Address: 871 Seventh Avenue
New York / NY 10019 „
On my first visit to New York I stayed at the Wellington Hotel for 4 nights.
When looking into where to stay in New York we opted for somewhere reasonably priced with a great location. After all, the hotel was really just somewhere to sleep and dump our shopping bags after a long day!
The lobby itself is very welcoming and the staff were pleasant and helpful. The elevator was a must if you're on one of the higher floors! Occassionally we did have to use stairs to our room on the 8th floor because the lift wasn't working! That was not a great experience. There is a small gift shop and restaurant joined to the lobby.
The rooms are not large but are a comfortable size. Our room was split into two separate bedrooms, each with a double bed. Each room also had a cable TV set and clean bedding. Although you had to walk through one of the rooms to get to the bathroom which was slightly inconvenient when others were sleeping. There was also a small kitchenette with a fridge which was very useful for all the American food we kept buying!
The views from most of the rooms are not great. We had a view of another wall. However, this is not why I chose this hotel but if vistas are important then this hotel is probably not for you.
Although the rooms at the Wellington are on a room only basis there is a great little diner underneath the hotel. This was a must stop every morning for breakfast with such a lot of choice from pancakes to bagels to fruit, every taste was catered for. I would definately reccommend the place below for breakfast. Really good value as well.
Around the hotel there is so much choice for food options I wouldn't know where to start. The deli's are a must and there are many within walking distance of the Wellington. You can't go to New York without trying the cheesecake either!!
The hotel is located on 7th Ave and 55th St. Carnegie Hall is next door and the hotel is only a few blocks north of Times Square which is about a 5 or 10 minute walk. In the opposite direction Central Park is 3 blocks away. It is also about 10 minutes walk from 5th Ave with all the big shops. The location is the best thing about this hotel. There is also a subway station right outside the hotel if you need to travel further around Manhatten.
For the price of the rooms the Wellington has got to be one of the best located hotels in New York. From my experience this is what you really need in a city like this, a great location close to everything you would like to see while you are there. The close proximity to everything meant that if we did do some shopping we could to our rooms and leave bags there without having to waste much time in our days.
The hotel is not the most modern, well decorated hotel in New York. It was even good enough for Borat, but I'm not sure what that says about the place. I would really recommend the Wellington if you want a conveniently located hotel on a budget.
I stayed at the Wellington hotel on my second trip to New York, and the decision was based on a recommendation from the Travel Agent.
There were a few people in reception when we arrived at 3.30pm, and it took about half an hour to be checked in. There was quite a large lobby area with chairs and a sofa so we could sit down while we waited.
We had booked one double room and one twin room for our party but were told that there was no twin rooms available so we would have to have a double with a foldaway bed, which someone would bring to the room. When it arrived there was no way I would be sleeping on it as it seemed to be about 30 years old and ready to collapse at any minute. Fortunately I was staying with my sister so it wasn't really a huge problem that we shared a double bed.
I wasn't really happy with the room itself, it was small and the view was of an apartment building not even the street. It was in dire need of updating in the bathroom with rusty pipes clearly visible underneath the sink, and the tiles needing either replacing or regrouting, but it was clean and there was no repeat of the giant bug that I experienced at the Milford Plaza. It was quiet on that side of the hotel, no noise from the street, so the only thing that kept me awake at night was the sound from the room next door's tv.
There were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room, but with the deli downstairs it wasn't too much of a problem if you wanted a drink in the morning. There was a room service menu in the room, where you called down to the deli and they brought it upstairs to you but they generally do require a tip for doing so. There was a small newsagents shop downstairs for souvenirs and drinks and snacks which was convenient and stayed open until late so you didn't have to go outside the hotel if you wanted something to eat or drink as a snack.
The location of this hotel is great, just a few minutes walk to either Central Park or Times Square and you could easily stand and hail a taxi. On foot, we walked to Bloomingdales, FAO Schwartz and Times Square.
There are a number of deli's for food, notably the Park Cafe underneath the hotel or the Benash Deli across the street. There is the Molyvos Greek Restaurant right nextdoor but we never tried it so I can't comment on the food.
On checkout we booked a taxi to the airport through the hotel. It was described as a town car and I think was a little bit more spacious inside than the yellow cabs. It was $70 plus tip, and they called you in reception when the car was ready.
This hotel is a good base for travelling to New York. I don't think there was anything terrible about it and it is a good mid priced hotel.
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My boyfriend turned 30 a few weeks ago and for his present I booked us a trip to New York and the Wellington Hotel is where I picked for us to stay due to its central location in Manhattan.
Last Wednesday we flew out to NYC and checked into the Wellington.
