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Der SWISS-Flug nach New York war sehr angenehm und wir fühlten uns rundum wohl.
... was obvious as we all tried to keep up as he crossed streets, in and out of doors, up stairs etc - about 40 in the group trying to get through New York pedestrians, but he made it all fun, should be on the stage and was absolutely passionate about the station and surrounds. This was an amazing feat ...
... for the upkeep of the park. Whatever revenue the new buildings make can clearly pay for that, as can all the memorabilia they are selling. And as if the US government would let them build something **** in case the visitors weren't willing to donate. I'd much rather put $10 to something more worthwile. That's if I had a spare $10 to throw around. I'm not tight and I'm certainly not against good causes, but proper charity always takes precidence. (In fact I don't do ...
After a three hour train ride from D.C, we arrived at the Big Apple. One of our most memorable moments was walking out of the subway station to a sea of yellow taxis....exactly as you see in the movies. We were lucky enough to spend our five days in New York staying with Alan and Nicole who have a gorgeous apartment in the middle of Manhattan with incredible views over the Hudson River (see photos). They kindly took us out to dinner ...
... fireworks in Auckland. After the 30 minute firework show, a slow walk up to Times Square to take some photos and to find me a NYPD officer to be my husband (think I actually might've found him, he doesn't know it though) and then back on the metro back home for some New York pizza, Doritos and a cold glass of coke! Yum.
Time for sleep. Tomorrow I'll be waking up in NYC. Nobody pinch ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ivy Terrace New York City
We stayed at Ivy Terace in NYC for a four day weekend. We enjoyed the City visit so much more than on previous visits as a result. Staying at Ivy Terrace gave us the reprieve we needed after all the excitement of NYC, shopping and seeing Broadway Shows, allowing us to feel relaxed and refreshed. We didn't need to experience the business of a hotel but felt quite at home and private in our suite at Ivy Terrace. The area was quiet and safe and we walked almost everywhere from there. The antique bed we slept in was cozy and comfortable, the atmosphere was elegant , and the caretaker was helpful and friendly. We ate at the restaurants very close by on the block and had wonderful meals. We cooked our breakfasts in the suite (the makings were provided with much care) and could have eaten all our meals in if desired. We will go there again and as often as our time and budget permits.
We stayed in the Rose Room. Santino, the manager, was very helpful to us and was always available (by phone) to answer any queries. The room is large (by New York standards) and has a useful little kitchen with everything you might need. The room even has a safe which is great.
Home-away-from-home in New York City
Everything was absolutely wonderful! The Ivy Terrace was an amazing getaway for us - it was close enough to all the sights and attractions in Manhattan, but secluded and private enough to feel like it was a home-away-from home in New York City.
I would recommend the Ivy Terrace to anyone looking for a comfortable, unique place to stay in a quaint neighborhood on the Upper East Side.
Many thanks to the staff for making our weekend an enjoyable one that won't ever be forgotten!
Stayed 4 nights in the Ivy Terrace B&B just after Thanksgiving. Pros: 1) Location (the best thing). The B&B is 2.5 blocks away from the NRW (yellow) and 456 (green) subway systems. Both of these lines will either take you to where to want to go, or get you to your transfer. NRW will take you straight to Times Square (NRW). It is one subway stop away from Grand Central (456) - I take the Express bus from Newark airport, which drops off/picks up near Grand Central on 41st, so having to lug luggage through the subway for such a short distance was great. I suppose I could have taken a taxi, and it should have been minimally priced due to the distance, if you go that route. Businesses near the B&B include an art-house movie theatre at the subway station entrance at 3rd Ave and 60th St, Bloomingdales (so, 2 blocks away), the only Hammacher Schlemmer store in the world 2 blocks in the other direction from the many subway entrances, and a Duane Reade (a pharmacy/store like Walgreens or CVS) on the corner of the B&B block (very useful if you want a treat or forgot your toothpaste). I walked about 15-20 min to Radio City Music Hall (to see the Christmas Spectacular), and walked back after the show. So, definitely within walking distance of Madison and Park Avenue shopping, or window shopping for most of us (I still enjoy it), and Rockefeller Center. I didn't go that way, but you would be in walking distance of the Central Park. 2) The proprietors, Vinessa and Santino. They are off-site, but will work with you as much as possible should you have to leave your luggage (e.g., you arrive early or won't leave until after check-in, both my situation). Leave some flexibility on your side, because they are off-site, and may not be able to accommodate any time you want. Do that about a week before you arrive, and confirm the plan for departure when you arrive and you should be ok. 3) The Ivy Suite balcony - it would actually get a bit warm in the room, and it was nice to open up the door to the city to let a breeze in, or go have a sit after a long day of sightseeing. 