Herald Square Hotel

, New York City, United States
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Herald Square Hotel

, New York City
4 star

Rooms: 10

19 West 31st Street - New York City - New York - 10001 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 279 4017
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Reviews - Herald Square Hotel

Submitted by: Albert Stanish in 02/07/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
If you need a place to sleep/shower/and hang you cloths this is it. You need not worry about the amenities, bar/spa/pool as they are not there. You are in the city to have a good time, not stay cooped up in the hotel.
Great Location!!
Submitted by: Emily Richardson in 27/06/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
I've stayed at the Herald Square Hotel twice already and loved every time. The rooms were inexpensive and we were right next to Time Square. This hotel is great for students travelling on a small budget and who don't mind sharing a small space with 3 best friends!!! We had a blast and I will continue to stay at this hotel when I'm visiting NYC.
Cheap & (not so) Cheerful
Submitted by: Helen Marchant in 24/06/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Upon arriving the staff were quite rude, they told us we had not booked all of the rooms which we had previously reserved, after showing them the reservation details they 'managed' to find us all our (4) rooms. They made it sound like they were doing us a favour. But in actual fact the rooms had already been booked and paid for. It states that there are tea & coffee facilities in the room's, which there aren't. The rooms were clean, some were very small. There was a horrible smell in the corridors. Overall the only good thing about this hotel is the location.
What a bargain!
Submitted by: Laurie Brinklow in 23/05/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
My family and I stayed at the Herald Square Hotel last summer during peak season, when it was $99 a night. The name Herald Square had been passed on to me by someone else who had stayed there earlier in the year. In carrying out our research, it was by far the cheapest decent hotel room we could find (like half or a third!), and it was just what we needed. I understand the rate has since gone up to $139, but I expect other hotels have gone up comparably, too. But what a bargain! The location was perfect - we were able to find it easily, park the van (for $20 extra a night, and, despite the dead battery when we picked it up five days later, it was well worth it!), and just walk or cab it everywhere. The hotel was clean, the beds comfortable, and we felt completely safe being there with our kids. I love the fact that it used to be the Time-Life building, and the framed covers throughout the building are a nice touch. I've since passed on the name and phone number to other folks I know who have been planning a New York stay, and they've been more than satisfied, too.
Safe and Affordable
Submitted by: Micky Pelletier in 23/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
When I say I just want to pay for a bed and a shower that's exactly what I got. Right price for the location and amenities. I would stay again.
Best for your money
Submitted by: Sarah Pope in 04/05/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
When I was booking my trip to New York City I knew that finding a hotel that was not going to cost a fortune was going to be difficult. I did some searching and eventually came across the Herald Square Hotel. I liked that it was located conveniently right down town and close to everything. The hotel itself has a small lobby and slow elevators. The only complaint about the hotel is that the hallways reminded me of an old apartment building that has not been well maintained. The rooms and very nice, well lit, and secure. They have very comfortable beds as well as a TV desk and closet in each room. The shower was great (nice and clean). I was nervous at first to be in New York City by myself but once I was in my room at this hotel I felt perfectly safe and at home. I would recommend this hotel to anyone that is trying to save money on their trip but does not want to stay in a dive.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Herald Square Hotel

A Good Alternative to the Homeless Shelter or a Cardboard Box

from OklahomaFineLiving
Out of curiosity I went to tripadvisor to hear peoples comments on the Herald Square Hotel. Several years ago we went to New York around Christmas ( the most beautiful time to be in New York City ) and did not wish to pay $200.00 a night plus 20% tax. The Herald Square looked decent online. How bad could it be? Well the location was good ( alot of Korean businesses and restaurants in the area ). Not the perfect location but fairly central. I've never been to a hotel before where the clerk had to buzz the door to unlock it so we could enter the lobby. The front desk is behind bullet proof plexiglass. Since our room was not ready you can store your bags in lockers (like the kind in a bus terminal) This is definitely not the Plaza. Upon my wife and I entering the room I knew we were going to have a problem. We were told the bed was going to be a "French Double" ...... we are both big people and had to sleep sideways!!! It did get really hot at night and since the window did not open we had no choice but to turn on the airconditioner in the window during the winter. You had to take a step up to enter the bathroom like on a cruise ship. Bathroom fixtures were certainly dated. --- To this day, my wife and I whenever rating a hotel always say " We'll it's not as bad as the Herald Square"! I travel alot and this was the very worst! It sounds like the European clients are happy with the hotel, yet the Americans are not. We paid about $80.00 a night plus tax. For a little more stay at one of the Best Westerns where they have to maintain chain standards.

