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Delighted with the Da Vinci
My wife & I flew to New york On Sept 11th 2005 & were booked in at the Da Vinci Hotel from 11th to 17th September. We arrived at the hotel around 8pm checked in & were told we had an upgrade for 2 nights which was very nice of them. The room we were in first was quite a big room with 2 double beds & had ensuite facilities, as all the rooms have, as well as air conditioning, T.V & a fridge, the room we got after that was a standard room with double bed, the general standard of the hotel & rooms was extremely good ,all the rooms were clean & tidy, & the staff were very helpful especially Jennifer,one of the receptionists, who was always helpful with any problems with rooms etc. The bar/restaurant in the basement, Joe Gs' was very good, was a little expensive, but the food was first class as was the service from Danny & co. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to enjoy Manhattan as the hotel is perfectly located(244 West 56th st) 5 mins walk from Times Sq. ,2mins walk from Columbus Circle & Central Park & very good bus & subway links close by. Most of the big department stores are also within walking distance, Saks, Bloomigdales & FAO Schwarz & there are plenty of places to eat as well in the immediate area,you are also only 5mins walk from all the major theatres. Our week in the Davinci cost us $882, which compared to the other hotels with the same facilities was an excellent price which you will find very hard to beat & they also throw in a complimentary continental breakfast which consists of rolls,butter & jam & some excellent New York donuts as well as tea & coffee, enough to keep you going until lunch. If you go to this hotel & find anything wrong then all I can say is that you must be a very fussy & hard to please type of person !!
Nightmare on 56th
If you want to look at cheesy flea-market paintings, sit in a bathtub designed for someone the size of your toddler, shower in water that turns alternately hot and cold without touching the knob, be awakened in the middle of the night by the radiator noise (imagine a freight train in your bedroom), deal with rude staff, and leave your luggage in a lobby, then the DaVinci is for you. It is cheap, and you'll get exactly what you paid for; lousy accomodations with few amenities and flippancy from most of the staff, who seem to hate their jobs. We did ask for more towels, and the gentlement helping us was prompt to respond, but this was the only highlight. We checked out after learning that there would be no storage for our luggage while we were out on the town the afternoon before our plane left (after check-out time). With its excellent location and possibilities, the DaVinci has much potential to be a quaint place to stay, but until someone who understands the service aspect of business owns it, it will continue to be a waste of time and money for most travelers. I have never written a review for anything, but this experience was so awful I feel compelled to warn other travelers of this hell-hole.
Cheap Price, Good Location
Stayed between 09/04/04 and 16/04/04 with my parents in one room, great deal from Expedia UK.
Hotel was clean and rooms were pretty big and comfy for what we paid. We had a inner room so had views of nothing, but it was very quiet which was good. Cable TV was ok with only a few decent channels that we could watch.
Staff were friendly especially the doorman who was always smiling and friendly. Bar and resturant downstairs was decent with friendly staff and a nice environment for first time visiters.
Location was perfect as it was a 10 second walk till your on Broadway and then 10-20 min walk to Times Square. Subway is close just round the corner and a McDonalds next door.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone on a budget that wants a decent place to spend the night.
Great, cheap, central hotel
We stayed at the Da Vinci from 9 to 14 April 2005 and after having read some of these reviews were quite nervous about what awaited us. However, on arrival, the lady who checked us in was lovely and very helpful - she even let us check in 3 hours early with no fee. The room was basic but for what we paid we weren't expecting the Waldorf!! It was clean and the bathroom was plenty big enough. We had one problem with our bathroom during our stay and it was sorted within a few hours. The only thing that woke us in the night was sirens from a few fire engines and being in a very central location we had expected that. This really is an excellent value for money hotel - Central Park and Broadway on your doorstep, a short walk to Times Square and Fifth Avenue. We would definitely stay here again.
Okay, it's not the RItz, but hey, what a fantastic location. Walked from the hotel to all the major sights from Central park to the site of the World Trade Centre, and everything in between!
