"Wonderful location. Staff friendly and helpful. "
Happy to be in walking distance of museums. Near Lex train and Madison Ave busses. Liked the Island restaurant and the Sarabeth as neighbors. Loved having the mezzanine for coffee and reading The NY Times and planning our day.
The roof top garden was peaceful and the containers brimming with flowers. View of Central Park from the roof was a pleasure. Look forward to our next stay at Hotel Wales.
I was extremely pleased with the helpful staff, spacious lobby, upper east side location, and especially with my room. The room is enormous by New York standards and had everything I needed. Even the bathroom was a good size. This was my most pleasant lodging experience in all my years of visiting New York City.
I would recommend this hotel to a single person or a couple wanting to spend a week in NYC. I would not recommend it for a family as there is very little room even in the "suite". The staff is very courteous and helpful. The room and rest of the hotel was very clean although a little bit worn. Bed was comfortable and the room was surprisingly quiet for being on the 3rd floor in the front of the building facing the street. They do offer a continental breakfast, but no other amenities at the hotel. I chose this hotel for it's location and price and it met my expectations and was more than adequate for a base to work from while sightseeing in NYC. It is easy to get to from Penn Station as long as you're not carrying much luggage. There are plenty of places to eat and a variety of styles within walking distance that were reasonably priced and serve nice meals. There are also a number of upscale restuarants nearby if you want something fancier. There is a variety of shops within walking distance as well. Also check out the neighborhoods to the east in Yorkville, there is a very nice park along the East River just a few blocks down 87th that is mostly used by the locals.
I just returned from a 6 night stay with my two kids (11 and 7) at the Plaza Athenée in NYC. This hotel was amazing. The location couldn't be beat (loved that is was close to everything, but tugged away on a beautiful residential block), the room was beautiful, and the staff could not have been nicer. Everyone from the super nice lady that checked us in (even gave my two kids little gifts) whose name I wish I remembered right now, to the always friendly and helpful doormen, to the outstanding concierges. The chief concierge especially (although all three I had comtact with were great), Rick Cook, went above and beyond his job with competency but also thoughtfulness. He took care of me even before I checked in, making reservations for us, and most impresively, emailing me when the hotel received important mail addressed to my husband whose name wasn't on the reservation, because he recognized my the last name.
In all, a wonderful experience at the Plaza Athenée. I'm definitely hoping to return next year.
Of all the superlatives used to describe the Upper East Side, one word is apt: richest. Some of the city’s wealthiest residents live in the high rises that line Fifth Avenue. Be prepared to spend an entire day at the Museum of Metropolitan Art. Both a physical and art-world behemoth, the Met is home to several masterworks, from an intact ancient Nubian temple to post-modern color studies.
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