Hotel Pennsylvania

My thoughts on this conveniently located hotel.

Hotel Pennsylvania

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by RBT331 on October 23, 2006

I stayed here during a college radio conference in March 2003. I thankfully did not have to pay for the room, due to my station paying for it. Even it hadn't, I wish I wouldn't have to pay for the room anyway.

Its location is extraordinarily convenient, being directly across the street from Penn Station/Madison Square Garden. From the outside, it looks like a nice hotel. The lobby...same impression. Get onto the elevator...still good thoughts. The hallway on the floor we stayed...okay, still positive. That is where my positive thoughts end, as soon as I opened the door to my room.

I entered the room and found that you certainly can't judge the book by its cover. This book had a great cover, but was horrid inside.

The wallpaper was peeling off of the walls. There was no shade/blinds on one of the windows. The radiator rattled unless you stepped one little sweet spot on the floor. The view left much to be desired. The one without the shade looked out onto a brick building that was about 2 feet away from our hotel. The other had a slightly better view. At just the right angle, you could see the top of the New York Life Insurance building.

The window with no shade was also open upon my arrival, and I could not for the life of me get it closed. I called the front desk, which sent someone up to close it, but still no shade. Likewise, we told them about the radiator, and nothing was accomplished.

But wait...there's more. There was a window IN THE SHOWER! The trash barrels were from TWO DIFFERENT PLACES. One actually had the logo of "Best Western" on it. The bathroom overall was relatively clean, albeit a bit small. The bed was just average. I didn't lose any sleep, nor was it the best slumber I ever had. The hotel does NOT provide a continental breakfast, but do have a couple little eateries right off the lobby.

One plus to the hotel was that they provided a luggage check. If you were checking out, but still wanted to sightsee, you could check your backs for a nominal fee, and pick them up later, so that you don't have to drag them around the city. Overall, the price was decent for Manhattan hotels, and the location is great. However, the amenities DEFINITELY need some work. I would not likely stay there again.
Hotel Pennsylvania
401 7th Avenue
New York, New York, 10001

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