If you didn't know already this is where part of the Borat film was made, the main scene being where he tries to unpack his things in the lift thinking its his room and so many Borat jokes ensued in the elevators during our stay.
The location of the hotel is amazing, its a 1 minute walk from Carnegie Hall, 2 minutes from Central Park and 5 minutes from Times Square and is located on the corner of 55th Street and 7th Avenue. The placement of the hotel was my favourite thing about it as it was just so easy to walk to some of the city's best attractions from here.
When we checked in the reception desk had 3 members of staff on hand so there was no queue and all the staff that I encountered very pleasant and always happy to help, bell hops were always on hand during the day and one at night too and the doorman was always very pleasant.
The hotel has a large lobby with sofas to rest on and from the lobby you can access the Molyvos restaurant which is a Greek restaurant and also has a bar inside if you just want drinks.
We did use the Molyvos bar but it was quite pricey so only went in there once as found cheaper bars nearby.
I cannot comment on the food as neither of us are keen on Greek cuisine.
The hotel also has its own cafe called The Park which serves breakfast, lunches dinners and snacks from 6am - 1am.
We ate breakfast in the cafe on one occasion and the meals were of a substantial size and very tasty, I had the sausage omelette but it was so big I could have shared it and my boyfriend had a small fried breakfast, the staff were pleasant in here and the service was very quick.
The hotel also has a hairdresser and gift shop and if you are hungry but want to stay in your room they offer room service from 6am - 12am but they do charge $3 per person who orders for this, my boyfriend ordered a beer so it ended up approx $10 for one drink.
Once we checked in we were told we had been upgraded to a Queen Suite free of charge but the room was of a size that I would expect a normal double (of which I had booked) to be, we did have a 32" LCD TV in the room though and a chest of drawers, desk and bedside cabinet.
The room was clean but the hotel has an overall old fashioned style decoration to it and our room was no different.
The view from our room wasn't amazing, it was of an apartment block next door but you could see 7th Avenue if you looked right.
The bathroom consisted of a toilet, sink and shower with a small bath underneath which would have been fine to bath a child in but not an adult as you couldn't lie down and relax.
The bathroom was very clean and the maid service at the hotel was good, they phoned our room to check if we wanted the service or not which was a nice touch.
Our room was approx £144 per night divided over the 5 nights we stayed so not amazingly cheap but I felt a reasonable price for the location and service from the hotel.
One of the only negatives I had about the hotel is when I booked it said free wi fi access but I had to pay $20 for this, I didn't argue it as I didn't have confirmation with me but upon double checking I shouldn't have had to spend that.
I would recommend the hotel to anyone who wants to be in the heart of Manhatten and I would stay here again if I went back (which I hope to do one day!).
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New York, New York, It's a hell of a town!! Ohh yes it is!
I went (with my Girlfriend) to New York earlier this year and stayed at the Wellington for 6 nights.
Let's start with the plus points:
You cannot get more cetral if you tried! The hotel is so close to everything. You are within easy walking distance of Central Park, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, The Rockefeller Centre, Times Square...you name it, and it's only a 5 minute walk away.
OK, the Statue of Liberty is a little way away, but that's what cabs (or legs) are for!
The other plus point is the gift shop and hotel cafe. The Cafe is open to everyone, but has a dedicated entrance for hotel guests. This is great if you fancy a nice hearty breakfast before days sight-seeing or - more likely - shopping!
The gift shop is equally useful. You can buy drinks/snacks, postcards, newspapers and memorabilia etc, but the really good bit is that you can buy tickets for bus tours/journeys well in advance.
Personally we didn't buy any tour tickets (due to budget restrictions), but we did buy tickets for a return bus trip to a retail outlet place called Woodbury Common.
You buy a slip of paper from the gift shop, then exchange this for tickets at the Port Authority bus terminal (located a few streets away); then you just jump on a bus and away you go! Awesome!
Now for the negative points:
The rooms are quite small, although to be honest, they are more than adequate if you are out all day.
The decor was quite dated as well, this gives the rooms a low quality feel.
Furthermore - but this is a common feature of New York living - it is highly likely that your room will overlook/or be overlooked by other buildings. So privacy is only possible by keeping the curtains and blinds closed.
In addition, the windows (in the room where we stayed) were only very thin double glazing, so street noise was definately an issue. But after a couple of days you get used to it, unless you're a very light sleeper.
The bathroom was quite small, but clean and fully functioning. The water pressure in the shower was great, but the flush on the toilet was somewhat pathetic - not so much a raging torrent of water, more of a small stream!
Overall, this hotel was more than adequate for a week's sightseeing in the Big Apple, but for any longer stays or for business use, you may need to consider elsewhere or upgrading to a better room.