Travel Blogs from New York City
Well, up with the birds to grab the 7 am shuttle to the airport. Our Shuttle Driver was running behind, so we were able to grab a really short bite at their breakfast counter, and then it was off to the Calgary International Airport. We were able to get through US Customs pretty quick - about 20 minutes, but I know we have stood there much longer ( …
Since I last wrote I have turned 30 (argh!), bungy jumped from Auckland harbour bridge (ARRGH!), crossed the Pacific ocean, swapped summer for winter, and spent three whole days on a train. We have now reached our final destination - New York - and are into the last day of our trip. In spite of the fact that we crossed the international dateline …
The signing on the New York subway system is not designed for strangers. Despite that, South Ferry Terminal was eventually reached for a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. This gives a great view of New York Harbour and the Statue of Liberty. Many years ago it cost 50 cents, and I thought then it was excellent value for money. I was expecting this …
It was quite surprising to learn that there is no integrated transport system linking the American and Canadian sides of the river at Niagara. On the other hand, for two countries so dependent on the private car (and if you don't have a car then you obviously have insufficient money to be of any importance) public transport is not really on the …
We introduced Ian to NYC by walking and walking before landing in Little Italy for dinner and stopping in Times Square after dark!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Mela New York City
Around the corner from Times Square, it could not be more central. The tiny room was not unexpected for such a low price in a city centre hotel, but it was quite fit for the purpose.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mela New York City
We stayed at the Hotel Mela the weekend of February 23rd for 3 nights. We booked through Hotwire at the last minute and cancelled our reservations at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza where we always stay. We saved about 80 dollars per night, but the savings were certainly not worth it.
Be selective on room choice
We stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. The first night we were located on the ninth floor in the front of the hotel. The noise from the street at 2am was unbearbale. For the second night, we asked for a room change, which it provided in the back of the hotel. After moving our luggage to the room, the noise from the mechanical systems outside the window was loud (ie, rattling, etc). We requested another room change which was better. No table or chair(s) were in the superior class rooms. For the price of 240 via hotwire, we were disappointed. We could have stayed at the paramount via travelzoo for 200 a night. as we have in the past. We like the Paramount better. Paramount is just as convenient.
Stayed at the Mela for 5 days which is enough time to know the staff and accomodations.
Cute hotel, bad housekeeping
I got a special deal through Travelzoo and stayed there for 3 nights. I have to say that though the rooms are small, the place is very cute, nice furniture and a FANTASTIC service staff. Unfortunately, the housekeeping staff isn't up to speed with the rest of the hotel. I checked in to my initial room and found razor shavings in the sink and hair on the bed. I switched to another room and though the sink and the bed were fine, there was hair in the tub that never got cleaned. I admit that I'm high maintenance, but at the same time, a new hotel should be as shiny as a new penny.
That being said, the staff was really great and assured me that they would rectify the cleanliness situation. Once they work out the small kinks, I know that the hotel is going to be great.
I made a reservation after doing my due diligence online. I was pleasantly surprised to learn at the front desk that we were to be upgraded from a deluxe to an executive.
The Hotel Mela enjoys a great location between Times Square and Fifth Avenue. The rooms are nicely decorated and the bath amenities are great. The free wireless was a nice treat. However, be forewarned if you stay in one of their superior rooms that the rooms are smaller then advertised.
We found Hotel Mela when we booked on Hotwire for a last minute trip to NYC to see a show. The location is great if you're traveling to see a show - it's close to Times Sq and the theater district but the street is relatively quiet. After I had booked on Hotwire and got the name of our hotel, I looked on the Mela website and found that their regular rates aren't bad at all (for that location and for NYC). We arrived on a Friday and the hotel had just opened on Monday. The staff was extremely friendly. It's your basic boutique hotel - small rooms, not a huge lobby. The rooms are nicely furnished and ours was very clean. H20 bath products in the bathroom, which wasn't huge but was certainly fair size for NYC. I would certainly stay there again. Only drawback if you're traveling with a family - they don't have rooms with two double beds. You can get a room w/ two twin beds but you're out of luck if you want to put two couples (or a couple and a child) in the same room.
Amazing Location, Staff, Rooms, just great!
Everything was just perfect. The rooms were a good size which is hard to find in a place like New York City. Brand new TV's with a lot of channels, helpful staff, great location. What more can you ask for. The staff were more than happy to fill any request that I had. I loved how everything is brand new too.
I just returned from a 5 night stay at the brand new Hotel Mela, which just opened a little over 1 week ago. I can't say enough of how nice all of the staff was, particularly the doorman Joelo (sp?) and Bertrand Nelson, who is a management representative. They were very professional, friendly and helpful. The room was very nice, small by most standards, but adequate by NYC standards, as NYC hotel rooms are typically smaller than the rest of the country. The room was smartly appointed, very comfortable and reasonably priced for Manhattan. The location just off of Times Square was supberb, close enough to everything, but quiet enough to get some rest. As soon as they get some of the "bugs" worked out only because they were brand new, Hotel Mela will be competitive with the other boutique hotels. They plan on opening a restaurant in a couple of months and they would benefit from a small business center, telephone books in the room, daily newspaper delivery, stocked mini-bars, do not disturb signs for the doors and closeable curtains for the windows. All in all, a good experience, due mostly to the competent and eager to help staff.
We just returned home from NYC and took up Melissa's invitation to tour the Hotel Mela.... It is far from opening with or without their "occupational license".... There is still plenty of "construction" in the lobby area, pretty rough looking! And maybe as with many boutique hotels, the lobby is really small.... Melissa was delightful in giving us a tour. And be nice to her, she's expecting triplets!!!!