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I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in January 2011. I booked it through hotelopia.com on a deal where you don't know the name of the hotel before you book it. They give you enough details to be able to work out where you will be staying, so I knew in advance that it was the Radisson Lexington on Lexington Avenue and 48th Street. Even if you can't work it out before booking, I would still recommend booking one of these "blind" deals as Hotelopia have a really good cancellation policy and you can cancel free of charge for a period after booking (although please do check this on their website incase their policy has changed since the time of writing). Location The Radisson Lexingon is situated around 4 blocks from Grand Central Station, in an area of Manhattan called "Midtown East". It's a good location to stay in if you want to see the main sights of the city and do some shopping. It's around 10 blocks away from Bloomingdales (which is also on Lexington Avenue) and the Rockefeller Center and the shops on 5th Avenue are an easy walk away (around 10 minutes to the Rockefeller Center). We mainly walked everywhere from the hotel, although it's in a very convenient location for the Subway, local buses and taxis are easy to come by outside the hotel. Times Square is approximately a 25 minute walk. Its location on the East Side of town makes it convenient for getting to New York's JFK airport, and the transfer from the airport to the hotel cost approximately $60 for a taxi including tolls and a tip. There are also other methods of getting into Manhattan from the airport including the Subway and coach services. Rooms Our room was very small with a small double bed. I was a little surprised by the size of the bed as I've travelled to the USA regularly and never had a bed smaller than a king size in any other hotels I've stayed in. I also found the bed to be quite uncomfortable, although the size of it may have had a bearing on this too. That was the only disappoint thing about the room though, and as we got a deal that worked out at about £70 a night we weren't too disappointed. The room and bathroom were both clean and were cleaned every day of our stay. We stayed in a room on the 21st floor, and I would request a high floor again as they tend to be quieter than the lower floors - especially good in "the city that never sleeps" We chose to pay $9.95 a day for wireless internet access in the room, but I wouldn't choose to do this again as the service was very slow. There is a McDonalds 2 blocks away which offers free wifi and the connection is significantly quicker. Hotel Facilities The hotel has a Starbucks coffee shop on the ground floor and also has 3 restaurants. We didn't eat at any of these restaurants though as they seemed quite pricey and we were in very easy reach of many other restaurants in the city. Most of the flights to the UK depart New York in the evening and so it is likely that you will have to check out of your room a few hours before leaving for the airport - hotel checkout time is 12 noon. The hotel offers a "left luggage" service which costs $2 per bag. This makes it very convenient for enjoying your last day in the city, although I've stayed at other comparable hotels in New York that don't make a charge for this service. Other than checking in and out we didn't need to speak to the hotel staff about anything during our stay, but they were very helpful when we arrived and departed, giving us good instructions about how to get to our room, and also letting us know about the "left luggage" facility. Overall We didn't spend a lot of time in the hotel, so I feel that we got good value for money from the deal that we booked. However, I don't think that I would choose to stay here again as I did find the bed small and uncomfortable.
I booked this hotel through expedia as they had it on special offer. I paid just over £1000 inc. flights with Virgin from London Heathrow to JFK for 4 nights for me and my mum (one night fell on thanksgiving so that really is cheap!) I think the average nightly cost is around £75. I didn't really read any reviews because I figured we wouldn't be spending too much time in there so it didn't really matter what the place was like! However, I did read some a few weeks after booking and they weren't all good, infact, over half were really bad. Many people complained that the rooms were very small and unclean. Some complained that the staff were unfriendly and some stated that the cleaners never came to their room for the entirety of their stay. I do not know if I was just REALLY lucky, if these people just like to complain or if they are used to staying in palaces, but I thought the hotel was brilliant. Especially as many friends have stayed in NY hotels where they didn't even have space to walk around their bed. When we arrived, the doorman escorted us to the front desk to check-in. The lobby is huge and looks very grand. Theres a bar, a few restaurants and even a Starbucks (great for mornings when your in a hurry!) We got to the desk and were told that we had been issued a double room and did we want to have a double or 2 singles, we didn't mind which so she gave us a double and told us we'd been given a free upgrade to a bigger room! We stayed on the 14th floor. Even the lifts are grand! When we got to our room, I have to admit I was a little anxious after reading the bad reviews but didn't care as long as there was a bed! However, the room was gorgeous and really big (and really clean). The bed was huge and really comfy, there was a plasma TV on the wall, a desk with computer chair and a bath and shower. Down the hall was an ice machine and we had an ice bucket with bags on our desk. The view wasn't that great but you don't go to New York to look out of your window do you? Oh, and the maid came everyday and was really friendly, as were all of the staff. There were construction works across the street but we couldn't hear them. Infact, the hotel, although very busy, was extremelly quiet of a night-time. The only noises we could hear were the horns from the Yellow taxis but you get used to them (that's all you hear all day!) The restaurants were a bit pricey and the food wasn't the best so I'd recommend you venture a bit further for dinner, you'll find somewhere nicer and better priced and theres loads of places to choose from and many within walking distance. The hotel is on 48th Street on Lexington Avenue. If you come out, turn right and take a short walk to 51st St, you'll come to the Subway should you wish to travel by it, however, you should find most places are within walking distance (if you don't mind walking that is) We only had to take the Metro once and that was to travel to the Financial District so we really saved ourselves some money and saw pretty much everything worth seeing, most of which was unplanned. The location of Raddisson Lexington really is superb so bring some really comfy shoes and try walking around instead of taking a bus or Metro, you'll see so much more than just the normal tourist attractions. Time square is about a 30min walk one way and Central Park about the same in the opposite direction. Rockefeller Centre is about 15 mins with the Empire State Building and Macys being about 45 mins away. If you want to take a bus or subway, grab a metrocard from the Station (you can't get if from the booth, you need to get it from the Metrocard vending machine which takes cash or debit/credit cards, or a store) and you can travel as much as you want on it for a set price. The 1-day Fun pass is $8.25 and works from the first use until 3am the next day. You can also buy a 7-day version if you are staying that long for $27 (this one is available from the booths). If you don't think you'll be using transport that much, the fare for a single subway or bus ride is $2.25 (if you take the bus, you need the correct change in COINS ONLY as they do not accept bills, or half-dollar coins for that matter) If you take the subway, you'll need to purchase a metrocard (pay-per-ride) for the same price. There's a convieniece store right across the street for you to stock up on soft drinks etc and make sure you do, the hotel doesn't have a vending machine and if you are doing a lot of walking, you will probably find yourself really thirsty of a night! Theres no fridge in your room so thats when the ice machine comes in real handy! Check out time was I think 11am so if you have a late flight, make the most of your last day by giving the doorman your cases. For a charge of just $2 per bag, he will put them in a locked room and give you a receipt. You just spend the day how you want and collect them when ever you are ready (the room is supervised 24 hours a day so no need to worry). I'm really glad I didn't see the bad reviews before I booked because they may have altered my decision in staying here. And I really think staying here allowed us to make the most of our time in the City. When I go back to NY (I'm sure I will again one day!) I'll definately try to stay here again.