Hotels In New York City
( Originally Published 1940 )
The following list of hotels is far from being a complete coverage of the various establishments, large and small, to be found in New York. There are many others, mostly good, which could have been included, but which I have left out because I did not have room for them all. Those which are listed here have been recommended by friends, are known to me from personal observations, or are so famous that they need no recommendation from anybody.
In selecting this list I have proceeded on the assumption, fully justified, I think, that most visitors to New York will prefer to make their headquarters on Manhattan Island. That is why only two Brooklyn hotels are listed. I have also tried to cover most of the principal districts of the city, and to cover the whole price range, from the super-expensive to the modest, all good according to the possibilities within the rates charged.
The hotels listed are in all cases European plan (without meals) and the rates are invariably minimum. I should like to warn you that usually you will be able to secure rooms at these absolute minimums only through advance reservation, and in any busy season it is only through advance reservation that you will be able to secure any rooms at all at the hotel of your choice.
Most travelers seem to arrive in New York by sleeper in the morning, and to leave again by sleeper in the evening. In consequence, if you are one of the morning-arrival-evening-departure horde, you may not be able to get your rooms until after-noon or evening. If you are making a stay of any length, it would be well to specify, when making your reservations, that rooms must be ready on arrival.
The hotels are listed alphabetically according to various price ranges. The official Hotel Red Book has been used as the final authority on rates. The number of rooms is given as a guide for the benefit of those who may want a choice between large and small establishments.
The clientele can be determined by both the price and the location. Most of the "smart" hotels are on the East Side north of 40th Street, with the exception of some around Gramercy Park and Washington Square. Most of the West Side hotels above both Street are in a quiet residential district. West Side hotels in the forties are convenient to the theater district, in the thirties to the Pennsylvania Station.
Hotels with a Minimum Rate of $6.00 Per Day and Up
AMBASSADOR. Park Avenue and 51st Street. 600 rooms. $6.00. Quiet, distinguished, smart, but never ostentatious.
BEEKMAN. Park Avenue and 63rd Street. 358 rooms. $6.00. Very much like the Ambassador in tone, but smaller.
CARLYLE. Madison Avenue and 76th Street. 500 rooms. $6.00. A quiet hotel in Manhattan's smartest residential district.
HAMPSHIRE HOUSE. 150 Central Park South. 500 rooms. $8.00. The most expensive hotel on this list, but in addition to perfect service, there is a view over Central Park, styling by Dorothy Draper, murals in the cocktail lounge by James Reynolds, Greek heads in the restaurant corridor by Gurdon Woods, and smooth smartness beyond criticism.
LOMBARDY. I I I East 56th Street. 400 rooms. $6.00. An-other quiet East Side hotel in a convenient neighborhood.
MADISON. 15 East 58th Street. 350 rooms. $6.00. One of the smaller hotels near the south entrance to Central Park.
MEURICE. 145 West 58th Street. 250 rooms. $6.00. Not-withstanding the "West" in the address, it is an East Side hotel in clientele and atmosphere. Small, so be sure to make reservations in advance.
PARK LANE. Park Avenue and 48th Street. 600 rooms. $6.00. One of the more distinguished of the Park Avenue group, with all that this description implies.
PIERRE. Fifth Avenue and 61st Street. 615 rooms. $7.00. One of the most distinguished hotels in New York, with an international clientele.
PLAZA. Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. 1.060 rooms. $7.00. Although the building is far from new, the hotel has always kept its reputation as one of the best in New York. Few hotels have ever had a more faithful clientele (attracted by the perfeclion of the cuisine and service), composed of the kind of people who can afford the Plaza rates, but would rather not see their names in the paper just the same.
RITZ-CARLTON. Madison Avenue and 46th Street. 300 rooms. $7.00. Its name is its recommendation, and it fully lives up to the "Ritz" tradition of food and service.
RITZ TOWER. Park Avenue and 57th Street. 449 rOOms. $6.00. The more residential cousin of the Ritz-Carlton.
ST. REGIS. Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. 600 rooms. $6.00. Hotels come, and hotels go, but the St. Regis goes on its quiet way forever. Even if you can't afford to stop there, drop in to see the Maxfield Parrish "Old King Cole" mural over the bar. The St. Regis has a distinguished clientele.
SAVOY PLAZA. Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. i,000 rooms. $7.00. The somewhat sprightlier relative of the Plaza across the way, in a newer building. Distinguished clientele, but where the Plaza would feature a concert by a singer from the Metropolitan at eleven in the morning in the Ball Room, the Savoy Plaza would feature songs by someone like Dwight Fiske at midnight in the Bar.
