Broadway Plaza Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBroadway Plaza Hotel New York City
Nice and clean !
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Historical Traveler Reviews Broadway Plaza Hotel New York City
Area is not desirable
We stayed at this hotel in November of 2003 for 2 nights. The Parking a bit of a walk 2 blocks + away and many one ways so it is easy to miss and get stuck in traffic. Check in was easy. No lobby to speak of and entrance is just a small door way behind many street vendors hocking their wears. The room was clean and large moderately decorated - decent. Large bathroom. Small window with view of ally (not sure where you see the empire state building - top floors on only one side I guess)Breakfast was cramped with bagels and breads along with juice and coffee for offerings. The most distracting part of the stay was coming home to the hotel at night and see all the trash on Broadway street from all the street vendors vacating the area and leaving plenty of trash behind. Did not feel very comfortable walking in the area at night - definelty would do it with out my husband by my side. This is not the area to stay for the price.
Just spent 5 wonderful days in New York. Never having been to the USA before I was a little anxious about the standards of accomodation. We were originally booked into the Hotel Pennsylvania, but after reading the reviews about that hotel on TripAdvisor, we changed the booking to the Broadway Plaza Hotel. This hotel was great. Friendly staff; clean, bright, airy, good-sized room; good bathroom; and amazing views of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building from the windows.The surrounding district was full of cheap perfume shops with lots of graffitti and bags of rubbish put out for collection each evening. This did not detract from the hotel / location at all. The location was good - on Broadway and 27th St. just a few blocks from the Empire State Building and Macy's, a few blocks more to Times Square - all within walking distance. A cab from the hotel to Times Square was about $4; metro station on the next block, and bus stops metres from the hotel. Small breakfast bar with limitless tea / coffee and lovely bagels, cream cheese and Danish pastries for breakfast. I thoroughly recommend the Broadway Plaza.
Stay somewhere else
let me start off by saying i go to NYC at least 2 or 3 times every year,and have stayed at most of the various hotels you see on expedia in the $100 to $150 range and have had lots of good hotel experiences..this however was not one of them..the location is terrible..in the middle of the close out clothing "store" area..you WILL be hassled and have people trying to get you to buy things from them every time you go in and out of this hotel..theres no lobby..just a little hallway with a tiny counter and a bench...also theres NOTHING to eat nearby at night..very,very bad location...so,on to the room..i'll try to be fair..it WAS a big room by NYC standards..had a little couch and all...there was NO view..just a tiny little dirty window with a wall in front of it..but theres a a/c unit in it anyway..so you couldn't even see the wall if you wanted too...because of that there was no natural light in the room.just the horrable florescent lights that made the place feel like a office or school...the sheets on the bed were very thin..almost transparent..and lastly the shower head dripped the whole time we were there..thankfully only 3 nights...it WAS basically clean though.i HAVE stayed in worse and the staff were nice..so i guess its ok as a last resort,but avoid it if you can find anywhere else.i know i won't stay there again if at all possible.hope this helped.
A great new york experience
Staying at this hotel is more of a true new york experience. Not many tourists venture to this neighborhood, and they have no reason to. So you have to get some city smarts and at least look like you know where your going and what your doing. Learn how to use the subway and hail a cab yourself. It's not hard. This way the street venders will be more likely to leave you alone or at least be less pushy. By new york standards the hotel staff is actually courteous. They are not pretentious at all, but they are not going to give big cheesy smiles when you walk in either. Maybe a head nod. The junior suite was unbelievably huge and inexpensive by NY standards. I have stayed at upscale places (i.e. Le Parker Meridian) and the room was tiny and expensive, and the staff were the same as Broadway Plaza. We'd stay there again.
Don't believe the hype!
Try the Park Central (7th & 55th) or the Roosevelt (45th & Mad)as these are so much nicer and comparably priced. I wanted to stay a little closer the tradeshows I was attending, but it was not the best experience. The entry is a single door in a crowded bootlegger area.
The people selling things are in your face while you're trying to walk down the street. By 6 or 7 the shops are ALL closed down with metal roll down gates in front of them and the neighborhood looks dark and sketchy. You have to go up to 34th street down to 23rd to see an open restaurant, bar or shop. You will be safe at night if you are dropped off and picked up at the door. Or if you catch a cab at the door. There is often no doorman at the door and he doubles as the concierge and sits at a little podium in the doorway.
