11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The hotel was in the middle of some reno...
"The hotel was in the middle of some renovation work at the time so that would account for the clutter in reception, and the rooms were basic but clean, the staff were very helpful. But the best thing about the Arlington is its location you are within walking distance of everything, very central, you can see the empire state from your room (if its at the front) if you do one thing while there make sure its the Empire State."
- Travel date: 30th March 2006
great deal and lots of room for NYC!
"Easy and cooperative staff, very reasonable price, and was given a single w/ extra bedroom and private bathroom. Very important to me! Overall, surprisingly good. Location- easy access, neat architecture. Id go again if I can't splurge on a"fancy" hotel."
- Travel date: 9th February 2005
"Hotel is ok for the money. The rooms were bearable seeing as you don't have to spend long in them. Carpets were dirty but sheets on bed clean and clean towels. Good location and there is the 40/40 nightclub next door which is great. No view but not that bothard about one. Bit annoyed that on the last night we reported the heating wasn't working and nothing was done about it. Spent the last night absolutley freezing which was a bit bad seeing as it was so cold outside. All in all if you just want to make it as cheap as poss i would recommend here. Thought it was a bit cheeky that the hotel makes you pay a fee to store your bags in a room after you have checked out"
- Travel date: 3rd February 2005
"Decided to book a room here after reading lots of your reviews. Was not disappointed at all. We had a great room on the 6th floor facing the Empire State Building during the week after Christmas and including New Year's Eve at a price that was insanely low, especially compared to what many other so-called budget hotels were charging. A lot of people, in their reviews, complained about the noise from Club 40/40 next door, but even with our window open, it wasn't loud enough to bother us. The desk people were always helpful when asked anything. Yes, the rooms are on the small side, the bathroom is tiny, the towels are skimpy, and the hallways narrow, but who cares? We didn't come to NYC to spend our time in the hotel, and the shower was hot, the room was clean (w/a frig in it even), the heater worked great and everything was functional. Also, the room was cute; with art deco sconces on the wall and the room painted a bright apricot. The location was fantastic! We walked everywhere from shopping in Soho to back from Times Square on New Year's Eve (a long walk), and we'd definitely stay here again!"
- Travel date: 20th January 2005
not bad at all !
"We stayed at the arlington just before christmas and found it to be just what we expected for the price, cheap and cheerful! Most importantly though it was clean and although the decor was slightly dated I would recommend this simply for the excellent location, right near the flat iron building and a five minute walk from macey's. We would definitely stay here again, unless we won the lottery of course, and use our money for what new york is most famous for, shopping !"
- Travel date: 7th January 2005
Not very good but not bad either...
"My boyfriend and I went to this hotel 2 years ago in July. The rooms are normal size, the carpet was a bit dirty, so were the walls. We didn't have a view, but then we didn't ask... I can't say the bathroom was dirty, it seemed clean but when the decoration of a room is updated, it always looks dirty and that was the case... Anyway, the staff was quite nice, the hotel seemed popular with european students, there were germans teens running all over the place !!! Also the hotel is very well located, near flatiron building and that is a good point. So if you're on a budget, this hotel may be good for you, but make sure you know it's not a 3 star one..."
- Travel date: 4th January 2005
Cramped and dirty but OK in a pinch
"Stayed at the Arlington 12/13/04. Even at a budget hotel, I expect a clean room. It was a bit musty, and the hallway of the 5th floor had a distinct tinge of urine and ashtray smells. The room itself was just barely OK with an almost comfortable bed, lousy pillows, and a steam pipe that gave off so much heat that even in winter, with all the windows open, it was still unbearably hot and dry. Unfortunately, we were in a pinch and got referred to this hotel by another hotel that displaced us, so we had no real choice in the matter. Tiny rooms, tiny bed, scratchy linens and useless towels. The water pressure was akin to be urinated on by a Chihuahua. Just generally a bit skanky, but pretty much what we expected upon walking through the door."
