Doubles from: $188 to $479
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated near Central Park and the Broadway theaters, the four-star Hudson Hotel is a stylish pick for the young and hip crowd. Rates are not always within a Cheapo’s budget, but when they are this boutique hotel is a treat.
Pros: Stellar location. Chic style. Cool hotel bar and courtyard.
Cons: Some rooms are tiny. Street noise.
While the Hudson Hotel's 831 guest rooms are beautiful, they aren't very spacious. “Standard” rooms are the smallest, with space for the bed, a desk, some built-in shelving and little else. “Superior” rooms are slightly larger, and “Deluxe” rooms are larger still.
All are rather dimly lit, but this seems to add to the fashionable allure, which is augmented by warm wood-paneled walls, platform beds and designer touches such as chrome desks and artistic lamps.
Rooms are air conditioned, with small work spaces and the usual amenities, including a flat-screen television (with DVD player) and phone. They overlook the city, Hudson River or internal courtyard. Views from the upper-floor rooms can be inspiring, but the courtyard-facing rooms are the quietest.
The private bathrooms are modern and sparkling (Note: Many are wheelchair accessible). They come equipped with a hair dryer and toiletries, and bathtubs are available (ask ahead).
The Hudson Hotel boasts fabulous common areas, from the ground-floor escalator, lit with a green glow, which carries you to the lobby where a tangle of vines covers a glass ceiling. Behind the front desk, light pours from the massive central garden, where luxurious couches are surrounded by flora.
The hotel's chic Hudson Bar draws a crowd and for good reason: The low, frescoed ceiling and plush white sofas have undeniable posh appeal. Style comes with a price tag though: Drinks at the bar are fairly expensive.
The cozy Library Bar has an Ivy-League feel, replete with well stocked bookshelves, soaring ceilings, plush leather sofas, an antique pool table and a large working fireplace. When the weather is nice, the fun spreads out onto the terrace. The 15th-floor Sky Terrace is yet another drinking option—one with chaise lounges, bespoke cocktails and sweeping views.
Wi-Fi is free throughout.
We'd be fibbing if we said the Hudson boasts Cheapo prices year-round. However, rates fluctuate frequently, sometimes dipping below $200 (which is an absolute steal for this sort of luxury and location).
The Hudson Hotel boasts a brilliant location, just a block from Central Park and a short walk from Lincoln Center. Columbus Circle is a major transportation hub, and the Time Warner Center, which offers an array of dining and shopping options, including a Whole Foods Market in the basement, perfect for stocking up on gourmet picnic supplies before heading across the street to the park.
There are some interesting and affordable dining options along 8th and 9th Avenues. The tiny Chai Thai on the corner of 8th Avenue and 55th Street, serves up a tasty and oh-so-cheap lunch special. And don’t miss the 57th Street Greenmarket (9th Avenue), which runs 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Subways: The Hudson Hotel is located a block away from Columbus Circle, a major transportation hub offering access to the A/C, B/D and 1 lines. The N/Q/R lines are a five-minute walk away at the 57th Street/7th Avenue stop.
JFK: To get to the Hudson from JFK, take the Air Train to the Howard Beach Station, then the A train toward Manhattan to 59th Street/Columbus Circle and walk a block west to the hotel.
LaGuardia: From LaGuardia, we'd recommend taking a shuttle bus to New York Penn Station, where you can catch an uptown A or C train to Columbus Circle.
Newark: From Newark, take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into Pennsylvania Station. Then take an uptown A or C train to Columbus Circle.
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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
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the Hudson New York, Central Park neighborhood
The short stretch that separates the Theater District from Central Park has a markedly different feel than its southern neighbor, as though the magical line of 55th Street separates the Times Square chaos from this more refined sector where Carnegie Hall, high-end shops and many a glitzy hotel hold court. Fortunately for Cheapos, though, there are a few affordable gems in the midst, offering convenience, comfort and that oh-so-coveted proximity to all things luxe.