871 Seventh Avenue at 55th Street, New York, United States
Doubles from: $125 to $509
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
For attractively low rates, the three-star Wellington Hotel offers a comfortable home base just south of Central Park and in the midst of the Midtown attractions. It’s not the trendy or luxe experience you’ll find at neighboring properties in this tony locale, but the price is right, the service is friendly and the area is fabulous.
Pros: Prime location. Helpful staff. Good value.
Cons: A bit tired. Small bathrooms. Noisy air conditioning.
Although a few of the Wellington’s 600 guest rooms are uncomfortably small, the majority come in more manageable sizes (if you’re the claustrophobic type, be sure you're clear on square footage before taking the plunge).
The dated room décor is nowhere near awe-inspiring, and a fresh coat of paint and new carpets and window treatments would do wonders. Nonetheless, rooms are comfortable and clean, and many offer some pretty sensational views.
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning (note that the window units are only available seasonally and can be noisy), a telephone and TV. Some doubles and all suites have a small kitchenette.
The private bathrooms are not as tiny as some New York bathrooms, but they are not huge either. Like the rooms, they are dated but clean, and come outfitted with toiletries and a hair dryer.
The Wellington Hotel evokes Old-World grandeur, albeit a grandeur that could stand a little polishing. Still, the intricate ceiling medallions, gleaming chandeliers and elaborate murals make the lobby appealing.
Molyvos, the hotel’s airy, taverna-style restaurant, serves up Mediterranean fare, while the more casual Parr Café offers an array of breakfast items, sandwiches and American favorites (meatloaf, fried chicken...) at cheaper price points.
Wi-Fi is available for an additional (and exorbitant) charge. The Wellington also offers Internet access from the business center, also for an additional fee.
The Wellington Hotel boasts a fabulous location, in a chichi area just south of Central Park and surrounded by elegant buildings and many a (much pricier) luxury hotel. Carnegie Hall is down the street, and Times Square, the Museum of Modern of Art, Columbus Circle, Rockefeller Center and the Broadway theaters are all just a short walk away.
The double-decker tour buses conveniently stop across the street from the hotel, not far from where tourist line up to try Carnegie Deli's world-famous and enormous sandwiches. We also suggest trying the Original SoupMan (of Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” fame), which offers takeout around the corner on West 55th near 8th Avenue.
Subways: There is an entrance to the 57th Street Station for the N/Q/R lines on the same block as the hotel, and the B/D and E lines can be accessed from the Seventh Avenue Station at 53rd Street, a quick walk to the south. Columbus Circle, a short walk to the north, offers access to the A/C, B/D and 1 trains.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound E subway train to Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street. The hotel is two blocks north of the stop.
LaGuardia: We recommend an airport bus service to Grand Central and then taking advantage of their free Midtown hotel transfer.
Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station. From there take a Queens-bound E subway train to Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street and walk two blocks to the hotel.
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
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Wellington Hotel 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.