Historical Traveller Reviews of Skyline Hotel
Watch out at the weekends...
We stayed for a long weekend in September 2003.
As we went along the corridor to our room, we passed several drunk men in their 20's carrying bottles into their room and shouting... this was a good indication of how things were going to be...
The room we stayed in was a dump! The bedsheets had cigarette burns in them and were fraying around the edges. We complained that the room smelt damp/ of cigarettes/ was dirty/ but were told that it was all that was available... so that was that!
We spent our Friday night listening to the blokes in the corridor shouting and going between rooms.
Saturday evening was great until we arrived back at the hotel...
BEWARE!!! The 1050 Lounge downstairs can be rented out at weekends for private functions.
On this night, there was some sort of wedding reception which involved banging music until 5am!!!
(If you have ever seen the scene in Jurassic Park where the glass of water ripples with the vibrations - that was our night)
We complained at 1am and were told that we couldn't move rooms (ours was directly above the mayhem)
We complained again at 4am, and were told that there was nothing the hotel staff could do. (Seems odd when you consider that they own the building!)
One couple actually checked-out at 4am because they couldn't stand the noise anymore - and the hotel staff DIDN'T EVEN APOLOGISE!
We were promised that the Manager would speak to us before we checked-out the following Monday, but surprise, surprise... he was always "unavailable!"
The Sunday night was almost as bad with a pair of gay men in the next room screaming abuse at each other because one of them had slept with someone else. (Yes, the walls were really THAT thin... I lay in bed listening to this soap opera unfolding!)
This has the potential to be a fantastic hotel, but its staff are awful and let guests do whatever they want, the rooms stink and are dirty, it needs refurbishing and then it could be a great place to stay.
We chose the Skyline because of it's location... DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE!!!!!
Handy to everything
Arrived in New York after a red-eye from LA, expecting the worst with 7 hours to check-in. To my surprise we were offered a choice of 3 rooms immediately. Stayed in the newer block which houses the pool on the tenth floor. The view of MANHATTAN at night from the rooms and pool are worth the money. The subway is one block away, buses pass straight by, and a taxi to Times Square was $5. The rooms were quite spacious and live up to the photographs. McDonalds and Starbucks close handy. No problems moving in Manhattan, and the subway was handy for lower Manhattan journeys. All in all, a great stay!!
Great Place to Stay
Stayed there over Thanksgiving - - from November 24 - 28, 2003
The Skyline Hotel was a GREAT place to stay if you have kids. Rooms were LARGE and bathrooms had bath/toilet and separate vanity area. The pool is a definately a BONUS after walking/shopping all day, although it was a bit too heated (thermo read 90 degrees).
We booked online through two internet sites (two different prices with a drastic difference). The only inconvenience we experienced was checking out after two days and rechecking-in ~ (we stayed in the same room).
Upon check-in we were given a room on the 2nd floor, which overlooked the rooftop of their reservation desk. We wanted to be up a little higher and have more of a view. We called the front desk and they gave us another room on the 4th floor. Nothing wrong with the room..very clean...although it was a LITTLE bit smaller. The bath/toilet area didn't have a separate vanity area. We were fine with it.
The windows were different ~ but once you figured them out they allowed you to open them all the way to get that NY FEELING. The windows were actually a two way open. You open them one way and just the top opened, which felt like the top was falling in on you (it wasn't), latch it a second way and it swung all the way open...Great for those smokers who don't like smokey rooms!
The beds were COMFY until the third day. We were leaving to site see and noticed they had the hallways lined with NEW MATTRESSES. Came back that night and sure enough they switched our mattresses with NEW ones!
It wasn't too bad, I had just gotten used to the old ones. Also, the sheets were sooo darned SOFT! I actually thought about stealing one ~ have never done that before!
Requested four additional pilllows with no problem - Housekeeping was closed for the evening but within 30 minutes we had four feather pillows delivered.
Asked for additional sheets and blankets (my son prefered to sleep on the floor rather than with his sister ~ they do have cots available - he didn't want). Requested as we were going out the door for the morning/afternoon....they wouldn't deliver unless someone was in the room ~ told us to call back when we got back in for the evening and they'd bring it up... Never did get additional as my son changed his mind and said he was fine and didn't need extra.
Overall, I'd definately stay there again..Never felt unsafe, staff was extremely helpful ~ we even tipped them for their helpful advice on where to go, where to direct a taxi driver, etc. etc. I wish the pool was open a little longer ~ the view is something else from the pool even if you don't want to swim - take a a few minutes to check it out and don't forget the camera!
