Hotel Belleclaire

, New York City, United States
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Hotel Belleclaire

, New York City
3 star

Rooms: 189

250 West 77th - New York City - New York - 10024 - United States Hotel Website | | 2123627700
1456 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel Belleclaire

9/10
New renovated and really nice
Submitted by: Julia in 09/10/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Germany
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
I had some bad experience with Hotels in NY and was sceptical! And the building from the outside didn't help to change that! But the inside is all new, the rooms the way they look on the pictures on the homepage. New bathrooms and not just cheap renovated! I really like the location and the hotel and couldn't believe it is that inexpensive!! We didn't care about the breakfast so I don't even know if the had one! But the rooms and the location were worth it!
9/10
Comfortable & Quiet
Submitted by: Samantha in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
Situated just off Broadway North Manhattan, Hotel Belleclaire is close to the subway station so easy to travel around. Taxis a plenty also. Good restaurants and cafes are close by and within walking distance of Central Park and other amenities/museums. Friendly staff. The hotel rooms are basic but clean with shared facilities. Great base for traveling around New York as just outside of the hustle and bustle. Would definitely visit again.
6/10
No More The 'Belle Of The Ball'
Submitted by: Martin Betz in 03/11/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
You get what you pay for - no more. Once a beautiful building, it is in need of some renovation. There was scaffolding on the outside but no active work being done while we were there (thankfully, perhaps). The front desk dealt with us in a perfunctory manner. The room was small and very basic, as expected. It was fairly clean. Security could have been a problem although we had not difficulties. The shared bathroom was fine - clean enough, no shortage of hot water and the towels weren't too threadbare. The bed was a bit past it's due-date. There was no need to test the AC - the heat worked fine. There was a small gym which was basic but satisfactory. The tiny, funky souvenir/newsagent/tour booking shop just inside the front door of the hotel was run by a friendly New Yorker - easy to deal with. Internet access (cramped quarters)was available at a reasonable rate. Of course the best part of the hotel was its location - the upper west side is a great place spend your time, not inside your hotel.
4/10
No Problems
Submitted by: James in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Only stayed in the hotel one night, and indeed for a couple of hours due to a crazy night but the room was fine for the price. Not exactly roomy but very clean and comfy bed. The one hour sleep I had was very nice!
7/10
Classy But Cramped
Submitted by: Terry Wiegert in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
The Belleclaire staff and management do well considering what they have to work with. The building itself is cramped starting with the lobby and elevators and continuing to the hallways and guest rooms. But they're making the most of it with friendly, accurate service, clean facilities and simple, tasteful decorating. We loved the bedding. Very inviting and fresh. Great location close to the subway in a nice neighborhood within a couple blocks of Central Park. I'd recommend it for it's price range especially if there are only going to be a couple people using the room.
7/10
Convenient At Low Cost
Submitted by: Williamp in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Retired
Don't expect stylish or romantic surroundings, but the Belleclaire is conveniently located near Lincoln Center and offers clean and comfortable accommodations at what is, for the area, a modest price.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Belleclaire

Shabby

from A TripAdvisor Member
I had a small room that did grow on me. The bathroom was very nice but the shower head sprayed like a mist. The water stung me. Comfy bed.
Alarm clock was broken and I had a lovely view of scaffolding from my window. All in all I was dissappointed. Oh, it smelled funny, too.
Someone was cooking some Puerto Rican food or something. In that aspect it kind of reminded me of home. haha Bottom line - this hotel is just okay. I'm staying somewhere else next time.

Shocked....but grew on me!

from A TripAdvisor Member
When I first say the Hotel after arriving in New York, I was very shocked to see that the Hotel did not look anything like the pictures I had seen! The carpet was a bit old and the walls were not very clean.
But I was happy that the bed was comfy. After being their a day or two, I noticed that the location was great! We had a view off Broadway, we only had to walk about half a block to catch the subway. Their was a good resturant right next door and most importantly it was a very nice neighborhood.(very important if you have never been to New York)and staff was very nice. This is a great Hotel if money is tight and you only need it to sleep. Overall the Hotel is good for what you pay.

Loved the Price....BUT.....

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was shocked at NYC hotel prices. Refusing to pay $ 400 a night (or more) we settled on the Belleclaire at $ 159 per night.

Pros: Good location where you can walk to several nearby spots for dining, and we were able to street park right on 72nd within a few steps of the front door. Good Bed! Mattress and linens were excellent.
Friendly and accomodating staff.

Cons: World's smallest and slowest elevators? Very old rooms have zero ambiance and reminded me of a college dorm - just paint, nothing else.
Furnishings were Salvation Army at best. Pipes bang, and radiator heat was a bit touchy. They could give you TWO mini-bars of soap instead of just one. Fair amount of street noise all night long.

