Hotel Carter

250 West 43rd Street, New York City, New York, 10036, United States | 1 star hotel
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This 1 star hotel, located in the Midtown area of New York City, is near CitySights NY, Zip Helicopter Tours, Majestic Theatre, and Harlem Spirituals.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Carter New York City

    Reviewed by mothman

    Good value for money

    Reviewed Nov 3, 2011
    by (29 reviews) Brighton , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Dcent size room, clean enough, old, great location

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by allanbe

    Worst hotel we have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed Jun 5, 2011
    by (28 reviews) Benoni , South Africa Flag of South Africa

    This has got to be the worst hotel we ever stayed in. With the smell of sewerage, cockroaches, lack of toiler paper, antique non working television, need I go on. At least the bed was clean. We were contemplating moving on but decided that we would stay because it was just for one night. What really amazed us is the fact that you could find such a hotel right in the middle of Times Square. You could not beat the location, but give this one a fat miss. The rates were excellent but although we expected a budget hotel this goes way beyond that.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Carter New York City

    A Place to Lay your head

    from

    This hotel is cool if you don't plan on staying in your room during your stay. Its a place to ----, shower and shave. The beds were clean theres a little food store and the bottom and Puffy shoot em up club is right next door!

    Okay

    from

    Carter is okay, I read some of the reviews here that people weren't let into their room, etc. and that would be pretty horrible but I had absolutely NO problems.The sheets were clean, a good bright light in the bathroom, and they cleaned the room every day, unless you told them not to. (And I'm a neatness/cleanliness freak!)I don't know how some people claim they never saw the cleaning lady once. I saw her and she was as nice as the rest of the staff --granted, sometimes I had a little trouble getting my phone-messages from the reception or even getting my message through because of some of the staff's poor English skills...It ain't no Plaza, what do you people expect! The AC worked perfectly and it was HOT outside... The TV only worked so and so but hey, I'm not in New York to watch TV!Yes, the view from the window was a brick wall, but again, I sleep and shower and get the hell outta there. It was an okay low-budget choice, I dunno, maybe some people had noicy rooms, mine was totally quiet.

    Carter is OK

    from

    The hotel was ok. The bed was ok. The shower was in order. Not to much noise. Cleen sheets.TV worked almost. My friends TV was ok.Elevator was ok. I tried the stairway, and foundfire-equipment in every floor, good!The staff was nice and was able to speak english.Cheap and good, no luxuary.

    Great location, great price

    from

    hello everyone, my husband and i are from chicago and we would like to share a few experiences for those of you that may be travelling soon . first of all, we love new york city, it is truly the greatest city in the world, no other comes close!~ we found the hotel carter on a a search engine and decided to book our 4 day stay there since the location sounded amzing and the prices even better, and boy was the location great, we were just half a block away from times square! our room was warm and clean, and the staff was very pleasant and even went out of their way to help locate our missing luggage from the airport while we took in the sights. with the extra money we saved for lodging , we dined at the best and shopped our hearts out guilt free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Is there a choice for no circles!!!

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    WHAT was I thinking when I booked this room? What was supposed to be a New Year's Eve celebration in New York turned into a whole lot of lost cash as a result of this place! From the leaking toilet and sink, to the falling apart shower, to the burn and moth holes in the sheets and comforter, to the lack of a blanket on the bed (did I mention this was New Year's Eve?? COLD!!), to the friendly cockroach staring at me when I flipped the bathroom light switch (which, by the way was overlapping the non-grounded electrical plug and while I was standing in a pool of water from the leaking toilet and sink faucet I mentioned earlier...half an inch to the right and I would have had a free perm!). I don't know about you, but once I see a cockroach, I WANT OUT!! If there is one there are thousands! Those things have FRIENDS!! Of course the 'policy' that they never explain when you check in is that you must complain within a half hour or you can not receive a refund...and even if you do request one in time, then they point to the bottom of your receipt which reads 'absolutely no refunds'. With conditions like these it is no wonder they ask you to pay up BEFORE your stay! No one would ever stay! Don't get caught in this trap. The Internet site makes it look ok, but I think that may be the owner's room they show as no other room looks as nice. For an extra couple bucks you can stay somewhere MUCH nicer and cleaner...without the extra roomies!!!

    Hotel Hell

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    I loved New York City but absolutely HATED the Carter Hotel, which we jokingly called, "the Hotel Cartier". It is my duty to warn humanity away from this atrocity. I'll put it as nicely as I can: PLEASE...PLEASE stay away from this ...! It is worth paying as much as $150 more for a nicer hotel--and this is coming from a poor, easy-to-please cheapskate. Mere words cannot describe this nightmare. In fact, I would rather sleep outside on the sidewalk than ever again lay down money for this not-even-nice-enough-to-be-called-a-crackhouse. We decided to do NYC at the last minute and instead of staying in a cheaper but pleasant hotel chain in Newark, we'd pay a little more for a hotel a block away from Times Square. We figured the location was worth staying in a less than nice hotel for a couple of nights. I mean, how bad could it be? HA! Needless to say we didn't even get our money's worth for the location. We did not get to Times Square from our street as it was blocked off due to security. We had to walk about 20 blocks to gain access to either Broadway or 7th Ave. and after an hour of walking, ended up 8 blocks away from Times Square. Fortunately, we did get to see a rather tiny, glowing ball drop at midnight. After standing in the sheeple pens for 6 hours, I was so tired and cold I was almost glad to get back to the room. Almost. Unfortunately, we were not allowed access to our hotel until around 2 am since the block was still closed off. The people staying at the nice hotel on the corner got in since it had a side entrance. I stopped telling people where I was staying since that tended to draw jokes and derisive remarks about "that dump". About the hotel: When you walk in, your first instinct is to turn and run. I wish I had. It's just scary. The desk clerks are rude and barely speak English. The elevator has a sign on it: "No more than 5 persons!"--heed that warning, or die. I mostly took the stairs rather than wait 10 minu