Family Fun - Oct 21
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed for 2 nites and loved it so much we're going back. The location is great - central to theater district, Times Square, Cruise ship terminal, Intrepid museum, I could go on and on. We were there for an Emeril taping (Food Network studio is right around the corner) and saw Beauty and the Beast, the Empire state bldg. and we're going back in January for Rockefeller center. The hotel staff was great and any problems were taken care of quickly. The pool was a bonus that my daughter loved. The junior suites are spacious and gave us room to spread out. The food in the restaurant/bar was good and reasonably priced.
Worse Place to stay
from A TripAdvisor Member
When we got there our plane came in early and our shuttle drove a bit faster than we expectd. We were 2 Hours early. We decided to leave our luggage and go around the city till check in time. When we checked in the Lady behind the desk was very rude. We had booked online from their site and for some reason they were giving us the room for $20 more per night plus taxes. We were staying 8 days so we had to make sure that we weren't being con $160 more for our stay. We ask to see a manager, the reply was none was present. When we finnaly agreed to pay the extra charge, they took us to a dump of a room. Blankets had holes, the lamp was eminating a green light and the heater didn't work. We wanted to get some fresh air in the room because it smelled like mildew and when we opened the window the whole thing came off and nearly knocked us out. We tried to call the service desk but no one came out till 8 at night 4 hour wait... the worse part was we waited in the room till someone got there because of all our stuff instead of being in the city. So at night when we wanted to go to sleep we asked for extra blankets and since the window let all the heat escape, and the heater wasn't working. They gave us more holed blankets. It was the worse hotel. So if you don't mind roughing it stay at skyline... I guarantee it'll be an adventure... with lots of memories.
Fantastic Time, October 2003
from A TripAdvisor Member
My family stayed at the Skyline for 8 nights. We had a fantastic time!
The hotel is in a great location, a short walk from Times Square and the M50 bus is great for getting home at night because it stops right outside the hotel. The 24-hour deli across the street is very good for breakfast and coffees. Starbucks is close by and has loads of seating.
The Skyline is lovely because it is very clean with good sized rooms.
The staff are helpful and friendly. We highly recommend the Skyline Hotel and will stay there again on future trips to NY.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed two nights at the Skyline prior to a cruise to Canada. This hotel sure beats other places we have stayed in NYC. The location is great for those taking a cruise from the 50th St. Cruise ship area. A short walk east takes you to the heart of the theatre district. Even better you can have a fantastic Italian dinner at Basilica which is only a few blocks away. Our room had a beautiful view of the Empire State Building. The room was clean and well kept. The only problem we encounted was trying to take our luggage to our room by ourselves. We were offered bell help but declined. The way to the elevator was difficult and I had to return to the front desk for re directions to the elevator. I would not hesitate to recommend the hotel to our friends and if we return to NYC this is the place we will stay.
t Stay Anywhere Else in NYC
Before I go further into the details of my stay at the Skyline, I feel that it's important to go into detail about my entire trip and who I am.I'm a 24-year-old who has never been on a solo trip before. I didn't even go to sleepover camp (I believe my reasoning was, "everything cool is at home, so why leave?"). I'm also a cheapskate, so the idea of a major trip sent my wallet screaming.After a family member noted that I hadn't gone anywhere in around a decade, I started planning out a trip - Boston, NYC and New Orelans were possibilities, but NYC was the final choice. I would be taking Amtrak from Chicago to NYC (20 hours in Coach, only for the truly hardcore - the train portion of the trip partially inspired by watching too many episodes of the CBS show "Amazing Race"), due to the fact that Amtrak offers rail sale fares on their internet website (in my case, I ended up getting $26.60 each way to NYC and back, which made my cheap side happy.)So, I would leave Chicago at 7pm (ended up being 8, late train) and get to NYC at 1:50pm (ended up more like 3:50pm). That, and I was up the majority of the day before leaving. Once I walked through the hotel doors, I would be going on 36 hours with maybe one or two (tops) hours of sleep.Now, you're probably considering my credibility, given the fact that I have never booked a hotel on my own and had a trip of my own. Personally, I think this makes my review an especially valid one, considering the fact that everything had to go especially right, given the fact that I'd never dealt with any hotel issues (loss of reservation, etc.) That, and the fact that I'd been up for nearly 36 straight hours really made it a necessity that I'd get in my room with a minimum of trouble.I arrived on Sunday evening at 