Also, my plane was delayed and the entire flight took more than twelve hours. I was supposed to be in the city by 5 but didn't arrive until after 12am. when I did arrive I realized that the super shuttle guy gave me someone elses bags so I had to have the driver come back and drive me to his other drop offs to find my bag.
None of this is the hotels fault, but they weren't helpful when I did get there with my luggage to check in. It's after 1am now, and there is no one at the counter or anywhere in the "lobby" (which is a bench in the small room where the desk is.) I waited for someone to come for a half an hour. Then, they gave me a hastle about not having the credit card that the room was reserved with. As my company was paying for the room I didn't have the card with me and offered to have them use my card to have on file, but charge the other card. They refused and basically were going to put me, a young single woman, out on the street after 1am with my bags. I refused to leave until they gave me a room for the night and I had to promise that I would have my company contact them in the morning.
When I finally got to the room it was shabby looking, exept for the bathroom, which was decent. There was no closet, just a cubby type area with a rack. I woke up the next morning with swollen bug bites all over my legs and arms. The window wasn't even open, because the windows don't stay open (they are very heavy and only stay up when you hold it). The Hotel didn't seem to care and only switched my room after I came to the desk and showed them my golf ball sized bites.
There is nothing exceptional about this hotel and I only would recommend it if you can't afford anything else. However, I found that their prices were pretty close to hotels that were a lot nicer and more safe. Good Luck!
Top marks to the Broadway Plaza!
Having twice been to New York and loved the place, staying first in W57th St and then in Lexington Avenue at more expensive hotels, I cannot fault this hotel in any way. We booked through Expedia 4 nights from November 5th 2003 at £105 per room per night including continental breakfast of delicious bagels you coud toast for yourself and have with cream cheese or jam..or pastries or sometimes muffins, with unlimited 24hr tea and coffee in the 4th floor breakfast room, plus a vending machine on 7th floor with sodas, snacks and even headache pills! We would take the tray from our room and load up for breakfast in our lovely bright and spacious room every morning, altho the breakfast room gets busy from 8am, we were told..we were there at 7am and it was a haven of peace.. It's spotless, spacious, friendly, efficient, and as a previous reviewer mentioned, our room on the 10th floor had two windows facing the Empire State building.What a view! Yes, the surrounding area of quite shabby fronted shops selling perfume and low price clothing is a bit overwhelming at times when the street is crowded with colourful locals shopping for bargains and selling fake designer bags, but never hassling you. they ask once and take no as your answer. We were three Scots women in our 50's and we felt completely safe and at home here.
True, you get a fab atmosphere uptown, but from here you can easily walk up to Times Square or hop on 28th St subway right at the corners of the street beside the hotel and go anywhere, using the subway map to navigate, which we got the hang of easily. We asked directions a few times and everyone was so friendly! Also you can walk downtown too, right into Greenwich village and onwards down to Battery Park ..soaking up the sights and sounds. We found this location much better than we'd expected to. I'd go back to Broadway Plaza in a minute. The staff arranged our car back to the airport and their chosen company was first rate at $45, much the same price as our yellow cab, which was $43+$8 tolls and tip.. from Newark Airport. JFK is much the same.We met lots of fellow Brits who also love this place. One American chap was complaining that the 2 lifts ( only one going beyond 7th floor to 12th at top) weren't adequate, but to be fair, we never waited very long at all, and have waited far longer at priceier places.Go there. It's fab.
Hope you have a fantastic trip, as we did!
I have stayed at the Broadway Plaza many many times and I love it. It is in the heart of the Perfume District.....some good bargains there.
The rooms are really good. Do not be swayed by its surrounding areas..this is a great place to stay.
We Love NYC !
