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New York was cold. Very cold! It even snowed!!!
I did a tour of New York and went through Harlem. Took the boat out to the statue of Liberty. Saw Central Park. Spent a bit of time in Times Square (which is one of the coolest places in the world).
I had a pretty good night out!
Went shopping and got some really cool shoes!!!
'In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh, there's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York! These streets will make you feel brand new, Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York, New York, New York!'
Aldus Alicia Keys in het nummer Empire State of Mind, een samenwerking met fellow New Yorker Jay-Z …
... a visit to the new museum.
With a quick change of clothes and a change in pace, it was off to Broadway to see the Wicked Witch of the West strut her stuff.
I didn’t rate the show that much, but Rach loved it. I think I like more shooting, action and ...
... We even got to watch a TV serial being filmed. Then off to the Patel points! Took the ferry to Statue of Liberty and decided to not get off there (yep, it is big and still there), rather rode all the way to Ellis Island. Ellis Island has a wonderful museum inside telling the tales of millions of immigrants who risked it all to get to the wrong India (Dang Columbus!)....amazing stories of families ...
First up today was the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island and the Four Freedoms park on the island. We still weren’t hungry from dinner so decided to delay breakfast for a while. We caught the Q train and walked up E 60th St to the Tram station. We passed Dylan’s Candy on the way but decided we had bought enough candy. Loved the view over the East River from the Tram and the double decker Queensboro Bridge. We went down the west side ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel 31 New York City
A Great Place....
Hotel 31 was very clean and located surprisingly close to many of NYC famous attractions including The Empire State Building (5 blocks away), Grand Central Station, Times Square, Madison Square Garden...to name a few. Everything else is a short cab ride / subway ride away. Next door is a fine little sushi restaurant and bar and at either ends of the block you will find coffee, pizza, and a 24hr deli. Our room accommodated two adults just fine. There were two shower/restrooms on our floor which all the rooms shared. These were always very clean and we didn't have to wait to use either of them. Our room happened to have a wonder view of the Empire State Building which we could see laying down on our bed. It was really wonderful to fall asleep looking and such an amazing building. The staff was friendly and went about their business leaving us to enjoy our visit. For the price, the location and a clean, comfortable feeling Hotel 31 was a great deal!! We wouldn't hesitate booking a room there on our next visit to NYC. If you are looking for a doorman to carry your bags or room service then this might not be the hotel for you.
Great Deal For the Price
After reading the reviews on this website, we decided to give Hotel 31 a try on a recent trip to NYC. For $85 a night, we couldn't have asked for more. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. They let us check in early after arriving on a red-eye flight and allowed us to store our bags after we checked out of the room. The rooms are very small, but we didn't spend all that much time in the room. I recommend trying to get a room with a view of the Empire State Building. What a spectacular view to wake up to every morning. The shared bathrooms were very clean and rarely occupied. The location is great: central, close to attractions and the subway. Overall, Hotel 31 is a bargain. We'll definitely stay there again.
Great little hotel
This was my first trip to NewYork and i must say for the money i don't think i could have got a better hotel... It's within walking distance of all the best sights and has very friendly staff... OK the room was a little small but for the money you can't complain.
In fact we are heading to NYC again early next year and Hotel 31 is the top of my list
Good Hotel apart from.....
Stayed there last year. Good hotel for the price. Great location. Clean bathrooms. Had had several email conversations (to inform of late arrival and a few questions), when we arrived we were told that they didn't have our reservation. Put us in a tiny room for the first night. Then in the morning handed us a fax we'd received (sent 2 weeks previously for our arrival). If they didn't have our reservation why keep the fax? Make sure you keep your bags WELL away from the rubbish bin though. Came back one day to find a shopping bag missing. Told reception and was asked to go to the basement with the cleaner to search through the day's rubbish. There was my "medium sized bag" amongst the trash. Found the staff very friendly apart from the manager. Ps. also make sure you visit Moonstruck 2 blocks east along 31st street - delicious breakfasts!
Great Deal for NYC
All in all, this hotel is a great bargain for budget travelers. We didn't like our first room because it didn't have much light, and the receptionist kindly gave us a room on a higher floor (those will definitely have better light--request if you can).
Although the hallways smelled a bit smoky, our room was fine. (The receptionist told us all rooms were nonsmoking.) The A/C unit worked great--kept us cool in the hot weather. Bathrooms were clean and not very busy. There are two on each floor, and when both were busy, I just went to the floor below and used a free one there.
