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Perched on the far west side of Manhattan, the Skyline Hotel bears resemblance to a highway-style motor lodge. But with its ample rooms, buzzing lobby and fun perks (we’re looking at you, rooftop pool), this three-star property is not your average motel.
Pros: Spacious, comfortable rooms. Indoor pool with city views. Cheap parking.
Cons: No free Wi-Fi. Located just beyond the Midtown action.
The Skyline Hotel’s 232 rooms sport a bold and breezy look, with a simple design palette featuring earthy tones, plump duvets and a few warm touches like basket-weave headboards or colorful abstract art. They are clean and comfortable—and they feel rather enormous compared with other New York hotel rooms. Rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a telephone, flat-screen TV, mini-fridge and safe.
Note that rooms at the front of the hotel and near the elevators tend to pick up noise. We suggest asking for a room at the back (and some rooms on the upper floors offer nice views).
The private bathrooms feel about the same size as some of the teensiest hotel rooms in New York. They are done in beiges and browns and feature gleaming black marble countertops, a hair dryer and toiletries. Most have bathtubs.
The Skyline Hotel feels much larger than it looks from the outside. Its expansive lobby is cheery and bright, mixing elements like a sage-and-salmon color scheme with vintage travel posters and ornate gilded mirrors. The area is often abuzz with tourist groups coming and going, and there is plenty of space in the front salon for watching TV or perusing one of the books in the small library.
Just off the lobby, PJ Bricks, a vast, urban-chic restaurant decorated in brick, metal and photos of Old New York, serves up beers, bar fare and regular happy hours. The Skyline also offers a fitness center and some meeting space, but its crowning glory (literally) is its indoor penthouse heated pool, with glorious views to the north and south. Before you start fantasizing about popping up for a swim at any hour, however, know that hotel guests share the pool with scheduled swimming students (ask at the desk for pool hours).
The Skyline Hotel not only welcomes pets (two per room) but offers a variety of pet-sitting and “spa” services for your pooch. And for those driving into the city, on-site parking at Skyline is an absolute steal—–starting at just $10 per day for guests.
Wi-Fi and an Internet station are available, both for an additional charge.
The Skyline Hotel’s 10th Avenue location is rather far west, which could be a good thing or a bad thing. It offers a bit of extra calm while still being within a walkable distance from Times Square and the Theater District, but some guests may feel it's a bit removed. That said, it’s closer to the Hudson River, which makes it convenient for those driving into town via the West Side Highway or Lincoln Tunnel.
The Hudson River waterfront is a great place to jog or bike, and it’s home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a mammoth vessel parked just off 46th Street. With the Javits Center just a little farther south, the Skyline is also a convenient home base for those in town for a convention or show.
To the northeast, the fancy restaurants and shops at the Time Warner Center (we suggest stocking up on gourmet goods at its gorgeous basement Whole Foods) overlook Columbus Circle and Central Park. Ethnic eateries along Ninth Avenue offer excellent wallet-friendly dining options.
Subways: One drawback to the immediate area is that the subway doesn’t run this far west. There is, however, a stop two (long) blocks away at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street, where you can catch the C/E lines. The 1 train stops at 50th Street and Broadway, one block farther east.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound E subway train to 50th Street Station. The hotel is two long blocks west of the station.
LaGuardia: To reach the Skyline from LaGuardia, take an airport bus service to Penn Station and then transfer to an uptown C or E train from 34th Street-Penn Station to 50th Street.
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 or E subway train, and take it two stops 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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725 Tenth Avenue
Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States
Phone: +1 212-586-3400
Fax: +1 212-582-3400
About the Skyline Hotel neighborhood
As its name implies, Hell's Kitchen has a tumultuous history as a notorious slum, speakeasy mecca during Prohibition and the "West Side" whose turf wars inspired West Side Story. Today chic eateries and glizty condos are sprouting up, but the area holds tight to its signature grit too.