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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Deauville New York City
We enjoyed our stay here, and really liked the lift that was 100 years old and the man had to push the lever up or down to take us to our room.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Deauville New York City
I stayed there yesterday, in May 2004. My room was clean, beds were comfortable and had everything I needed. The A/C cooled the room well. The elevator is old and works fine. It's was far from the tiny thing one person mentioned, I've been in MUCH smaller elevators. I thougt it was an interesting machine that added character to the property. One review mentioned that the view from one window was a brick wall, which was true for my room. I'm curious why that matters though. I certainly didn't get the room to admire New York through a window. It is about one block from the subway. Both night and day staff were friendly and helpfull. I dropped off my luggage before I could check-in and then left it there after checking out without any problems. I'm glad I didn't pay attention to the complaints of those that rated this place poorly. I have to believe those people just don't get out much or expect way too much from a budget hotel. It is a great value hotel in New York. I would recommend it to my friends and will stay there again when visiting the city.
Quirky and Cool!
Although many of the previous reviews have been quite disparaging, I decided to give the Hotel Deauville a shot. As it turned out, it was a delightful experience. The essentials were all there (elevator, relatively clean rooms, working facilities, etc.), but it was the outstanding, friendly service that really set it apart from your typical chain motel.
Instead of the disgruntled, can't-be-bothered employees you might expect elsewhere, everyone at the hotel, from the lobby clerk (reading Flaubert and arguing philosophy on the phone) to the elevator operator (yes, the lift really is hand-operated!), was just so warm and caring. They were the kind of staffers who could give you restaurant recommendations for hours. Or remember that you mentioned a job interview the next day and suggest a wake-up call before you even think of it (true story!). And to my mind, this more than made up for any shortcomings in the hotel's glamour and furnishings department.
That said, if it's extremely important to have the same, standardized hotel room in New York that you could get in Biloxi, Mississippi or French Lick, Indiana, by all means go ahead and get a room at one of the city's myriad chain hotels. You won't be disappointed.
But if you're up for an adventure and don't need the same-old, same-old when it comes to decor *and* service, you'll find the Hotel Deauville right up your alley. Or down 29th Street, to be exact... :)
Please do not book a hotel there!
I just so wish I had read all there emails before I stayed there Easter 2004. The place is just terrible and I can't believe that some people are giving it the thumbs up. WHY for the love of God? Anyone who thinks this place is nice must be used to being homeless. I had a view of a brick wall and the room was still noisy. I was the only one on my floor and probably in the whole hotel for a very good reason. This hotel boasts of "Old World Charm".. it's stuck in the last century. Very cold at night too. A hand held elevator was a pain, no bar or restaurant in the hotel and rude staff (just where were the friendly ones I keep reading about?) make this place undeserving of even one star.And why are people who stayed there in 2002 and 2003 only writing about it now?
If youve only booked here because of low prices youll be pleasantly suprised
when we booked our holiday to new york all we wanted was a cheap hotel and we knew this was one when we booked it but we were pleasantly suprised staff very friendly room very clean. we were so central to everything! it surpassed our expectations so if all you want is a budget hotel here is the place to stay
Good hotel but basic and dated.
stayed at the hotel in 2002. the rooms are really basic but are clean and the staff are exceptionally helpfull.
have stayed in similar hotels and payed considerably more!
expect only the basic room,when you book, but who cares when you are there as most of the time you will be sightseeing.
i would stay again at this hotel is probably as good a recommendation as i could give.
Excellent budget hotel
I stayed at the hotel in April 2003 and was pleasantly surprised by the hotel. Yeah the rooms are basic, but they were extremely clean and tidy. Noise was never a problem and we had a view of the street, which was fine. The room was of average size and the bathroom was plenty big enough. The staff were excellent - friendly, willing to giving helpful advice and would go out of their way to help you. The location is excellent enabling us to walk everywhere from the Statue of Liberty to Central Park.
Please, please, please!!!! Read these reviews before you choose to stay at this hotel.
The 'hotel' as they like to call it reflects the price they charge, its it basic and grotty at its best. No bar or nice waiting area, the elevator has to be operated by one of the staff otherwise it breaks down (3 people got stuck in it when we were there) as it must have been made in the 1930's.The rooms are a disgrace, they put you in the 'inner' rooms that have a view of a wall, the bedrooms are dark and made up of mismatch furniture and stained bedsheets, the bathrooms are disgusting, cracked tiles, cigarete burns on the sink, the are dirty and not cleaned well. The heating is up far to high and they cannot turn it down because it will be the same for all the building - so you have to either sweat it out or not sleep because if you open the window the noise is so bad.We complianed about the room and asked to be put into the one displayed in the brochure and that was a bit better but still not you would expect from a hotel in New York. We stayed 5 nights as it was pre-paid and while we were there 7 people had complained and either asked to be moved to another room or went to a different hotel in disgust.All in all, a dissapointing place to stay if you have flew a long way to get to New York. If you do not mind a room worse than a tacky bed and breakfast in Blackpool this is the place for you - Holiday Inn it is not !!!!If you wish to see photographs of the 'standard' room and the 'brochure room' please e-mail me and I will send the photographs. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE - view the photographs before booking this hotel.
We had a real bargain from the travel agent, only ?35. per night so was not expecting the Ritz. The staff were very friendly with directions on how to get to the subway and what to do once there, and also let us store are lugguage and called a taxi to the airport for our return - not sure who they called, but had a black air-con Merc to drive us! The Deli was a God send just along from the hotel, the staff use it! All supplies catered for - which was handy as there was no coffee maker in the room. Mac D's one block away as well as a good Diner open 24 Hours which was a step back in time - service second to none. I think the hotel was more for students and School parties but top notch for value!
Cried when I saw the room
The Deauville Hotel is a dump! The mamagement there have some nerve calling it a hotel it should be called the "Deauville Dump". The room I was shown was dirty and run down and cold. There was nowhere to hang any clothes and the drawers were broken. The bathroom had stains.
Overall it badly needed redecorating. I nearly cried when I saw it. I went out into the city and found much better accomodation in the "Holiday Inn" on 57th Street and CHEAPER too. To add insult to injury the staff at the Dumpville tried to get me to pay for 4 nights accomodation up front. FAT CHANCE. Don't stay there it's not even the cheapest and certainly not the nicest by a long shot.
Clean and Friendly
We stayed at Deauville Hotel on the first weekend of December 2003.
During the first big snow storm of the year.
The Deauville met all of our expectations for a "budget" hotel. The staff was extremely nice and they definitely exceeded our expectation.
They were always willing to help with any of our questions and made us feel welcome.
The hotel room itself was modest but adequate. The room was clean and we had no concerns with overall comfort.
We had a two bed room which had a small round table a chest for our clothes and a open "closet" to hang our coats.
The bathroom was small but clean.
The location of the Deauville, proved to be excellent as the subway was just at the corner. NOTE: It is cheaper for a family of 4 or more to take Taxis than the subway system. We went all over Manhattan and rarely had a Taxi ride more than $6, Time Square was only about $4. And taxis take you exactly where you want to go without waiting
Additionally there is an excellent NY Deli and Pizza store a few doors away, which was excellent for a quick bite to eat. There is also a fantastic French restaurant "Les Halles" which is a block away and served as our little night hangout after a day of walking around town.
We have talked about our stay and all of my family members would stay at this hotel again.
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