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Happy Mother's Day Mum !!! Sorry, I can't be there - I'm a little busy right now :)
I had another sleep-in this morning as I had a nice cruisy day planned. I was also going to make sure I had some of the food which New York is famous for - an American hot-dog and a New York Pizza. Couldn't be fagged getting a bagel though.
I had a bit of a sleep-in after my busy day yesterday. Yesterdays brilliant weather had left the building and the **** weather had returned. Bugger !
As I had pretty much ticked off most of the things I wanted to do in New York, I could afford to cruise a bit today. And cruise I did. The Statue of Liberty cruise in fact.
I started …
I had big plans for today as the sunshine decided to make an appearance and I finally got to use my 2-day New York Pass.
I was up and out the door of my hotel at 7.30am as I needed to be at the Empire State Building by the 8am opening time. This was of course reliant on 2 things. Me getting on the correct train and me getting off at the …
I was awake nice and early and all prepped for my 4 hour and 40 minute trip to New York City on the Megabus.
The weather had turned to **** with very light drizzle falling so it was a good time to be getting out.
I gotta say, I have had a ball in Washington DC. It is a beautiful city and there is a heap of things to do. I reckon …
Well, I continue to be shat on by the weather gods. Once again, I woke to the sound of pouring rain. Not happy !!!
Looks like I am not getting my New York Pass again today. The problem is, unless you want to do museums, which I don't, as I have done plenty on this trip already, there is bugger all in New York that you can do indoors. There …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel 17 New York City
Das Hotel 17 liegt in der 17St wie man schon von Namen annehem kann und ist somit perfekt gelegen um alles schnell zu erreichen, man fährt nur ein Paar Stationen mit der Subway zum Times Square und das sagt glaube ich alles aus.
Der Straßenlärm ist für New Yorker Verhältnisse sehr gering, natürlich keine Stille wie auf dem Land aber halt so, dass man angenhem schlafen kann.
Das Personal an der Rezeption war immer sehr nett und hat uns immer schnell geholfen wenn wir Fragen oder Probleme hatten, in der ersten Nacht merkten wir, dass es etwas kalt wurde und wir haben an der Rezeption direkt eine zweite Decke bekommen.
Um 12 Uhr Vormittags ist Check out, wir konnten die Koffer so lange wir unterwegs waren und auf den Shuttle gewartet haben, im Hotel stehen lassen.
Im großen und ganzen war es sehr sauber im Hotel, das Maid ist auch immer rumgelaufen und hat sauber gemacht, für den Preis vollkommen in Ordnung.
Es gibt allerdings Shared Bathrooms, wir hatten damit kein Problem, die mitbenutzer waren sauber und die Toileten waren nie besetzt wenn wir mal rein mussten.
Klare Empfehlung, ich werde dieses Hotel jederzeit wieder buchen wenn ich in New York bin!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel 17 New York City
A very nice Europen Style Hotel
I had wanted to stay at this Hotel in order to accomplish a couple of photo projects I had lined up and the "17" lived up to it's reputation that the rooms are like self-contained studios. My room ws spotless as was the shared bathroom down the hall. My room had a fireplace, a TV/VCR Combo and appeared to be freshly painted and papered. The bath was clean and modern. The front desk was friendly and helpful and the location was great. A reasonably priced garage is just down the street on the corner of 17th and 3rd for your car to vacation while you do.
The only issue I had was that the room was quite warm and there was no individual thermostat. There was a window ac unit that i could have turned on if it had gotten THAT hot. The other wrinkle was that the elevator was inop and I had to climb the stairs but hey, we all need more excercise. I really liked the place and would stay here again.
Worse than I Thought
Well, I read the good reviews and the bad reviews of this hotel and since the good outweighed the bad - I took my chances. Here's the deal - the room was tiny, about 12X6 literally. It was freezing in the room, we had to wear our scarves in addition to a couple pairs of thermal bottoms & tops. We called the front desk of course to let them know, someone came up, looked at the unit and left - it was still freezing.
Upon our 3rd call we were told that they could bring us extra blankets.
The heat never came on the entire night. The room was kinda skanky, none of the channels on the tv came through and on top of everything we saw a mouse run back and forth a couple times across the room. That was the final straw! We called the front desk and someone came up with a a can of air freshner - he said he thought we said the carpet smelled.
Huh!?!? This is not an exaggeration. We checked out the very next day and found another hotel. My mother always told me, "you get what you pay for" - never a truer word spoken....
We were very pleased with our room, and we were happy with the hotel staff. The bathrooms were extremely clean. Our room was beautiful, but small. You really can't beat this deal; the location is terrific.