If its a great location that your looking for!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Herald Sqaure in Jan 2003.We were slightly disappointed when we arrived.The web site was a bit generous in its description.The location was excellent to say the least.The fact that there is no comfortable reception are makes it feel a bit cold on arrival.The rooms were verging on tiny.They were clean & very warm however.Would pass on the name of hotel to friends , but would be very clear on what they can expect.Others might not have been as complacent. Location is 5 star , hotel is debatable!

Not too Bad, Not too Great

from A TripAdvisor Member
Mixed feelings about the Herald Square Hotel. On the plus side, the location is central, the front desk staff is very friendly, and the price is hard to beat. (Including taxes and fees, I paid $98 per night for a single room with bath.) The room was worn, but clean. On the down side: the room was an absolute inferno, and there was no way to open the window. There was incessant noise from the ice machine in the hallway (perhaps guests were trying to douse themselves with the cubes to cool off from the room heat?), so it won't be pleasant if you're a light sleeper. And the last morning I was there, one of the hotel's maintenance workers whistled so loud in the hallway, I thought my TV turned itself on to the Andy Griffith show or one of the guests checking in was Uncle Remus from "Song of the South." All in all, if you just need a place to crash for one or two nights while you tour the city, it would be a good deal. But note to management, please quiet your symphonic janitor before sunrise.

Excellent location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed here from 3rd - 7th December. Room small but clean, noisy central heating pipes but cosy inside from the snow so we didn't mind the noise. Perfect location and friendly staff. Would definitely stay their again

Would stay here again

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed here for 4 nights 4-7 December. Room small but clean, staff helpful & friendly. Bed comfortable and bathroom fine. Handy location - this was our third visit to NY, first at this hotel as recommended by friends. Would certainly stay there again.Trevor & Jessean Phillips

Herald the Herald Square Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is more than just a Hotel with great prices and location, it a museum! .... The Original Life Magazine lives here... Pictures, Art work, History cover the walls of the rooms and hallways. This is more than a great place to stay it's an experience. There is a room for everyone here. Clean, Safe, And the staff is Friendly and oh so helpful. My Friends recommended it and they were RIGHT!! BRAVO!!

The Price Is Right!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Great budget place to stay in New York. The central location is excellent, close to Empire State, Madison Square Garden, 10 mins. to Times Square. The rooms are clean, the staff was friendly and the security of having the front desk buzz you in was great. If you are looking for views or room service, this is not the place to stay. You could pay way more money and stay somewhere else, but when you're in NYC, how much time do you really spend in your hotel?


from Melb33
After reading reviews of this hotel on another website and visiting the actual hotel website, we decided to try the Herald Sqare in November 02. We are returning to New York this November, BUT NOT AT THE HERALD SQUARE. We booked a room for four, but upon arrival were given a room for three (after the ride on the very small, very scary elevator). We were given a new room on the first floor. This room had a black out window, the mattresses sagged in the middle and we were kept awake at night by the loud heating unit and commotion in the hall way all night.
Pay a little extra and try the Red Roof or Comfort Inn just a few blocks up!

Nasty hotel, great city

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Herald Square Hotel for only one night, thank god, in June 2003. I saw the hotel online and thought it looked pretty from the outside so I went with it. Boy, was I wrong. The hotel was disgusting.
The lobby was dirty and the front desk people barely spoke English. Our hallways on our floor reeked of B.O., so bad that we actually had to hold our noses. Our room was for 3 people so we had one full size bed and one single bed. The bed was just a little bit smaller than the room, and the single bed was in a miniscule room connecting to the bigger room with no door. The sheets on the bed were gross, as were the pillows. I slept in as many clothes as possible so I didn't have to rub up against the sheets. The bathroom was so small that I almost got stuck in it, and I'm not a big person. We didn't shower since we only stayed one night and left early the next morning to go home. I didn't even look in the shower for fear of being even more disgusted. The whole place was filthy and smelled either of B.O. or mothballs and people were smoking in the hallway. Despite this nasty hotel, I had a great time in NYC. We went sight-seeing for over 12 hours in one day and were completely exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel. The hotel is very close to Times Square (about 10 blocks away) which is very convenient. We tried walking everywhere to save money but by midday we were too tired. All in all, had a fun time but I will never stay at this hotel again, or recommend it to anyone. Someone said its good for students on a budget, which we are, but spend the extra money and go somewhere else.

affordable and friendly

from A TripAdvisor Member
Business brings me to NYC every month for 3-4 days.I found the Herald Square Hotel while walking on 31st street. It is hard to just walk past this place, lots of eye candy and a story to tell. I asked to see a room and was very impressed with their prices and rooms. It has been my" pied a terre "since 2001. Always affordable, clean and friendly.
Ask for the 9th floor

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  • Address: 19 West 31st Street - New York City - New York - 10001 - United States
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"Clean/comfortable/secure" - Albert Stanish

"Great Location!!" - Emily Richardson

"Cheap & (not so) Cheerful" - Helen Marchant

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