This hotel is in a GREAT location--close to subway, sightseeing, and restaurants. If you are trying to save money for sightseeing and eating in NYC, I recommend this place highly.
I was nervous about my stay at Hotel 31 - my first time in NYC alone and on a very small budget. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the neighborhood is perfectly safe. I met several other guests in the hall and lobby and we ended up going to dinner together. My room was small, and horribly decorated with no view, but it was quiet, safe and clean.
The shared baths were spotless, and I never ran into traffic. I spent more time in the room then I expected, because it was oppressively hot that week, but the window A/C unit worked well. The only complaint was the tiny TV with horrible reception (only a few channels were clear).
Normally, that wouldn't bother me, but I was trying to kill some time in the middle of the afternoon... The subway is a few blocks away, plenty of bodegas and restaurants near by. (Try the excellent sushi place next door!!!) Empire State building is RIGHT THERE, and i enjoyed having my coffee and staring up the street to the beautiful Chrysler building. Oh yeah - and the elevator is creepy and tiny - but to me it adds charm.
All in all, if i couldn't afford nicer, I would stay there again.
Perfect for students and budget travelers.
Good for the price and location
The room was kinda dreary.The description said "newly renovated"....i think not. I ran into traffic using the shared bathroom. Luckily there are several on each floor. Good location, nice staff, cool elevator and I met several cool people in the brief moments spent passing through the hotel. They seem to have a nice clientele of interesting people. I would stay again, but I plan on trying another place next time I visit New York. I liked the Murray Hill Inn better.
Just what I was looking for: agreeable people, basic and clean accommodations, no glitz or pretense. My room had a private bath that was in perfect shape and spotlessly kept. Made me feel like I was young and back in Europe!
Safe and Clean
I started searching the internet 3 months before New Year's Eve to get a cheap hotel room close to Time Square and the main attractions. My most important criteria was CLEAN and SAFE!
I found a room at Hotel 31 for $79.00 a night plus $14.00 for extra fees.
When we got into the room, WOW, incredible small, real close to 10' by 10'. Very old-fashioned but clean. Being from a very small town we were alittle nervous about sharing a bathroom. There were 2 bathrooms close to our room and both were always clean, never occupied, and I never felt unsafe.
The only problem we had is I had e-mailed ahead of time to ask if there was a problem if we brought a 3rd person along, any extra charges for rollaways or for a 3rd person. They assured me there were no extra charges or problems. When we checked in the guy didn't seem too pleased and said he couldn't provide us with a rollaway or anything for the price we got the room through the internet, even though I stated I had an e-mail from him. Later on in the evening my 19 year old son went to ask the night manager if he could at least get a blanket for the floor. That manager was very accommodating and also let us have a roll-away mattress for the floor. There actually wouldn't have been any room for a single roll-away to fit even with the nightstand and bed moved to the wall.
Another great feature is that there is a subway stop at 33rd and Park, about 2 1/2 blocks from the hotel.
Overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a cheap room in NYC.
Can't Wait To Go Back!
I recently stayed at Hotel 31 and had a wonderful stay there. I felt so at home (in fact I used to live there 20+ years ago, and this was quite a wonderful trip down memory lane!)
The hotel was clean and very comfortable and cozy. Great prices too. The staff couldn't have been nicer. I loved the cheery wallpaper in my room, and the view of the Empire State Building was breathtaking! What a gorgeous view to wake up to each morning! The room was nice and warm even though it was chilly outside. They also let me stay later than the checkout time. My train wasn't till 2:30pm, and they were happy to let me stay till it was time to catch my train. The third night I wore myself out with all the sightseeing I was doing, and I ordered a great sushi dinner to be delivered (Sushi King) (Free delivery) right to my room! I sat on the bed watching TV and had my sushi and miso soup! I had such a great time!! I can't wait to go back, and I will absolutely be staying at Hotel 31 again! Also, that elevator they have is the coolest thing! I didn't have a private bath in my room, but there were two bathrooms in the hall, and it was no problem going down the hall to use the bathroom. Also, there was a sink in my room for washing up.
I highly recommend Hotel 31. Oh yea, and when I was there, there were quite a few guests there that were runners in the New York Marathon. And one of the gentlemen at the front desk even told me a joke when I was on my way out to catch my train, ha ha! He said I should tell the cab driver that I want to go to Manufacturers Hangover on Liquor Street. Ha ha!! Some New York humor!! I just love the place!