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Cheap, clean, great location
I choose the Arlington solely from the reviews on this site on my first trip ever to the US. I have gathered from other reviews that not every hotel in NY is clean and cheap, which was something I wanted very much.
And it was! The room was nothing to write home about but it was clean and it must have been the quietest room in New York. It was facing the back, a very small backyard - almost like a shaft, and you could barely make out what the weather was like as the shaft was that narrow and we stayed on the fourth floor. But we slept like babies, even though the pillows were like concrete.
But since it was quiet, clean and with a great location (just steps away from Broadway and Fifth Avenue) and for that price (we paid $90 for a double) - I would definitely recommend the Arlington.
Clean, Comfy and Central
We went to the Arlington Hotel in December 2003 before Xmas. We bokoed it a week before our arrival and communication via telephone and fax was very clear. The street its on was a bit grotty but it was so central and easy to find.We had a family room as they had no double rooms, and we got a lot for our money for 5 nights! The room was spotless. Beds clean, bathroom clean etc. We took our own towels, as we took advise from another post here, but it was not that necessary, they were fine. I had heard alot about bed bugs and cockroaches but none of this here. I was very happy.
My only gripe is, next time I will ask to be at the back of the hotel. We were at the front. NYC is 24 hrs so the clubbers and the dustbin men would wake us up. However saying that some nights we rolled in in the early hours and other nights we slept like babies as all that walking tires you! Plus we had the view of the Empire State building!
Overall I would stay there again.
Just got back from the Big Apple and stayed at the Arlington and it is a superb budget hotel. Spacious room with a double bed and TV. Clean sheets and bath towels changed daily. The location is ideal, a 5 minute walk to the empire state building and one block from the subway. Within a stones throw from the magnificent flat iron building, and the Met Life Building is across the road too. Good value and location for money.
Great Value for money
Stayed at the Arlington from Feb. 7-9, 2004.
Start with a caveat. If you want an awesome hotel, with a spa and a doorman and that looks after your every whim. Look elsewhere. The Arlington is for the person on a budget that wants good value for money.
My two nights at the Arlington cost $85 each, which is a great price for a double bed and a private bathroom and really great maid service in mid-town Manhattan. No complaints about the bed - it was nice and firm. No complaints about smells, bugs, or poor furniture. The place was nice and clean and smelled fresh.
The location is almost perfect. Within a longish walk to central park and a longish walk to the tip of Manhattan. If you're in good shape, you can walk to almost all of the major sites in New York without ever taking a taxi or a subway. The neighbourhood that the hotel is in itself is nothing to write home about, but it's a five minute subway ride to the Village, Soho, Chinatown... well, basically every cool neighbourhood in town.
The place isn't perfect - no onsite parking, no tub, slightly worn look to the walls and carpets, ever so slightly dodgy street (nothing I'd worry about, though), slight wait for hot water, and thin walls. These deficiencies are more than made up for with the price, solid value, and fabulous location.
Great hotel on a budget
We stayed at the Arlington Hotel, 21st Nov - 26th Nov 2003. We had read the reviews previously and booked the hotel on the basis that the rooms were clean. We were not disappointed as the room was vey clean including the bathroom which had a very nice power shower in it. Our room was in the back of the hotel so we had no view whatsoever but as the 40/40 nightclub is only a couple of doors away we didn't get the noise from that filtering through. One great item we were impressed with was the FREE OF CHARGE safety deposit box in the room, which gave us piece of mind to leave our passports and valuables in while we explored the great city. That is what we came to NY for, to explore, so we only used the room for sleeping, washing and a place to store our stuff. At £75 per night for the room (including taxes) it was money well spent and I shall seriously consider staying at this hotel again when I return to NY in the hopefully not too distant future. PS. I'd heard stories of cockroaches in New York, so I'm glad to report that not one was sighted here. PPS. The 'TEL' on the neon sign has been repaired while we were staying there so the sign does now read 'HOTEL' and not 'HO'.
You get what you pay for
At $120/night in mid November, this is no bargain. Sure the pictures look alright, but the room distantly resembles the picture. The street entrance is not very appealing, but the neighborhood itself isn't bad.