SHERRY-NETHERLAND. Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. 375 rooms. $7.00. Another of the group around the south entrance to the Park. Somewhat the residential hotel in tone.
WALDORF-ASTORIA. Entire block between Park and Lexington Avenues and 49th and 50th Streets. 2,200 rooms. $7.00. A carefully thought-out establishment maintaining the traditions of the old Waldorf. Since most of their patrons arrive by auto-mobile, parking space is supplied, in the basement. (If you wish to arrive in your own private car, there is also a private track and platform in the sub-basement. )
Hotels with a Minimum Rate of $4.00 and $5.00
Per Day and Up
BARCLAY. 111 East 48th Street. 850 rooms. $5.00. A justly popular East Side hotel, very convenient to everything.
BEVERLY. 125 East 50th Street. 300 rooms. $5.00. A smaller edition of the Barclay.
BALTIMORE. Madison Avenue and 43rd Street. 1,000 rooms. $5.00. One of the better of the big hotels. Has direct connection with the Grand Central Terminal.
BLACKSTONE. 50 East 58th Street. 200 rooms. $4.00. A small hotel (as New York hotels go) about which I have had enthusiastic reports.
BREWSTER. 2 I West 86th Street. 300 rooms. $4.00. A West Side hotel rather far from the center of amusements, but with good connections via Eighth Avenue Subway and buses.
CHATHAM. Vanderbilt Avenue and 48th Street. 300 rooms. $5.00. One of the really distinguished hotels of New York. The "Chatham Walk" is a particularly pleasant outdoor restaurant.
COMMODORE. Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street. 2,000 rooms. $4.00. One of the more popular of the big hotels. Has direct connections with the Grand Central Terminal.
CROYDON. 12 East 86th Street. I,000 rooms. $5.00. An excellent establishment of the residential type in a very gOOd residential neighborhood.
DELMONICO. Park Avenue and 59th Street. 500 rooms. $5.00. A very good hotel, although its minimum is a dollar less than that quoted by others in the Park Avenue group.
DORSET. 30 West 54th Street. 395 rooms. $5.00. A small but smart hotel in a quiet side street just off Fifth Avenue.
ELYSEE. 6o East 54th Street. 125 rooms. $5.00. Small and popular. Be sure to reserve in advance.
ESSEX HOUSE. 160 Central Park South. 1,134 rooms. $4.50. Large, popular establishment overlooking the park. Popular for a long stay. Many suites.
FIFTH AVENUE. 24 Fifth Avenue (at 9th Street). 700 rooms. $4.00. An excellent hotel situated just north of Washington Square. Popular, and deservedly so. Not at all "Greenwich Village" in clientele or atmosphere.
GOTHAM. Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. 400 rooms. $5.00. Dignified and quiet, with a reputation many a more expensive hotel might well envy.
GROSVENOR. Fifth Avenue and 10th Street. 350 rooms. $4.00. One of the best of the smaller hotels in the Washington Square district.
HAMPTON HOUSE. 28 East 70th Street. 175 rooms. $4.00. A small East Side hotel just off Fifth Avenue on what many consider New York's smartest side street.
HOLLEY. Washington Square. 150 rooms. $4.00. Many a larger hotel envies its reputation and clientele.
LANGDON. Fifth Avenue and 56th Street. 152 rooms. $4.00. Another of the good, smaller houses where advance reservations are almost always necessary.
LA SALLE. 30 East both Street. 240 rooms. $4.00. Just around the corner from the group of hotels at the south end of Central Park.
LEXINGTON. Lexington Avenue and 48th Street. 8o 1 rooms. $4.00. Just a big, good hotel convenient to the Grand Central Terminal, although without direct connections.
MARGUERY. 270 Park Avenue. 250 rooms. $5.00. A distinguished Park Avenue hotel just north of the Grand Central Terminal, and famous for its restaurant.
MAYFLOWER. Central Park West and 61st Street. 65o rooms. $5.00. A big, modern West Side hotel convenient to two sub-ways, overlooking Central Park. Somewhat residential.
NEW WESTON. Madison Avenue and 50th Street. 700 rooms. $5.00. One of the most popular East Side hotels in New York. Particularly pleasant for ladies traveling alone. Not a residential hotel, but a surprising number of people claim it as a permanent residence.
