.
The hotel actually has 2 entrances - one on 30th and one on 29th. The one on 29th closes at midnight. There are also free New York related brochures in the lobby. There's a guide book of sorts in the room too.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2004
30 East 30th Street
New York, New York 10016