Carlton Hotel

, New York City, United States
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Carlton Hotel

, New York City
3 star

Rooms: 350

22 East 29th Street - New York City - New York - 10016 - United States Hotel Website | | 2125324100
191 Traveller

Reviews - Carlton Hotel

Terrible Hotel!
Submitted by: Mom in 06/02/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
Service was horrible, food average and air conditioner wasn't working. We were promised a free night stay. I've left 3 messages and have sent several emails. No reply. Would not recommend to anyone.
Good location and value
Submitted by: Richard Murray-Nobbs in 20/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I stayed at the Carlton while it was being done up so the place was a bit of a mess - particularly the "lobby" area which was very cramped. There was also the inevitable noise and some dust but fortunately I was out by 7am every morning and back after dark so I never really noticed. That has all changed no doubt so let me tell you about the parts that should have stayed the same. The location is excellent. Right next door almost to the Empire State Bldg, for a first time visitor to NY I couldn't have been in a better place. Rooms were small - maybe OK for a couple of lovebirds but if you are having one of those days with your spouse, the rooms ain't going to help. For singles just about OK. Having said that they were very comfortably appointed and the wood panelling etc was a nice touch. Bathrooms were very nice with good light and lovely fittings. Even the bath was a reasonable size. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there and found it very good value at US$140 or thereabouts. But that was a discount rate for the inconvenience of the work. Staff were friendly and although there was no dining in hotel at that time there were plenty of restaurants within walking distance. As a business traveller I was disappointed not to have internet but that may be provided now. All in all I would recommend it for a short, comfortable if slightly cramped stay in the very heart of Manhattan.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Carlton Hotel

A home away from home

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was very dubious at first when I arrived at this hotel because of the unconventional look of the place, but after one night I knew it was for us. We stayed 12 nights there, and you cannot beat the price of this place, and the privacy. If you pay upfront for 7 days they give you a discount too. It was hard making the 4 flights of stairs every day but our room was very quiet and clean with our own bathroom. Had to ask staff for clean towels but that was ok, they are very very friendly. They even let you pick your room as they are all different.
Location is great, a couple blocks to the subway, in a safe area. I'm definitely staying here next time I'm in NYC, and I'm telling all my friends to do the same!


from MNTravel_couple
My boyfriend and I spent a long weekend at Carlton Arms in October and have only good reviews. The price was perfect at only $240 for 3 nights. We stayed in 6C, with murals painted in warm colors, creating a somewhat romantic feel. While there are rooms with private baths, we opted for just a sink in the room. Besides, it was no problem using the hallway fact it was fun to explore each of the designs. Lots of great little ethnic restaurants are just a short walk away and the subway is only few blocks in each direction. It is located in the middle of the city, so access to Central Park, Soho, Chinatown, etc are not a problem. The Carlton Arms is certainly not a chain hotel with all the amenities of home, but we appreciated this "something out of the ordinary". We plan to stay here again in the future; it was clean, affordable, unique, and well-located.

Definitely unique

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've travelled the world and stayed in a variety of accomodations, but never anywhere quite like this. I stayed at the Carlton Arms last weekend with three friends for three nights. We had a four person room with bathroom.

I thought this place was more like a hostel than a hotel, without the daily cleaning services, common room, and kitchen facilities. We stayed in 11D and called it "the garden room". It had two double beds, a closet, dresser, radio, sink and bathroom with tub/shower and toilet. I noticed an air conditioner in the closet. There was one tiny mirror over the tiny sink that didn't work (we checked the bulb to make sure that was not the problem). It was not good for putting in contacts, putting on makeup, etc.

Our room was relatively clean when we arrived but seemed like it hadn't been aired out for years. The hotel is old and has that ground-in dirt feel/smell. Fortunately, there were two windows and a ceiling fan. Upon check in they told us if we wanted clean sheets or towels (or toilet paper, etc.) we had to take them to reception and trade them. Our room was not cleaned while we were there.

The artwork is cool and we asked if we could have a look at the empty rooms while we were there. Overall, the international staff were quite friendly.

The central location is great for going all over Manhattan and I thought the price was good. You more or less get what you pay for.

Our flight left at night. Check out is 11:30am and they have a storage room for luggage. We left our bags for the day and collected them before heading off the the airport. Cab fare for the four of us to La Guardia was $22.

