Travel Blogs from New York City
It's hard to imagine anywhere more festive and exciting over the holidays than New York City. The bright lights, dense crowds and of course the intoxicating scent of candied pecans are quite invigorating. Yet again, Matt and I found ourselves bundled up in The Big Apple a few days before Christmas and I couldn't be happier. :)
Our trip …
Woke up to a text from Kenny saying "We were robbed", so guessed the Knights went down. Checked the result online and confirmed it.
Today is the 10th anniversary of the Twin Towers terrorist attack, with a large ceremony taking place on the site to open the memorial. We watched a bit of that on the TV before heading downtown. Got the …
Scored sidewalk seats outside French Roast café for brekky this morning. We upped the ante today and decided to have American breakfasts, so Jac had pancakes and I had waffles........both so sweet and both so delicious! Watched 3 local old blokes chew the fat whilst pretending to sell 2nd hand books from table they had set up on the …
Woke up this morning, got yourself a gun!
We were going on the Sopranos tour today, so were both very excited. Caught the train downtown and found a café near the meeting point (big needle and button sculpture) to have breakfast and watch the world go by. It is NY Fashion Week, so we had fun watching all the skinny freaks walk by the …
Wow! What a sleep. No sirens. No garbage trucks. No dreariness the next morning! Breakfast was at the French Roast on Broadway, only a block from our hotel. The food was top notch and Jac had her best coffee since we arrived in the USA.
Caught the train down to Times Square and walked down to Pier 78 on the Hudson River for a ferry cruise …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Belnord Hotel New York City
I stayed at the Belnord in May, 2004. On the minus side, the room smelled like cigarette smoke. On the plus side, it was so small you don't miss the TV remote. You can stay on the bed and still change channels! It appeared there were many young people staying there, and I felt rather like a sorority housemother, but the hotel was clean and quiet and the staff was pleasant (although I may be biased in that one of them mentioned that I have a lovely daughter). I wouldn't stay again because of the smoky smell and because it made me feel old and tired (those stairs!) but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a spryer, poorer person. I give high marks to the location. Safe! The subway is a block away, Zabar's is a few blocks down, and there are lots of nice places to eat (walk to Sarabeth's for brunch) and to shop, and wouldn't you rather spend your money doing that?
You get what you pay for
This hotel is good for those on a tight budget. Based on the price, one cannot expect to have exceptional accomodations or service. I only have one major complaint -- the mattress we slept on was very uncomfortable. If we had to endure a day of wandering around NYC on sleep like that we would have been in bad shape; but we were scheduled to go home that next morning so we could deal a little better with our extreme fatigue and body aches.
FYI, the rooms are VERY small. Barely enough room to walk around the bed. The bathrooms are clean and easily available; no lines to wait your turn. Accessible to Central Park and the Subway.
Clean, cheap, good for bargain hunters
This hotel is clean, the rooms are small but you get towels and a hairdryer which is better than certain other hotels, good location, indifferent staff. The only criticism is the hotel is very cold at night, there are no blankets in the room or available from reception just two sheets on the bed so be prepared. Overall very good value.
Not Great but Not bad either
The saving grace of this hotel was its cleanliness. The rooms (small but cozy) were spotless, and the bathrooms (plenty of them) sparkling.
I would consider staying here again for that reason alone. It was also pretty quiet and the location was excellent. On the bad side - the staff was not friendly, the lobby and stairway smelled, and some things were just broken. For example, the lock on the door of one of the hall toilets. I had the misfortune of going in, locking the door, and not being able to get out. After hollering and pounding on the door for about 20 minutes, another guest finally went to get help and somebody came. Nevertheless, they did not fix it nor did they even put a sign on the door thereafter. What can I say, you get what you pay for.
Bel Noord - Bedbugs
When left this hotel my husband and I came out with huge big red welts, beginning as a small bite. They took about 5 days to go away and were itchy as hell. When got them treated we were told they were bedbugs, only place we'd been in the previous 5 days....Bel Noord Hotel.Don't stay there else you might also be very itchy!
Recently stayed at the Belnord and was happy overall. I had read some other reviews that the rooms were very small and this was certainly accurate. However the room was clean and linen and towels were changed every day.The room I had included its own bathroom facilities and the shower worked fine.My wife and I spent most of the time sightseeing so the room was big enough for the amount of time we spent in it and there was room to locate two large suitcases.The location close to the corner of 87th and Broadway was excellent and we used the metro system extensively as there was a stop 2 mins away at 86th St.Good Irish pub close by on 86th St ( even show the Celtic games). Price at approx Â£85 pounds per night was good value in comparison with other places in the City but there are no frills and no bar or lounge area in the hotel and it certainly isn't the plushest place i've ever stayed.
Spartan, but functional
On a nice quiet street. Not many amenities, but it was a good place to stay for my first trip to New York by myself. Very helpful staff. Close to subway and bus stations. Short walk to Central Park.
Good stay for the money
If you are a Yuppie accustomed to all the amenities, this is not the place for you. If you are on a budget and just need a clean, quiet place to stay, the Belnord is a pretty good deal. My room was small but clean and quiet. Sharing a bathroom isn't ideal, but again they were clean and adequate for the number of guests. There isn't an elevator, so if you have a lot of luggage, request a room on one of the lower floors. The Belnord is only one block from the subway station at 86th & Broadway as well as the M86 crosstown bus. I never felt unsafe in the neighborhood even after midnight. You won't get mints on your pillow, french-milled soap, or panoramic views, but the Belnord is a pretty good deal when it comes to basic lodging.
Room is big enough for one...cramped for 2
I stayed last summer and although the subway was having problems and not stopping at the station on weekends going northbound, thus requiring getting off at the next station and going southbound, the hotel stay was nice.
I was with a friend and we knew it was going to be one bed, we didn't mind, but we didn't know that the bed took up 95% of the room. The room was rather tiny. The air conditioner worked and I was comfortable.
Just know it can be tight walking around the bed to get to the bathroom which is about 2 feet from the bed. Picture a small box :)
thre 1st time I went in manhattan ,I book a standard room in this hotel , whitout knowing anything of this area! what a good surprise!!! this is a very little hotel whithout lounge or restaurant or coffee shop,but it's clean,with very low prices,and all you need is at the corner of the 87th street, on broadway!!! starbucks,restaurants,mc do,deli's, and a lot of places to shop!It's quiet in the morning, it's safe at night, and whith the same line of the metro you can go to all the places for tourists!!!!I had a very good time in this area!!!!!