Astor on the Park
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAstor on the Park New York City
Clean, friendly, great price and even better ameneties! Consierge so helpful and a NY deli 2 doors down. Would reccomend highly.
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This hotel was clean and very reasonable price. It isn't fancy and the rooms aren't large, but it met my needs perfectly. The room I had was only really a bed and bathroom, but I barely spent any time there anyway. It would be nice if they had free WiFi. That would be my only issue. It was close to the subway and also had a few corner stores close by to get supplies. It is right across the street from Central Park so that was nice too. The staff were friendly and and helpful. The area was quiet and clean. I will stay here again for sure.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Astor on the Park New York City
It was more than adequate!
Astor on the Park, located on Central Park West, was a delightful boutique hotel located directly across the street from Central Park. My best friend and I spent four nights there enjoying the city. For the money - in New York City - it was more than adequate! It was clean and quaint. The rooms were small, but the bed was comfortable and clean. The bathroom was newly remodeled, the towels large and typical hotel toiletiers were provided (including a shower cap, which was nice). It's close to two subway stations, there's a great little grocery/deli down the street where we got 2 bagels and 2 cups of really good coffee for $4 - best deal in town. One night the elevator was broken, but they fixed it right away. We had read reviews of this hotel before we went that made us nervous, but it turned out great! It's not the Ritz, but you only sleep and shower in the room when you're in a city like NYC. I'd go back.
Small but clean
Just returned from a 4-night stay and had a pretty good experience. Our priority was cleanliness, and the Astor did well on this front -- the renovation seems mostly complete, and our room was newly painted, bath was very clean, nice towels, sheets, and comforter (however, the paint was of the didn't-bother-to-remove-the-light-switch-covers variety, so it lacks aesthetic appeal). The room was very, very small and did mean living out of suitcases on the floor (of which there was little). We mostly wanted a clean place to sleep while we explored the city, thus we were statisfied. (And, for what it's worth, we found the staff helpful, and friendly -- though we didn't have much need of them, so not many interactions to go on). They did get us a non-smoking room.
We found the room quiet and we liked the neighborhood. It is 3 small blocks from a subway stop (from which we found it easy to get all over town -- few transfers), and less than a block from a bus stop that runs directly downtown and at all hours (we only took cabs 2x and that was simply for speed -- could have taken the bus or subway). Being uptown was nice for us, as we liked being able to join the hustle & bustle of midtown and then retreating to a quieter part of town to sleep. Its also nice to be right across the street from Central Park and to have quick access to the Met, the Natural History Museum, the Frick and even the Cloisters.
Had I been there on business or wanted to spend more time in the hotel, I would have been less happy. There was no desk (or room for a desk). Indeed there was no room for a chair. We did have wireless internet, but no cable tv. I don't think they have a consierge service. No gym or anything like that.
We wanted safe, clean, and well-located and we were very happy on those fronts. Haven't been to NYC in a while, so can't compare room size to others in the city, but everyone says they are small all over. We got a non-smoking room, a queen sized bed, and nice area. We spent $275/night which is, of course, expensive, but can't comment on how it compares with other hotels of the same ilk -- from what we could tell, it seemed to us that it was on par.
Average for NYC at Lower Price
Considering that it's now almost impossible to book a decent NYC hotel room for less than $250 US per night, I jumped at the $184 rate at a last minute travel website for a weekend stay. And the hotel is exactly what I expected for that price.
It's small and, despite photos to the contrary, not very chic. But it was very clean and the "renovation" I'd read about was done on the 5th floor where my room was. Sure it's a tiny room, but all amenities worked; the bed had a fine mattress and good linens; and the bathroom was above average.
The front desk staff was friendly. The hotel is just three blocks from a subway stop, and since it's on Central Park West, cabs are plentiful.
If you will be spending hours on end in your hotel room, this is not the place for you. But if you are on holiday and enjoying what NYC has to offer from morning til night, it's a great bargain.
Surprised at bad reviews...we loved it!
I was concerned about this hotel after reading some of the negative reviews, but was extremely pleased with the room! We walked into a small but friendly lobby and got great service. Our room was clean and quite nice, including the bathroom. Everything looked new. I requested (ahead of time) and got a room with 2 clean, nicely made up, comfortable full size beds, which can be difficult in NYC. No problems whatsoever. Really enjoyed the stay!
