Hotel Riverside Studios

, New York City, United States
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Hotel Riverside Studios

, New York City

Rooms: 7

342 West 71st Street - New York City - New York - 10023 - United States 212-873-5999
457 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel Riverside Studios

A real bargain!
Submitted by: Sandy in 10/06/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Cheap Getaway Holiday Maker
Lobby, elevator and halls seem old and shabby but the room was clean and pleasant, bathroom down the hall was, too. For a "basic hotel" (without a box of Kleenex, but a provided roll of toilet paper to carry to the bath), there were clean towels every day, a small frig, new TV with remote, sink in the room, a/c and fan! I was a woman traveling alone and felt very safe in the neighborhood. Save some $$ on a hotel so you can spend more at the wonderful cafes and restaurants close by.
Clean And Cheap
Submitted by: Olivier Cheneval in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: France
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
This hotel is Clean and cheap, I mean if you are like me, spend more time in the city than in the hotel (just to sleep) it is the perfect one... You can lock your door, you will have to share the bathroom but it is always clean... The neighborhood is quiet and it is close enough of a subway station.
Next time I am in NY, I will stay there.
Dog House
Submitted by: Amy in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
My business partner and I have traveled around the world including budget hotels in India and Africa. When we got to New York, we were looking for a no frills, quiet, Spartan hotel that we could retire to at the end of the day. We were really exhausted when we got into the city and went straight to the hotel. The outside was nice, but inside was hot and stuffy. The guy that was running the desk told us that there was no room for us because the hotel was being booked by a bunch of college kids for a month and that they had told the booking agency that they couldn't take anyone else. I had just talked with this agency and had gotten it confirmed the week before so I insisted there must be a room. The guy lead us down the grungy halls, passing by the soiled shared bath to the only room he had left. It was worse than anything we had encountered on our travels! There was no air con -fan or otherwise ( you could shove open a window, if you didn't mind a lack of screen). The beds were barely made, there was about 18" in between them and there were no pillows. I won't even begin to describe the rusty, tiny sink that was dripping. Overall, it was a piece of work and the manager and desk person didn't give a rip. the experience led us down a nightmare weekend of trying to find a decently priced room (around $200) during the United Nations' visit to NYC. It took us a few days to recover from lack of sleep and I can only get around to laughing about now.
No Private Bathroom
Submitted by: Kong in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
This is probably the worst hotel I even stay in US. It looks like a dorm/apartment rather than a hotel. The place is very old and has not been remodeled. I can see that it has been repainted several times. The Bathroom is shared among other guests and you have to wait inline to use it. All appliances are old. Despite all bad things, they provide a queen size bed and the service is ok.
The Best Value You'Ll Ever Get In Manhattan
Submitted by: Michael in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
The central heating is inclined to make odd noises in the middle of the night, and the decor isn't exactly pristine, but this is a comfortable, dependable hotel exactly where you want it for a price you can scarcely believe. I stay there every time I go to New York: I like the local cafes and shops and dry cleaners, and it's within a pleasant walk of Lincoln Center and the New York Historical Society and lots of other things -- in fact it's little more than seconds from the big subway station at Broadway and 72nd. It doesn't do food (just a few vending machines -- but there are plenty of cafes around), and you wouldn't schedule a meeting there to impress clients, but what it does it does perfectly.
Only If You'Re Dead Broke, And Enjoy Substandard Everything! Should You Stay Here.
Submitted by: C. B. in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Hello to everyone, I went home to Manhattan for a few days on business. Just a casual meeting so I thought I'd get away without splurging on a hotel. Big Mistake. You get what you pay for. When I first arrived, there was no one to carry my bags. I was put in a TINY room (beautifully renovated...very handsome room...very tropical) The phone didn't work. So they moved me to another room. The phone worked but, none of the outlets supported my charger for my notebook. Some idiot had painted over all of them. The room was chilly and I felt like the entire apartment building across the street could see in the cracked blinds that stopped a few inches short of the ledge. (no curtains) I was fed up, it seemed as if the hotel manager was the handyman, maid, electrician, and general purpose manager all together. No restaurant, no lounge, the lobby was just a sore site for warm eyes. I ended up switching hotels after one night. BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE. I did however hear that they're undergoing MAJOR renovations now. So you might want to check them out before you stay there. Oh, and don't fall down the elevator's an old fashioned elevator.. if you open the door when it's not on your go And it gets stuck frequently so be prepared to tote your baggage up the narrow stairwells by foot. Did I mention half the hotel is a real college dorm? Ok the list goes get the point.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Riverside Studios

