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... Secret again. On the way back to Time Square, Meg got another banana and white chocolate ice cream. We headed to the Rockefeller Centre where we had planned to go up to see the city at night but they had sold out of tickets :-( I was really disappointed as that was one of the things I really wanted to do. We got tickets for the next morning instead. We made our way back to the hotel and packed our bags, ready for check out in the ...
Checked out and the girls decided to do some ICONIC shopping. Didn't really like the sound of that.
First on the subway to Bloomingdales. 8 floors of stuff. I went straight to the cafe for a coffee and wait. They came back with some shoes for Jenny.
Then to the Plaza Hotel Foodhall. Its the most expensive hotel in NYC but the food hall was actually not bad value. Very ...
... I have that under control now!
I then took a stroll through Wall Street and imagined all the money that must be flowing through that one little area.
I then walked to the 9-11 Memorial. Wow! Took my breath away. It was kind of loud, which was disturbing to me. I just came from the DC memorials and it was the expectation to be quiet and respectful. This ...
We went to the Top of the Rock and saw some more awe-inspiring views of the city. They weren’t as amazing as the views from the Empire State Building, but it was a bit quieter up there, and we had better views of Central Park, and the lake we visited yesterday (where Patrick Dempsey rowed Amy Adams in a boat during the “How Will You Know” song in Enchanted, near the fountain they all danced around!).
We went back down and walked ...
... tasted; well at least since Deb's (Continental) mash we had as kids. With three exquisite savoury courses down it was time for dessert to be served. Unbeknownst to the wine connoisseurs around the room, the restaurant's Sommelier had plotted a huge surprise for his guests. As a thank you to Distinguished Vineyards patronage, a very rare and expensive port at $120 per 2 ounce serve was poured for each guest. There are only 3 bottles of this plonk left ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ivy Terrace New York City
Relaxed at Refreshed at Ivy Terrace
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.
The room is in the rear of the building, which we were happy about as it reduces street noise significantly. A number of the reviews mentioned noise from the restaurant below. I am officially the world's lightest sleeper and bring earplugs everywhere. You could hear the bass in the evening but when I put in ear plugs I couldn't hear a single thing. In fact sometimes I slept without earplugs. New York is not a quiet city but we slept well every night. Santino is actively monitoring the noise, but to be honest it didn't bother us at all. The bed is really comfortable and we looked forward to climbing in to it every night after our days trekking around the city!
Its in a great location, we actually went to the restaurant below the room (Yuva) and it is very tasty- highly recommended! If you are into standard issue hotel rooms then this mightn't be the one for you but we found the cosy decor and the fact that we had our own key and effectively "lived" in New York City for a week extremely good and comfortable. We would definitely stay there again.
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!
Nice stay in the Ivy Suite
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.
Lovely stay at the Ivy Suite
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.
Comfy Bed in the Rose Room
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.
The city seemed to be at some peace on the fifth anniv of 9/11. Walking around and the streets blocked off for President Bush the flags at half staff and Marines playing music in the street. It was a humbling experience to go to ground zero also.
What a GREAT experience !
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.
The Ivy Suite was such a pleasant and refreshing change from a stale hotel room and infinitely more romantic. We were greeted by Santino, who made us feel right at home. The room was very comfortable and immaculate and Santino assured us that if we needed anything that he was just a phone call away. Needless to say, we never needed to call for anything for the entire length of our stay. Everything was perfect.
Our own private terrace overlooking 58th Street was a huge plus. It was great to enjoy drinks outside late at night and to watch the New York bustle from our private nest. You'd think that the outside "noise" would have followed us into the room once we went inside, but surprisingly we hardly heard anything after we closed the door behind us (not that we would have minded a little "New York atmosphere" in the background, but still, a nice surprise).
We also liked the non-traditional B&B breakfast. Our private kitchen was stocked with breakfast items (eggs, bagels, fruit, jams, cereal, bacon, etc) and we were left to our own devices in the morning. We didn't have to worry about getting up in time for breakfast or adhering to anyone's preset schedule. We were able to lounge in bed as long as we wanted to and then just get up and prepare our own great breakfast at our leisure. What made it even more fun was that we could eat our nice breakfast outside on our terrace!
I knew that I had made the right choice with Ivy Terrace when my wife told me toward the end of our stay that her surprise was "perfect". What a lucky find we had with Ivy Terrace. We'll never stay in a New York hotel again... Ivy Terrace is the only way to go for us!
R from NJ
No sleep at the Ivy Terrace
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.
The old door did stick a bit, but it did close and lock. Also, it always fully opened to allow access to the terrace.
Unfortunately, this guest had not made us aware of his discomfort at all during his stay, although my manager had seen him several times and asked how everything was. We did have another suite open ( an upgrade) that we would have been glad to offer him, but we were unaware of his problem. We were not given the opportunity to appease him until after he left and demanded a refund. FYI Ivy Suite is our second LEAST expensive suite!
Folks, you should only know what I went through to get that door replaced! I'll be happy to tell the story to anyone who asks!!
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.
The bathroom comes complete with fluffy towels and toiletries such as bath salts body/hair wash and several bars of soap. There is a hairdryer, iron and ironing board. There is also the essential in-room safe the kind that you choose the 4-digit code. There is a coffee maker and toaster available. the ceilings are high and the decoration pastoral turn of the century (20th rather than 21st).
The balcony is larger than some New York hotel rooms, with iron table & chairs there are also plant pots ready to burst into a riot of colour. If we had no evening appointments, we would sit and watch the world and his wife go by either window shopping some of the beautiful shops in the area or driving to the Queensborough Bridge. Our weather was fantastic most of the time and the balcony was a prefect haven to rest our weary feet.
The noise of the city only added to our enjoyment of the location. The only downside was that the balcony door would not close properly so there was about an inch of a gap at the bottom with no hope of the door locking. We were told that a man was due to come out to fix it but upon reading the Guest Book the faulty door was mentioned quite some time before our visit. There may be a problem with insurance claims if this door is not secure but Santino assured us it presented no problem as it is a good area. The large fridge is part of the Kitchen along one side of the bedroom, it sounds as if there is a 747 taking off as times, while I appreciate the motor has to work hard in warmer weather this was only about 65o so should not have been a problem.
The check-out time is 11am unless prior arrangement is made, and not 12 noon as per the notice on the wall.
Central for subways, buses, Bloomingdales, Central Park, Serendipity3 is only a street away with the most delicious food ever.
Great accomodation if you are looking for a fully independant holiday.