4:30, after walking from Penn Station (which is about 17 blocks/20-25 minutes). Although there were a couple of clerks at the desk (very nice, too and skilled - dealing better than I could ever have with customers on the phone and in front of them at the same time. There were no issues with my reservation and I was in my room within a matter of minutes.This being my first solo trip, I did a massive amount of research into NYC hotels, taking into location, amenities and price (remember, I'm cheap.) The price on hotels for a single room was $109 a night, which is a surprisingly good deal, considering the price of most NYC hotel rooms. While you may find hotels for cheaper in the city, you'll probably end up sharing your bathroom with your neighbors in the hall. While that's popular in Europe apparently, I'd like to go whenever I please.So, I opened up my door on the 5th floor of the main building (the Skyline has two wings, one w/9 floors and one main one w/5) and was rather pleasantly shocked with what I saw. While not massive, the room had quite an above-average amount of space, with plenty of room around the bed, a very nice bathroom and a very nice closet.In the front of the room were four drawers and on top, a very spiffy Sony flatscreen TV that appeared to be around a 20-24 inch. In the closet was an in-room safe and an ironing board and iron. The bathroom had a hair dryer and a nice-sized bathtub/shower (I'm 6ft2, so if I say it's nice-sized, it's pretty nice-sized). 3 fairly large lamps were placed in the room, one that turned on when a switch by the door was flicked. Last, but not least, a comfy chair sat by the door. Everything appeared clean and welcoming; while not sleek and modern, I prefered the warm and comfy approach of the room's appearance.As for other aspects of the hotel:1. The lobby has a well-stocked rack of pamphlets about many NYC attractions. Maps were also available here.2. There is a pool on the Penthouse level of the 9-story wing. While I didn't take a swim (nobody wants to see me in a bathing suit, trust me), the pool is quite beautiful and heated. For those who don't want to swim, stop by here anyway for an almost impossibly beautiful view of the city (there are chairs to take a seat and watch the view), especially during sunset. The pool is only open on some off-hours (evenings generally, it seemed), but it's certainly a bonus, as I really saw few other hotels in NYC with indoor pools when I did my research and I really doubt if any of the other ones have a view like this.3. There is a parking lot where you can store your car (in/out ability costs more) for a small fee.4. The hotel has a very pleasant restaurant/bar on the ground floor, as well as a gift shop.5. There is a concierge in the lobby.6. The hotel TV offers about 30 channels of basic cable/local TV, as well as pay-per-view movies (some surprisingly recent releases - "Pirates of the Caribbean", "American Wedding", "Bruce Almighty" and "The Hulk" were some of the choices as of 10/4/03 - none of which were available yet on video/DVD yet as of that time). The pay-per-view price ranged from $9.99-11.99, which does seem a little steep until you think about the fact that going to the movies in Manhattan costs about $10 and personally, I'd rather watch something in the comfort of the room.The neighborhood is an interesting situation, because you're not in Midtown, yet you're practically in Midtown. The hotel, on 10th (between 49th and 50th) is in a small neighborhood of shops, grocery stores and apartments. Across the street on 10th are a couple of grocery stores and Fat Sal's Pizza, which I became addicted to during my stay (for $12, you get a ridiculously huge pizza that also happens to be quite good.)While this is not an area of skyscrapers and hustle/bustle, Times Square is literally about 5 blocks away. During two of the mornings I was there, I walked over to Times Square at about 6:30 in the morning when the sun was just coming up, which provided both the remarkable experience of seeing the lights in the darkness and also, seeing them with few other people/crowds around. The Intrepid air/space museum (which was certainly one of the main highlights of my trip - it's a real Naval aircraft carrier turned into a museum, accompanied by a destroyer and submarine, all sitting on the Hudson River. It's a must if you go to NYC; while kids will be fascinated by the ability to stand next to fighter jets on the deck of an aircraft carrier, adults will be able to get spectacular views of the city and the river - from the deck of a 40,000 ton aircraft carrier, no less.) was located only a couple of minutes away, on 12th ave. While the neighborhood isn't Central Park West spiffy, I certainly felt safe and enjoyed the atmosphere. For use of a better description, it feels like a real neighborhood. For those of you familiar with Chicago, I'd compare it to some areas of Lincoln Park.The staff of the Skyline were certainly very welcoming and attentive throughout my stay. During my trip, I developed a mild cold (nothing I couldn't fight through to enjoy the trip, but still, it was draining) and didn't really feel like seeking out a place to cash a traveler's check. They were more than willing to do so. When I returned mid-afternoon each afternoon, my room was cleaned to the point where it looked like it did when I got there on the first night. With my cold, it was nice to have a place to come back to at the end of the day where I could really recharge so I'd be able to enjoy the next day and also, so I could feel good enough to deal with the 20+ hour trip home on the train.While the Skyline made my trip a really wonderful one, I do have a couple of veeerrryy minor suggestions/notes.