aka The Dumps

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just came back from NY and stayed at the Hotel Riverside Suites aka The Dumps. For $160 a night, we expected it to be something decent. The hallways smelled like poop and sewer mix. The carpet was disgustingly stained. You can feel the coils on the bed. The little refrigerator did not even make our sodas cold. (And yes, it was plugged!) The supposedly laundried towels had hair on them. (I know it's not ours, because they were blond.) The lamp did not have a shade. The blinds fell with one pull. The bathrooms were dirty. And the phone....NO PHONE! On our second day, there was a posting on the hallway on our floor about how bad the hotel is. The postings multiplied during our stay. So it's clear that there was someone or even more who share the same feelings. If you don't care about all these for your lodging, then more power to you. And for the rest, we suggest spending a little more so you can definitely enjoy your visit to NY.

No problem at all

from A TripAdvisor Member
I can warmly recommend this hotel to low-budget travellers. But to be honest, not to anyone searching for any kind on luxury or "top place for small money". Riverside is like "last stop before a hostel" -place. Nothing more. Best properties were low price and good location.

The room was ok (tv, freezer, air conditioner, good double bed), bathrooms were comfortable and clean. Housekeeping was diligent. Location is quite good, 2 good buss-lines from downtown and several subways comes to 72st station which is just 200m away.

After all, hotel administration should chance all the advertising information in hotels presentations:
1)"Hotel Riverside Studio is only a couple of blocks from Broadway next to Trump Towers new buildings" - NO WAY
2)"surrounded by many restaurants featuring international specialty shops, supermarkets" - NO WAY
3)"Facilities: Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Iron and ironing board, Kitchenette, Pay-per-view movies, Refrigerator" - NO WAY
4)"Landmark building with European flavor" - European, perhaps, if you travel in far-east Europe

Thanks anyway, we had a excellent week in NY! This hotel is for you dear poor people with no big exeptions. Good luck!


from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is very close to where my daughter goes to school, so we thought we would check it out. I haven't been to any other shared bathroom facilities in NYC, so I don't have anything to compare it to. The rooms were clean and there were fresh towels, soap and a roll of TP each on the beds when we checked in. There were 2 bathrooms on our floor and they always seemed to be busy. The bathrooms were modrately clean. The hallways, doors and walls were dirty.

If you don't mind sharing a bath and want to save about $100; it's a good alternative. It is in a very nice neighborhood on a quiet street.

I don't think I would stay there again, because I found sharing the bathrooms with strangers a little bit hard to take. The Hotel Beacon on 75th is a much better alternative, although more expensive.

On the plus side, we were able to check in early (around 10 am!) and they held our bags after we checked out. This hotel would be good for young people and/or people on a budget. As a middle-aged woman used to creature comforts, I will not be returning. It is not as bad as some of the previous reviews lead me to believe. You do get what you pay for.

Awful, Do not Stay at this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Let me start off by saying that this hotel is awful. There is this weird hippie guy that checks you in. The "office" is a room full of space with a broke down counter in the center of the room. So, we check in and he takes us to the elevator (3' x 4' box) which is very old. The first thing you notice as you get off the elevator is the stains on the carpet, the rips on the carpet and as you walk along you see parts of the wall that look like they are going to fall apart. We get to our room and there is a hole in our door, a hole the size of a tennis ball, but for our "protection" it has been stuffed with some type of foam that can be poked out with a finger. The bathroom is shared, so it is down the hall and it is not maintained properly. The floor is dirty, the walls are dirty, the toilets are awful. I have added pictures so that you can see for yourself.

Good Cheap Place to Stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
First impressions of this place were not good, in fact very worrying. The hotel is a maze of corridors, the sort you would never escape from in a fire, but luckily we were on the ground floor.

On the plus side: Our double room was adequate size, and was fine when all we were looking for was a bed to sleep in at night, and we received fresh towels every day. The shared bathroom on our floor had just been refurbished, and the machine on our floor sold Reeses peanut buttercups, and the walls were quite thick so we could make love all night without waking the neighbours.

