Hotel Beekman Tower Hotel 3 star
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3 Mitchell Pl New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Housed in an eponymous Art Deco tower that was once admired far and wide, it would not be unfair to say that the Beekman Tower hotel's glory days are well and truly over. Although the property, which is right by the UN Secretariat, boasts enormous rooms and commanding views, especially from its rooftop, there is very little else to woo prospective guests. The décor is drab, many of the rooms and common areas are in a poor state and the hotel is largely geared towards welcoming those on business with the UN. What's more, the hotel is a relatively long walk from the nearest subway station and there is little of interest in the immediate vicinity. If it's space you're looking for, you can't go wrong. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

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      Beekman Tower   -   © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 6.03 /10

    The hotel is situated on Mitchell Place at the corner of 49th Street and 1st Avenue on the extreme east side of Midtown Manhattan. Just one block away from the UN and FDR Drive (which makes access to JFK Airport practical), there is little else of note within a 15-minute walk of the hotel. The closest subway stations are around a quarter of an hour away by foot, while a little further afield are Bryant Park and shopping on Madison and Fifth Avenues. Getting to Times Square, Central Park, the theatres and other attractions further away merit perhaps a taxi ride unless you don't mind walking. A taxi across the water to Long Island City should take just 10 or so minutes. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 18.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The 171 suites of the hotel must surely have the highest average square meterage on the island with the smallest room measuring 137m² which is enormous. Aside from the great views though, they leave a lot to be desired. The last renovation was carried out in 2005, although it looks as though it hasn't been revisited since the 70s. Much of furniture is in a bad state, the carpets are worn, closets and blinds are broken and the upholstery really needs to be redone. That said, the rooms remain clean and functional and they all boast kitchenettes (although they are also very much out of date). The studio suites are open plan accommodations with a bedroom, eating/living space and a kitchenette. They all have queen beds dressed in white linens and a bed skirt that matches the chair upholstery and curtains. All the bedside tables, coffee tables, dressers and drawer units are made from the same dark wood and share the same brass handles. The living spaces feature tired sofas and armchairs and haphazardly hung botany prints. The old fashioned bathrooms have plastic moulded vanities, large mirrors, bathtubs and Archive toiletries, while the kitchenettes are fully equipped with fridge-freezer, microwave, cooker, coffee machine, crockery and cutlery. The larger rooms have separate living spaces and/or a second bedroom. All rooms have a flatscreen television, alarm clock, iron and ironing board and safe although there are no bathrobes and no minibar. Rooms on floors 10 and 11 are smoking rooms.

    Overview 6.20 /10

    The hotel's rather drab entrance hall is unmistakably Art Deco with gilt-edged columns, typical wall lighting and brown leather seating also from the 1920s and 30s. Whilst an effort has been made with flower arrangements, photographic images of the city and music from the era, the space still feels lifeless and empty and the enclosed dark green marble reception desk, hidden behind a pillar as you walk in gives the impression of a certain distance between the staff and the client. For such a large hotel, you'd expect there to be a bit more public space but instead guests go straight up to their room from the ground floor via the elevators, each with their original copper-fronted doors.

    In terms of hotel amenities, there is a basic fitness room with ageing equipment and a decent business center for which you have to pay with a credit card.

    Getting to your room is an uncomplicated process and the corridors, although incredibly dull, are light, wide and clean.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Top of the Tower, the hotel's restaurant, is by far the biggest pull of the property. This 75-cover eatery has unbeatable 360° views of the city as well as across to New Jersey and is absolutely stunning at night. Open for breakfast and dinner, the restaurant is overseen by executive chef Eric Frisk who presents a menu with several influences and which uses fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Examples of dinner dishes are cider glazed veal cheeks lobster truffle ravioli and roasted wild striped bass. Just like the hotel itself and the rooms, the décor is nothing to write home about but you won't even notice given the scene outside.

    To know

    The Art Deco tower in which the hotel is housed, was designed by architect John Mead Howells and was completed in 1929. A landmark building, it was constructed by the New York chapter of the Panhellenic Association to house professional women affiliated with Greek-letter sororities.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Size of rooms
    • Stunning views
    • Away from Midtown hubbub

    disadvantages

    • Dreary atmosphere
    • Bad state of repair

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