Though I could hear people yelling from next door's 40/40 night club in the early morning hours. The "HO" as both sides of the neon sign indicate, is located across the street from a church and about a half block from downtown and maybe 2 blocks from the nearest subway entrance. It's a good location, walking distance to everything a traveler could use (CVS Pharmacy is about 1/4 block away and Starbucks is right around the corner).
One of the first things I noticed when I got into the room was that not as big as the picture presents it to be. The bed is about 2 feet away from the desk and minifridge and close to the walls on the other sides.
The beds are firm and bouncy, the pillows like slivers of padding, though one of the pillows was fluffier than the other. The blankets are terrible, like a cheap polyester blanket that has barely survived hundreds of washes in the laundry machine. Otherwise the room appears to have a pretty recent coat of orangish textured paint, but is well lit despite the reflected light from the walls.
Lets move onto the bathroom. First thing you'll notice when you walk in is that it's hot as an inside of a black car basting under the hot sun.
Opening the small 1'x 2.5' window helps a little, but because of the 3" diameter hot water pipe that runs veritcally from floor through to the ceiling along one wall, you can never really cool the room. But maybe because of that pipe, the shower was hot most of the time and water pressure was good in our room. The tub/shower is like a mushroom farm with the curtain closed. The curtain is a heavy baby blue plastic that blocks out all light, while you can leave one end of the shower curtain open, it tends to splash water about. One last thing, I'd suggest bringing your own towels because the one's they provide are thinner than the rags I use to dry parts of my car. They also don't provide hand or face towels, just bath towels sized for a 4 foot tall child.
The towels are clean though.
Positives: - Friendly and helpful staff - someone always at front desk 24 hours a day, maid does a very good job organizing room and bathroom - restocked every morning with new bars of soap and mouthwash - free minifridge and safe (together about the size of a nightstand) - clean sheets (I didn't have a blacklight on hand to really check) - great location - free HBO - no visible cockroaches or rodents - chinese restaurant, atm, internet access in lobby - internet access available in rooms for $0.50/min
Negatives: - no face or hand towels, bath towels very thin and not very absorbent - bathroom is hot, kids could get burned on the pipe - expensive for what we paid - rooms are cramped
You might get a better room rate by calling the hotel direct then going through one of the internet referral sites.
I can see the Empire State Building !!!!
A great hotel if you are in New York on a budget. I presume that anyone who is in New York is only sleeping in the hotel room if not what exactly are you doing. Ideal location ten minute walk from macys and fifteen minute walk from Times Square. Felt very safe walking to and from hotel. Staff very helpfull and airport transfer $45.00 in a limo.
you can also see the Empire State from the steps of the hotel and you are one block from the Flatiron building. Room cleaned daily, fridge, safe, TV and air con. Would use this hotel again.
Hey, at least you're not sharing a bathroom!
Nor are you sharing the apartment with any six-legged brown critters.
If you've never been to New York City, you have to understand that what you get here for $100/night is not necessarily the same as what you'd get in Hootersville. And it's not necessarily what you would get at another big city. "Budget" hotels in NYC can average around $150 a night, and you still might be sharing a bathroom with another guest.
Anything under $100 is probably a refurbished crack house.
The Arlington isn't posh by any standard, but you get a clean, roach-free room, a private bathroom, a safe, a small fridge, a TV, and A/C. You can also get Internet access for 25 cents a minute. The walls are a bit thin...this may be a problem if your neighbors are keeping odd hours (it was for us). Location was good...midtown Manhattan in the Antique District, walking distance from two subway lines. And you have a nice view of the top of the Empire state building at night.
All things considered, it was a relatively good bargain for us at about $125 a night.
Best on a budget
Rooms are spacious and clean. Subway-Stations are close. Its hard to beat the price of less than 100$ per night. If you travel on a budget the Arlington is a geat choice.
Great Travelers Hotel!
It is not The Mark, but it is a clean spacious room in the center of Manhattan. The staff is great and you get a clean room with a full bath for under $100. Not a single roach, that is nearly unheard of. It seems mostly European and Asian occupied, so it has a great international feel. Quiet and Central. Highly recommend for the budget traveler. My room with two beds, desk, cable TV, refrigerator and safe was $85 a night in March.
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