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Even though we booked in early, we missed out on exit row seats for the second leg of our trip. We tried to con exit row seats out of 3 different hostesses but to no avail, the flight was fully booked. It is amazing how many people were flying to New York to fill a whole airbus which holds over 600 people! Even though we didn't get exit rows, we …
We made an early start much to the protests of the kids. The night was pepper with the wailing siren of the fire truck as it left it's station just below the apartment block. Horns were also a frequent background noise as well as the odd loud shouting. I was waiting for the pop pop pop of gun fire to end the exchanges but it never came. Kylie and I …
Friday 26th July. Up at 7am & had an amazingly delicious authentic New York salmon & cream cheese bagel! So so good! We walked to Gray Line & picked up our NY passes from a man called Elmar. We added hop on hop off bus passes. "I am walking around with a big grin. This place is just like the movies!! I just saw a beautiful horse - so …
Thursday 25th July. Where do I start!? After the hours and hours of flying we finally arrived in New York, New York!! What an absolutely INCREDIBLE AMAZING BRILLIANT city! I understand the hype! It lives up to it's name as one of the best cities in the world in my opinion - so far!! When we arrived at JFK Airport we shuttled to our hotel & then …
... with their friends Tilly & Jasper in Rye and having the full suburban American Dream. Jax went to baseball practice with Jasper. And dude Macca was met by an entourage of American girls who due to the wonders of social media had been anticipating his visit for months. He performed his rap repertoire for them and they were duly impressed. As the New Yorkers would say - the boy certainly has chutzpah. See pics for a laugh.
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This is probably the best hotel for its value in New York City. I stayed here with three of my friends from Aug 2 to Aug 6. We stayed in a one bedroom suite with two queen beds, and a pull out sofa in the living room. The suite was huge! It was about 600 square feet if not more. There was a full kitchen (including stovetop, oven, full fridge and freezer, microwave, toaster, sink) and even pots, pans, glasses, and silverware! We saved some money by bringing food and cooking it in the kitchen. Also, the room had 2 full bathrooms, which was perfect because we had four people in the suite. The maid service was great. They always made sure that the room was cleaned by the time we returned. We paid only 150 per night for this hotel. Great DEAL!!!! If you are looking for a HUGE room and great amenities, then book the Southgate. One more thing... it is located on seventh avenue and 31st street, right across from Penn Station, so we were able to buy a week long MetroCard and travel throughout the city very quickly. We saved a lot of money instead of using taxis. GREAT HOTEL!
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Southgate lives up to all the positive reviews. For only $119.00/night (Expedia), my son & I were treated to 2 queen beds in a clean & spacious 1-room studio suite. When they did not have a studio avail. at our 2:30 AM arrival on our first of 4 nights, they upgraded us for no extra charge that one night to a 2-room bedroom suite. Everything was clean & in good shape (including baths), & staff was friendly & helpful. Only negatives, though minor, were occasional street noise, and the small 1929 bath room.
I recently stayed for 10 nights at the Southgate Tower Suite Hotel, basing my choice largely on the reviews on this website. With so many hotels in NYC, it really was hard to choose. I am so glad that I chose the Southgate. The 1 bedroom suite (which was only $150 a night via Expedia) was very spacious. Nice bedroom, large living room and full kitchen. A nice bonus was that our room had two full bathrooms! Not sure if all the 1 bedroom suites have that, but worth asking at check-in if 2 bathrooms would be convenient for you.
We just returned from a lovely weekend in NYC. One of the most pleasant discoveries was the Southgate Tower Suite Hotel. After reading horror stories about other NYC hotels, we chose the Southgate because the ratings and reviews were all very favorable, and the rates were affordable. We were not disappointed!! Starting with the courteous doorman; the friendly, lovely young lady at the front desk; a very clean, spacious suite with a nice view; a relaxing, delicious dinner at the Niles Restaurant; and, a quick, efficient checkout with arrangements made for a towncar to take us to the airport......it was a wonderful experience!!! We definitely look forward to staying there again.
Will definitely stay here again!
I cant believe how good this hotel is! Ive just come back from staying here 10 days and loved every minute of it.
I booked through Expedia - and because it was sooo cheap i thought that maybe it wouldnt be that good - but boy was i wrong! As soon as we arrived outside i couldnt believe how good it looked. The staff were very helpful, and the room was much much bigger then i expected. It was also very clean. Kitchen and bathroom were both spotless and still quite new.
Its location is also great - about 5 min walk from times sq - but the best thing is that it is accross the road from Penn station - so all u have to do is cross the road and u can travel virtually anywhere in manhatten! I advise anyone considering staying in New York to stay here - you wont be disappointed!
Just returned from a Great trip to New York. Stayed at the Southgate Tower Suite and I was truly impressed. It was a great location. The room was kept spotless and I found the staff to be courteous at all times.
A nice place to stay
It was the first time I had stayed in New York, and the hotel lobby was beautiful, it was large and spacious and clean, but the only bad thing was the view from my window, as all I could see was the advertisement for the Manhattan Yellow Book! But overall, a very enjoyable stay!
after looking on the internet for weeks to find a hotel we finally decided to go with southgate suites. we were not disapointed! the rooms were very clean, and the service was excellent. the maid staff wasnt' at all intrusive and the rooms were very spacious. the kitchen and the bathroom were a bit small but very clean and nice. kitchenette was equipped with silverware, and dishes. very quiet location, good for people who want to stay close to time square without all the hussle and bussle and wall to wall people. the hotel was also close to lots of authentic deli's and veggie restuarants too. the only thing i wasnt really pleased with was the look and feel of the room. it was very basic in it's design and seemed more suitable for business guest, which it probably was because there was a desk and laptop setup in our room. you cant beat the cost. we would definetly stay there again!
Spent 10 days in NYC and would definately stay at Southgate again. The room was large and clean. It was nice to have the kitchen. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Convenient location - across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.
Very clean and spacious, great location (next to Penn Station and Madison Square Gardens, easy walk to Times Square). We reserved through Expedia for $103 a night ($120 with tax), but they didn't have a studio when we checked in so they upgraded us to a full suite, with a bedroom and a separate living area. We had a wonderful view of the Empire State Building. The kitchenette was perfect for making tea and it was nice to have a fridge and ice cubes. The air conditioner was somewhat noisy, and we had to fuss with the shades to get the room dark enough, but otherwise no problems.