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Our tour ended in Boston and we traveled back to New York by bus arriving in the late afternoon.
We booked into the Hotel Carter which is slap bang in the middle of Times Square in Manhattan. I was a bit weary about this hotel from the reviews on the Internet and the fact that the rates were so low for a prime Manhattan location. However …
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tijd gevonden om iets neer te pennen.
Big apple, the city of dreams, empire state of mind,.. Als ik heel
eerlijk ben: na drie keer heeft New York wat van zijn magie
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Flew AA LHR to JFK (massive queue through immigration, took over an hour to get through airport), subway to Times Square area where our hotel was situated. Internet reviews had us worried, but we were pleasantly surprised. By now it was about 7pm. We walked the 1 minute to Times Square then to Bryant Park for some Ice Skating, I am not a natural. …
A much better greyhound experience this time,new york amazing times square great,empire state to go up today,then home.So thats it we've done it. It has been fantastic and we have memories to keep forever.The stats. 2 oceans, 3 countries, 18 hotels, 21 states miles driven 5001 joe 2526 sean 2475,miles by bus 547, top speed 110 mph in mustang, …
The train from Montreal to New York turned out to be the slowest possible form of transport to take. It took us 12 hours total to cover something in the vicinity of 600km. Nevertheless the train was incredibly comfortable and there was plenty of nice scenery along the route.
We passed through the Hudson Valley and several areas of upstate …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Carter New York City
Dcent size room, clean enough, old, great location
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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
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!
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
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
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!!!
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
Total Dive Do Not Stay Here
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.
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.
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!!!!
P.S. Since I am a french Canadian, Excuse my poor use of your language.