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TravelPod Member ReviewsSeton Hotel New York City
Excellent location on E40th Street close to Grand Central. Walking distance to Times Square. Clean, modern and staff very friendly and helpful.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Seton Hotel New York City
Great location Great price
For the area and the money you cant beat it- not fancy but clean. Nice staff . Walking distance to much of Manhatten. Newer tv with remote. Better than I expected
We Will Never Stay Here Again
We were originally booked for 2 nights but after we seen this place we told the desk clerk that we would not be staying the second night.When we walked in to sign in there were these two guys asking the Hotel Desk clerk if he had a room for a few hours. Also as we approached the hotel there was this Man dressed in a nice suit and this lady dressed in a evening dress. So we thought well this won't be so bad, but as they exited, he gave her a kiss on the cheek and said Thank-you, she went one way and he went the other. So this will tell you exactly who stays at this hotel. The rooms are old and grimmy. We went and bought Clorox wipes and Febreze. The sheets are not even white sheets like in a normal hotel. They were brown. If you don't plan on sleeping or even staying an hour in your room without feeling you are in the heart of grime, I would suggest that you don't stay here. We even said to each other, I wouldn't even feel safe here with our husbands. It is not worth the bargain rate. However we went and stayed in New Jersey the second night as there was nothing available in Mid-town Manhatten. The Days Inn was a clean and a comfortable enviroment.
Worth the money, but its bargain basement.
I stayed here at the beginning of March, 2005. Its a very old place and looks it. The office manager gave me the key and said go up to the room, then come back to fill in the paperwork. The elevator is small, but I can guarantee you I've seen smaller elevators in old buildings. The room door has only one lock, and offers minimum security so I left no valuables when I went out. In my room the floor was linoleum, no carpet. There was a single light bulb in a socket above the sink, plus a room light. The TV electric cord was plugged into an outlet in the light socket and just dangled there. Cable TV worked fine, no remote. I didn't use the small refrigerator. I showered late at night in the communal shower down the hall which was clean except for some water on the floor near the shower.
My room was cleaned daily and had fresh towels. The cleaning guy uses some type of deodorizer in the room which was rather strong. The place is old but clean. If you plan on spending little time in the room except to shower and sleep its worth the low rate.
Tolerable for bargain hunters
New York hotel prices were extremely high in November 2004, so I booked three nights at the Seton. My single room with private bath was $95/night including all taxes. Nothing else came close, even via Priceline (going by bids reported on Biddingfortravel).
The location is excellent - two blocks from Grand Central, in a residential neighborhood. The hotel has no lobby. You walk up to what looks like bullet-proof glass to speak to the receptionist. On the glass is taped a sign that says "No refunds."
The room was a reasonable size - at least by NY standards. It had been painted long ago in pale green. Furnishings - double bed, night table, wardrobe, dresser, chair - were quite shabby. The room appeared to vacuumed and dusted, but it had ancient grime on the walls, window sills and in the corners. The overall effect was grim and depressing. The bathroom (toilet and sink) was clean; there was a stall shower tucked into the bedroom in what must have been a closet at some point. The room also contained a small refrigerator, but there was no desk.
The hotel has a communal living room, which was nicer than the room. It also has a room with a microwave and a washer and dryer, which guests can use.
- After flushing the toilet, it was necessary each time to lift the lid of the tank and fiddle with the mechanism that acts as a stopper when the tank fills
- There were no washcloths, though I did get fresh bath towels (no hand towels) every day.
- To turn the bedside lamp on and off, it was necessary to unplug and replug it, since the switch on the lamp itself had broken off.
- Though the shower had good water pressure, it did not hold the temperature steady - the water turned too hot or too cold without warning.
- One must leave the key each time one leaves the hotel. But since there's only one person on duty, it's possible to have to wait for your key if you come back when the person is taking a break. I saw a sign saying "Back in 10 minutes" sitting on the counter behind the glass, ready for such occasions. Fortunately, there was always someone on duty when I came back to the hotel, but it was a concern that I might have a long wait.
When I first arrived, I was so dismayed by the appearance of my room that I wasn't sure I wanted to be there all three nights. But I got used to it, and by the time I left I felt that I'd stay there again in a similar situation, when other options would be close to double the price. Things that won me over:
- I never had a sense that the room was dirty; it was cleaned daily and the towels were replaced
- The staff was quite pleasant
- The other guests seemed normal (!) - for example, there was a high school sports team staying there one night.
