The Blakely Hotel

, New York City, United States
Review this Hotel
Popular Travel Destinations

Recently Reviewed Hotels Around New York City

The Blakely Hotel

, New York City
3 star

Rooms: 117

136 West 55th Street - New York City - New York - 10019 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 245 1800
414 Traveller

Reviews - The Blakely Hotel

9/10
Absolutely delightful
Submitted by: Margaret in 28/03/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Arrived at airport in snow, hotel staff very helpful and our room really nice and clean. Position excellent at top of midtown. Plenty of things to do locally with subway at the top of the road. Hotel Restaurant provided a excellent meal on our first night - thoroughly recommended. Bath robes a nice touch and our jaccouzi was great fun. We had a king size bed with very comfortable feather under mattress and nice warm duvet. We particurly liked the small kitchenette attached.
7/10
Nice mid-level business class
Submitted by: Carl in 25/12/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Gay
I enjoyed this hotel - room was adequate - close location to NYC attractions. Am planning my second visit.
8/10
Lovely & Quaint with a very helpful staff
Submitted by: Phillip Bright in 23/05/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
My wife and I enjoyed the Blakely very much and appreciated all the assistance the staff provided us.
Perhaps one of the nicest things was the "free" internet wireless service. When hotels charge for this service it really gets under my skin. At this moment we are staying at the Ritz and having to pay an additional amount to be connected is outrageous to me.

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Blakely Hotel

Perfect Stay!

from HappyTraveler1234
My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time at the Blakely last June. Although things were still under construction, we were not bothered in the least. What a charming hotel! We loved the free breakfast coupons for the diner next door. A great start to the day! The location is great. Within a five minute walk to Times Square, and a two minute walk to the subway. Our room was spotless, elegant and extremely comfortable. Not a great view (a building across the street), but the comfortable bed makes up for it! The staff was helpful, courteous, and extremely professional. The desk clerk was a little annoyed that we asked for a late check-out, but I am assuming this was because we waited until the last minute! Stay at the Blakely if you want a quiet getaway in the hustle and bustle of Midtown!

great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
The purpose of my trip to NY, was to visit with my mother and see a Broadway show. There was limited time, as I only had the weekend. After three nights at "typical hotels"(I had just completed a business trip)...two nights with a room in front of a forever beeping elevator and one night next to a group of college students who came in at 2:30 am and awoke at 6 am...the Blakely was a well needed break. The two bedded rooms were sold out and I lucked into an upgrade. Quiet, sophisticated and pleasant, would be my definition of the Blakely. The location is great. I read a review that said the bathroom was dark for putting on make-up. That would be my only recommendation...a little more light in the bathroom. I found the staff to be quite friendly and accomodating. Would definitely stay there again.

ve found our ideal NY hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We've been visiting Manhattan for the last 7 years and have stayed in lots of hotels including the Plaza, W, Salisbury and Wellington but in the Blakely we think we have found the best combination of services. We stayed March 5th - 9th. Why did we love it?

The location is fantastic, right between 6th and 7th Av's so Times Square, 5th Av and Central Park are all less than 10 mins walk. There are stations for 2 different subway lines a couple of minutes away so it's easy to get home when you are tired of walking.

There are lots of great places to eat nearby at any time of day, grand or more basic - diners on 7th Av or Broadway for breakfast are great (try corned beef hash at Applejacks 55th and Broadway). Round on 57th Street there is a Pizza take-away and Starbucks. The mini kitchenette with crockery, cutlery, microwave and fridge is useful if you do want to eat in.

Why you might want to eat in is that there are a good selection of in-room movies. Don't know how much they cost as actually we found some good films on the standard channels on offer. Flat screen TV is v nice.

The rooms are lovely - much cosier than the minimalist hotels that have been popping up in the last few years. Everything is smart and new, with matt silver light fittings and handles. The beds (we had 2 Queens in our Deluxe room) were the comfiest we've ever experienced in a hotel. Nice touches include dimmer switches in the main room and bathroom, granite surfaces and in-room safe.

Our room was on 55th street which we'd requested as we like to see what's going on on the street, and it wasn't noisy.

Fitness room is now open for those who want it and we found the staff really friendly.

Anything to complain about? The light bulb in the walk in closet had blown but we didn't bother to report it as it was light enough.

So, whilst you could easily walk past this hotel and not notice it, we'd recommend you try it (and we're quite picky!).