ROOSEVELT. Madison Avenue and 45th Street. 1,100 rooms. $5.00. Big, delightful, good food, and service, and justifies the price. The hotel has direct connection with the Grand Central Terminal.
ST. MORITZ. 50 Central Park South. 900 rooms. $4.00: A very good hotel, indeed, overlooking Central Park. Rumplemayer restaurant.
VANDERBILT. Park Avenue and 34th Street. 600 rooms. $4.00. This well-established house is about the best known of the Murray Hill district, except for the old-fashioned Murray Hill itself. Excellent restaurant.
WARWICK. 65 West 54th Street. 512 rooms. $4.50. A quiet establishment with a very faithful clientele.
WESTBURY. Madison Avenue and 69th Street. 400 rooms. $5.00. An East Side hotel of distinction in the heart of New York's best residential district.
WEYLIN. 40 East 54th Street. 400 rooms. $4.00. Very well known, and as popular with the younger set as it is with their parents.
Hotels Quoting Minimums of $2.50 to $3.50
ALAMAC. 71st Street and Broadway. 600 rooms. $2.50. A West Side hotel with a good deal of electric sign. Convenient to the West Side Subway.
ALGONQUIN. 59-65 West 44th Street. 250 rooms. $3.50. Famous as the place where literary lights lunch (sometimes) and where others go to watch literary lights lunch. The food is good, and so is the hotel. Very convenient to theatrical district.
AMERICAN WOMAN'S CLUB HOTEL. 353 West 57th Street. 1,181 rooms. $2.50. So famous with women all over America that I list it only to avoid questions as to why I didn't. It needs no recommendation from me.
ASTOR. Times Square. 1,000 rooms. $3.00. A New York institution. Has a Ball Room in which they can serve a meal to 2,500 people—and often do! Not "smart," but as long as it is good, and stays happily full, it doesn't care.
BARBIZON-PLAZA. 101 West 58th Street, 1,400 rooms. $3.00. I have friends who refuse to stay anywhere else.
BEDFORD. 118 East 40th Street. 200 rooms. $3.50. One of the smaller East Side hotels in the Murray Hill neighborhood.
BOSSERT. 98 Montague Street, Brooklyn. 400 rooms. $3.00. Dignified and popular. Located on Brooklyn Heights, with a superb view of lower New York and the bay from the "Marine Roof."
BRISTOL. 129 West 48th Street. 400 rooms. $2.50. Right in the heart of the theatrical boardinghouse district, yet somehow maintaining an air of quiet. Food is good, and surprisingly in-expensive.
BRITTANY. 55 East 10th Street. 245 rooms. $3.50. One of the better of the Washington Square group of hotels.
BREVOORT. Fifth Avenue and 8th Street. 150 rooms. $2.00. Very old fashioned, very famous, faithful clientele, and perfect food.
CAPITOL. Eighth Avenue and 51st Street. 300 rooms. $2.50. Commercial, convenient to Eighth Avenue and West Side Sub-ways. Adjoins the Capitol Bus Terminal (Greyhound busses).
CLARIDGE. Times Square. 450 rooms. $3.50. Commercial, and right in the heart of things. Times Square is rarely quiet.
DIXIE. 250 West 43rd Street. 650 rooms. $2.50. Connections with the Dixie Bus Terminal make it convenient for passengers arriving by that means of transportation. Good for the money.
EARLE. Washington Square. 200 rooms. $3.50. Popular with those liking the smaller type of hotel.
EDISON. 46th Street, west of Broadway. 1,000 rooms. $2.50.
Big, commercial, convenient, and all that you could ask for the money.
GOVERNOR CLINTON. Seventh Avenue and 31st Street. 1,200 rooms. $3.00. Big, good, commercial, and convenient to the Pennsylvania Station.
GRAMERCY PARK. 52 Gramercy Park North. 600 rooms. $3.00. A really delightful hotel in one of New York's quieter neighborhoods. Charming roof-garden restaurant.
GREAT NORTHERN. 118 West 57th Street. 400 rooms. $2.50. One of the older establishments. Don't let the low rate frighten you away.
LINCOLN. Eighth Avenue and 44th Street. 1,400 rooms. $3.00. Big, commercial, and convenient to the theatrical district.
MCALPIN. Broadway and 34th Street. 1,500 rooms. $3.00. Big, commercial, popular. Convenient to Pennsylvania Station.
MARTINIQUE. Broadway and 32nd Street. 584 rooms. $2.50. Not a very new hotel, but well run. Its low rates are largely the result of New York's having grown away from it.
