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Long Beach, California
June 25, 2002
From journal Manhattan, West and East Sides
by Mary Louisa
July 3, 2002
Location? Excellent for those who want to focus on mid-town Manhattan. The Belvedere is on W. 48th St. between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, thus extremely close to Times Square and the majority of the Broadway Theatres. Fortunately, the block on which the hotel is situated houses residential buildings and a number of restaurants such as Mont Blanc, Luxia, and Brasil Grille, and so doesn't attract the throngs of tourists usually strolling the Broadway area. There are three subway line stops within two blocks of the hotel, and several coffeeshops nearby (including Starbucks) for a quick breakfast.
Value for the money? Excellent. We stayed on a Sunday and a Monday and paid a different rate each night. The average was $150 per night including tax, but not including breakfast. This may seem pricey, but we received a beautiful room (#1023) with a suprisingly nice view. We each had a bed, and the room featured a large closet, a kitchenette with micro, coffemaker, and fridge, and a large bathroom (with minimal counter space--my only complaint). The weather was ungodly hot (mid-nineties), but the window unit kept us cool and de-humidified. It was a very clean room with little visible wear on the furniture and upholstery. We heard no loud noises within the hotel, no street noise, and had no unpleasant experiences there. For New York City, this hotel seems like a bargain to me!
The Belvedere Cafe served a continental breakfast buffet for $9.99 and a larger breakfast buffet Wednesday through Sunday for $14.99. Although we never ate there, we peeked into the Cafe and found it tastefully decorated, with a friendly host and plenty of room for diners.
The Belvedere is part of the Empire Hotel Group (go to http://www.newyorkhotel.com/flashmain.htm and select the Belvedere). It appears that the hotel runs occasional Internet booking deals, so read all the "specials" sections on the site to find the codes you need to plug in when your reserve.
From journal New York for Beginners
, New Jersey
July 25, 2002
Going to the theater? Then the Belvedere offers a great location for strolling to a show.
Besides location, location, location, the hotel also offers a warm, welcoming decor. Our room, located on the 16th floor, had an Italian theme not unlike The Donatello in San Francisco. The color scheme included pinks, creams, and reds. Amenities included a large desk, entertainment center, dresser, extra bedding and iron in the closet, and a beautiful marble bathroom with tub/shower.
The room, situated on a corner, had windows on two walls. One overlooked the city, and the other had a river view. The views were not what could be called spectacular, but they were interesting enough, and the light from the windows provided an extra touch of brightness and warmth.
The size of the room was a bit of a shocker. One-bedroom hotel rooms in New York City are usually quite small, but this one had a hefty dose of walking room and its own kitchenette.
The mini-kitchen, off to the side as you enter the room, reminded me again of The Donatello's timeshare studio. There was a microwave, larger-than-dorm-style fridge, plenty of cabinet space, and a coffee machine. We didn't use the kitchen, but I don't believe there were any utensils.
Interaction with the staff was limited to check-in, but we received very pleasant service. Upon our departure, we used the express check-out, which also went smoothly.
A block away, the hustle and bustle of the theater district gives way to the more serene surroundings of the Belvedere. All in all, it was a wonderful stay.
This was our second time visiting a Travel-On-Us hotel. I am still amazed that we could spend the night in such a lovely room and lovely hotel for such a lovely price.
The Belvedere is one of seven hotels owned by the Empire Group. For more details, please click here.
From journal New York City Jaunts
December 12, 2007
From journal New York
June 5, 2006
The rooms were clean and a reasonable size. The only difficulties we found were that the elevator was slow and that the electrical system couldn't sustain more than one blow dryer and the air-conditioner at the same time. We tended to blow fuses when we were getting ready for dinner or going to the theater.
Overall, we found the hotel to be convenient and the staff was more than polite. They were willing to help us with all our needs. If I was going back to New York, I would happily stay here again.
From journal New York, New York
Mansfield, United Kingdom
December 9, 2002
Nearby are endless restaurants and the Olympic diner (just round the corner), which does great breakfasts. I also recommend the Brazil grill just over the road for great steaks.
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