A great option

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Blakely for a few nights following Labor Day, 2004. Although parts of the renovation were ongoing (no room service yet), I was pleasantly surprised by the hotel. My room was stylish and well-appointed. The plasma TV was a nice touch, and the kitchenette was very useful and convenient. The room wasn't all that spacious, but it was fine by NYC standards. The staff was friendly and eager to help; one of the doormen even offered to pick up some takeout for me. If you are expecting a 5-star, knock-your-socks-off full-service hotel, then you may be disappointed. But if you're looking for an attractive, well-located, and well-priced boutique hotel, this is a great option.

Staff

from crabbyannie
Four of us ladies took our annual trip to NY in Sept. 04. We tried the Blakely for the first(but not the last) time. Although the dining area was not complete; everything else made up for it. We booked a suite and will do so again next year. There was plenty of room for all four of us. If you can please four women at one time; you've done something and the Blakely did. We were treated like royality our whole stay. We would and have recommended the hotel to any and everyone. Give them a try!

Disappointed in renovation

from A TripAdvisor Member
As former Gorham customers, we liked the new beds...but otherwise we found that the Gorham's charm, friendly staff, and warm touches (like the fruit bowl in the lobby) were GONE. The rooms were so dark we couldn't put on makeup. It's still an excellent hotel...great location, clean, quiet. But, it is so cold and masculine now....staff was so detached and we were very sorry about that.

Another Great Stay

from bsnmsn
I have stayed many times at the hotel when it was The Gorham. I am handicapped and while at The Blakely, just recently, my health suffered a decline. The staff could not have been more helpful or considerate - from the housekeeping staff to the doormen to the front desk. The newly renovated hotel is as lovely as described and the amentities are wonderful. The location can't be beat and it's terrific value for your dollar. Everytime I entered The Blakely, it was like coming home and you don't always get that feeling in a hotel. Congratualtions to management and staff for a job well done. I will be back and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

Very helpful staff, comfortable room

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Blakely from Nov 11-16 and have to disagree with an earlier reviewer who was there at the same time. There was a doorman on site every time I entered or left the hotel and they were VERY helpful. The day we left they stored our luggage and even remembered to pass on information about a broken suitcase from one to the other at shift change. They ordered us a town car to take us to the airport and when we got out at the airport and realized something had been left in the car, the doorman was able to reach the town car and send him back to the airport with the item before our plane left!! The hotel itself was beautiful. I had stayed there when it was the Gorham and liked it then, now it is wonderful. It's hard to find a room as well appointed with the kitchen, large bath and large room in New York City. I can't wait to go again!!

Not if a non-smoking room is important to you

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Blakely has potential to be an excellent hotel, but in my opinion it has a fatal flaw; a reservation does not guarantee a non-smoking room; this "amenity" is treated as a request, the same as asking for a particular room or view. When my husband and I checked in for a 3-night stay on November 10, we were shown to a room which assaulted our senses with the stench of cigarette smoke. Thinking it was a mere oversight, we called the desk to change rooms, only to be told that the hotel was sold out and the only available rooms were smoking. Furthermore, we were told that although the room could be changed in the morning, we would have to "check-out by noon and could not have the new room until 3 PM." It was late and we were too tired to find another hotel, so we reluctantly stayed in the smoking room with an ionizer provided by housekeeping, which did little but make noise. The next day, a non-smoking room materialized in the morning and the rest of of stay was pleasant. Management confirmed several times however, that "non-smoking" is a "request," not an assured "room-type," so I would not return to The Blakely unless this policy changed, nor recommend it to anyone who desires a non-smoking room.

Blakely Hotel

from whprwl
This newly refurbished Gorham Hotel had a lovely 1 bedroom suite, nice furnishings and bathroom. The only drawbacks were no pay-per-view movies and no breakfast available from (or in) the restaurant. The lobby was small, with no evidence of a doorman. It was ok, but I think I would stay at a full service hotel the next time.

Top Local Tips for New York City

theater tickets Go to the cancellation booth 1- 1 and1/2 hrs. before showtime. You will most likely get FABULOUS orchestra seats to the best shows at the going rate

Great affordable food Try Rue 57 on 5th Avenue for great food at affordable prices. Really friendly staff as well.

transportation Contact the concierge and arrange for a car. It's only a few dollars more than a taxi and much more comfortable!

(hotels)loading

Other names for The Blakely Hotel

  • blakely new york hotel
  • blakely new york city
  • blakely hotel new york city
  • blakely hotel new york
  • Address: 136 West 55th Street - New York City - New York - 10019 - United States
Travel Library Traveller Rating?
9.0/10

See All 414 reviews

Review this Hotel
Candid Traveller Photos
  •  Loading Image...
  •  Loading Image...
  •  Loading Image...
  •  Loading Image...
(hotels)loading

Hotels Near The Blakely Hotel