Travel Blogs from New York City
Last night the noise from the street below (and we were on the 8th floor!) was worse than ever before, reaching a crescendo between 5am and 6:30am. For this whole period of time there was a garbage truck emptying small metal bins into the compactor. I'm not sure how so much waste could come from one building! Jac and I have now decided that we …
The city that doesn't sleep sure lived up to it’s name last night, as we were kept awake by the sounds of garbage trucks reversing and picking up their loads, fire trucks and police cars going up our street most of the night. I really think the NYFD and NYPD are chronic overusers of their sirens. The street we are on (W 44th St, …
After a few hectic days and late nights in Philly, we took the opportunity this morning to have a sleep-in…..not that the NYPD thought we should do this. Their sirens/horns were going all night….and our street isn't even a main thoroughfare! I think they are a little too eager to use their sirens in this city!
We set off on …
We spent a lazy morning getting packed and organised, said farewell to Gavin and headed to 30th St station to get the Mega Bus to New York City. We were at the bus stop with plenty of time to spare this time, so we could get seats alongside one another......however it was pretty chaotic there. Nobody seemed to be in control and the lines …
... was a voice from behind us "sorry sir this a tour" - oh well we tried!!!
We then started our walk on the 'High Line' a lovely elevated garden walk on converted old railway line going from 14th Street to 34th Street Great views could be seen from this elevated walkway - old buildings, the Hudson River and because it was a clear day we had a good view of the Statue of Liberty. We did the walk in both directions then back to The Lobster ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Mansfield New York City
Booked this through expedia as part of a package and then read the reviews (wrong order i think and i would advise reading the reviews first!). some of the reviews said it was excellent and some said not so good and i would say it honestly falls somewhere in between. Location is excellent. Between 5th and 6th Avenue and about 5 minutes from Times Square and the subway to other parts of the city. Rooms are small but not as miniscule as some of the reviews made out (but Americans may be used to more spacious accomodation). Didn't try out the M bar but it certainly looked classy. All the reviews talked about the 24 hour cappucino machine but you should also know there's tea too! Staff were friendly and courteous but there's no room service to speak of (and nothing in your room to indicate what services if any-- except laundry--that the hotel would provide). One small gripe about service was the fact that we mentioned 3 times about poor TV reception (TV viewing was not high on our list of things to do in NYC so it didn't matter that much except early morning and late night) and were promised attention that never ever came.All in all a clean, smart and perfectly acceptable hotel and a great central location to return to every evening and polite staff. We felt that we had a good experience staying at the hotel but part of us kept thinking that perhaps we could have got a better experience staying elsewhere on a similar budget...but who really knows.
I don't know why everyone raves about the location: not close to The Park, not close to the best shopping (Soho & Village), not close to business (Wall Street). But my stay here was very happy. Try to get the penthouse suite, if possible. Two floors of sunlight and comfort; two tvs, two full bathrooms... Would definitely come again!
Would definitely go back to the Mansfield!
We loved this elegant, yet unpretencious, boutique hotel in a great location in midtown. The staff is excellent, the rooms (small) but beautiful with desirable amenities. Loved the coffee/tea bar in the lobby. Check the hotel's website for the best rates I could find, even compared to expedia and travelocity.
Interesting fusion of Beaux Arts and contemporary style marks this boutique hotel as noteworthy--restoration manages to sensitively reflect the history of the building. The location is exceptional for both the NYC first-timer and familiar mid-town acolyte, with the Oak Room at the Algonquin a nice counterpoint reached by a one-minute stroll. Standard rooms easily fall into the category of small, even for NYC, but are immaculately maintained and furnished with luxuries like Frette linen and Aveda bathroom products. Another nice feature is the on-tap Cappuccino, Americano et al. available from the reading room on the lobby level. What is less impressive is the absence of genuine room service and intimacy typically associated with boutique hotels. Staff are reasonably attentive, but frequently seem pre-occupied. Hence on balance you?d fare better at the Algonquin Hotel if seeking a substantive feel of permanence that manages to echo halcyon days in the City, whereas the Warwick Hotel would fulfil the needs of those who need a full-service hotel that combines generously sized rooms without a corporate feel. Both alternatives are similarly priced to the Mansfield Hotel, but represent more satisfying examples of this category of hotel.
Why the fuss?
The reviews were in and they were wrong....My room brought me closer to New York in all the worst ways...no soundproofing so every street noise above a whisper wafted through my window--and the plumbing is so audible that when someone flushed I could not hear the tv, really. I booked the larger room..larger to a Lilliputian. It was almost impossible to take a shower without flooding the bathroom. The service matched the rest of the experience..my phone buzzed so loud I had to cancel a conference call..was told it would be fixed and had to call three times to make that happen asked three times for a mending kit...no taxis On the plus side...the location is good. It is actually in the city.
We don't stay anywhere else.
*I miss the breakfast.
Loved the Mansfield Hotel
We went to NYC for the Thanksgiving Day parade and a broadway show (Frankie & Johnnie in the Clair de Lune).
The hotel is on west 44th street, a couple of blocks from Times Square and on the fringes of the Broadway Theatre district. When we checked in, the Mansfield Hotel offered us complimentary glasses of champaign.
The room was tiny but more than adequate considering that we got the room for only $120/night through priceline.
The bar was closed because of some problems transferring the
liquor licence. Continental breakfast was served for $10, which is what they charged to bring a large pot of coffee to our room. However, there was free complimentary coffee (an expresso machine) in the reading room off the lobby. The staff was extremely friendly!
A wonderful location at an outstanding price (Expeedia gets you one night free). W. 44th right off of 5th is a great place to be, close to everything, but quiet even in midday. The two blocks to Times Square are full of interesting things (the whimisical facade of the landlocked home of the NY Yacht Club is worth a trip down 44th alone) and first rate restaurants. Be sure to get a suite. The rooms are small (as is the whole building) but the suite is a great value and exceptionally comfortable. The M Bar is terrific and the service friendly and welcoming... their Manhattan is as good as any you will ever get in its namesake city. The 24 hour espresso machine doesn't sound like that much of an amenity, but is a real treat when you get in late from a night on the town. Only downsides... airshaft views from the suites and no in-room movies... but if you'd wanted the Sheraton you'd have gone their anyway. A special place for people who enjoy and understand Manhattan.
I stay in NYC every few weeks on business and part of the pleasure is booking a different hotel each time through the online travel web sites. I read some great things about the Mansfield hotel. Unfortunately, they over-rated this- at best- three star hotel.
I stayed 3 nights at the Mansfield in May 2002, after reserving a package through expedia.com without knowing anything about the hotel. What a delightful stay!! The room was small-small, but then I'm from Texas and I understand all rooms in Manahattan are small. But the quiet, and eminities were great--down pillows, down comforter and quaintly renovated bathroom with a modern touch was a great oasis after days of combing Manhattan. The staff was helpful, professional and tolerant of this rube. If you book a package deal, don't expect the penthouse suite, but you will not be disappointed. I am a single woman and felt very safe. I was also tickled to get a knock on my door each evening from a staff member with chocolates. One morning I returned from breakfast to find a rose on the bedstand. You can't beat the ambience--I could have mistaken myself to be in Europe--or the feeling of luxury.