123 West 57th Street, New York, United States
Doubles from: $179 to $399
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The two-star Sailsbury Hotel is like a Cheapo holy grail in the tony land of high-end hotels just south of Central Park. It's a simple spot, but its comfortable rooms, friendly service and affordable rates translate to a solid value, especially for this convenient location.
The Salisbury is owned and operated by the Calvary Baptist Church, which is located next door to the hotel. Don’t worry, though—this does not mean that guests are confined to any religion-based rules. It does mean that the hotel offers a special (if simple) feel in an area dominated by expensive, somewhat anonymous, luxury properties.
Pros: Spacious rooms. Fabulous location. Friendly staff. Suites for families or groups.
Cons: Street noise (ask for a room on an upper level). A bit dated.
Because the Salisbury was originally designed as an all-suite hotel, guest rooms here offer more space than most Manhattan hotels. There is a crsip austerity to their simple and dated décor (we were picturing nuns in their habits busily tidying up, tucking sheets and fastidiously smoothing the bright white bedspreads). The dark wooden furnishings are of the sturdy, practical (yet still attractive) variety, the carpets are dark green, and antique-looking botanical prints hang on the white walls.
The Salisbury offers 118 “standard” rooms which can sleep up to four people. The hotel's 75 one-bedroom suite can hold up to six people, and a whopping eight can stay in each of the four two-bedroom suites, making these an excellent value for groups and families.
All guest rooms contain all the creature comforts, including air conditioning (note that these wall units can be noisy), a flat-screen TV , telephone and safe. Mini-fridges are provided in all suites and most of the standard rooms, and suites are also equipped with a microwave and coffee maker for added convenience.
Tip: As rooms tend to pick up street noise, we recommend requesting a room on an upper floor, away from 57th Street, which can be quite busy.
The bathrooms at the Salisbury feel a bit like a time warp to 1973—we saw a peachy-colored tub and a funky configuration of dark-brown and white tiles on the floor. They are in excellent condition, though, and pristinely clean, each equipped with a hair dryer and basic toiletries.
While showing us around the hotel, tbe manager greeted a guest in the elevator, asking her, "How long are you staying this time?" to which she replied, "Not sure, maybe for the whole month." This did not seem to be an exaggeration, and it also did not entirely surprise us. The Salisbury is the sort of place that attracts repeat visiters.
The Salisbury has a comfortable, friendly vibe to it. The lobby, with its arches and marble columns, resembles a church sanctuary (without feeling overly "holy"). It was bustling when we visited—guests coming and going or relaxing on regal velvet settees—but there was a sort of hushed calm to the space.
The hotel's all-you-can-eat continental breakfast, served in an airy breakfast room for $9 a person, is quite popular with guest. Wi-Fi and an Internet station are available, both for an additional charge..
With starting rates of around $179 in low season, the Salisbury is not the cheapest bed in town. However, with neighbors like The Plaza (just two blocks away) and other glitzy high-end properties, this humble haven is a steal for those looking to rub elbows with the rich and famous (without spending like them!). And with their extra space and added conveniences like mini-fridges, rooms here provide a solid value.
The Salisbury may be simple, but its tony neighborhood is central to all things high culture, from Carnegie Hall (across the street) to lush Central Park to the luxury shops that line 5th Avenue (both two blocks away). There are also a variety of fancy restaurants in the area, including the Russian Tea Room, which shares the block with the hotel.
Nightlife is not all that plentiful in this area, but eating is! The famed Carnegie Deli holds court on 7th Avenue and 55th Street, just down the block from the equally famous Stage Deli (at 54th Street). Neither is cheap, but their gigantic sandwiches can feed several.
For a cheaper bite, duck into the schmancy Le Parker Meridien Hotel (56th Street and 7th Avenue). Hidden behind floor-to-ceiling curtains off the gleaming lobby, this ultra-luxe hotel hides a fun and cheap alter-eager. The modest and awesomely divey Burger Joint serves up tasty burgers and beer at Cheapo prices.
Subways: The Salisbury Hotel is located between two subway stops: The F train stops at 57th Street and 6th Avenue, and the 57th Street/7th Avenue station is serviced by the N/Q/R lines. Just a few blocks south, the B/D and E trains pick up at 7th Avenue and 53rd Street, and Columbus Circle, a short walk to the northwest, offers access to the A/C, B/D and 1 trains.
JFK: To get to the Salisbury from JFK, take the Air Train to Sutphin/Jamaica and transfer to a Downtown E train. You can either take that to 7th Avenue/53rd Street and walk four blocks north to the hotel, or you can get off the E train at Union Turnpike/Kew Gardens to catch a Downtown/Coney Island-bound F train, which will let you off at 57th Street/6th Avenue, just steps from 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, which is a short walk from the hotel.
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, about a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
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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
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
About the The Salisbury 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.