242 W. 76th St. (between Broadway and West End Avenue), New York, United States
Doubles from: $159 to $269
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located in the thick of the Upper West Side, the Milburn Hotel is a mid-range property offering studios, junior and one-bedroom suites. Its kitchenettes and a variety of other perks make the three-star hotel a good choice for self-catering travelers.
Pros: Spacious rooms. Good location. Reliable, friendly service. Free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Family-friendly hotel.
Cons: Slow Wi-Fi connection. Rooms can pick up street noise.
The Milburn Hotel’s 120 rooms are quite tasteful, with wall-to-wall carpets and matching bedspreads and curtains. The classy floral patterns and framed reproductions of horses mid-gallop evoke a sort of country estate feel.
All suites have a small kitchenette (equipped with sink, fridge, coffeemaker, microwave and dishware), in addition to air conditioning, a flat-screen television with DVD player, safe, phone and iPod docking station.
Street-facing rooms can pick up noise, so ask for a room on a higher floors (bonus: These are quieter and some have views as well).
The bathrooms are clean and stnadard, with large tiles and glassed-in showers. Most have bathtubs.
The fireplace lobby lounge, with soft lights and a hushed quality, feels like a very different sort of retro than the Milburn’s marquee font, which looks like a 1980s throwback. Other nice perks include a small computer room (free to use) and a small exercise room. Lastly, a neighborhood gym offers complimentary access to an indoor pool upon request.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, and continental breakfast is included in the nightly rate.
The residential Upper West Side is ideal for guests who want to stay where locals live, yet remain close to major attractions. The American Museum of Natural History and Central Park are within a 10-minute walk of the Milburn, and even closer is Riverside Park, which was planned by the same architects as Central Park.
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), and guests can stock their kitchenettes with groceries from the gorgeous Fairway Market (Broadway at 74th Street) or the specialty food store Zabar’s (Broadway at 80th Street).
Subways: The Milburn is located three blocks south of the 79th Street subway station (on the 1 line), and four blocks north of the 72nd Street Station, which is served by the 1 local train and the 2/3 express trains.
JFK: To reach the Milburn, take the Air Train to Howard Beach Station, then a Manhattan-bound A express train to 59th Street-Columbus Circle. Transfer to the Uptown 2 or 3 train to 72nd Street and walk four blocks north to the hotel.
LaGuardia: Catch the M60 bus outside the terminal and take it to the last stop (106th Street). Then walk three blocks south to 103rd Street and catch a Downtown 1 subway train to 79th Street Station. The hotel is located three blocks south of the station.
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 A or C subway train, and at 59th Street-Columbus Circle transfer again to an Uptown 2 or 3 train. Get off at 72nd Street and walk four blocks north to the Milburn.
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
About the Milburn Hotel 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.