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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Desert Winds Bikaner
clean, easy access to most attractions in nyc as bus stops right out the front
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The hotel staff were extremely helpful and courteous! The room and common areas were immaculate. During our final day there, the water and power was turned off due to a major accident on the next block over. Although we were inconvenienced, the staff and manager went out of their way to help us carry our many bags from the 17th floor to the lobby since the elevator was out. They definitely made lemonade out of lemons. Even in light of the circumstances, every single staff member had a smile on their face! They definitely went above and beyond the call of duty!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Desert Winds Bikaner
Comfortable, small, quiet
My Husband, my Daughter and myself just stayed at the Crowne Plaza United Nations, for a 3 Day stay May 19-21, 2004. We were a bit late checking in, but I did call ahead of time to let them know we would be late. All the staff we had contact with were very helpful and nice, however I was not notified upon check in that the room I had reservations for was not available. I Discovered that upon entering the room. I had a reservation for an executive room, w/2 queen beds. But were given an executive room w/1 queen bed and a pull out couch and I booked my reservation directly through the Crowne Plaza. I called the front desk after entering the room, and was told there were no other rooms available w/2 beds, and to check back with them the next day. We were leaving the room to go get dinner, so I requested they at least come up and make the couch bed while we were out. (Which they did). It was my daughter that was inconvenienced by the mix up; for our bed was comfortable, but you know how couch beds are. After talking it over w/My husband & daughter they didn't want to pack up all there belongings the next day, after showering, dressing and getting ready for the next day. It is such a inconvenience/ pain after getting settled in to have to pack everything up again, So we decided to stay in the room we were in. The Marble bathroom with the Jacuzzi tub was great after a long day, the room & hotel was very clean. The location is a bit out of the way, fairly quiet, so we did not mind. There is a grocery, great pizza deli, several restaurants, and a breakfast/coffee shop all within walking distance. I would stay here again, but warn you to double check on the room confirmations..
Good, but no cigar
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Crowne Plaza for 4 nights in early March 04. The hotel is quite small, is nicely decorated and has very friendly and atentive staff......but there felt like there was something missing. Our room was really quite cramped (although I understand this is normal for NYC), had a view of a brick wall from the window and we were able to keep up with current events through the paper thin walls and noisy hallways.
The location is a bit hit-and-miss too. We were a bit too far from virtually everything, being in mid-town and way out on the east side (crysler building and grand central were close, but not really 'visitable'). There is virtually nowhere to eat either for breakfast or dinner within an easy walk. The hotel's breakfast prices were VERY steep compared to average diners (about $30 each for food with coffee).
In addition to this, a colleague of mine stayed 1 block away a week after me at the Millenium for the same price and had an enourmous room with views across manhatten and access to a pool etc.
A tranquil oasis in the city that new sleeps !
Had a 4 day stay 18th March, wonderful room 2 double beds, settee, coffee table, chair, dressing table, writing desk. Marble bathroom jacuzzi bath, even had infra red lamp in ceiling to keep you warm while you dried !!. Very clean, attention to detail tops. We never ate at the hotel so cannot comment on the food, $8.50 for an "Irish Coffee" plus tax. Would highly recommend the hotel and the staff, nothing was too much trouble. About 10 min walk from Grand Central station, probably not suited for "youngsters" who want all the glitz of Times Sq, but those of us who want comfort first, all sights and attractions are easily accessible
Stayed at the Crown Plaza just before christmas.Chose this hotel due to its location and the good deal I got. The hotel was very nice. The public areas were quiet and welcoming. The only problem we had, was that the room we had booked had been given away when we arrived and we were given a smaller room. This was rectified the next day after complaining and we were moved to the executive room we had originally booked. Had been led to beleive that all rooms in new york tend to be small.Not so.Our executive room had two double beds and a sofa bed, and still lots of room. Nice extras such as a Jacuzzi bath, towelling robe and a safe. Staff friendly and helpful. Good location, short 5 min walk to central station.
We came to New York in February 2004 and spent a very good weekend at the Crowne Plaza. It was very clean, quiet and very close to the United Nations and relatively close to Grand Central Terminal. The free continental breakfast was a great way to start a very busy day of sight-seeing, and the all-you-can-drink freshly squeezed orange juice was perfect! The hotel also offered a 24 hour fitness center with a sauna. The staff was friendly, and would go the "extra mile" for their guests. Would definitely stay again.
