Mayfair New York Hotel
242 West 49th Street, New York, United States
Doubles from: $100 to $270
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The Mayfair New York Hotel may be an aging beauty, but like most aging beauties it has its charms. With a nod to nostalgia, the simple three-star spot offers a central location, friendly service and simple yet comfortable guest rooms at rates that are fair—and often a steal—for this popular area.
Pros: Convenient to Times Square and Broadway theaters. Clean, functional rooms. Good value. Historic charm.
Cons: Rooms can feel stuffy. Building is worn around the edges. Surcharges may apply (look over your bill before checking out).
The Mayfair New York’s 78 guest rooms are intimate in scale and, for better or worse, what you might call a toile-fest. The French toile de Jouy is everywhere: Patterned headboards and wall sconces blend into wallpaper, and curtains and throw pillows come in the same buoyant print. (Bedcovers, thankfully, are white.)
The effect is not unappealing, although some may find it busy. On the whole, though, we think rooms have a whimsical quality, which is enhanced by white wooden furnishings and, in some rooms wood-framed picture windows. And while the rooms are old-fashioned, all the important things have been updated—Beatrice, the friendly manager showing us around, was quite proud of the new high-quality foam mattresses and said guests often ask about the fluffy pillows.
Rooms at the Mayfair are air conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen TV, telephone, laptop safe and free Wi-Fi. Some “King” rooms include an armchair (toile, of course) that folds out to accommodate a third person.
The private bathrooms vary in size and décor—some spacious, some not, some dark with green marble walls, others airy with fun black-and-white tiles. Whatever their configuration, they are all sparkling and come equipped with a hair dryer and basic toiletries. Bathtubs are available in most rooms.
As suckers for history, we fell in love with the Mayfair’s lobby right away. Yes, the tartan-upholstered cushions and mismatched rugs are looking a little worn, but the walls still gleam in a warm polished wood. The black-and-white photographs of Broadway royalty, on loan from the Museum of the City of New York, recall the glory days when Madison Square Garden was still located across the street and its performers made the Mayfair Hotel their place du jour.
With the departure of the Garden in 1968, the Mayfair has become a bit more scuffed than suave, but it’s still sings a love song to classic New York, replete with a Baby Grand (now only played by an occasional guest) set next to a lovely, original staircase.
In addition to free Wi-Fi throughout, the hotel also offers free Internet stations.
The Mayfair shares a block with two Broadway theaters (one of which is right next door) on the edge of bustling Times Square. It’s also just a short walk to the peaceful retreat of Central Park, and myriad attractions, from Radio City Music Hall and the Museum of Modern Art to St. Patrick's Cathedral and the shops of Fifth Avenue, are all within easy walking distance.
There is no shortage of bars and restaurants in the area either. You’ll find major chains, plus some smaller spots that get packed before and after showtime. Lillie’s, located on the same block as the Mayfair, is a huge pub with stunning Victorian décor, a fun vibe and a yummy menu. For some entertainment with your tipples, try the popular piano bar Don’t Tell Mama (46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues).
Subways: Three subway stations are within a block’s radius of the hotel. On 8th Avenue at 50th Street are the C/E trains, while the 1 train stops at Broadway and 50th Street. It’s also a short walk to the N/Q/R trains at 49th Street and 7th Avenue.
JFK: After taking the Air Train to Howard Beach Station, pick up the A express train to 42nd Street-Port Authority. Then take a local C or E train one stop up to 50th Street. The hotel is a very quick walk from the station.
LaGuardia: Take one of the airport bus services to Penn Station, where you can catch an Uptown C or E train to 50th Street.
Newark: Take the Air Train from the airport to the NJ Transit station, and NJ Transit to New York Penn Station. From there, take the subway (C or E train) to 50th Street.
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 Mayfair New York 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.