- Travel date: 15th December 2004
This does the job if you're on a budget
"My girlfriend and I stayed in a double room here for four nights in December 2004. We were initially apprehensive due to the cheesy neon HOTEL sign outside as we approached along 25th street, complete with dodgy letter 'O'! The lobby, lift and hallway are all fairly skanky, with a dodgy smell in the corridor. So we weren't looking forward to entering the room, however it was fine. There was a clean comfortable bed, adequate lighting, a TV, fridge, safe, tables and mirror. The bathroom is small but the shower is hot, and not unappealing to use. Although I maybe wouldn't want to have a bath! Our room also had a chest of drawers and a walk-in wardrobe. All quite usable. Window had ugly view out to fire escapes etc, but there are big thick curtains which you can keep closed. The radiator makes a bizarre hissing sound when you switch it on, this is quite unnerving. But it's ok really. Towels were replaced every day, and the bed was made up with fresh sheets. It was nice and quiet in the evenings, and is in a safe area. It's a stone's throw from the Flatiron building so nice and central, about 10 minutes walk from Penn station, and handy for buses and subway. Carpets are rather old and the room really could use a lick of paint. Oh, and the door rattled a bit whenever the fire doors in the corridor were opened/closed. But it's safe, clean and comfortable and that's what matters. At around $150/night, this is excellent value for a capital city (especially for us lucky UK tourists with ultra low $/Â£ prices right now). If price matters to you then this is a very good base from which to explore the big apple."
- Travel date: 13th December 2004
If you value your night's sleep go elsewhere
"This was our first time in New York. I realize that finding a good hotel at a fair price is impossible but for $155/night I expected better. The room and bathroom were clean although the furnishing were Spartan at best. The lobby and hallway were dirty and smell of urine. The staff was not helpful at all (always on the phone). We could have overlooked all these things but could not overlook the nightclub below which spewed out music well in the night. After the club closed (4am) the patrons decided to bring the party outside so we were entertained until 5:30am by the sounds of rap music, car alarms, horns and people, in various stages of inebriation, practically screaming. If you value a good night sleep after an exhausting day of sightseeing and shopping avoid this place."
- Travel date: 13th December 2004
Never go there!
"I really don't like to leave negative feedbacks, but that is due! The reservation was made by a friend of mine so i had not the chance to check the Hotel b4 booking. Shame on me. Fact is the hotel is real cheap and is poor too! We spent there 2 nights: the first one i couldn't get any sleep cos a heating pipe made a terrible noise all nite long: i asked the front desk to change room and they did: they gave us another room (#405, noisy one was 406) on the road, quite noisy but not for the heating pipe. Clean? Forget it. Beds and linens itched, bathrooms were ugly. Won't stay there another time. If you really would like to experience a good one, see my review of the Second House on Second Ave, whose daily rate for the Modern Suite is 155 $... quite the same price we paid for a double room at the Arlington. Needless to say the staf at Arlington were not so helpful: i asked them about the little flea market across the street (it is held EVERY GIVEN SUNDAY) and they told me nothing, just shrugged and said "don't know nuthin"... They charge you for 1-800 calls (if i recall correctly it's 1,09 $) and they also charge you for every piece of luggage you leave at the facility when you ahve a late flight (1,50 each). A chinese take away is on basement floor though i have to say, no fancy smell came thru the Hotel. I know you don't go in NYC to stay within an hotel rooms, but still i wouldn't stay there again. The aisles on the 4th floor were quite smelly, though no coackroaches were to be seen."
- Travel date: 9th December 2004
Great value for money
"Stayed 23rd Nov - 30th found hotel to be excellent value for money. Rooms cleaned every day with clean towels (although a bit thin on quality) changed daily. Great position just around corner from Flatiron building and 10 mins walk Empire State, Macy's and Times Square. Staff were friendly and helpful. Did not use chinese next door but this was by preference. Would stay here again next time in New York."
- Travel date: 6th December 2004
Heritage Hotel New York City is also called
- Arlington Hotel
- comfort inn chelsea
- chelsea comfort inn