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Valentines Day stay
I stayed here on Valentines Day and arrived around 8pm. The only downside to my stay was the fact that the garage was full and the hotel only validates parking for the garage next door. I parked down the street and got $200 in parking tickets. The hotel staff was friendly and the room was large and clean. The bathroom was nice but could be a little cleaner. I stayed in a suite with a refrigerator and a kitchenette. The linens and Aveda products were nice. Would probably stay again, the room rates were really good - better rate by booking directly w/the hotel.
I was really impressed with the genuine hospitality of the staff. I don't like it when I am made to feel as if I am intruding or making someone's job difficult. The San Carlos staff was so accomadating I really felt like a guest and not some customer. There was discounted parking nearby, which is important for NYC. I was also very pleased with the location. We were within walking distance of Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, Times Square, and a number of really good restuarants. This hotel is definitely what I paid and more.
I have grown accustomed to luxury hotels, and my travel agent recommended the San Carlos. Wow! Was I pleased! New York has many fine hotels, but few have the space, the staff, and the unbeatable location of the San Carlos. I mean, if New York weren't such a compelling city, I think we would have been happy spending our time in the room.
We had a true one bedroom suite, with the bedroom completely separate from the living room - and our winter rate was something under $300.
The small kitchen, two TV's and all the other amenities were nice to have, - there was even a device in the room that ironed trousers, - but somehow we most appreciated the light continental breakfast served so cheerfully each morning.
The San Carlos is located on East 50th St., less than a block from the Waldorf Astoria, and it's near Rockefeller Center, Saks, Grand Central Station, and plenty of great restaurants. We discovered a classic Japanese suhshi place across the street - Nada Sushi - that in almost 30 years never made into Zagats but is beloved by the local cognoscenti.
We can never stay away from New York for long, and we are looking forward to a repeat performance with our new friends at the San Carlos.
We just returned from a pre-Christmas weekend in NYC and had a great stay at the San Carlos. The hotel is located several blocks behind St.
Patrick's Cathedral, where we walked to church on a snowy, Sunday morning. The hotel also is very close to Shun Lee Palace and Serendipity restaurants, Bloomingdales, Saks, and Rockefeller Center.
We walked to all those places, as well as to Lincoln Center and the skating rink in Central Park, which were a bit farther. The hotel staff was wonderful and welcoming to us (me, my husband, and two kids, ages 7 and 11). We had a one bedroom suite, which included two small but comfortable rooms, one containing a sofa bed, table and chairs, and kitchette area (sink, microwave, fridge), and the bedroom containing a nice bed and lovely bathroom. We also had two tvs, which is great when you are traveling with children. The free continental breakfast in the morning consisted of a variety of breads to toast, muffins, pasteries, yogurt, bagels, coffee, and juice--nothing fancy, but enough to fill us up and get us going without wasting time and dropping another $40 on breakfast each day. Our only complaint was that the noise from the street kept us up the first night, even on the 11th floor. By the second night, we were so tired, we didn't even hear it. On the way out, the concierge arranged a car service for us to the airport and the car was ready and waiting when we were ready to go. All in all, we had a great time and loved the hotel. We would have no qualms about staying there again.
Wonderful, Great Location!
Stayed here the 2nd week in October for three nights and thought the hotel was terrific. Had stayed across the street at the Kimberely for a Thanksgiving trip a few years back and did not remember that this hotel was even there. The staff was wonderful and the continential breakfast a really nice amenity. The beds were not the most comfortable, but the rooms were large, nicely appointed and the location was great. Adjacent to the subway, 5 minute walk to Rockefeller Center, 10 minutes to Times Square and just a block off beautiful Park Avenue. We had a great time and the price was right. Would stay here again anytime.
Great hotel with nice location
My husband, 9 year old daughter and I arrived at 11 am and were greeted immediately by Bobby - happy to assist with luggage. Gabriel at check in was delightful. Our suite was brand new and we had plenty of room for the 3 of us. The location is great - within walking distance of all fine shopping, dining and many attractions. I would highly recommend this hotel for any future stays.
Just spent the last weekend at the San Carlos. Overalll I would give this hotel a high rating. we had a one bedroom suite (2 double beds) for $259, and then a $30 rate for parking. The room was very nice, and very fresh as just renovated. The staff was very pleasant, and when we called for extra towels and ice, were very prompt. I have recently stayed at The Muse, and while this Hotel is not the Muse, the current prices are much better, and I enjoyed the East side location more than the West side. Overall I will have no qualms in recommending the San Carlos to friends who want a nice place to stay at a reasonable price!
San Carlos needs work
Newly remodeled with rooms from NY tiny to more than comfrotable. Continental breakfast included in rate but poor offering. Free high speed internet access a big plus. Russian staff can makes spekaing english a challenge. There are better value .east side mid town locations
Stayed at the San Carlos on Aug 9-10, 2003! The place was BEAUTIFUL! Not terribly expensive given NYC, $199 plus all the NYC taxes. Got discounted parking next door for $30 rather than $47! The place was just renovated, and it's beautiful! Rooms were beautiful, lobby was gorgeous, staff very courtious! Definitely stay there again! Try it out. I'm sure you'll be very happy with your choice!
A Midtown Nightmare
On paper, the San Carlos sounds like a gem - a good location on the East side of midtown Manhattan, it's a former apartment offering a great deal of space (and an ample Continental breakfast in a small dining area off the lobby) for less than the price of any of the hotels in the same neighborhood. Unfortunately, service is dreadful, housekeeping sloppy, security lax, and management indifferent to guest concerns. On our day of arrival, we discovered a number of items of clothing - most of a personal nature - under the bed, and immediately contacted the front desk so they could remove them. Four days later, they were still in the same place. New bars of soap were not provided until the old ones were worn to mere splinters, and if two sheets of paper remained on the bathroom roll, a new one wasn't left. The kitchen utensils and glassware were dirty, light bulbs were missing from a couple of the lamps, and everything was covered with a fine layer of an unidentified greasy substance. On our last night, we returned to find our room ransacked and items missing, and the front desk clerk refused to call the police, leaving it to us to handle the matter. When advised of the situation the following morning, the hotel owner arrogantly accused us of having filed a false report in an effort to collect insurance, and literally chased us from his office out to the lobby, where in front of other guests he continued to make his absurd accusations! This wasn't the dream deal we thought we'd found, it was the nightmare from hell. Avoid this dump like the plague.
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