- The room was quiet (though I did hear other guests in the hall)
- The location is terrific and I felt safe coming back late at night, as well as safe in the hotel itself
- Though the hotel doesn't provide Internet access, there's a Kinko around the corner on Third Avenue and the public library at 40th and 5th, a few blocks away, has free Internet access when it's open.
- I liked having a refrigerator
It's important to have appropriate expectations for a place like this. My room was not nearly as nice as, say, a typical Motel 6 or two-star hotel in Paris. The hotel has zero charm; it's shabby and unattractive. But if you don't plan to spend time in your room, and if you want to keep costs to a minimum, you may decide you can live with that.
Safe and clean enough for a woman alone
I was woman alone and it was my first time. I don't think I have to explain all the implications of that. At the Seton I found a place of safety and because I stayed long enough, I figured out how to get the best out of the deal.
The guy at the door WILL negotiate the roomrate with you. If you ask him for a good room and if you may look first he will give you more than one key and you can go choose. Thats what he did for me and I did not have to kick up a fuss either.
They wont clean the rooms automaticaly, but if you ask every day they will do it everyday and replace your towels.
The hotel is old and may give a fusspot the feeling of less cleanliness, but i watched those ladies clean those passages and rooms everyday and never saw anything that could not just be cald old as opposed to dirty.
The bathrooms were great. I was always up early, so i got the best of it....who knows what other dirtbags would do to it later in the day....
They took messages for me and when people called. Its not glamorous. It is quite tatty actualy but the door is guarded very well and only geusts are allowed in.
I loved it and would advise other non fussy people to go there.
I stayed in this hotel, it was brilliant,safe and clean
This hotel was better than I thought.The rooms were very clean, well heated and very safe.Next time I visit NEW YORK, I WILL BE SURE TO STAY HERE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great place at lowest rates!
I searched for a long time before finding The Seton. It is the only hotel situated in central Manhattan, offering a double-room w private bath below $100. And I think they are more honest than any other hotel, including everything in the given rate, so there are no 'hidden' extras (like tax, local tax or other fees). Sure, the rooms are old and rather worn. What would you expect with an old house, and such low rates? But I cannot agree with the above reviewer, saying that it's not clean enough. Everyday the cleaning-woman had been in our room, making it tidy and aired. If you want new & shiny interior - stay at Hilton or Trump International - and pay $500 to $1000 a night! No option for a regular Swedish vacation-traveller! We found The Seton in '99 and returned in '03....and next time we will stay there again, although the rate rised from $85 to $95. Still the most value for money! Just a couple of blocks from Grand Central, great security (always staff in the entrance - no one gets in unallowed), fairly roomy w nice fresh bathrooms, TV, fridge, aircondition...what more can one ask for? If you're on a budget & don't care for luxury - this is the one!
Location good....hotel bad!
After looking at the price of this place and reading all the reviews, I wasn't expecting the Ritz Carlton or anything, but I did expect a certain extent of cleanliness. Unfortunately, this place is far from that. Maybe I have a different definition of "clean", but this hotel was aweful. First of all, the first thing you are greeted with is among the tiniest (and dirtiest) elevators I have ever been in. The hallways leading to your room smell like they use cigarette smoke as an air freshner and never felt the need to run a vacuum to get rid of the nasty stuff on the floor. Then, once you enter your room, you can't help but notice the dingy carpet (its a dark crazy floral pattern so you don't see the dirt or stains on the carpet), the moth ridden-fuzzy looks-very-questionable blanket on the bed (if there even was one), and the grimey stains on the walls. Albeit, the bathroom is fairly new and suprisingly clean (well in comparison to the rest of the room.) Needless to say, the next day after check-in we bought Lysol antibacterial spray, clorox bleach wipes and towels to sleep on, and tried to disinfect the entire room as best we could before even touching anything. Bedbugs, toe nail clippings, dusty furniture, wierd smells, mosquitos bites-- these are only a few of the things we experienced at the Seton Hotel. Although, the location is great, I would definitely pay extra to stay in a cleanier hotel that's even farther away just so I wouldn't feel the need to bathe in disinfectant in fear of catching some kind of disease.
I love this place
this hotel is close to times square, the staff are freindly, the rooms spacious and clean. unlike some hotels the bathroom is nice and clean(dont smell) its affordable and i will always stay in this hotel when im in new york, i also highly reccomend this hotel.
Very friendly hotel. Nice.
I have a very good time at the Seton hotel. The people who work in hotel were very nice. Rooms were clean and nice. Hotel manager helped me with my digital camera to make copies on compact disk. very nice, very friendly.
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