MURRAY HILL HOTEL. Park Avenue and 40th Street. A New York institution. The kind of hotel with 14-foot ceilings and a predominance of white hair among the guests. Very good or it couldn't have lasted so long! 400 rooms. $2.50.
NEW YORKER. Eighth Avenue and 34th Street. 2,500 rooms. $3.50. Commercial, good, popular. Has direct connections to the Pennsylvania Station. Convenient to the Eighth Avenue (Independent) and Seventh Avenue (I.R.T.) ,Subways.
PARAMOUNT. 46th Street west of Broadway. 700 rooms. $2.50. Times Square atmosphere at a low rate.
PARK CENTRAL. Seventh Avenue and 56th Street.' 1,600 rooms. $3.50. Big and Broadway-like. Good food and drinks. Some of the tower suites are beautiful. Has a swimming pool.
PENNSYLVANIA. Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street. 2,200 rooms. $3.50. When I say that it is Statler-operated, it is recommendation enough. Direct passageway to the Pennsylvania Station.
PETER STUYVESANT. 2 West 86th Street. 350 rooms. $2.50. A good West Side hotel overlooking Central Park. Convenient to Eighth Avenue Subway.
PICCADILLY. 227 West 45th Street. 700 rooms. $2.50.
PLYMOUTH. 143 West 49th Street. 400 rooms. $2.50.
PRESIDENT. 234 West 48th Street. 400 rooms. $2.50.
All three of the above hotels are convenient to the Times Square theatrical district, and are excellent for the money.
PRINCE GEORGE. 14 East 28th Street. 1,000 rooms. $2.50. This hotel resolutely refuses to look its size. Somewhat old fashioned in furnishings, it is still one of the most popular hotels in New York.
ST. GEORGE. 51 Clark Street, Brooklyn. 2,632 rooms. $2.50. Has good subway connections. Large, commercial, superb swimming pool which is one of the sights of New York, and magnificent views from the roof garden.
SEYMOUR. 50 West 45th Street. 250 rooms. $3.50. One of the smaller establishments keeping a firm hold on a faithful i clientele by its food and service.
SHELTON. Lexington Avenue and 49th Street. 1,200 rooms. $2.50. Not only popular with transients, but with people who move in for the winter—or summer. The building is famous architecturally. There is a swimming pool.
TAFT. Seventh Avenue and 50th Street. 2,000 rooms. $2.50. Large, commercial, and Broadway-Times Squareish.
VAN RENSSELAER. 17 East 11th Street. 200 rooms. $2.50. A far better hotel than its low rates might lead you to expect.
VICTORIA. Seventh Avenue and 51st Street. 1.000 rooms. $3.00. Commercial, and good.
WELLINGTON. Seventh Avenue and 55th Street. 700 rooms. $2.50. Not very new, but good for the money.
WOODSTOCK. 127 West 43rd Street. 400 rooms. $2.50. A long-established house with a good reputation.
WooDWARD. Broadway and 55th Street. 200 rooms. $2.50. One of the smaller hotels convenient to the theaters.
Hotels Quoting a Minimum of $2.00 or Less
The hotels listed below are frankly for the economically minded. Most of them are excellent for the money; all have been recommended to me; and in many cases the low rates are , due to their somewhat old-fashioned buildings, or to the fact that in the ceaseless flux which is New York, their once-excellent neighborhoods moved away from them. Otherwise they need no comment.
ARLINGTON. 18 West 25th Street. 130 rooms. $1.50. BELLECLAIRE. Broadway and 77th Street. 325 rooms. $2.00. RBESLIN. Broadway and 29th Street. 450 rooms. $2.00. BRYANT. Broadway and 54th Street. 230 rooms. $2.00. CHELSEA. Seventh Avenue and 23rd Street. 320 rooms.
CHESTERFIELD. 130 West 40th Street. 600 rooms. $2.00. COLLINGWOOD. 45 West 35th Street. 200 rooms. $2.00. IMPERIAL. Broadway and 32nd Street. 600 rooms. $1.50. MADISON SQUARE. Madison Avenue and 26th Street. 350 rooms. ,$ I.50.
PARIS. West End Avenue and 97th Street. 800 rooms. $2.00. PARKSIDE. 18 Gramercy Park South. 300 rooms. $2.00. SEVILLE. Madison Avenue and 29th Street. 500 rooms. $2.00. TIMES SQUARE. 43rd Street west of Broadway. 827 rooms..