    the sounds of it, there are still a couple of threads keeping the elevator from plummeting its occupants to their deaths, though it will still drop you a foot or two. The service elevators weren't quite the deathtraps the guest elevators were, but they were kind of scary since some of the help is rather creepy and it took way too long to get to the floor as well. The couple of times I took the elevator, I found that it didn't quite stop at the floor, and I had to pry the doors open and step up. The room's decor was too hideous to be believed. Why did they even bother? I don't understand the point of tacking an ugly rug halfway up the wall or painting over wallpaper with Pepto Bismol. The bathroom door didn't close--there was about a 6 inch gap. We had to put the trashcan sideways between the sink and the door to hold it shut. The bathroom itself was delapitated to the extreme (like the rest of the hotel). The heating in the room was minimal, but adequate (just barely--if it weren't for body heat, we'd have frozen by morning). There were 4 knobs for the shower all marked "H", but only one was necessary since the water for the showers was cold or lukewarm if you were lucky. The toilet flushed, but it would regurgitate shredded paper. You had to jimmy the key to get the hotel door to lock, and the gap under the door could easily accommodate a large rat, if one wanted to slip in during the night. The phone in the room didn't work real well. The desk clerk hung up on us about 10 times--I wanted to go downstairs and ... She would interupt you saying the same thing several times whenever you asked her a simple question, like "How do you dial out?", and then she would quickly hang up on you before you could talk again. She did this over and over and over. ("You call local? You call local? Local call?" "No, I want to call long distance..." "Local call? Local call? Local call? Local call?" "No, long distance"

    n't hang up!" , and so on and so on...) Using the phones downstairs was pointless since there is a loud nightclub next door to the hotel. They also charge alot--over 14 bucks for the first few minutes, and more after that. You can make a long distance call from a street payphone for 2 bucks. I could hear the music from the nightclub 6 floors up. The tv was a joke, and the way they have it rigged is a fire hazard waiting to happen. If there were a fire in this hotel, only the heinous desk clerks would get out alive. We were somewhat lucky because at least our room had the pretext of being clean, but I'm still checking for head and body lice. I talked to other guests who were checked into dirty rooms and who had been trapped in the elevators. There were a couple of good points--it gave me something to laugh about for years to come. The tv is crap, but you can amuse yourself by mooning the journalists in the NY Times Bldg. across the street or by listening to some of the other guests boisterous, explitive-ridden conversations and loud banging from the comfort of your bed at 3 am. However, this is by far the worst hotel experience I've ever had. It should be put out of it's misery (along with the hotel operator).

    Total Dive Do Not Stay Here

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    This is the worst "hotel" I have ever stayed in. It is not really a hotel. Part of the former "red district" this hotel still shows signs of its past. There is a blaring rock band that plays all night long- I was on the 6th floor and was awakened at 3:30 AM from the blaring music. The elevators do not work (one out of three functions) and we got stuck on the elevator. They have absolutely no amenities, no restaurant or room service, the rooms are totally thrashed & disgustingly dirty, no shampoo's, lotions, etc., the towels smell, pillow cases with a hospital name on them, television reception terrible, no dressers for your clothes, and no peepholes on the door (which is scary in a place like that). OH and our view out the window was of the brick building next door.

    Never Again

    from

    I am glad I only stayed here for one night. However, I should have indeed sprung the extra bucks to pay for a nicer hotel. Nothing about this hotel is even close to decent. The staff and room were terrible. Their so-called bell-boy was old, did not speak a word of english, and took us to a room that had already been occupied. Even some hostiles look better than this place. We did not see the cleaning lady once. I did not feel safe at this place at all. Sheets were dirty. TV was old. You can hear every inch of a sound in the hallway and the room next door. I do not recommend this hotel to anyone. I will never stay here again.

    Horrific

    from

    I left the key in my room and they would not let me back in until the "engineer" returned in the morning, which turned out to be just the key man. They put me in another room and I had none of my belongings. This new room had no air conditioning in 100 degree weather. I asked for another room. They yelled at me and put me in one with minimal A/C. The staff was horrible, the sheets, towels, etc. were dirty, and I could get maybe one channel with the "rabbit" ears they provided. Stay away. Stay far far away!!!!

    Cameron

    My first night in New-York was at The Carter Hotel.

    from

    P.S. Since I am a french Canadian, Excuse my poor use of your language.

    Not at all like what the web site is offering. Half the night staff were drunk. The carpet in the elevator is the same as the one they use to cover the head of my bed. Every client before us took of the sticky tag on the cloth they bought and stick it back on the room wall. So there was maybe a couple of dozens of prize or size sticker. We never find any working television. I am a well grown men and i didn't find the guts to undress and sleep under the sheet. My wife and I Slept fully clothes and on our coats. But since we were young and poor, This trip was the one we remember the most. My wife and I because Manhattan is indeed the biggest place on earth.

    Bernard Simard

    Richelieu (Québec) Canada

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Carter New York City

    2.50 of 5 stars Fair
     

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