4) Having breakfast there for you. They stock with fruit, muffins, eggs, cereal, milk, oatmeal, tea, coffee... I did my own dishes. Be considerate for the next guy and make sure you wash dishes well. 5) Bed was firm (a bit firmer than I'm used to) but comfortable. Slept well. 6) The Ivy Suite (and the Rose Room) were the rooms up the first flight of stairs. Bonus when lugging luggage around. So happy I didn't have any more flights of stairs to go up (the agreement you sign with the inn states you are responsible for getting your own luggage up/down the stairs - although I don't think they'd stand idly by watching you struggle with anything if they are there. Vinessa helped with my suitcase down the stairs when I left). Cons: 1) Thumping bass from Yuva, the restaurant below. This almost isn't a con, but others have mentioned it, and it can be annoying. The plus for the Ivy Terrace suite is that it would be worse (I think) for Rose Room folks, as I noticed it more when I would go into the bathroom in the rear of the suite; in the Ivy Terrace, the room is far enough forward you hear it, but don't feel it. Another plus is that it usually doesn't go very late, although Saturday night it came up around 2:30am for a bit. That was annoying. Road noise can also be loud (esp. if you have the door/window open for a breeze). Honking horns and rumbling trucks (gargage pickup middle of the night). This all was actually minor for me - I always travel with earplugs, and used them the first night, but didn't the other 3 nights (I was so tired, didn't think I needed them), and this review and others should warn you plenty to think about this before booking. You shouldn't be surprised. Actually, the horns and rumbling trucks are just a part of NYC living. 2) Cleanliness. Again, this is actually not a major con, but I did notice some things that probably should be wiped more often than they apparently are, and overall, while the place is generally clean, it could be better. For example, the shelf in the bathroom, the mirror behind the door, the bathtub mildew (not major, but there) could be likely easily taken care of with a bit of bleach. The floor - it looks clean (it's definitely vacuumed/swept), but I spilled water and wiped it up with paper towels and the towels came up dirtier than I would have liked, although not grossly filthy. I wear flip-flops or "hotel socks" no matter what hotel I'm in anyway. A bit dusty in places. When I arrived, Santino was hard at work cleaning my room, so I saw all the implements and know they clean, but some of the little things that would put it over the top in the clean category don't seem to be happening - on a regular basis, anyway. So, even with these cons, would I stay here again? Yes. It's clean enough, I can deal with the noise, and the pros really make a difference.
My husband and I went to New York City for a quick 3 day getaway. We chose the Ivy Terrace and had a wonderful time. We stayed in the Ivy Suite which has a terrace overlooking 58th St. The host was hospitable and very accomodating (storing our luggage before and after check in/out times). The suite was so cozy and in excellent condition. Having a kitchen stocked with breakfast items was such a nice change to a hotel room. After long full days of sightseeing we looked forward to coming back to our own little apartment in the city. The location is perfect--within walking distance to many major sights and close to the subway for further sights. We did not find it to be any noisier than any other location in NYC ( no restaurant noise as mentioned earlier and the door was fixed). My husband and I would definitely recommend staying here.
We just got back from 4 nights at the Ivy Terrace. We stayed in the Rose Room which is the back room with the Terrace, not the one that fronts on 58th. Great places to eat near by, Moonstruck Cafe and Serendipity as always. We did lots of sites and walking, even caught a show for half price at TKTS on Broadway (across from beauty and beast theatre). So we were gone everyday all day. We were worn out at night and would look fwd to sleep. The bed was most comfortable and the bathroom and the kitchen were larger than any of our friends who actually live in NYC. Our friend slept on the futon and she said it was comfy also. We turned on the A/C at night to drown out city noises. But we never really heard any. It was the place downstairs, YUVA that turns on the sound system and it is hooked up underneath the room. So until about 2am or so every night we had to listen to "BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM." Several nights we just stayed up watching TV trying to drown out the noise. After reading the journal on the table it seems to have been a problem for others also. We told Santino about it. Also we kept the bathroom door shut b/c the faucet drips. Other than those two things it was great. It seems they are doing renovations and they have newer things in the room. We loved having coffee every morning and being able to sit on the terrace and reading. Great location for the subway, but we stopped using it b/c it was just as easy to walk to Times Square, Central Park, or the Rock.
I was looking for a nice surprise getaway for my wife and me and came upon Ivy Terrace's website. After speaking with Santino, their manager and host, I booked the Ivy Suite and surprised my wife with a trip to New York. I couldn't have done better.
We spent three nights at the Ivy Terrace in New York City (230 East 58th Street). We paid extra for the room with the terrace. Unforutunately, the door to the terrace was broken. Worse, because the door wouldn't close completely, there was no buffer to the noise on the street. We spent three near sleepless nights listening to the cabs honking outside our broken door. Management acknowledged to me they were aware of the problem but had been unable to fix it. When I suggested we receive some sort of refund for the failure to disclose the problem and for the noise and loss of use of the adevrtised terrace, I was told it was my problem. If you want to stay in a B&B in NYC, I suggest somewhere other than the Ivy No-Terrace.
We spent a week in the Ivy Suite as part of a two week holiday to New York and Chicago. After a problem with the flights from Scotland, so losing a day of our holiday, then being detained at Imigration for two hours, we were only too grateful to get to the Ivy Terrace. Our host, Santino, waited until after ten in the evening to show us around. The large fridge was stocked with eggs, english muffins, milk, orange juice, butter, filter coffee, marmalade etc. There were different types of cereal and the unusual addition of a decanter of what appeared to be either cherry liquer or ammaretto. I was unable to confirm this as the cork stuck in the bottle on my visit.