I don't care about sharing a bathroom (it was always free). I don't care about a bit of peeling paint. For me, paying out a lot of money for the mediocre priviledges of some insipid chain hotel is wasteful. I like a sense of style and I don't care if that means there's a touch of authentic seediness in the air. Staying here felt like having an affair. Indulging in something lustful. I felt like I was in a David Lynch film, but without the dwarves, and that felt spookily cool. This place was exactly why I came to New York. Later in the trip I moved uptown to somewhere cleaner, neater and more bland, some other place of which I have no memory at all. I value atmosphere above bloodless, lucretive subservience and Hotel 17 hit the mark.
Don't believe what you read
It said in the advertisement on the internet that this hotel was very European and quaint. I've been all over Europe and its not a European hotel. The room was smaller than my closets, the elevator smelled like animal waste, there are people living in the hotel who have pets, they called me to get a $20 deposit on the phone and promised to refund it, I never got it back, they tried to charge me twice on my credit card - thankfully my credit card denied the 2nd charge, and the air conditioner was so loud I could not sleep with it on. I did not like this hotel and would never stay here again. The location is good, I really enjoyed Union Square and would look for another hotel in that area.
A pretty good deal
Hotel 17 is a pretty good deal. There was no unfriendly doorman as stated by another guest. In fact, there was no doorman at all. My room was clean, comfortable and warm... The bathrooms were like new, always available and kept very clean. The neighborhood is great, and I recommend the Gramercy Diner 1/2block away... good food...
reasonable... open 24/7... great if you're a single diner. One bit of advice; avoid a front room. Front rooms are next to a door separating the halls from the stairs and elevator. The doors swing and bang when people come and go, and my door let it a lot of outside noise. And that is really my only complaint. I had the pleasure of taking the elevator down one night with the famous denizen Amanda Lepore and some club kids on their way to, what else, a club. I recommend Hotel 17 but would try someplace new and different on my next visit. If a room was $10 cheaper a night, I'd say it was an absolute New York bargain.
Better than expected
I had been really struggling to find somewhere to stay in New York thanks to leaving things late as usual. Without wanting to stay in a hostel, I stumbled across Hotel 17. Although not delighted to have to stay in shared bath accommodation, I was pleasantly surprised by this place. Everything was clean and comfortable, although the room was a bit small for me, at 6ft 6ins. The bathrooms were almost always available and spotless, and the location was superb, being near subways and Gramercy Park. The only downside for me was some very loud plumbing noises from some pipes in my room when we had a cold night. The room also did not have a sink which was somewhat unfortunate, and all of the staff, apart from one, were particularly surly, something which I have since read in other reviews of the Hotel 17.
Quiet, dreamy, romantic Hotel 17
Hotel 17 surpassed my expectations. Having never stayed at a place without a private bath, I was happy that the shared shower and toilet were exceptionally clean. There were no surprises and there was never a wait. The decor and staff have character, lots of art deco and wood moldings.... it was also very quiet. Our room was spacious with wallpaper and Laura Ashley bedding, which was great (fashion magazines have done photo shoots in the rooms). I also found a great cafe several blocks toward Gramercy Park that opened early and served great coffee and pastries. The only strange thing is that there was I think a permanent resident next door who had a cat who kept crying whenever we'd walk the hall. We also rarely saw anyone else, there was a measure of privacy that was nice. I'd definetely recommend it.
Tidy hotel, Great Location
I was pleasantly suprised by Hotel 17. The room was small, but clean, and the bed was very comfortable. The bathrooms, although in the hallway, were pristine. My 6'6" companion negotiated the small old fashioned hallways without complaint. I intend on staying at the Hotel 17 everytime I am in NYC.
Hotel 17 scores a 17 out of 100.
I have several complaints about Hotel 17. First of all, when traveling to New York on a budget you get what you pay for. That being said, there are far better places you cay stay such as the Aladdin Hotel which even costs less. Upon your arrival you'll notice is that the Concierge (if still employed there) is the most unfriendly person to ever walk the Earth. I expect a "New York" attitude but this fellow had the biggest chips on his shoulders which soured my stay there. On the last night he was scowling at my guest who provoked him with a "what are you staring at?" -- to which the Concierge blew his top. During my stay they didn't bother taking out the trash. The hallway is so narrow you'll have to diet just to make it to your room. The rooms are small but that's to be expected. You gotta love it when your view from the window is a brick wall. The one elevator is so small and so slow it was always faster to take the stairs up three flights. What are the advantages? It's in a better location then some hotels like the Aladdin. While I did have shared bathroom we had a sink in the bedroom. It's cheap and I didn't spot any cockroaches on my watch.