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After Thursdays unplanned visit to the Guggenheim Shop, we made a more coordinated approach today through the actual gallery doors. Being appreciative of the art that more creative people than ourselves produce we (Aaron & I), were looking forward to something extraordinary. Worthy of the Guggenheims reputation. We got James Turrell.
Hey another day dawns in NYC. Well actually we miss the dawn because we are all sleeping in. Who would have thought - de fina's relaxing on a holiday.
It was off to Central Park today, the over 800 acre playground for New Yorkers. We grabbed a yellow taxi as Aidan needs to keep as much endurance as he can for the park. (About $10, the …
Tip to all NYC travellers (that's you Denise) always book your Statue of Liberty ticket before you go - because even though you have to choose the actual date, you can then get into the monument/pedestal and the museum - and not just wander aimlessly around the island wondering why other people are up enjoying the view! These tickets book out weeks …
We must be getting tired as we are able to sleep in until 8.30am. It is a small room but as they say, and I said before, location, location, location and this place has it. Two short blocks from Time Square. So we have the family pow wow and decide to do Times Square in the morning.
A quick walk there (well as quick as a set of crutches …
Up and firing early from Joan's house as we have a train to catch. We are sad to leave as it is a home with space and we are going to a place with space filled with lots of people. It even had a basement - with a furnace!
At the Amtrak station with an hour to spare, find the redhat and learn about train travel American style. You can take …
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Belvedere New York City
Not a bad deal
After checking up on every possible hotel in new york city, we found that The Belvedere had the best reviews (for our budget, at least). For the most part, they lived up to them, except for one thing... the service wasn't the best. Yes, it was nice to be greeted and have the door held for us upon entrance, but no one really went out of their way to accomodate us. And the walls were a bit thin, so when housekeeping was cleaning (at 8.30a.m!) we could hear all of their racket. Otherwise, it was a nice looking place with a great location -and a nice view. All in all, I guess I'd say that I'd recommend it, but next time I'm in New York I'll venture elsewhere.
Don't Book Online
We stayed there over New Year and were very disappointed. We booked the stay online through the hotel's own website in August 2002 and confirmed it with the hotel a week before we went. When we got there they said they had no room for us and wanted us to stay elsewhere for 2 of our five night stay. This was totally unacceptable given that we had just had a long flight and did not want to move hotels over new year. The staff were rude and after a long flight this was the last thing we wanted. We ended up being found a room on a smoking floor with only one double bed which we had to pay the same rate as a king size room for. We then continued to get poor treatment from the staff because of the initial argument over the room. Would never stay here again despite the fact that it was well located and clean. Hotels should not take bookings over a website if they then are not prepared to honour them.
Best Value in Midtown!
Could not have been happier! Room was large, clean and lovely; 1920's building in excellent shape and very quaint. Highly recommend eating at the attached Plataforma (Brazilian BBQ) - outstanding!
Kitchenette was indispensible and the location is perfect. Had one issue with shower leaking (although water pressure was great); told the front desk as we left that morning and it was fixed when we returned. Most impressed with staff. Will definitely stay here again.
It was ok.. will prefer a quieter place
Stayed here in the first week of Jan 2003. This was the cheapest of the three star hotels we could find @$119.00/night. Room size was ok but the bathroom bit small. They supplied a coffe machine and a fridge which was good including a microwave.
Location was excellent, you can walk to times square, empire state building. Just a note that you can purchase tickets for umpire state building etc at the concierge desk although we only knew about this facility as we saw someone buying the tickets. Else you got wait for upto 2hrs in queue at the umpire state building on a good day....
The only bad thing was that the room we got had a city view but the windows did not seem to be double glazed because all night we could here the police sirens annoying us also insulation between the rooms is bit on the thin side so in the night one can hear the groans next door!!!.
Also you cannot control the temperature unlinke the rooms available in vegas...
Great hotel - great price
i took my daughter to new york for her graduation present, along with my sister in law and niece. i needed to find a nice hotel for a reasonable price and found the belvedere on the internet. i booked a room for 4 nights at 119.00 a night! the room was completely renovated so everything was like brand new. It was convenient to everything, the staff was very helpful. A great experience!
