New York, NY, 10023
Trip Advisor Rating: 4 ½ stars
My stay: December 2013
Location: The Hotel Beacon is beautifully situated only a short stroll away from Central Park, which is especially convenient if, like me, you’re one for early morning walks at the most peaceful time of day. The 72st metro station (serving lines 1,2 & 3) is also only a quick stroll away, which means, although not in the centre of the tourist hub of Times Square, for the small price of a metro ticket you can be there in almost no time. Main attractions near to the hotel also include the Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Centre, and the adjoining Beacon Theatre. In my opinion the area was also quite safe, and even as a young female, had no hesitations traversing the streets no matter the time of day or night. There is also a conveniently located diner less than five steps away from the hotel lobby.
Room: I actually stayed here on two separate occasions within the span of only a few weeks: both times booking a standard double room, which were always impeccably clean and tidy (serviced daily). The rooms also come equipped with a small stovetop, microwave and fridge (as well as a limited amount of cutlery); while we never cooked during our stay the fridge and microwave did come in handy for storing and re-heating leftovers.
Staff: The desk staff were always more than helpful, and are all ready to help you with any aspect of planning your trip; whether it be organising transport, giving directions or finding the best New York cheesecake in town.
Price: Not the cheapest hotel in New York, but it was reasonably priced for the quality of the stay (remember, beds in New York are never going to be too kind on your wallet!). A quick look on Trivago currently shows deals of around $300AU a night (as of 12 Mar. 15).
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars