Hotel Mela

, New York City, United States
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Hotel Mela

, New York City
3 star

Rooms: 229

120 West 44th St - New York City - New York - 10036 - United States Hotel Website | | (212) 710-7000
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from RosieArizona
Four of us girls went to New York and had a great stay at the Hotel Mela. We rented two rooms with king beds and we had plenty of room. The linens and room was wonderful. The staff helped us with everything we needed. The reservation person told me that the cheaper rooms were small so we paid a little extra and the room was great. Next time I go to New York I will stay at this hotel and I will recommend it to all my friends and family. It is also in a great location just a block from time square. Many great resturants around the hotel.

Hotel Mela is Awesome

from BlackfootAtlanta
My friend and I stayed at Hotel Mela from March 23 - March 26 and it was a GREAT experience. I was initially a little concerned because of the negative reviews, but after seeing my room I was very pleased.

We were upgraded to the executive room, which was a nice size. The decorations and furnishings were top notch. There is NO better location. We walked to most things but the subway was only a couple blocks away. Everyone was super nice and courteous. I would definately stay there again.

Double does not always mean TWO!

from missfortune
The good, the bad and the cramped....While Hotel Mela is in an excellent part of town, a block from Times Square, the size of the room is deterant enough. I will agree that the Hotel is well decorated with a friendly staff, but that only goes so far. Myself and a biz collegue booked a "Double Room" through Hotwire for $260 a night (judging by the reviews below, we paid WAY too much!). Upon check in we discovered that "Double" does not mean two beds -- it means ONE full size bed. Needless to say the hotel was "over booked" and my collegue and I were forced to sleep together in the same full size bed in our 190 sq ft room that could not accomodate a cot. We entered the room, and had much difficulty finding a place to set down 2 suitcases without tripping over each other. Also note that our room contained no toilet paper and we had to go hunting on the maids cart on the 6th floor, which remained in the middle of the hallway for our entire 3 day, 2 night stay. Decor and location are not enough to bring me back to Hotel Mela or recommend it to friends and family.

I was Impressed with the Hotel Mela

from HoneyFaceNorthernVA
Excellent location on W. 44th street. The hotel is very clean and the hallways smell nice. Sleeping was great because the bed had excellent comfort. The rooms and bath rooms are good size especially if you get the deluxe king bed. Everything is brand new and tastefully done. There was a arm chair and desk and chair in my room. I was able to use my laptop while watching the plasma TV. Enroll in the Desires Program and you get to select a free drink and snack. Orchids were everywhere. Even in the fitness center. The management staff was helpful and wonderful. I was with a large group of ladies and the hotel staff took good care of us. We had a ball. All the male employees were good looking and courteous. That ain't inconsequential. It felt good to be around staffers with extreme interpersonal intelligence. I'll go back to eat in the restaurant when it opens.

Ms. V

great location, tiny room

from roymmaine
My son and I stayed for three nights. We got a very good rate ($189) from a website but you booked directly with the hotel. We were forewarned about the small rooms by this site but still surprised by the lack of space to even open the suitcases (on the bed is the only option). Each floor has two of these extrra tiny rooms and they definitely go to the baragain hunters. However, the amenities are modern, cool and clean. There is a workout room that we never got to and....... the location is fantastic. Half a block from Times Square. We were able to drop back to the room several times a day to drop stuff off. We could walk to most of the theaters for plays. The subway is only about a block away. Our room in back was very quiet and, once we found the hidden blackout curtains, was great for sleeping, though it was hard to find a place to store all the stylish pillow things that were on the bed. Definitely worth it at a bargain rate, not sure if I were paying full price.

Location and Nice Staff Definately make it worth it

from KLetters
I recently flew to New York from Michigan for the first time with some friends. We were looking for a hotel that was reasonably priced with a great location. We were happy with our stay at Hotel Mela at a little under 225/night. Once you step outside your door you fall into Times Square (Subways take you anywhere its amazing, even though I got to admit in NYC a little confusing) which is great. Also Bryant Park is a block away. (Again a little cold nowadays but beautiful)
Being in New York and hearing about the size of the rooms I was expecting a 2 X 2 box, but I was pleasantly surprised. The room had a nice flat screen, very comfortable.
The staff was also very nice, I think because its a new hotel they are taking every precaution to be super nice, but I hope they keep it up. When we called for something they brought it within 15 minutes at the latest.
I gotta say for the price and location, this was the perfect place for US to spend the weekend in NYC. Gave us everything we needed, even a gym with flat screens so that I could get in my daily jog.

Clean, convenient, but staffed incompetently

from priscilla47
I stayed at Hotel Mela for three nights. I found out about it on Travelzoo, which advertised special rates ($179) but you had to contact the hotel directly. I called one day, was transferred to reservations, there was no answer, and I finally left a message. I called again, talked to someone who told me the reservationist was out that day and I had to call back the next!!! I felt like I had entered a Seinfeld episode. (And discovered, that indeed, I had!).

I needed a room with two beds and agreed to pay for the upgrade from $179 to $239 so that I would not have to change rooms for the one night a friend was coming in to the city.