We just returned from a three-night stay at The Belvedere, which we booked based on other travelers' reviews. We couldn't have been more pleased. The location was terrific; within easy walking distance to everything in Times Square. The area also felt quite safe. The entire hotel was exceptionally clean and the rooms looked as though they had just been redone from top to bottom, with new furnishings, bedspreads, draperies, etc. - even tiling. The bathrooms were somewhat small, but certainly adquate and again, very clean. All of the rooms feature a small area with a fridge, sink, coffeemaker and microwave, which came in quite handy for us. (They do not, however, have any silverware or plates, bowls, glasses, so it would be advisable to toss some plasticware into your luggage if you plan on using the kitchen facilities.) The staff was very friendly and helpful as well. Our rooms were $100 less per night than the Crowne Plaza (about two blocks away), where others in our group were staying, and I have to honestly say we liked The Belvedere better! We had a group of seven families at The Belvedere and we all agreed that whenever we return to New York, we would definitely stay there again!
Great staff, excellent location, very good value. We stayed at the Belevedere for three nights in late October, 2002. The location is two blocks from Broadway, and convenient to the subway. Rooms were spacious for New York City. Very clean- even passed my wife's white glove test! The Brazilian Restaurant which is attached to the hotel (but not accessible) was a fantastic experience. Concierge at the hotel was also very helpful. We'd stay here again.
Excellent hotel for tourists!
The Belevedere is in a great location - easy walking distance to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, etc., with lots of restaurants close by. The rooms are large by NYC standards and nicely decorated. (Note: beds are a little too firm.) The best thing about the hotel is the staff. They were all so nice and friendly and responded quickly to all of our requests (extra towels, information, cabs, etc.).
What a bargain!
I stayed at the Belevedere in early Dec. 2001. I did see reviews indicating past problems and also was aware of recent renovation efforts. Did they ever turn this place around!
The lobby is the first thing you see as you enter this deco hotel and it is beautiful. Marble floors, comfortable furniture, etc. The staff was quite pleasant, efficient, and helpful. They even asked if I had AAA for a discount when I didn't think to ask them!
The room was good sized for NYC, with two double beds, two dressers, and a standard sized bathroom. It was very clean and the decor looked to be new. The housekeeping crew kept it in great order during our stay.
This hotel is on a quiet street, just blocks from all the Midtown action (theater, restaurants, Grand Central, Rockefeller Center, Shopping, etc.). The subway is nearby for a quick trip to lower or upper Manhattan.
I would heartily recommend this hotel to anyone...it was a great surprise and I will absolutely be back next time I travel to NYC!
Definitely worth it
I recently stayed at the Belvedere (in early April 2002). I had been looking for a hotel that would be close to mid-town Manhattan without being horribly expensive. I didn't require a lot of amenities, but was pleasantly surprised by what was offered.
The Belvedere is located between 8th and 9th Aves on 48th street, about two blocks from Times Square. The street is quiet, mostly apartments and a school across the street, so traffic noise is at a minimum. We slept with the windows open and weren't disturbed except for once when the garbage truck came by. Close by are a number of markets and restaurants and shops.
The hotel is a mix of hotel rooms and extended stay apartments on approximately fifteen floors. The hotel was quiet inside and clean. The room was nicely sized; we had two double beds that were comfortable. There were also a refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker -- hairdryer in the bathroom and iron/ironing board and safe in the closet -- all included. Floors looked to have been recently renovated. Furniture was a little dinged, but not at all shabby. The hotel also offers Nintendo gaming, internet and pay-for movies at an extra charge via the TV. This came in handy for my 8 yr. old.
Check in was at 3pm but they allowed us to check in an hour early without complaint. The lobby of the hotel is very nice, done in marble with cushy couches and sitting areas. The staff were all friendly and professional and answered our questions. If you are driving into the city, the hotel offers discounted parking ($27.50/day as of 4/02 with no in-and-out privileges) at a multi-level facility on 50th street (two blocks away). We paid more than that to park for two hours down near Battery Park before checking in that morning. The bellmen were very helpful in allowing us to unload our bags in front of the hotel and park for a brief time on the street while we checked in. They also were great when we needed to hail a cab.
Check out was at noon, but the hotel offered two options for storing our luggage while we explored the city the following day. They will keep the bags for you, or there are self-serve lockers for smaller belongings.
Please note: We were also able to get a discounted rate on the room through AAA.