Overall: If you just need a place to sleep and a comfy bed, it will do fine. If you're looking for any kind of a room to relax in and enjoy, seek elsewhere.

Cheap for college students

from A TripAdvisor Member
Excellent hotel for the price we paid for. Great location near the subway. Easy access to cheap foods and markets. Location at night may not be safe for one walking streets at night, but definately travel in group. The customer service was horrible at the concierge. Our room, reserved online, was given away. We had to settle for a smaller room, with only 1 bed, compared to 2. Hotel staff manager was unwilling to accomodate for a better room due to the fact that it was their fault the room was given away. ( our flight arrived 2 hours later than expected). But the rest of the staff, maids and bellboy, extremely friendly and helpful

Loved the duvet

from StephenQatar
We stayed at the Belleclaire in late September, 2003 and found the hotel reasonable enough. We did have to change rooms three times to get what we believed was shown on the web. Overall the hotel is adequate but I think if you were thinking of staying in this part of New York (and who wouldn't with the community atmosphere, the restaurants and the corner stores) you should pay the extra and go up market. But for the price it is not too bad, and the bed and duvet are the most comfortable we slept on in all the time in the United States. This place is not the Ritz but the hotel and its situation in the upper West side is not a bad place to start your New York stay.

A pretty good deal

from amberb01
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the Belleclaire. Obviously, in New York, you're going to be stuck paying a lot for a small room. That's just the way it is.

But the Belleclaire is reasonably priced, extremely clean and very comfortable. We got an economy room with a shared bathroom but only once did I try to use it and find it occupied. The bathroom was also very clean and well-maintained.

The staff was very friendly and allowed us to check in early on the day of our arrival, and they held our bags for several hours while we did some extra sightseeing on the day of our departure.

The location is great, close to Central Park and a variety of restaurants and bars.

I really had no complaints whatsoever. Especially if you're traveling on a tight budget and don't want to blow a ton of money on a hotel that you won't even spend a lot of time in, I'd definitely recommend the Belleclaire.

March 2003 - Slightly Over Priced...and flippin cold!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We found the Belleclaire on the net. It was our first trip to NYC and we were unsure of what to expect...we weren't dissapointed but did feel that the pictures on the website were misleading. The website made it seem a lot plusher that it actually was.

We had a 'delux' room with ensuite. The room was sparce but clean. The fridge was handy for drinks etc. We had no view at all - it looked out over the back of the building which was dingy to say the least. The bathroom was small but had a shower over bath. We were woken on the first night by the heating system having an airblock....it was like someone hammering on the wall! I called the night porter who was friendly and apologised but it went on for an hour.

The location was great for us with the manhatten Diner across the road for breakfast each morning and just a wander away from the Metro station.

I think that we were expecting a little much for the money we paid....I guess this place is ideal if you are fully aware that it's cheap city accommodation.

If you don't have high expectations you won't be dissapointed.

I won't say that we would NEVER reccommend it but we would warn people of what to expect.

FYI We paid £350 for 3 nights in March 2003

Spend the extra cash and skip the Belle Claire

from A TripAdvisor Member
I am a frequent traveler to NYC and this time we stayed at the Belle Claire because of the price but it was not worth it, we should have just paid a little more and had a pleasant experience.The location is great, but that is about it. The first night there was a loud buzzing every 30 seconds (not nyc street noise either) which kept us awake all night. So we switched rooms and had a lovely view of an alley and the beds gave us stiff necks and backs and our feet hung off the bottom of the beds. There are people who live in the hotel with pets so the smell in the hallway is almost unbearable, so waiting for the tiny elevators was a very unpleasant experience.Then to top off the whole experience, we needed a larger taxi to accommodate our extra luggage and the hotel does not have a concierge to call you one, they have the girl in the small gift shop do it for you. So for a car to LaGuardia Airport which on the way in cost us $30 with tip/tolls, cost us $70 to go back, which we were told would cover tolls and TIP, well first of all the girl kept $20 and gave the driver $50 and when we arrived at the airport the driver cussed us out and stormed out because we did not tip him, we told him it was included and he said it was not. So we call the Belle Claire and they said they were not affiliated with the girl in the shop. I say if she is located in your lobby and you have big signs next to check in saying airport transportation in the gift shop, you are affiliated with her. Big mistake on our part staying at the Belle Claire - I would advise you to pay the extra money, because in the end it is definitely not worth it.

nice for the price

from alexandria
This hotel can't be beat for the price. Clean, comfortable beds, more room than most upper west side hotels. Friendly and very accomodating staff. We did share a bathroom and it wasn't as bad as I was expecting.

Fantastic hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
During our stay we had a great, spacious room with a view on Broadway.
Fantastic bathroom en good beds. Great hotel staff. We had a very pleasant week.

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  • Address: 250 West 77th - New York City - New York - 10024 - United States
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