The Casablanca Hotel in Times Square has become one of New York’s favourite boutique hotels for travellers visiting the Big Apple. Situated in the heart of it all, The Casablanca Hotel caters to weary travellers setting the tone with Moroccan glamour inspired by the movie Casablanca.
This family owned and operated hotel goes the extra mile to make guests feel as if they step off the busy street and into an oasis of relaxation. The fireplace is always lit and waiting for you to relax in Rick’s Place, the onsite restaurant and bar. A deluxe continental breakfast is served daily with hot food like eggs and sausages and waffles as well as a variety of fruit and baked goods. Complimentary tea also awaits guests in the late afternoon. In the evening wine and cheese is served free of charge.
Casablanca Hotel’s goal is to make you feel more like you are at a bed and breakfast while providing the comfort and privacy of a hotel. The 48 guest rooms include free Wi-Fi, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, toiletries and bathrobes. Our television service is upgraded to include BBC channels for those travelling abroad.
On request and at no extra charge Casablanca Hotel will provide microwaves, mini-fridge, white noise machines, rollaways and baby cribs, earplugs, DVDs, Micro gel pillows, foam mattress toppers, space heaters, fleece blankets ,and more. Self-parking is available for a fee of $30/day / €19.06. Rooms are around $430 / €274.
International staff speaks many different languages and are friendly and have good relations with other services in the area. The Casablanca is truly an oasis in a city that never sleeps.
Located at 230 East 51st St. in New York City, the Pod 51 Hotel presents a new wave of affordable hotel experience. The Pod 51 is a place for people on the go, who want to be out and about and need a hotel at an affordable price and are willing to sacrifice extra amenities for that.
Pod 51 rooms are small or “pod-like” but playful with bursts of colour and keen planning for the tech-savvy traveller. Close at hand are ample plugs for re-charging, free Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions that take up less room. Although rooms are small, they still provide irons and ironing boards neatly tucked away and in-room safes, as well as hairdryers. Some rooms have ensuitelavatories; others make use of communal lavatory arrangements. (Although all rooms have sinks ensuite). Make sure to find out whichone you are booking so as to avoid disappointment. There are also guest rooms that employ bunk beds for groups travelling together who are used to hostel type stays. There are onsite cafes and restaurants. These are done up in the same Spartan style as the rooms. They include a Taquierra, Burger place, cafe, 2 rooftop relaxation zones, and a “playroom” and Bar. The playroom provided games, television and Wi-Fi access. It’s a good place to stretch your legs while you plan your day with your friends.
Centrally located, Pod 51 Hotel is within walking distance of the subway, which makes it easy to travel around town. It is also walking distance to famous tourist sites like Rockefeller centre and Central Park. This is a hotel for either young people or those who don’t plan on being in their room very much of the time. It is less family friendly. However, what you give up in amenities you gain in price. Most rooms cost about $85. U.S. /€54.a marvellous price for the location in New York City.
The Hampton Inn at Times Square is located in Manhattan. It is a traditional style mid-range hotel perfect for business travellers and families. Hampton Inn has a reputation for cleanliness and streamlined service and the Hampton Inn at Times Square is no exception.
Rooms are decently sized and the hotel staff is friendly and willing to help you make the most of your stay. It is close to many attractions and public transportation making it a great place for those who enjoy walking in the city. Continental breakfast is provided. Self-parking is available for a fee. There is a Gift Shoppe, concierge, baggage storage, safety deposit box, ensuite safes as well as all the expected amenities like toiletries, irons, and hair dryer. There is a Laundry service for a fee. Most of the Hotel is accessible for those with disabilities with the exception of the exercise area.
Moderately priced at about $150. / €95. It is good for those on a budget, travelling for business or who just want to spend their holiday money on seeing New York.
Chelsea Lodge located in the historic Chelsea District of New York City is a small hotel with big heart. There are only 22 guest rooms in this European style hotel, but this allows the staff to pay special attention to guests.
The Chelsea Lodge is housed in a historic Brownstone. It provides guests with a Bed and Breakfast feel and also a glimpse into what living in the Chelsea neighbourhood can be like. The Chelsea Lodge offers two types of rooms: Lodge Rooms and Suites.
Lodge rooms have shared toilets and are designed to evoke a country style with pinewood flooring and country quilts on the comfortable beds. There are private sinks in the Lodge rooms.
Suites have ensuiteWCs and are set up like a private studio flat with kitchenette and views of either the garden or the tree lined streets. Here too, they are decorated in country style with pinewood flooring and comfortable quilts and homey touches.
Room prices are right around $170night / €108. Chelsea Lodge does not have on-site parking but is close to public transit and walking distance to the many restaurants, shops and clubs in the Chelsea district. This is perfect for a weekend getaway or for visiting family or friends in the city.
You’re in New York and you want to experience a piece of Bohemian history...so what’s next? Then the Chelsea Hotel is the place for you. It has been home to rock Icons, writers, artist and the drug addled. You too can spend a night there.
Be forewarned, you will be slumming it a tad. While it has been updated, the constant tourists looking for an authentic experience keep it from being truly restored. The 250-room hotel does not have ensuitelavatories, so you will be rubbing shoulders with others. It also has a consistent pest problem in the form of rodents and roaches. Although to be fair, much of New York does.
All this may be worth it to stay in the place where Arthur C. Clark wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey. Where Charles Bukowski set pen to paper and Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan honed their art. You may want to contemplate the tragic deaths of Dylan Thomas, Nancy Spungen, and many others named and forgotten.
The lifts may or may not work in this Queen Anne revival diamond in the rough. However, you will get to see the artwork of many famous past guests who paid in kind. You will be a part of history, of that there is no doubt.
Rooms will run you around $150night / €96. Not bad if you want to sleep the singular hotel where much artistic history was made. Just don’t expect anything posh.