For the money, which we only paid about $96 a night, it was an OK option. If I had paid anymore I would have been sorely disappointed. The room was very small, but we were only sleeping there. We had a park view which was nice. The bathroom was reasonable and clean. We did not have a closet, but had to live out of suitcases on the floor. The "renovation" must have still been in progress, as our room had paint chips and drips all over the carpet. No Cable TV, NO Wireless Internet and NO Continetal Breakfast as advertised on a website...
BUT it is only 3 blocks from the subway!
Wouldn't go back, but it could have been worse!
More Like DisAstor on the Park
Don't be fooled by any positive reviews of this hotel. This place is a dive. Until a few weeks ago, it was a shelter for homeless women and children, and the renovations have not done anything to improve the place. The staff are unfriendly, confused and generally incompetent. The lobby has been carefully photographed to look like a cozy boutique hotel...but photos are deceptive. One woman checking in ahead of us was crying because the experience was so bad and staff had to go check her room to make sure no one was already in there! My husband, who is a cop, swears a woman we passed on the stairs was a prostitute. Another guest had just finished repairing the elevator for the staff. The "marble" stairs were cracked and dangerous. The hallways were institutional. The room was a shoebox with vomit colored paint on the wall and windows that offer no soundproofing whatsoever. Bedding was a thin blanket and scratchy sheets on a board for a bed. While the bathroom was adequate, the shower leaked water through a glass partition that was not secure. The tiny closet had no rail in it, so we couldn't even hang up our clothes. We stayed one night, but after only two hours of sleep, called our travel agent and insisted we move to a different hotel. We then spent five wonderful nights at the Omni Berkshire. Don't try to save money. It's not worth it. And at $290 a night, the Astor was no bargain anyway.
Disgusting. Pure disgusting!
This hotel boasts wonderful amenities and rooms, but it was horrid. The hotel is half way open, and apparently undergoing a renovation. I use the term renovation loosely because I was told I had a renovated room - well, it was filthy, uncomfortable and the furniture resembled a dump. Go elsewhere, anywhere but here!
I arrived at Astor on the Park a couple of days after opening. The reception area was fine (as in the pictures) but when I got to my room, there was no duvet/cover on the bed, the carpet was full of paint marks and the wardrobe was placed right in front of the window! Strange I thought!- not that there was much of a view anyways. When I originally saw this hotel advertised. it was claimed as 'Home away from Home' - hmmm anything but! I asked to change rooms and the room I got was slightly better. Clean and comfortable, rooms were made up every day with fresh towels etc. If you are in NY you don't spend much time in your hotel room then this is was perfect, but if you are wanting a few more luxuaries away from home then I would not suggest it. There was no fridge, tea or coffee making facilities and certainly no room service. There is a little shop down the block but not all that much to choose from. To be honest I would have spent an extra $50US a night to be more central with a few more luxuaries for the price.
I heard one couple at reception saying that their phone was not even connected and they were having problems with their shower - not working.
To be honest many a teething problem, as with most new properties, and I would possibly give it a few more months before staying here to get themselves sorted out.
The people were friendly enough and would bend over backwards for you.
Nice place if you can get it cheap
This hotel is just average. We paid $200 a night because we went during high season in NY and everything else was already booked.
Our room was tiny (which you should expect in NYC for any decent location where you are paying less than $300 a night). The room was clean, but seemed unfinished. The was an open electrical box in the ceiling. The TV only gets channels with infomercials or spanish language programming. Our view was of the room opposite ours. The elevator was fine going up from the lobby, but could not be called from the fourth floor to go down. The stairs were narrow and difficult to navigate. Not to mention, several of the marble steps were broken, unstable, or covered in unsecured plywood.
Overall, if you stay here, make sure to book ahead of time. Had we paid less for the room, I probably would have felt it was a better value. Overall, I think the location is great, I'd just prefer to stay somewhere with more value for my money next time.
Warm, clean and comfortable, what more could you need? At the rates they charge, this is an excellent hotel, right on the park and easy reach of Museum of Natural History, a must see. Breakfast is continental and fresh, serve yourself before heading of to NY, wow. I enjoyed my stay in Jan 2002, enough to write this review 2 years later :)Matt