When I arrived (admittedly in the morning), after at least 30 minutes of mysteriously scanning the computer screen, the front desk clerk told me they didn't have a room ready for me. They graciously put me temporarily into a room so that I could get ready for work and promised that my room would be ready when i returned at six.

Alas, no such luck. I had a meltdown. (I had been up since 4:30 that morning) No one knew anything about this plan. They had no room available with two beds. So they put me in a "suite" which as others have noted, consisted of a very small bedroom -- at least it had a closet -- and a very small room with a lounge chair and a desk which had had to have had a previous life as a closet. The room, while small, was comfortable and having just stayed in Chicago the previous week where internet was $12.95 plus tax a night, I could groove on the free internet (which had the narrowest of broadbands, to be sure).

After multiple conversations with a series of managers, etc., I left for work on Friday morning, being reassured my two-bed room would be ready for me when I returned later in the day. That evening, my new best friend, the desk clerk, was clearly having a panic attack as he scanned the mysterious computer unable to find my room. I held myself in check as best I could. Finally, it turned out that someone had actually blocked my room for me -- it existed -- and I moved in.

To say the rooms are small is the understatement of the year. However, they are clean (and I'd seen three already!), the linens are wonderful, the shower adequate, if complicated (I HAVE a Ph.D. and couldn't figure it out), and the toiletries quite lovely. There is absolutely no drawer space and no place for your luggage.

Checking out, I complained about paying the higher rate for the two-bed room when in fact I didn't have a two-bed room (I hadn't chosen to be put in a suite) and they compensated me some money which made me feel better.

The location is terrific, especially that I was traveling alone and could walk to theaters and restaurants at night without worry. The bellmen were friendly and helpful, except the one that forgot to bring my luggage up to my room, but oh well.

With all this, I would have thought they had opened that morning. The endless gazing into the computer screen was both mesmerizing and annoying. No one knew what to do about anything and this was not at all particular to me. I hope they work the kinks out, but I won't be going back to find out.

Enjoyed the stay at Hotel Mela

from gnial
We stayed at the Hotel Mela for 3 nights. The room was small, but extremely well decorated and clean. The staff was professional. We have stayed at hotels that have much larger rooms that were not clean. I would rather take this hotel anytime. The ecclectic decor added to the New York atmosphere. I would stay there again! The location is excellent. You are within walking distance to several restaurants and Times Square tourist attractions. Great hotel!

Not quite a 4 Star

from ArlingtonKate
This is no way a four star hotel. The staff was helpful, smart and outgoing, but that does not a Four Star Hotel make. We got a "Superior Queen Room". There was no place to put our suitcase (thank God we shared one case, two would have been disastourous). There was no place to iron our shirts except putting the ironing board on the kitchen sink. The light in the hallway was so bright that we could see it through the sizeable gap in the doorway all night long. The bed was wonderful, but if that's a queen size bed, I am really curious about what my Queen Size bed is. There is really no place to "put" anything. The TV is on top of the mini bar, but if you put anything on top of the mini-bar, you can't see the tv. The pseudo closet has the safe in it, so that eats up half the space. There is no place to hang up coats, or hang out clothes. Our suitcase had to stay on the floor, which we had to walk over. I am really trying hard to figure out what makes this a four star hotel.
One of my favorite boutique hotels in the Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas- the rooms are small, but they make sense.

great stay at Hotel Mela

from MiniOne
Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Hotel Mela which we thoroughly enjoyed. We originally wanted to stay at the wonderful Sofitel again, but couldn't get a room there anymore, so we went for the Mela instead. Yes, the room is rather small, but how much time do you spend in it when you are in Manhattan?! The hotel is beautifully designed, very stylish, everything is brand new and clean, and that is more than I could say for lots of other hotels in NYC!
We loved the very comfortable bed and beautiful bedlinen, nice flatscreen tele, well stocked minibar,windows that actually open, and the bathroom was great - fantastic complimentary toiletries, and a great shower(contrary to another review, it is easy to operate-really can't see what is so difficult about it!!!)
front desk staff was very nice and helpful too, and as it is not a huge place it has a nice personal atmosphere.
I would definitely recommend the Mela and return there anytime - I couldn't fault it, and although we were initially disappointed that we could not stay at the Sofitel, we enjoyed the Mela just as much.

Top Local Tips for New York City

money traps we stupidly took the advice of the tour guide on one of those tour buses.He suggested the Carnagie deli which was like $22 for a monster of a sandwhich. Two flimsy pieces of bread trying to contain the avalanche of filling (i am off pastrami for life!) I felt so guilty about about leaving 3/4 of my "sandwhich" and I am a true foodie. We felt totally mugged off. ALSO avoid like the plague: Carmines. Again horribly over-priced and the food was soooooo bland. huge platters of italian food that would have real italians hurling their plates to the floor in disgust. Ive never tasted anything like it. Deeply dissatifying

Don't Miss Saju next door! Stop here for a glass of wine and get marinated olives and sweet potatoe fries! Right next door to Hotel Mela. great service!

Recommend express bus to and from airport [many companies do this]. As stated, recommend express airport bus to and from airport. Many companies do this.


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  • Address: 120 West 44th St - New York City - New York - 10036 - United States
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