The Carlton Arms is fun. It is a fully functional hotel on 25th street that has rooms with a shared or private bath. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean. However, true to the New York experience, the hotel is eclectic, drenched in creativity, and full of interesting people.
Most rooms are without air-conditioning, so in the stifling months of June and August, the Carlton Arms should not be your first choice. That being said, the hotel will transport you. In one room red walls feature lines from poetry. In another room, a masked man (a Venetian?) is depicted majestically on the wall and the closet door features a theater curtain.
The location is ideal: nestled between Midtown and the Village, many of the major tourists sites and great neighborhoods can be reached on foot. The 6 subway line is a block away and there are many great restaurants right outside the front door.
New York, New York
June 11, 2003
From journal Day and Night: New York