Not the biggest hotel room, or the nicest, but when compared to the price of other hotels in the midtown area, it does represent good value for money.
Basic hotel but worth it for $avings + close to main streets
Stayed there for 4 days.
The room was on the 2nd floor with a single bed. (They said double beds you get street view) so i'll try that next time.
Desk ladies where nice & helpful finding my way around town, even offered to come with us/help with subway when she headed home.
Free donuts etc in morning. You get all the sounds of the city life, but doesn't bother me i already live in a major city.
Room was fairly clean, (top blanket no hotels seem to clean) some fuzz etc under/between the bed, tables etc. Room has a refrig to put things in soda, food etc. We used the AC because the room was little stuffy, was nice and cool then. So im not sure how cool it will feel in summer?
Shower was alright, water can take some time to get warm so i would run it a bit before you step in to test the temp.
The hotel is a close walk to just about eveything. There are a many places to eat like the Soup NaZi(around the block). Then the amazing Carnegie Deli which has the best Pastrami, Corned Beef & cheese cake!
If your planning to see the sights most of your day, and only want a clean room for sleep/shower/$ then this is your hotel. If you want a place to relax for you business people (rich yippies) then go elsewhere.
I would stay again since the price was cheap for the quality.
I loved staying in the DaVinci
It was worth the price, clean sheets, clean toilet and shower.
Warm water was no problem and the empoyees are very friendly and helpfull.
The location is perfect, just around the corner of Times Square.
When we return to NY we certainly book again the Da Vinci.
dreams are made of this
just returned from Da Vinci. Small compact hotel. The room was basic but the tv worked the air conditioning worked the shower was great. it ws small but truly only slept there -too busy outside. the reception staff were all very nice and friendly - no problems - the tea and coffee of a morning was great to set you up lovely fresh rolls with butter and preserves eaten in the beautiful reception area. very quiet and a little dark but had a good historic feel to it. this hotel could not be faulted for its location. right by carnegie hall columbus circle with tubes to everywhere -close to times square and great for cental park - for those who want mcdonalds - next door - italian - below - indian - 2 doors up it was endless- would stay there tomorrow (onlly wish i could) - would recommend to friends
A Real Mixed Bag!
Admittedly, a great location. Very uneven staff, was informed upon arrival that we had to pay in advance (never heard of such a thing), and when I asked to look at room before paying, the concierge turned sour. The bathroom is adequate, tho not convenient, and needed cleaning (moldy). I'm not sure they changed the bed linens in 6 days! and they need to wash to bed spread (smelly). $20 fee for one hour late check out...what gives? Fortunately, we were not in the room very much.
Would not stay there again. There must be budget hotels in NYC with friendlier staff.
Exception: young lady concierge with the dog.
help a green tourist?
hey there! second time to the US and first time to NY. rather inexperienced (and rather poor ;-)and all help greatly appreciated!
anyone have any comments on the Da Vinci hotel? would i do better staying on the upper/mid/lower part of central park as they are all priced in the same range.
Re: help a green tourist?
as far as location, Its very nicely located. Quite central and easy to reach other places... near the subway, just a few blocks from central park to the north and Times Square to the south. As far as the hotel itself, I wouldn't be able to tell, as I live in the city and never stayed in a hotel here.
Re: help a green tourist?
The location is very nice....and within walking distance to lots of stores and theaters.. and near a subway stop, too. I don't think you can go wrong with this one. I've probably passed it a million times, but don't remember the Da Vinci. It should be fine.
Re: help a green tourist?
I never been to N. Y, but I have discovered this site, and it was very good..do copy /paste for this adress..
I do some research about N.Y, because some day i want to visit too, and I think the best part of Manhattan to stay is the midtwon area.
Re: Re: help a green tourist?
tripadvisor.com was my #1 fave travel info site till i stumbled on VT! was just ABOUT to book a hotel in SF when i decided to research on it and reviews proved it to be bug infested, leaky and in a dodgy area.
will let you know how i go in NY!