Clarion Hotel Park Avenue
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Hotel Park Avenue New York City
If you are like me, you stress yourself out by spending everyday looking on this site and reading reviews trying to find the most for your money. If you are as picky as I am then I understand your concern. We stayed in NYC for 3 days and stayed in 3 different hotels!! Long Story. This was our second hotel and I highly recommend it. We paid around $160 for one night and it was just fine for us. Here are some details to help you make your decision:
Great value for money
Excellent location: 1 minute walk to 28th Street subway station (Green Line). Within 10 minutes walk to Grand Central, Empire State, Macys, Times Square, Broadway theaters, Penn Station. 24-hour convenient store and restaurants nearby.
Very small room but tastefully furnished. Very clean except carpet a little bit spotty. Small window facing brick wall. Better if window aircon were quieter.
Reasonably good continental breakfast.
Most of the staff were very friendly. I checked out and forgetfully left behind my passport, credit cards and some cash in the room. Everything was returned intact when I came back later.
I booked 2 nights through the internet at US$80+/night.
Overall - excellent value considering its convenient Midtown location.
Clarion park hotel
Clarion Hotel Park Avenue provided us with the most disappointing experience in New York. we stayed one night in a shabby, tiny room without daylight. the bed was old and the sheets similar. We paid a lot of money for this experience, and my advice to anyone thinking of staying in New York is to look elsewhere.
We recently booked a trip to New York with a package company they had booked us in to the (Hayden Hotel) see reviews So we decided to change they then gave us the clarion Are we glad the did it is a great hotel Positioned within walking distances of many attractions(Empire State, Macy,s, time Square) and grand central terminal nearby. as well as bus routes. The hotel itself is great although small it is charming with it, the rooms have all amenities and are modern and clean but maybe not ideal for the disabled due to restriction on doors. the view on one side of the hotel is of a brick wall but hey the sites are in the city.
the staff are helpful and speak many languages and the complementary breakfast is well though out for the size of hotel.
NYC Hotel perfect for the budget or business traveller
If you're not claustrophobic, then this is the best hotel I've seen for the moneyin NYC. The halls are very narrow, like on a train or submarine.
If you can live with this, then you will like the immaculate and small but comfortable rooms. The rooms are newly renovated with chrome accenting in the bathrooms, which are spotless. Every part of the room has a function--there is no wasted space.
The FREE breakfast is sensational. The pastries are restaurant quality and better than what you would get at say a Starbucks. Free cable. Great location (Park Avenue!). Staff is very friendly and helpful.
You can get a room on hotels.com or sidestep.com for around $70-80, maybe cheaper on priceline.com.
The Clarion Hotel on Park Avenue is one of the best hotels I have stayed in in New York. The lobby is beautiful and has a very friendly staff. Upon arriving at noon I was immediately checked in to my room.
We got this hotel through one of those typical "don't know what you get until you get it" offers through Priceline I remembered reading that the Howard Johnson chain once owned this property, located on Park Ave. between 30th and 29th Sts., in south midtown Manhattan -- and at the time, it received horrible reviews.I'm happy to report that since the Clarion chain took over, this hotel now rates a solid "B+" in terms of value for your money. There are pluses and minuses, however. And you must keep in mind that my "B+" rating is by no means intended to be used as a comparison between, let's say, this hotel vs. the Plaza south of Central Park or the Waldorf-Astoria in midtown. It's a "B+" rating given what one should expect in an economy hotel with no frills.Pluses: Good neighborhood, solid collection of stores, delis and restaurants, even fast food stuff like McDonald's and Starbucks. You won't go hungry and everything is within two blocks. The number "6" subway line is situated on 33rd and on 28th, right on your street, with separate up-town and mid-town entrances on both sides of Park Ave. From this "6" train, you can connect easily to the "S" shuttle at 42nd St., which takes you cross town straight to Times Square, so you're just minutes from the Theater District and other attractions. Get a subway map because you can also get to Rockefeller Center higher up by connecting to other trains along the way. The "6" train should be avoided during rush hour, even though it's the most "plush" of all of NY's subway lines, traveling as it does through the posh upper east side. This line can drop you a few blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York to the north, and to lower Manhattan and the ground zero site to the south, including the walkway entrance to the great Brooklyn Bridge.The rooms are clean, clean, clean. Surprising for a small hotel. Plenty of towels and sundries. The service