Hotel Wales, New York City
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YOU LOVE IT OR HATE ITfrom Arthawk
Excellent placefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Other up-sides: free continental breakfast, 24-hour automatic espresso/latte/coffee machine, great location just one block from central park and not far from the subway. I really didn't appreciate the $14/day wireless internet charge (we hooked into a unsecured source that was rather spotty).
Great? or mediocre and overpriced?from rackensack
Other glitches included: difficulty getting anyone at the front desk or room service to answer the phone on occasion; calling for the access code for internet access and having the desk clerk tell me he'd call back with it in a few minutes, only to have to call again myself an hour later; insufficient electrical outlets in my current room for a laptop, a cell phone charger, and one other item; and problems sending and receiving critically important faxes on my last trip.
The comment about the on-and-off nature of the continental breakfast and 24-hour coffee in the Pied Piper Room is on target also: at least 3 times in the eight nights or so I've stayed here, the room was unavailable because of a private function, and the breakfast/coffee was either moved elsewhere or was non-existent.
The moral? If you can spring for one of the deluxe or suite rooms, you'll probably have an acceptable or even excellent experience. Try to get by on a budget here, on the other hand, and you'll probably regret it. Since my room was reserved and paid for by the client I work with nearby, I don't have a lot of say in the matter. Since they have a negotiated rate, it's probably not fair to quote the amounts -- I got a very aggressive rate this time, and so the smaller, less pleasant room wasn't a huge surprise; I've paid more for worse in Manhattan. Last time around the rate was at least $100/night more, but I got a lot more for it.
Dowdy, yes but very charming..from ricardoanddinah
The second-floor dining room/tea parlor is a wonderful and quiet place to have breakfast (continental) or tea in the afternoon...Definitely old-world and charming.
This is our second stay at the Wales and would definitely go back. In no way are the accomodations at all comparable to the Four Seasons or the Carlyle but, then again, neither is the price (around $300 for the suite). The location, although pretty far uptown from 5th avenue shopping, is close to all of the city's cultural highlights. Finally, in a city where one is bound to be out of their hotel room by 9 am, I would rather save my money on a splurge lunch at Le Bernardin or dinner at La Grenouille than on $1000 a night (for similar sized room) hotel accomodations. It really depends on what you want out of your visit.
t waste your moneyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
enjoyed our stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
within two blocks of the hotel and they were all very good and not that expensive as you would think. We wanted a quiet place to stay in the city and we got what we wanted....can't ask for more.
Fawlty Towers in NYC?from jafb
We had to put our toiletries on window sill (!), rooms are tiny but that is not uncommon in NYC. Breakfast room (parlor) was occupied for 3 days w/ seminar, so we were relegated to small mtg room for (decent) continental breakfast incl in rate.
On the plus side: Bed was large, comfortable and outfitted with fine linens. Good toiletries in bathroom. Staff helped with all our trials.
Altho they adjusted our rate for this disastrous stay, it is not worth it. I would rather spend the $ on a hotel that works, is quieter, etc.
Deceptive descriptionfrom AtlantaHerder
Ok for museums but wish we stayed midtownfrom A TripAdvisor Member
A few complaints/comments
-if you are offered a cheaper price for a standard room take it because I doubt there is a difference between the queen and standard.
-Our room was small, nice linens and aveda products but the shower/bathroom could have used work. By the end of the second day we still couldn't figure out the shower and it was either scalding hot or very cold.
-no complimenatry water as advertised, not a huge deal but provide it if your going to advertise
-if your doing the museums it is a great locations however for everything else you must go downtown
-for $240/night I believe I just expected a little more, even in NY. I most likely would not elect to stay here again
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easy conveniences purchase a metro card and a City Pass asap...this made our trip so easy. we never stood in any line at any museum, restaurant and we were in NYC for the week of July 4th.
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Other names for Hotel Wales
- wales hotel new york city
- hotel wales
- Address: 1295 Madison Ave - New York City - New York - 10128 - United States
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