Well the reason my girlfriend and I stayed at the Blakely Hotel was due to reading the reviews on tripadvisor. We stayed for 5 nights and every one of them was great. The beds are soooooo comfortable. The staff were lovely and very helpful (especially Eddie - very nice chap indeed). I'd recommend this hotel to anybody. Great Location, great hotel, great staff, GREAT!!
A real find in New York
We have just returned from 4 days in New York. We booked the Blakely Hotel through Trailfinders and would highly recommend it both for it's high standard and it's location. The rooms are spacious, beautifully maintained and extremely comfortable. The only downside was the traffic noise.. ...probably hard to escape in N.Y. and we did have a room at the front on a lower floor. The staff were pleasant and helpful. There is a very attractive bar and restaurant. Within a few minutes walk you are in the heart of the city. Definitely a find!!
Me and my daughter (7 years old) spent 5 days at the Blakely last week and we had a wonderful time.The location is really good, the beds are soooo comfortable and the staff very kind and lovely.The room (double bed) had a kitchenette very useful if you need to eat something without having to go outside everytime. I'd recommend this hotel to anybody!
Gracious and nearly perfect
We spent the fourth week of April at The Blakely in a non-smoking studio suite with two queen beds, exactly what we requested when we booked four months in advance (directly with the hotel on its web site) at the rate of $275 per night plus taxes. For NYC we consider this an excellent value.
The room was large, the decor was lovely, the little kitchen area was a great convenience. We especially liked the arm chair with ottoman and the sofa from which to view the flat panel TV in comfort; the New York Times at the door on weekdays was a great touch. The room (#1008) was at the back of the hotel, with good natural light and very little street noise. There was also no noise from the hallway since, at The Blakely, there are just eight rooms per floor. Coming in through the small lovely lobby and going up in one of the two wood-paneled elevators made us feel like we were entering our own little NY apartment.
The cleanliness here is 5 star perfect and the maid service was faultless. Doormen were very pleasant and helpful, but not always right at the door (they also serve as bellmen). By email and phone Bridget was patient and very helpful in assisting us in choosing just the kind of room we required.
This hotel does not try to rip off its clients with little fees (here incoming faxes are free, use of the computer and printer at a desk in the lobby is free, etc.). In our entire week only the pretty marble bathroom was less than perfect: the lighting was not good for make-up or shaving and there was not enough room for personal items on the counter. We left a note for the manager suggesting they install a lighted shaving/make-up mirror and add a small chest or set of shelves. Given the high standard of this hotel, we would not be at all surprised to find these items in place on our next visit.
The location on west 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues was exactly right for us -- half a block to the 7th Avenue subway, a block and a half to the downtown buses on 5th, two and a half blocks to the uptown buses on Madison, easy walking to theatres and many shops, around the corner from the Museum of Modern Art. The choice of restaurants in the area is outstanding; within a block from the front door you'll find everything from the Carnegie Deli and Fluffy's Bakery (fantastic NY style cheese cake) on 7th to the superb Brasserie LCB and the sweet La Bonne Soupe on 55th.
What we cannot understand is why the listing for The Blakely on Trip Advisor gives it just 2 stars. True, there's no swimming pool, no bar or lounge, no business services, no ballroom, but as a quiet, comfortable, convenient place to stay in New York, the Blakely deserves 5 stars.
Charming boutique hotel in great location
Had a very pleasant stay last week. comfortable accommodations and cordial staff. Rooms can be dark;lighting in bathroom makes it difficult to apply makeup! Rooms facing 55th can be somewhat noisy. But great value and convenient to everything! Restaurants and shopping close by. Definitely, a find.
Fantastic hotel! Highly recommended
Great hotel, fabulous location and large rooms for NY! We stayed here for a week in May and were very happy with the rooms, the location and the hotel in general. Nice to have a kitchenette although it would be great if the coffee makers could make more than one cup at a time. The decor is very tasteful. Nice TV's with CD players. Soft beds. I will stay here again!
Great value for money.
The Blakeley is definately worth staying at. Tasteful decor, huge rooms for NYC, which are clean and well appointed. There is a Hertz rent a car next door, two good places to eat opposite and plenty of restaurants etc within a 5 minute walk. Central park and Times Square are 5-10 minures walk. The street is quite at night. There is even a subway entrance at the end of the street! The staff are polite and attentive. We paid £500 for 4 nights which gave us a double bedded room. Compared to previous hotels we have stayed in NYC this is worth every penny.