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September 15, 2003
The main attraction for this boutique property is its location: directly next to the Nederlander Theater (where Rent is currently playing) and a few blocks from the heart of Times Square. You are also just a block away from the Port Authority and its connections throughout the tri-state area. Where once this was a very questionable neighborhood, it is now home to many restaurants (Applebees, Chevy's Red Lobster), theaters, and shopping. It really is in a great location.
Hotel 41 is a 'boutique' hotel, which is supposed to mean a more modern style and lots of little amenities. I will say the lobby and entrance were very smartly decorated and the modern rock music filtering out from the bar was a nice touch. The upscale amenities in our room were limited to the Aveda toiletries. The free bottle of mineral water and plush bathrobes never materialized. I can't say for sure whether the bed linens were linen as stated, but I know we had to track down a cable to use the free internet.
There was a free DVD/CD player (the hotel has a lending library) with the TV. Both were in the closet, which was the only place they could be held.
Given my experience here, I cannot recommend it to other travelers unless you are willing to upgrade to larger rooms. I will say that the staff was quite friendly and helpful. The problem here is not one of service or style; I simply feel that it is inappropriate to put people in rooms of such a size. For the same price ($150) that they are selling these rooms, you can look for much better bargains in the city. I got this room via Priceline. Be aware that if you bid a 2.5 room in Midtown South, you may end up in the same place.
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