* Perk up the lighting in the halls. While certainly not dim or dark, I felt like maybe having the halls a little brighter would bring a bit more energy. Nothing major. * I had a room nearby the elevator on the top floor of one wing. While there was a little bit of noise outside the door of the elevator coming up, going back down, it certainly wasn't an issue. However, I could see where maybe this same room-next-to-the-elevator on some of the lower floors could hear it pass by more often. As for the elevators, the two elevators were clearly enough to handle the traffic - I never waited long for an elevator. * A couple additional vending machines on floors other than the second floor, which is also where the ice machine is located. Another note for potential visitors is to check the hotel's website (**********). Rates seem to differ ($109-119 seemed to be the norm for a single room, but I've occasionally spotted $99 a night rates. The $109 that I paid for my room was a very satisfactory value (I think I'd be happy with $135 a night for the room I was in), but $99 a night for a room would be a truly fantastic deal.Overall, I couldn't have been happier with my experience at the Skyline. It had to go without a flaw due to the amount of traveling I had to do to get there and my inexperience with travel and it did. Just a great time.
Best Bargain in NYC
We had to travel to NYC for a funeral and needed to find accomodations for a group of 8 persons. On such short notice, we were looking at rooms in the $200-$300 dollar range, until we found the Skyline. We booked 2 rooms, each having 2 queen beds. This was perfect for our group and would be great for families. The price for the room? $119.00 per night for four persons. Try and beat that anywhere in NY!The rooms were good sized and the bathroom was the size of most upper class hotels. They were clean and the beds were very comfortable. It did just what I needed it to do, which was provide a nice place to sleep and shower. I mean, why pay for a marble sink and an over sized room when you won't be in in for most of the day? In addition, this place is within 4 blocks of Times Sq. and near to bus and subway access. Fat Sal's across the street has great pizza and the deli's on either corner of the block are great. (They deliver for free w/ a minimum order) Another plus for travelers on a budget.While I was confirming my reservations over the phone, I encountered 2 people who were disinterested in helping me. Apparently those persons either got fired or went on vacation because I was given noting but courteous service and the option of a free upgrade when I checked in and throughout my stay. Overall, we were all very happy with the Skyline Hotel and we will all stay there the next time we visit New York.There were a few negatives, but none affected our trip or our decision to stay there again. One was the stale smoke odor in the hallways. It did not seep into our room, but was strong while we were walking in the hotel. The second was the low water pressure and the water temp, which was not hot enough for my taste. Again, small things we noticed but with all the other positives, not enough to make us want to stay somewhere else.I recommend this place for anyone who is trying to keep the high prices of NY onder control. I have also stayed at the Hilton at Rockefeller Plaza on a work trip and I dont see much of a difference. Between the two, I would stay at the Skyline again because of the lower cost and high value.
Too many problems for a one night stay...
from A TripAdvisor Member
I'm here at the Skyline for one night only, for an expo at Javits on a week night. I stay in NYC all the time and this hotel needs help.
Concierge is rude, check-in clerk barely spoke engligh (kind of a problem for a hotel check-in clerk!), floor in room smells horrible - like dirty feet, girls stuck in elevator, shower barely gets hot enough, A/C is very cranky.
I dont recommend this place. There are much better hotels for a better value. Really, don't bother.
The location, however, is great.
Top Local Tips for New York City
Open top bus tour
Is probably the best way of seeing all the attractions-you can get the bus from Times Square and hop-on hop off as you see fit.
There's a diner called Empire Diner which is based at 22nd St at 10th Avenue. Well recommended for breakfast! Try the French Toast!
Skyline by night
A good tip given to us by our tour guide was not to go to sleep early on the first night. He suggested we walk to Times Square (10 mins) and go to the Lounge/Restaurant on the 48th floor of the Marriott Hotel and sit and have a drink. We took his advice and spent a brilliant hour in the revolving Lounge, watching the skyline of New York go past slowly, drinking a bottle of wine. After walking back to the hotel at midnight we then slept right through until seven the next morning ready to hit the sites. Great experience and great start to a three day break.