Hotel Grand Union
34 East 32nd Street, New York, United States
Doubles from: $185 to $400
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The three-star Hotel Grand Union, is a reliable, moderately sized midrange hotel, offering 88 simple rooms in a convenient Midtown location.
Pros: Excellent location. Clean and convenient.
Cons: Facilities are basic. No Wi-Fi in rooms. A bit dated.
Guest rooms at the Hotel Grand Union feature patterned bedspreads, some in swirling paisley and others with tropical floral designs. Furniture is mock-colonial, with winged headboards, little bedside tables and work desks. Framed floral prints complete the look, which is neither “thrown together” nor totally polished.
Rooms are equipped with a television, phone and mini-fridge. Air conditioning comes via window units, which means it may also bring some additional noise.
Note that some internal rooms can feel quite dark. We recommend asking for an upper-floor, external room.
Bathrooms are quite standard, but modern and very clean. They offer a hair dryer and basic toiletries, and some have bathtubs (ask ahead).
The Grand Union’s lobby is strikingly bright. While we chatted with the friendly management staff, we kept thinking we were in a doctor's office.
Guests here include both business travelers and tourists, and come overwhelmingly from Europe. The location, adjacent to Koreatown, is prime.
Wi-Fi is free in the public areas only. The Hotel Grand Union has an elevator.
Value-wise, the Hotel Grand Union is an interesting beast. At most New York hotels, rates are constantly in flux, sometimes plummeting so low they make our Cheapo hearts skip a beat, only to soar to astronomical heights during high season. Not so with the Hotel Grand Union.This baby’s nightly rates hold steady at $185 for a double, only raising (not terribly much) during the New York Marathon (in early November) and on New Year’s Eve.
What does this all mean? In short, The Grand Union is not a grand value during low seasons, when you can find comparable (or often nicer) hotels at much lower rates. But during high season, when many New York hotels can (and will) price gauge, this hotel is a reliable bet—and often a superb deal.
Finally, even with its higher rates during the marathon and New Year's the Grand Union is a good value for those times. Just book in advance, as marathoners (mostly, incidentally, a Dutch set) and New Year’s Eve revelers have caught on, and tend to snap up rooms up in a hurry.
If you’re looking for central, you’ve found it. The Hotel Grand Union sits just two blocks away from the Empire State Building and three blocks from Herald Square, an always busy shopping and transportation hub anchored by Macy’s.
Also within easy walking distance are the glorious Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. And just 10 minutes to the south, bounded by plentiful shopping and the magical food emporium Eataly, is Madison Square Park and its famed burger joint, the Shake Shack.
Primarily a business district, Midtown East is abuzz by day with power suits and skirts rushing to and fro, while tourists stop to map a route or ogle the skyscrapers. There’s not a huge nightlife scene here, but there are some spots popular with the business set, and a handful of livelier pubs along Second and Third Avenues, just east of the hotel.
Subways: The 6 train stops just a block away from the Grand Union, at 33rd and Madison. The Herald Square transportation hub (serviced by the B/D/F/M and N/Q/R lines) is just a five-minute walk away, with several entrances along Broadway between 33rd Street and 35th Street.
JFK: To reach the Hotel Grand Union from JFK, take the AirTrain to the Howard Beach Station and transfer to the A train to Pennsylvania Station (34th Street). From there, it’s a short cab ride or about a 10-minute walk to the hotel. A slightly faster option is to take the Air Train to Sutphin/Jamaica station, and then the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Penn Station.
LaGuardia: From LaGuardia, we’d recommend taking the New York Airport Service bus to Grand Central Station, then walking to the hotel (about 10 minutes). Or you could simply take a taxi from the airport.
Newark: From Newark Airport, take the AirTrain to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station, which is about a 10-minute walk from the Grand Union.
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Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended 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
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Grand Union neighborhood
Midtown East begins at Fifth Avenue and works east toward the water, encompassing the residential Murray Hill neighborhood on its way. More business-oriented than Midtown West, Midtown East is home to many noteworthy sights, including Grand Central Terminal, the United Nations, the Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral. This area is also great for shopping, with Saks Fifth Avenue, Takashimaya, Chanel, Burberry, Calvin Klein … Basically, if it isn't in Midtown East, then it's a few blocks north in the Upper East Side.