Amsterdam Court Hotel
226 West 50th Street, New York, United States star
Doubles from: $97 to $400
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated within walking distance of the Broadway theaters, the Museum of Modern Art and Rockefeller Center, the three-star Amsterdam Court Hotel is a great option for guests who value location and affordability over luxury.
Note: The hotel is still open but currently undergoing renovations. This means that some of the rooms are on the shabby side, and that you may experience noise during working hours. Regardless, the hotel’s rates present a solid value for unfussy travelers looking for a central place to sleep.
Pros: Terrific staff. Convenient midtown location. Good value. Some renovated rooms.
Cons: Some rooms, bathrooms and hallways need updating. Could be noisy due to renovation.
The Amsterdam Court Hotel is in the process of giving a much needed sprucing up to its 136 guest rooms.
Those rooms awaiting renovation appear dated and sometimes a tad shabby. They are clean, though, and some are surprisingly spacious, with ample closets, armchairs and ottomans. Standard rooms are on the smaller side, but provide enough room for the solo traveler.
All rooms are equipped with a TV, telephone, safe and air conditioning. Refrigerators are available for a $30 fee.
Bathrooms are likewise aging (and some comically small) but functional. Toiletries and a hair dryer are provided.
Off the lobby, there’s an appealing coffee room with trendy tables, high-back leather chairs and comfy booths. In addition to the complimentary coffee served there, the room is stocked with books and newspapers for travelers taking a break from touring.
The Amsterdam Court is also home to Natsumi, an adventurous restaurant that in true New York style combines two seemingly incongruous cuisines—in this case Italian and Japanese (think tuna carpaccico or spicy crab pizza, plus an array of more standard sushi options).
A continental breakfast and Wi-Fi are available, for a pricey $9.95 each. (While this area is not the treasure trove of cute cafés that, say, the West Village is, there are a few places around where you can pick up a cheap pastry and take advantage of free Wi-Fi.) Discounted parking is available near the hotel (call ahead to confirm the exact location).
The Amsterdam Court is well situated in the Broadway Theater District—so well situated that it is directly across the street from the Gershwin Theater It’s also ideally located in between the perpetual madness of Times Square (just to the south) and the tranquil green expanses of Central Park (nine blocks north).
Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the MoMA and Central Park are all with in reasonable walking distance, as are the swank shops of Fifth Avenue. The area is also chock-full of bars and restaurants—there’s something for everyone on 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, also known as “Restaurant Row.” And a little farther south in Hell’s Kitchen (the area west of the Port Authority) you'll find a number of inexpensive ethnic spots.
Plentiful nearby subway stations, including two on the same block as the hotel, can transport you further afield.
Guest reviews in brief
Reviews of the Amsterdam Court are a mixed bag. Guests agree that the hotel is the perfect intersection of value and location (even if the hubbub of Times Square can sometimes be heard indoors). They also commend the hotel staff for being attentive, polite and accommodating.
Most guest complaints are about the rooms, which are dated and sometimes rundown. The good news on this front is that the hotel is in the process of upgrading these rooms. The bad news is that some guests note that those renovations mean extra noise, sometimes early in the morning.
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Subways: The hotel conveniently shares the block with two subway stations. The C and E trains stop at 8th Avenue-50th Street, while the 1 train stops at Broadway-50th Street. It’s also a short walk to the N/Q/R trains at 49th Street and 7th Avenue.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Howard Beach Station and pick up the A express train to 42nd Street-Port Authority. From there, take local C or E train (just across the platform) one stop up to 50th Street. The hotel is just a few steps away from the station.
LaGuardia: We recommend taking an airport bus service to Penn Station. Then tranfer to an uptown C or E train to 50th Street.
Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station. Then take an uptown C or E subway train two stops up to 50th Street, and the hotel is just a few steps from the station.
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226 West 50th Street
Times Square-Theater District, New York, United States
Fax: +1 212-262-4170
About the Amsterdam Court Hotel neighborhood
Midtown West is packed with tourists sights... and tourist-class hotels. Working west from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, the Theater District is home not only to all the Broadway babies, but to Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. Not to mention Times Square—an entity within itself. Although most New Yorkers steer clear of this congested (and now pedestrianized) area, the neon lights, larger-than-life billboards, and wise-talking street vendors keep the visitors coming. And coming. And coming.