If you're looking for a cheap place to stay, stay here. Just dont ask for a safety deposit box.

Give Me a Break.. What Do You Want for $80?

from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently stayed at this hotel, and had a GREAT time. It was my first time in NYC, and I traveled alone, so naturally I was scared to death, (I actually threw up 3 times before I even got on the plane to go)! Yes, this hotel is run down, and not the Ritz, but I feel it get's a bad rap here in these reviews. I booked it before reading them, but once I arrived, and the "shock" wore off, it's simply NYC. The Management is on-hand 24/7, and it is in the quietest, safest area in the central part of Manhattan. Yes, the rooms are small, the restrooms are shared (don't forget "flip-flops" for your feet), and there is a slight odor of "old building", but, otherwise, I felt extremely safe. My room had fresh linens each day, the baths, rooms, and halls were cleaned each day, and the room had a dead-bolt, and chain lock. I simply left my t.v. and lights on when I went out, and had no problem with theft. They have a safe if you need it. Please make sure that you remember how to get to your room, and use the stairwells so not to have any elevator problems. I never used the elevator, but I did lose my way the first night and go up the "wrong" set of stairs which led me to the "resident" area, which is NOT pleasent!
Please do not be put off by poor reviews by folks looking to stay at Trump Towers on a "motel-no-tell" budget. I will definately go there again. My room no. was 2s4, if that helps you to make a reservation. It is right next to the restroom, and very quiet.


from cayenne1
this place is horrible,i t is under some kind of construction
people live there year round and have thigs hanging all over the doors also leave the doors open so you have to kreep past. phone didn't work dirty and we felt that we were going to fall through the floor at any time we moved.

The Dump

from A TripAdvisor Member
Please be aware if anyone thinking of staying in this supposed "hotel" then think again, yes its cheap but at what cost. We arrived to be led down winding corridors that had the most foul smells, there were rubbish bins emptied out on the floors. After being shown into a dark dingy "twin room" which had no room to walk about in, we asked to see the bathrooms only to be met with the most disgusting site ever and i wont try and explain im sure you get the picture. The smell just made you want to vomit, we left as fast as we arrived. I cant believe this place is allowed to operate as a hotel, please stay away!!!

a nightmare

from A TripAdvisor Member
when i came to stay at the riverside i did not expect the ritz but what i did find was frightening. not only were the bathrooms dirty from over use, but some were not even finished with leaking pipes. the halls smelled so bad i got a headache on my first night, i had a roach clime across my handleless, stained dresser, my cable had 10 or so channels, got trapped in the ancient elevator on the seventh floor, and i got bitten by bed bugs. at one point in my stay i was harrassed by one of the strange tenants. i stayed because i didn't have enough money to stay anywher eles, but after this stay i will now give up food in my travel budget to afford a better place. if there are people who have had a pleasant experience here i have to wonder how! never again!!!

Terrible hotel

from Drummerjoe
I was attracted to Riverside Studios for the same reason as everyone else here - the price. As a first time New York visitor I didn't know that this also meant an EXTREME sacrifice of quality.

The hotel is made up of four different buildings, "glued" together. As you walk through the front hall to your building, you pass all kinds of colors, odors, and people (who live there mostly.) The elevator must be years older than the building itself - very slow and very unsafe (you could open the door while it was moving.) The outside of the rooms have no uniformity - it seems like they shoved a room into every single piece of space possible, no matter how unproportinal the rooms became. The lock was extremely flimsy - you could push the door open a crack even if it was locked and closed. Sheets and bed were dirty, room was about 1.5 times the size of a king size bed (so you had about .5 the size of a bed to walk around in.) Sink in room was rusted and disgusting. We counted a total of 6 cockroaches, 2 already dead. I expected the shared bathroom to be the size of a public one seen at a movie theather or restaurant, but it was no bigger than a normal hotel room sized one. It was unclean and was missing tiles everywhere.

The up-sides were a TV and phone (which both seemed out of place in the primitive environment) and the quietness of being at the end of a street.

I do not recommend going here at all. Spring for the extra 50 bucks a night for a clean room.

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  • Address: 342 West 71st Street - New York City - New York - 10023 - United States
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"Dog House" - Amy

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