My only complaint was the sound of the pipes (and sometimes the condensation from them dripped on the bathroom floor) - the first night it woke me (us), several times. I bought earplugs and it didn't bother me after that.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Came to this hotel/hostel on my honeymoon and absolutely loved it. We paid app. $ 500 for a weeks stay (believe it or not in NYC ! ) and got to choose from 4 different rooms whichever style suited us the best. We chose to stay in a classroom themed room with shared bath and toilet in the hall. It was never really a problem getting to use those. No long queues though it seemed the hotel was booked full. The facilities were cleaner than expected from a cheap eastside hotel decorated by artists...... saw only one cockroach and that was when it came in through our open window ! Impressive.
Our room had the fireescape right outside which proved a great spot for chilling at night looking out on the traffic and observing New York.
I can only recommend this to anybody going to NYC. It had way more charm than a regular hotel, it was nice and clean, the staff was cool and friendly at all times, and the location great. I´m coming back there for sure.

Surreal Experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is only for the adventurous! Basically a youth hostel. Very cool rooms. They let some residents paint and decorate the rooms. Ours was like being in a large shadowbox collage. Nice to visit as an art gallery, but... The whole place smelled so strongly of fresh paint from the moment we walked up the stairs it gaves us a head ache, we never got used to it. The sink in the room had a quarter-sized hole in the drain pipe that let 1/2 the water out on the floor. We could not use the bathroom down the hall the entire time we were there. Everytime we tried to use it there was water pouring down from the ceiling above. For $22/night you'll have a lifetime of stories.

A (fond) farewell to arms

from A TripAdvisor Member
Granted, I am way hipper than your average tourist, and if you are you go to soak up the essence of a place rather than to race around trying to see the empire state building and the statue of liberty, Do not miss your chance to stay here.
This is where you go to BE a bohemian New Yorker. Get a little dirty, clean up your own mess, and live the downtown life for a while...but only if you'll open your mind and be kind...I may be staying down at the end of the tomb from you and I don't want to share a shower with a bunch of whiners.

maybe not for everyone, but this soccer mom loved it

from A TripAdvisor Member
I'm not sure how I found this hotel, and it took some work convincing my 2 other girlfriends to take a chance on it. It is definitely not for everyone, but if you go in knowing it's not a full service hotel and understanding it'll be a little worn then you will be rewarded with a truly unique stay. I found the staff so warm helpful. Extra towels, tourist questions and even a vacuum (which was only needed cause we were messy)was happily supplied. The rooms and hallways were inspiring, amusing and sometimes wild. The rooms were so cool...and so cold since the air conditioners were awesome. Other guests would often ask to peek in your room just to see more room. We had our own bathroom, but also used the shower down the hall for speed or a strong shower. The rooms are small and 3 girls getting ready could have used a few more outlets and lights, but you can get those at any Howard Johson boring hotel . I suppose that one must be a little flexible and strong legged (we were on the 5th floor) but if you want a fun , way affordable and funky stay then this is the place for you. My girlfriends and I (all almost 40) come to NYC every year, and have vowed to try someplace new everytime, but this place changed everyones mind and we will definitely stay here again.

Pack light for the Carlton Arms

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a great time staying there. Felt like we'd traveled back to the 60's. Including that the hotel was a little funkier than we'd imagined. We stayed in a room with a bathroom, and it had a great big old bathtub with feet, but for those who prefer showering, there was a rubber hose and not much water pressure. I'd recommend just bringing a backpack, and no heavy suitcases. There is no elevator, the hotels starts up one floor and has five floors.

s not an Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I´ve been in the hotel last week for 9´s not an hotel, it has not facilities ( not existant), no cleaning into the rooms...nothing. It´s original but is only a rooms renting that´s all. On the other side, the staff is great and it´s cheap. It needs an urgent remodelation.

Unusual NYC Experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
On the positive side, this place has a excellent address. Its location is ideal to experience New York City life, and the staff was both helpful and cheerful. Guests should, however, not expect any frills.
The rooms were spartan: no TV or phone and the linens/towels were changed only upon request. Anyone expecting standard hotel cleanliness should bring their own cleaning agents for the bathtubs.

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  • Address: 22 East 29th Street - New York City - New York - 10016 - United States
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