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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The two-star Comfort Inn Central Park West offers surprise-free accommodation almost inside Central Park. The hotel is conveniently situated near affordable dining and shopping along Broadway north of 59th Street.
Pros: Proximity to Central Park and Lincoln Center. Helpful staff. Quiet location.
Cons: Undersized rooms. Only one elevator. Crowded breakfast area.
Ninety-two guest rooms have finely crafted flourishes, such as detailed headboards, antique-like nightstands and old-fashioned lamps. Mattresses are pillow top, allowing a bit of extra comfort. Bathrooms are quite clean and offer a hair dryer and toiletries.
All rooms at the Comfort Inn Central Park West are equipped with flat-screen TVs, telephone, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Nonsmokers should request a non-smoking room.
The lobby is covered in black marble and mirrors and trimmed with gold. But despite these rather ’80s touches, the atmosphere upstairs is thankfully more traditional than “Trump.” A tiny exercise room includes a few machines.
Breakfast is included in the room rate.
The Comfort Inn is located on West 71st Street, just off Central Park West. Strawberry Fields, one of the most visited spot in Central Park, is just steps away from the hotel, and serves as a gateway to exploring the rest of the park. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Museum of Natural History are two major cultural institutions also within walking distance.
A stroll up Central Park West passes the city’s most exclusive and historic luxury apartment buildings, including the Dakota at 72nd Street.
Affordable dining and shopping can be found along Broadway and Columbus Avenues. Retail bargain hunters shouldn’t miss the Upper West Side branches of Century 21 and Loehmann’s on Broadway at 66th and 74th Streets respectively. A supersized Fairway Market on Broadway at 74th Street should be your first stop for any groceries or park picnic fixings.
Guest reviews in brief
Everyone agrees that the Comfort Inn's location is fantastic – just steps from Central Park and the subway. The Upper West Side is a residential neighborhood, and the hotel benefits from being on a quiet side street; however, noise from other rooms is occasionally cited as audible. The staff receive many good marks for being helpful and friendly.
The foremost complaint concerns the size of the room and bathroom, which one guest called “claustrophobically small.” Crowding in the breakfast room is also an issue, with guests frequently having to wait for a table to sit down to eat. One solution is to take a tray back to the room. Finally, the hotel’s single elevator does cause some waits during peak hours.
Subways: The B and C trains are conveniently located around the corner at 72nd Street and Central Park West. (Note: B trains only run on weekdays.) 1/2/3 trains stop at 72nd Street and Broadway about 1.5 avenue blocks west of the hotel.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Howard Beach Station, then the A train toward Manhattan to 59th Street. Transfer to an uptown C train one stop to 72nd Street. The Comfort Inn is a quick walk from the station.
LaGuardia: We recommend an airport bus service to Penn Station and then taking an uptown C train from 34th Street-Penn Station to 72nd Street. Or simply take a taxi to the hotel.
Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station. Transfer to an uptown C subway train at 34th Street-Penn Station and get off at 72nd Street. The hotel is a quick walk from the station.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Comfort Inn Central Park West neighborhood
Located west of Central Park, the Upper West Side is a largely residential area, filled with tall apartment buildings, stately brownstones, and families. The area is home to Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and Columbia University. One of its greatest attributes may be its borders: you're never more than a few blocks away from either Central Park or leisurely Riverside Park. Famous Harlem, whose importance as a historically African-American neighborhood cannot be matched, begins north of Morningside Heights. Despite its dangerous reputation, Harlem has become much safer... and much more popular with tourists.