Historical Traveller Reviews of Grand Union Hotel
A Pleasant Surprise
from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked my room at the Grand Union for my first visit to NYC in July 2004. I was nervous because I feared that a cheap rate meant an inferior hotel. When I arrived, I was VERY happy. The location was great. I also loved the freshness of the newly remodeled lobby (there was even a big roll of new carpet awaiting installation in the rooms). It was safe, reasonably priced, clean, quiet and the staff was wonderful. I must admit that my room also had a rather stale smell, but I'll go to the store and purchase an air freshener next time. The bathroom was small but clean. I also loved the powerful shower and endless supply of hot water. It's close to everything and if you like Asian food, there are several Asian restaurants surrounding it. I also loved the deli that was previously mentioned. My room was also the size of a Red Roof Inn room. I highly recommend the hotel and will definitely stay there again.
Great Hotel, Great Location
My wife and I stayed at the Grand Union April 15-19th and had an excellent stay. Room was on the 4th floor and did not face the street but it was super quiet at all times. The Empire State Building, Macys, Madison Square Garden are only a short walk away, as well as deli's, coffee shops and fast food places. A subway is located pretty much right outside the door and its only a short walk to the corner to hail a cab which was easy and only 4$ or less to times square. The room was cozy, very clean and comfortable, bathroom was nicely done in marble and also very clean. The Grand Union is a good deal for the price and location. Had a great time and would stay there again.
from A TripAdvisor Member
... the absolutely terrible traffic outside! We didn't get a wink all night and not even ear plugs helped. We stayed in a room on the second floor facing the street and the noise from the street were so bad that you believed that the windows had been left open. Unfortunatly, they hadn't been.
BUT, we stayed only one night. If we had stayed more nights, I would have tried to get another room and preferably a quieter one facing the back. I would then have loved the Grand Union. The room was very nice and clean, the staff was very nice and helpful and the location and price are great!
Convenient, Location was good
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed for 8 days at this hotel and were very happy with it. Of course being in New York, the room and the bathroom were very small. The location was great, walking distance to most everything, and the room was cleaned and bed made every morning in a timely manner. For the price, this was a great stay!
Good for few days
From May 14-17 my husband and I stayed at Gran Union Hotel. The location of the hotel is excellent and the staff's attention too. Around it there are many places to eat and buy "munchis". The room and the bathroom was small but very clean. To stay for few days is good, but if you plan to stay in NYC one week or more, you can find others hotels for the same price. Anyway, this hotel is good to stay.
Good for a budget
This hotel is a room. For the price ive had better, but then again this is NY and the price is good for Last minute. The room smelled like smoke and the windows didnt close properly. Regardless, This hotel is in a good location and would do again if it were last minute.
A bit ghetto
I would agree with most of what has been written by other reviewers.
The only problem I had with the hotel was that the carpet in the room I stayed in was pretty scuzzy and needed replacing. Also, the windows there have never been cleaned. There was a neglected feel to the room.
Bathrooms are spotless and shower very hot and powerful! Very important after a hard day's sightseeing! A fine place to stay but you could stay at AYHA at 103rd and Amsterdam for $30 a night and it's spotless. I went on the recommendation of other reviews of the Grand Union on this site and expected the place to be gleaming - it's not.
perfectly wodnerful staff
very positive experience. though not a fancy place, it is clean, safe and the staff is very friendly, helpful, and accomodating. i was not thrilled with the room they gave me, and when i called the desk to say so they immediately offered me another room - my choice! on the day of checkout, i asked if i could checkout at 1 rather than noon, and they said absolutely, no problem - at no charge. (some hotels are terrible sticklers for late checkouots...). i will absolutely return. only problem, no clock in the room. and maybe the reception area could do with some kind of colour rather than the very stark white walls and flourescent lights (a little harsh on the eyes). but for the price, wouldn't stay anywhere else.
This was our first visit to New York so we were a bit wary. At first sight of the hotel I just wanted to go home, but once inside could'nt of been happier. The first room they gave us the shower would'nt work but a very quick visit to reception sorted that out straight away, and we were moved. The staff were so friendly and very helpful recommending places for us to go. The room it's self was clean and warm (just what you need after spending all day out on a late November day!) Was close to EVERYTHING! and also the Brooklyn Bagel Cafe on the corner at 5th avenue we went there every day. Would recommend the Grand Union to anybody.
Nice, clean and excellent value in a perfect location
Stayed in NY for 5 days in Feb during the recent cold freeze. The hotel is comfortable and clean and seemingly full of English tourists. The front desk is helpful and even let me have a late checkout which was very nice. It's a block and a half from the Empire State, about 3 blocks from Macys, about a 15-20 minute walk to Times Square, a 25 minute walk up 5th Ave to Central park and a 20 minute walk down 5th Ave to Union Square past the Flatiron building. It's in a nice quiet area and there's excellent pizza places, a 24 hour bagel and coffee places on the next block near the Empire State and two internet cafes within 5 minutes walk. The French restaurant nearby was good offering a fixed price 3 course menu. There's also a 24hr convenience store/pharmacy at the Empire State and linked to the hotel foyer is a small burger place that does okay breakfasts, coffee and even make a normal cup of tea (so hard to find!). There's a subway stop on the same block that goes downtown and uptown which is perfect for getting to most of the sites and 2 ATMs across the corner. I found that I could easily walk to the hotel from Penn Station about 6 blocks away so I could catch the airtrain to Penn station, and then simply walk to the hotel which was much cheaper than catching a cab. The rooms are comfortable and cleaned daily, they are of a good size, there's heaps of TV channels, a bath/shower and a clean marble bathroom. My only complaint is that while it was -15C outside my room was too hot, but not uncomfortable - better than being cold I guess! The locked luggage room was very handy. There's also a fridge and an airconditioner in the room as well. No coffee/tea making facilities. I'd definitely stay here again but I'd try to get a front corner room for a view of the Empire State.
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