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Good hotel, shame about the bed
Lexington Hotel (New York, USA)
Member Name: rlc2281
Lexington Hotel (New York, USA)
Advantages: Good location. Clean room. Good deals available
Disadvantages: Small room. Small, uncomfortable bed.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Good hotel if you get a good price.
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