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Hotel Ameritania Hotel 4 star
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230 West 54th Street New York, United States of America -
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If you are on your first visit to the city and looking for a funky hotel close to the New York that we are all familiar with from the movies then this is the place for you. Renovated in 2011, just a year or so prior to our visit, the Ameritania is a fun, young-at-heart property with reasonably large, well-appointed rooms, interesting public spaces and a restaurant on the way soon (more info as we get it in). But perhaps the biggest advantage of the hotel is its Midtown location. Close to so many of Manhattan's famous attractions, it is also well served by public transport and there is a host of restaurants and bars in several nearby neighbourhoods. There are several little touches that we especially liked here that help it to stand out which is why we would certainly recommend the Ameritania as a base for your New York trip, whether it be business or pleasure.

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      Ameritania   -   © Franck Prignet / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 8.37 /10

    On West 54th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues right next to Broadway, one could not ask for a more central Manhattan location. Within just a few minutes' walk from the hotel you have a long list of attractions and places of interest: Central Park, Columbus Circle, the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the theatres of Broadway, all types of shopping on Fifth and Madison Avenues and Museum Mile on the Upper East Side. To the west you have the trendy neighbourhood of Hell's Kitchen with an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars while for something a little more quiet head northwest to the Upper West Side. There are also several subway stations within the immediate vicinity of the hotel meaning access to Downtown Manhattan is quick and simple. JFK is 17 miles away, La Guardia 8 miles and Newark 18.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    All 223 guestrooms at the Ameritania are decorated with the same black/wholegrain mustard colour palette and are both relatively spacious (unless they have two beds in them) and well-appointed. The standard rooms have low lying queen beds embellished with studded black cushions while either side of the bed are marble-topped tables with a telephone and iPod docking station. Above the bed is a large piece of contemporary art while other design features include a full length mirror lent against the wall, a pretty clock in the form of a flower, a leather-topped butler and of course, the flashy mustard and black houndstooth carpet. Amenities in the room include flatscreen television, safe, iron and ironing board and a well-stocked minibar and snack tray. The bathrooms while on the small side and not wildly original in design are nonetheless very nicely fitted out and in super condition. They have a walk-in monsoon shower, a free-standing vanity with well-lit mirror and a tray of LATHER toiletries as well as a hairdryer.

    The larger rooms are almost exactly the same in terms of set up and amenities although they do have a writing desk and a larger king bed. There are some suites which boast a larger surface area and a living space. Note that none of the rooms at the Ameritania have a bathtub in the bathroom.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Before stepping inside the Ameritania, take a quick peek up at the front of its Beaux-Arts building with the four old wise-looking faces staring down at you. You will notice that the modern canopy over the front door stands in stark contrast to the style of the edifice and this juxtaposition continues in the red-dominated lobby which we highly appreciated. At the very centre, between two silver-sprayed steel columns, is a circular rug on which are four bright red wingback chairs around a heavy chrome coffee table with a tall flower arrangement. Over to the right-hand side, between the floor-to-ceiling windows, are pairs of smaller silver wingbacks each with their own red back cushion and occasional table with round sculpture. The marble-topped reception desk was manned during our visit by two delightful members of staff who proved to be both helpful and friendly. Behind them on the backlit perspex sheet are clock hands, ingeniously turning the whole thing into a giant time piece. Then, to finish off the lobby space, just to the left of the welcome desk is another, cosier seating area with high back, rubbery banquettes strewn with animal print cushions. Notice too the several well-chosen contemporary art pieces on the lobby walls.

    In terms of public spaces, aside from the lobby bar (see 'Food and Drink'), the only other thing to mention would be the hotel's modest fitness centre which is equipped with several good quality machines for a full workout in a room with polka dot wallpaper.

    Finding your way around the hotel is not too much of a bother with wide, clean and well lit corridors although there are no room number indications visible when stepping out one of the three elevators that serve all floors of the hotel. The silver-sprayed wooden sideboards and angular mirrors are a nice touch.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The Ameritania does not have its own restaurant, although they do have a space set aside for one and as soon as it opens we will bring you news of it. For the moment, however, guests can enjoy a continental buffet breakfast in the lobby of the hotel, the goods laid out along the lobby bar. The latter, which opens at 5:00pm and closes at 10:00pm, specialises in Martinis.

    To know

    The Ameritania is part of Amsterdam Hospitality, a group with 8 hotels in the States of which 6 are in New York City. This particular property has a total of 12 rooms adapted for those in a wheelchair while guests arriving in their car can self-park close by for $30 if a sedan or $40 if an SUV (no in and out privileges.) As we write, the hotel has no restaurant although they do have a space which they plan to turn into an eatery some time in 2013. As soon as we get any news on this we will update the profile.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access

      ($9.95 per day)

    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Tasteful contemporary décor
    • Lobby atmosphere
    • Quality of welcome
    • Martini bar

    disadvantages

    • No restaurant (currently)
    • No rooms with bathtub

    Traveller Reviews

    6
    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Baligoust J. Baligoust J.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2013 Posted on 2014-06-30 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Emplacement idéal, service impeccable, notamment le room Mourad qui est d'une gentillesse rare. Design exquis, literie de rêve (on se croirait sur un nuage), seul bémol, la climatisation qui est extrêmement bruyante mais en la mettant en marche le matin avant de partir et en l'arrêtant de retour dans la chambre, ça le fait. J'y retournerais sans aucune hésitation.

      • Advantages

        Emplacement Service Design Literie

      • Disavantages

        la climatisation ne marchait pas avec la télécommande

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      • Overall Score 9.25/10
      • Package deals in février 2013 Posted on 2013-10-24 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Trés bon emplacement, excellent rapport qualité/prix Taille des chambres un peu petite ( comme tous les hotels de NYC ) mais largement suffisant Service de qualité Trés propre et peu brutant

      • Advantages

        Situation Prix Propreté Service

      • Disavantages

        Taille de chambres, mais reste correct

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10
    • Baligoust J. Baligoust J.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2013 Posted on 2013-09-11 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Très bon hotel, à 5 min à pied de Time Square, à 10 min à pied de Central Park. La literie est exceptionnelle (on croirait dormir sur un nuage) le design est magnifique et le personnel est fabuleux, je recommande surtout de s'adresser à Mourad qui parle très bien le français et qui se plie en 4 pour satisfaire nos attentes et nous renseigner au mieux. Bref, j'y retournerais sans héiter une seule seconde !!!

      • Advantages

        Proximité de Central Park et Time Square ainsi que des bouches de métro,la literie, le design, le personnel

      • Disavantages

        la climatisation chambre Deluxe un peu petite

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2012 Posted on 2013-08-05 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Excellent hotel j y ai passe d excellentes vacances et le staff est ultra dispo...cerise sur le gateau il est francophone! A recommander

      • Advantages

        Situation geographique Acceuil Prestations Cadre

      • Disavantages

        Acces interdit sur le toit ou la vue est pourtant magnifique!

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in décembre 2012 Posted on 2013-07-26 Seul - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Exceptionnel! Bien situé, stationnement pas cher, belles chambres, bien qu'elles auraient besoin de finition...Excellent rapport qualité/prix

      • Advantages

        -L'emplacement -Le parking. -Le prix

      • Disavantages

        -La finition des chambres

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2012 Posted on 2013-07-10 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        aUn séjour très agréable dans un hotel très bien placé. Au c?ur de Manhattan, à 500m de times square et de central park avec un accueil francophone ! et un personnel très agréable. Je recommande

      • Advantages

        Disponibilité Amabilité Proximité des sites Acceuil

      • Disavantages

        Aucun point faible selon moi

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
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