February 2, 2004
There is a certain charm to this Beaux-Arts hotel. Narrow staircases connect the floors, and the exterior has some great stonework. The room interiors are nothing special, however. Standard floral-motif bedding and dark wood furniture decorate the small and serviceable rooms. They were clean, which was a blessing.
The heating/air-conditioning elements did not seem to be in the best working order. Some people might object to the loud roar emitted from the heater periodically. Also, the heat did not always seem sufficient -- I shivered through both of my nights here.
We did not have an opportunity to view the city from the penthouse lounge, as it was closed when we wished to see it. Our own seventh-floor view looked out onto a snowy roof deck and directly into the windows of the surrounding buildings. It felt like the prototypical NYC room!
I am not one to complain. For the price I paid, I was unhappy with the product I received. However, this hotel provided pleasant service, clean rooms, and a good location in New York. I would not recommend it to business travellers or romantic couples, but it might be good for young people looking for a relatively inexpensive place to stay.
From journal Weekends in NYC