My husband and I stayed at the Broadway Plaza hotel for 2 nights from Sept. 6 - 8 for our Anniversary. We had a fab room (that was very spacious and clean) on the 12th floor with a great view of the Empire States Building. The hotel staff was amazing, they totally 'bent over backwards' for us. I highly recommend staying here....and the rates are very good too! The surrounding neighbourhood was a little overwhelming at first, but we got used to it very quickly. The shopping was wonderful, great deals in that particular area. This was the ultimate experience for us. Another thing I can recommend, is buying an 'All route' pass on the double decker bus, just outside the Empire States Building for $50. It's good for 2 days and you can hop on and off wherever you like, with a new bus coming to pick you up every 10 minutes!
Trust me! Broadway Plaza Hotel is worth it!!
From Kila: Broadway Plaza Hotel was a wonderful surpise to first come New York City vistors like my husband and me. We booked it online and got a great rate! I do not know how the other type of rooms are but we stayed in the Junior Suite and we just delighted! It was huge with sitting room and also eating section and mini bar & mini fridge. We live in florida & we never had a huge suite and great rate like this before! Bathroom was spacious too. The hotel is modernly renovated and they take great pride in providing excellent maid service. After a day sightseeing, it is such a relief to come back to the hotel and see made up beds & always plenty of clean towels & even their bed blankets are soft and fuzzy feeling! With the fantastic rate we got, and in a place like NYC, I never expected too much. But Broadway Plaza Hotel has exceeded our expectations and gave us peace of mind to have a clean, safe hotel and friendly staff. We took advantage of their continental breakfast and content with their location. You will experience New York City life here with the working people at Mid-downtown Manhatten. From the outside, the hotel looks like a hole in the wall..but inside you will always see a doorman there. Such helpful friendly people. So ask for the Junior Suite at Broadway Plaza Hotel and take it from me, a typical working class person, who can't afford outrageous prices at those ritzy NYC hotels, that I got an excellent deal booking online and stayed at a not too ritzy but clean, safe, immaculate and big Junior Suite at the Broadway Plaza Hotel. p.s. Don't expect Times Square atmosphere, the mom & pop shops by this hotel close down at 7:00 pm each night, trash is piled high on the streets and expect a street cleaner truck around 11:00pm...but like I said, its great to experience the Real NYC.
A Wonderful Suprise
My wife and I recently stayed at Broadway Plaza for our anniversary weekend. We made the plans last minute and we were pleasently suprised. The room was an odd shape but was very big and had a king size bed, a small fridge, and a couch. The only problem we had is that the shower was dark because of the placement of the lights in the bathroom. The staff was courteous and the location was convient for sight seeing. I highly recommend staying there.
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... just starting to close up for the night. Oh, we also got to meet an absolutely adorable golden retriever pup...who seemed very tired and didn't want to move once he stopped so we could pet him...soooo adorable. We got back to the room a little before 10pm and decided to just get an early night. This may have been the night where at 2am, the smoke detector decided the battery was dying...so it started beeping...and beeping...OMG. But our ...
... find the line for the boat. It didn't take us long to find it, but it did take us long to get to the back of it. The line just went on and on, I've never seen such a longer queue. We couldn't believe it, we noticed that the tickets were for three days use. After a brief discussion, we decided we would come back the next day. We just had to wake up early and made sure we were all organised for the evening flight. There was no point spending most of the day in a queue so ...
... was the subway, which was right on the corner just up from the hotel and easy to get to. As we decended down the steps you notice it is not quite as bright and friendly as the London tube more like going down into an old Victorian public toilet, however down at the bottom saw the ticket sales man in his booth and asked for three 7 day metro cards which he then suggested that we only want one as while Freya was over height for a junior everyone else would shuffle a kid that size ...
... and we saw lots of wildlife including a woodpecker.
Later on in the evening we headed down to Madison Square Garden to watch the Knicks take on the Toronto Raptors. Not only was the in-match entertainment amazing as usual but the match itself was incredibly close and captivating. It ended up going in to over time, having finished 86 all after normal time. Unfortunately the Raptors won 95-90 after the additional ...
... singers, crazy-massive bubble maker guy), and the Bow Bridge (just very pretty, over a pond you can row on and which used to freeze over enough to skate on). He also took us to Strawberry Fields - John Lennon's memorial (was flipping hard to get a pic of this as people are constantly standing on it), and to see where he lived (and where Yoko Ono still lives). 5th Avenue - yeahhhhh, the only shops I let myself go into down here ...