I recently visited New York City for the first time December 27th thru January 2nd. I was very impressed with the Crowne Plaza at the UN. I arrived and was immediately helped by a very friendly doorman who helped with our bags and immediately found out which room I was in and took our bags to our room. Check in was quick even though the person checking me in was being trained. I was happy with the room because the twin beds were larger than I expected so that was a nice surprise. The maid service was awesome they didn't just make the beds and replace the towels they did as much to restore order to our room which day by day seemed to gather more and more souvenirs. It's a boutique hotel which I thought made it less stuffy from the fancier hotels, and the rates were awesome $139.00 with a rate change to 199.00 on the Tuesday before New Years Eve until January 1st. I did not get to explore much of the hotel because I was busy exploring the Big Apple. Enjoyed my stay at this hotel and will certainly pick this hotel for future trips to New York!
Close to UN, a nice little hotel well kept
A little bit out of the way, near the UN HQ. Still very accessible with bus, sub or .. taxi! :)
Check-in person messed things a bit and took a while doing so. It took almost 10 minutes and there were no line. The room was quite small, yet comfortable with good bed, TV, bathroom, tub, and a small closet. The room had a mirror with stains on it and the closet light were almost out, flashing in and out. The room was almost clean in some other aspects, too. Nothing too bad though, just a 3-star feeling. The room had a nice light control system, you can control all the lights together or one by one from the bed.
We all know the hotel was formelly Tudor hotel, but can't quite understand why there was still that name on our bathroom wall's light switch and also with BIIIG letters on the roof of the building..!?!
I liked our smallish room fine, it had one of the best atmospheres of all the rooms in all the different hotels I've ever been!
The breakfast at $13-15 was a good value, and the service there was great.
Be warned though, those who hope for bigger room than the one reserved.
Even at highest platinum status on their loyalty programme, our request for an upgrade was refused due to limited availability.
Would stay again.
You get what you payfor
We paid $109 through expedia. Public spaces are on the small side but nice. Staff is friendly and helpful - the nicest bartender in NYC. Unfortnately, all of this could not make-up for the tiny, shoe box size room we were given. Our request for an upgrade was refused due to limited availability.
Great Rates...Fantastic Service
I booked a room for two with two beds (smoking) through an online reservation service. We got to Manhattan around 10:00 a.m. - very very early - Upon arrival I was informed that no smoking rooms were available, and I told the desk clerk we could return later if needed. Instead, he offered us an immediate upgrade to an executive room on a smoking floor with two beds. Wow! The room was large (about 20" by 16") decorated tastefully in sage greens with mahogany furniture, and included a sleeper sofa, so a family could have really had a great room for a small price. (We got a great rate of $123.00.) There was also a safe in the closet, cdplayer, iron and ironing board, and a mini-bar. The marble bath came with terry robe, phone, jacuzzi tub and bidet. There is a servicable business center (Mon-Fri) and a charming-looking restaurant (can't rate it...we ate out each day). The staff is very curteous and helpful. During our stay, I had a painful attack of bursitis at 6 in the morning. The hotel referred me to a fantastic physician ( Dr. Primas on Fifth Avenue...see him if you have an emergency when travelling in New York) and each shift's manager called our room throughout the day to ensure that I was allright and comfortable...very professional. Okay....the neighborhood is a little removed from the hustle and bustle of Times Square, but Grand Central and the subway is only a five minute walk down 42nd Street. Essex Liquors is right around the corner, there are a couple of great late-night delis within a block and now Scott Conant's restaurant L'Impero has opened just up the stairs in Tudor City. (Try to avoid the Irish pub across the street on weekend nights if boisterous college-agers aren't your cup of tea.) If you want to be near the UN, or Turtle Bay, this Crowne Plaza is completely cozy. Usually, I say when you are in New York City...how much time do you really stay in your room? This trip I was glad to have such an accomodation. Stay here! You will be delighted.
A 100% pleasure
This must be the biggest bargain in New York! The Crowne Plaza website has a fanastic internet rate (a good $100 less than I was about to pay at similar hotels) and this place is GREAT! Housed in a former boutique hotel, the Crowne Plaza is just 2 blocks from Grand Central Station on 42nd Street. It's cozy and friendly, quiet and sophisticated. No big gold lobby here, just a nice easy check-in. My husband and I were able to check in early, enjoyed a spacious room on the 17th floor with generous amenities (coffeemaker, trouser press, iron and board, big TV, cd player), had a nice little lunch in the quiet, soothing bar downstairs (dark woods and green marble helped ease the tension of that midtown drive), and the staff was as pleasant and helpful as could be. We had to attend an event at the Grand Hyatt, and I can't tell you how glad I am that we chose the Crowne instead. I'm telling everyone I know about this amazing place. We paid a base rate of $103, and I must have double-checked ten times to make sure that was correct, because this place is a steal!
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