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Hotel Carvi Hotel 3 star
152 East; 55th Street New YorkNew YorkUSA New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Carvi is a comfortable mid-range hotel in Midtown Manhattan with decently appointed rooms for single or double occupancy. The design is somewhere between boring and non-offensive although the place is clean and tidy and in good nick. Aside from the modest rooftop terrace, the hotel offers no other amenities or services although it is close to many of the major attractions that first-time visitors to the city would want to see. It is difficult to pick out something that sets this place aside from other hotels but it equally difficult to find fault with it other than the fact that some rooms are on the pokey side and have no natural light. The Carvi would make a reasonable base from which to explore the city, but it will not wow you.

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      Carvi   -   © Franck Prignet / EASYVOYAGE

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      Carvi   -   © Franck Prignet / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.21 /10

    If it is shopping and museums that you are most interested in then you could not find a much better location than the Carvi. Situated on East 55th Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, it is just minutes away from some of the city's best shopping on Fifth and Madison Avenues and around a 15-minute walk to Museum Mile. But there are other important monuments and attractions equally close to the property such as the Rockefeller Center, Central Park, the UN, Grand Central, New York Public Library, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the theatres of Broadway. Although there are a large choice of restaurants and bars close to the Carvi, at the weekends you are better off heading Downtown for a more exciting setting. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 18.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    With only 41 guestrooms, the Carvi is somewhat intimate and quiet - a rarity in these parts. There are only really two categories of room: executive queen (two people max) and double deluxe (four people max). That said, make sure you do not book a room whose number ends in the digit '3' as these rooms have no windows and therefore no natural light! All the guestrooms are decorated in the same fashion with brown and olive carpet, cream walls, light wood furniture and fittings and olive green touches in the plaids and cushions. Although the rooms are fairly simple in their design and décor, they are reasonably well appointed with a flatscreen television, iPod docking station, telephone, coffee-maker, bathrobes, safe, minibar and snack tray and iron and ironing board. Some of the rooms are large enough to have a sofa and bookshelves in the bedroom although quite a few would be a tight squeeze even for a couple. The bathrooms are fitted out in Portuguese marble and have either a walk-in shower or a bathtub /shower combination. Some are more spacious than others but they all have a hairdryer, a large mirror, a painting and Relaxing Archive toiletries.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Being a small property housed in a rather narrow building, there is not much to speak of in terms of the infrastructure of the hotel. The marble-floored lobby area is an intimate affair with two floating check-in desks to the left and a leather couch and elevator to the right. A computer is at guests' disposal at the front of the space while at the back a staircase with a daintily decorated bannister leads up to the higher floors of the hotel. A naval-themed mural (of dubious taste) adorns the back wall of the hall and above the reception desk is a framed depiction of what seems to be an offering at sea.

    The only other part of the hotel where you might come across other guests, aside from in the corridors, is on the rooftop terrace. Plunged within the gaze of the surrounding skyscrapers, the patio is appointed with some good quality cushioned garden furniture and potted shrubs with the owners apartments just above. It makes a pleasant space in which to relax after a day's sightseeing or business but unfortunately given that the hotel does not have a bar or restaurant, you will have to bring your own refreshments or raid the minibar.

    The hotel as a whole is in good condition and is well clean, tidy and well maintained. With only a handful of rooms on each floor getting lost trying to find your room is not really an option and you can be sure that other than the hum of noise from outside, you will not be disturbed too much by hoards of guests in the corridors.

    Food and drink

    The Carvi does not have its own restaurant although guests staying here can take advantage of 10% off at Ipanema restaurant and the Midtown Diner.

    To know

    The Carvi, which opened in 2009, is owned by a Portuguese couple who also run a hotel by the same name in the Algarve. The name of the hotel comes from the combination of the first names of their two sons, Carlos and Victor. The pair also own the Ipanema restaurant in New York at which guests at the Carvi receive a 10% discount. A 10% reduction is also offered at the Midtown Diner close to the hotel.


    • Car park

      ($35 sedan, $45 SUVs, 24h, no in/out)

    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, spa, Turkish bath

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms


    • Central location
    • Rooftop terrace


    • No restaurant facilities
    • No fitness/wellness facilities
    • Non-descript décor

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