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August 25-26, 2012
First cabin with terrace and hot tub
Rate: $359 + tax at Yotel.com with Travelzoo promotion
I would recommend Yotel for the location and modern ambience.
We were able to book using a Travelzoo promotion and paid a total of $415.45 for one night at a spacious “first cabin” which is similar to a suite in other hotels.
The hotel is a walk away from Times Square, but not a short walk. It is a 10-minute walk from the closest subway station. Regardless, the area is pretty convenient with a CVS right across the street and restaurants everywhere.
The hotel was clean and decorated accordingly with the technological amenities the hotel offered. First floor lobby is practically manned by technology. Kiosks lined the left wall for checking in and out. A robot on the right side of the lobby holds your luggage for you. There were a couple of hotel staff in the lobby to help out the technologically-challenged. The main front desk manned by humans was on the 4th floor. You have to go to the 4th floor to get to the elevators that service the cabin floors.
We haven’t had much interaction with the staff except when housekeeping came to drop off extra towels I requested. He was quite friendly.
We were given cabin 814, a first cabin with terrace and hot tub. It was a very nice room and very spacious especially for a NY hotel.
The big space however wasn’t fully utilized. The closet was tiny when it could have been bigger.
There was really no night stand. The desk is tiny which is situated on one side of the bed serving as a night stand on one side. A bed table is tucked in on the other side of the bed which was nice. The king bed wasn’t soft, but I found it fine.
The TV wasn’t small, but watching all the way from the bed (too far) makes the size inadequate. The room was pretty clean except for one feminine wash packet I found between the couches.
The bathroom was pretty spacious with a huge shower. The bathroom walls were glass and curtain and blinds covered the walls for privacy. I like that there was a door in the bathroom that opens into the terrace.
The shower head was nice. The heated towel rack wasn’t working.
There was not a lot of counter space in the bathroom. There were 2 bath towels, 2 beach towels, 3 hand towels and a very soft bathrobe. Instead of the boxed facial tissues you usually find in hotels, there were 2 travel-size facial tissues which I hated. There was only one very tiny trash can located in the bathroom which I found insufficient.
The terrace was huge, but there was no view. The sides were covered with metal fences and tall greeneries. I hate that there were no lights in the terrace except for the small spotlights lighting the greeneries.
The hot tub was a 2-person tub, though 4 of my girlfriends and I did fit in there. The plug for the drain didn’t work very well in covering the drain. Sometimes we had to let the water flow while we were in the tub to keep the water at level.
Each cabin floor had a “mini kitchen” galley and the 8th floor galley was right across our room. Your room key card is needed to access the galley. The galley was equipped with ice, water and coffee machine, microwave, small fridge, and a soft drink vending machine. There were complimentary coffee, tea, latte, espresso and hot chocolate which was a plus.
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