Park 79 Hotel

117 West 79th Street, New York City, New York, 10024, United States
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A bargain on the Upper West Side

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 11, 2008

On this return visit to New York we wanted to stay somewhere a little smarter than the hostel we used last time round (good though that was), but we didn’t want to spend a fortune on a room we knew we would spend relatively little time in. My search for a bargain was long and thorough. Most of the budget options in mid-town looked pretty dismal, and our preferred downtown locations (Soho or the Village) were outside our price range. Looking further afield I came across the Park79, which at first glance doesn’t appear to be a budget option. A smart brownstone in a nice district just west of Central Park, it charges over $2,000 for a week in an en suite double. But on each floor it offers a few rooms described as “semi-private” at less than half that price. These have a wash-basin but no other facilities. Guests instead have the use of shared bathrooms, two on each floor. In our week there I never found both bathrooms occupied, and Chris only once had to go down to the floor below, so we found this a fairly small inconvenience when balanced against the saving we made.

Our room was small but had everything we needed (and some things we didn’t!) – a safe, A/C, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, TV. There were plenty of towels, though limited toiletries. Like most US hotels, no breakfast was provided, but there was complimentary coffee and tea available in the lobby every morning (which we never sampled). The location was great! The hotel is two blocks from two different subway stations, offering a choice of three lines. Two minutes’ walk took us to Amsterdam Avenue, with numerous restaurants and several friendly pubs. Even nearer was Columbus Avenue, with a good little coffee shop for our morning lattes and muffins. The neighbourhood overall felt very safe and pleasant.

In terms of value for money in an expensive city, this hotel really scores. The only down-side was the noise from the street, but that’s pretty inevitable in such a lively city. You could try asking for a room at the back, but I have a feeling that all these budget rooms may be at the front. So bring your ear-plugs, and enjoy your stay on the Upper West Side.

Directions: One block west of the Museum of Natural History. The nearest subway stations are 79th St (on Broadway – line 1) or 81st St (lines B & C)

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Pleasant & Inexpensive on Upper West Side

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 22, 2005

The stay here was pleasant enough to make me want to go back next time I go to NYC. The hotel is a small, 6-story hotel offering mainly shared bath facilities, but several ensuite rooms as well. The atmosphere is quaint but a little worn. The room we had included the bathroom with a remarkably large walk-in shower for such a small space. The room was sparse with just a double bed, side table/lamp, small chest of drawers, a clothes rack, and small bench. Although not the most oppulent, the furniture, bedding, and bathroom does look like the management makes an attempt.

I have read negative reviews on other sites but think the reviewers expect the Ritz for a $150 or less. Yes, the small elevator can be slow. The beautiful parquet floor in the hall can lend itself to footsteps, but I really didn't notice. Things were clean and the housekeeping occured daily (although at different times).

The neighborhood is a great area for a variety of likes. Central Park is one block over, two subway lines are within a couple minute walk, great restaurants/bars, and stores. If you are there on a Sunday, go to the flea market one block south on 78th at the school there from 10AM to 5PM. Some great finds, even if it isn't a large as some flea markets downtown.

I would definitely stay here again because it was decent enough in a great area for a good price. Beware of the grouchy older gentleman at the front desk at night :-)

Directions: W. 79th & Columbus on the Upper West Side. Just one block from Central Park. Adjacent to the Natural History Museum

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Address: 117 West 79th Street, New York City, New York, 10024, United States

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