is fine and the staff is friendly, very professional and helpful, with none of the stereotypical "negative attitude" you might find from the help at smaller hotels, you know, the way some treat tourists. The water is hot, the beds are clean. The water pressure is average for an old property, but big on volume.A nice little writing table is in each room, with a special hookup available for dial up access to the internet from your lap top. Each local call costs $1 with no time limits. Some say the air conditioning is a little noisy, but it gives out a good chill when you need it. If you turn it off in the winter, you might still want it on (at least at the "fan only" setting) because the radiant heat coils from the floor make these smaller rooms get warm in a hurry. Oh, and by the way, the AC is located at the top of your window, not the bottom (so get a chair if you need to fiddle with the controls). Color TV with remote and HBO are standard in every room. Small closets with a steel safe are standard. A three-drawer dresser is provided. Water is COLD through the tap, great for drinking, you can chuck the bottled water stuff, or just fill an empty container before heading out. Bathrooms are boarding house small but clean, and come complete with hairdryers. There are six floors and one speedy elevator and adjoining stairs. Despite the smallness of the rooms, didn't have any problems with thin walls or noisy neighbors. This is a sturdy, very old property that has been spruced up inside. The continental breakfast is FREE and ample, but I found it rude watching other visitors "loading up" their bags each morning without leaving a token $ amount in the "tip" basket on their way out.Minuses: The rooms are the best definition of "tiny" that you can think of without feeling ripped off. But this is NY and for prices as low as $75-$120/night, and as high as $250 depending upon with whom you book, no complaints here. For most, cleanliness and fine service should be more important and in fact, offset "space issues." Just manage your expectations and you'll be fine. Some rooms are larger than others, but not by much, and single occupants will get smaller rooms by default.Second important minus are the beds. They're comfortable, clean and cozy, but they're smaller than standard. I'm only 5' 11" and if I was two inches taller, my heels would be hanging off the edge. There are no "king" or "queen" beds in the traditional sense. Couples can expect to share a bed slightly smaller than a queen but way bigger than a single or twin. Logic dictates that this is unavoidable; to have bigger beds in small rooms means no way to maneuver from bedrooms to tiny bathrooms. Hence, be satisfied that at least the beds are clean with no bugs like at other places that rob you for cheap and truly make you feel you get what you pay for. This is a good hotel. Just be sure to ask for non-smoking room pro-actively. Don't wait to be assigned.The "hallway" on each floor is more like a small corridor, with rooms on each side. We got a room (#403) that had a window facing a brick wall of the adjacent building. If you want a view, you're staying at the wrong place. Go to the Hilton or the Marriott Marquis and pay three or four times more per night. Another problem for us was pigeons. They hung out outside our window. They never came in, but better to keep your window only a little bit open. There was bird s*** on the fire escape outside our window. Again, you're not there for the view. Winter or summer, keep your blinds closed. Other visitors have complained about the noise of their ACs, but we turned ours on to escape the sound of the incessant warbling/cooing/etc. Your room will likely be different. But since this building is essentially abutted up against others on both sides, there's no getting around this "crack" and crevice" stuff that greets you as you gaze through your window. No refrigerators or rollaways are available.Service: A Cleanliness: A Location/neighborhood: B+ Subway access: A Room size vs. price: B Beds vs. price: B- Amenities vs. price: B+ OVERALL: "B+"Questions? You can e-mail me at davidmkusumoto at hotmail.comDavid in San Diego
Small but clean
The Clarion was small but very clean, plenty of hot water and situated well for shopping and entertainment. The charge was reasonable. The only complaint was the air conditioning was noisey so you couldn't sleep with it on. But on the whole good value for money.
My husband & I stayed at this hotel Sept 26th before leaving on a cruise the next day. It is a very small hotel, but nicely decorated.
Clarion Hotel, Park Avenue
My wife and I with our two older children just completed a three day
stay in Manhattan at a small hotel, the Clarion Park Avenue. the staff
were very helpful at all times. The location of the hotel at E40th
Street between Fifth and Madison is convenient to Grand Central
Station, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Bryant Park and the
New York Public Library. Like many midtown hotels the Clarion has
single-bedded or two double beds in the rooms. There was just adequate
space for the four of us as we get along well. A parking discount in a
garage two blocks away is arranged if you bring a car. The best part of
the deal, however, was the room rate of $160/ night.