Hotel Flatotel Hotel 0 star
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135 West 52nd Street, New York 10019 New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Primarily a business hotel, but also a feasible option for those travelling for pleasure due to its central location, Flatotel is a modest property which would make an ideal base. It is not a hotel that will blow your socks off with great innovation or world-beating design, but has everything you need to enjoy your stay in New York whether here for work or play. Exceptionally quiet, functional rooms with masses of space, this is one to be considered if on a humble budget.

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      Flatotel   -   © Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 9.02 /10

    Flatotel has a central location on West 52nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Several of the major tourist attractions are very close by such as MoMA and the Rockefeller Center while Central Park and the best of Fifth Avenue shopping are both just a few minutes' walk away. Slightly further afield, but still reachable non foot are Times Square and the Theatre District off Broadway. The 7th Avenue metro station is just at the end of the street to the left. JFK airport is 19 miles away, La Guardia 10 miles and Newark 17.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The hotel's 289 rooms are made up of guestrooms of varying sizes and suites of one and two bedrooms. The standard room, the Queen, is certainly larger than your average New York guestroom and is appointed with solid dark wood furniture including a butler at the foot of the bed, a desk with comfortable desk chair and a headboard in which is embedded a photo of a long road disappearing into the distance-a perfectly dreamy image to stare at just before getting a good night's rest in the triple-glazed room. Amenities include flatscreen television, fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and safe and there is also a small table and couch.

    The colours are rather muted and sober and could do with a bit of jazzing up although the bathroom, with Sprout Out toiletries, is a little brighter and has a bathtub, bathrobes and hairdryer. The largest room, the Premium King, has a view of either 6th or 7th avenue and has all the amenities of the Queen plus of course extra square footage. There are three types of suite available starting with the Junior Suite which floods with light through the huge floor to ceiling windows and has great city views.

    While the room is comfortable and perfectly serviceable, it could do with being brought up-to-date as the furnishings are dated, as are the bathroom and kitchen. The Junior Suite is perfect for longer stays in the city and for those in New York for business needing a quiet place to work at a very reasonable rate. The One and Two Bedroom suites are slightly more modern and have one and a half or two and a half bathrooms as well as a dining area.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    It is clear from the moment you put your foot in the door that the hotel caters for business people above all. The three reception desks are independent banks like airport check-in points and are staggered one almost behind the other. The lobby itself won't be to everybody's taste, with a 70s feel reflected especially in the choice of seating colour which goes from mustard yellow to chocolate brown and features some rather hideous mock cow skin upholstery. Round the corner by the lift back are some rather jolly looking Buddhas, certain to bring a smile to one's face no matter how grueling the day has been. Also in the lobby you'll find a rather tacky gift shop pedaling souvenirs, snacks and other bits and bobs while there is also a cash machine for your convenience. The hotel does not have a wellness centre, although its fitness room, while not of the highest quality, has some of the best views of any sports facility we saw. The 'Sky Gym' as it is known, is housed in a kind of glass duplex of two floors and looks out over Queens to one side and New Jersey to the other. While absolutely fit for purpose as a mainly business hotel, you get the feeling that it hasn't been modernised in terms of décor in a while and that doing so wouldn't be the worst idea.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Situated at the back of the lobby, Moda is the hotel's restaurant and bar. The setting is pleasant enough, with bursts of green light here and there and flowers hanging from delicate chains in the corner from the skylight. To one side are booths of seating, to the other a long bench and in between smartly laid tables. For breakfast you can choose between several set selections, both hot and cold, and which are pretty steeply priced. At lunch time the choice is between five set menus in a buffet style and an à la carte menu featuring simple salads, pastas, burgers and pizzas. In the evening it's mainly Italian fare on the menu with some regional dishes available either as part of a set dinner or à la carte. Just outside the restaurant, in the lobby, is the bar.

    To know

    The Flatotel is part of a small private group of hotels which include the newly renovated The Mark and The Alex in New York as well as two four-star properties in London.

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, Turkish bath, massage, spa

    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Location
    • Size of rooms
    • View from fitness centre

    disadvantages

    • Dated décor

    Traveller Reviews

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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in mai 2011 Posted on 2013-11-16 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Très bonne situation centrale. Grand lobby à l'arrivée et réception ouverte 24h/24.

      • Advantages

        - la salle de gym au dernier étage avec vue sur la ville. - le petit déjeuner complet offert. - la grandeur des chambres. - le bar dans le lobby.

      • Disavantages

        - problème de réglage de la température de l'eau chaude dans la salle de bains. - on aurait préféré être en étage plus élevé avec meilleure vue.

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      • Overall Score 8.00/10
      • Package deals in août 2011 Posted on 2013-09-06 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Très bon hôtel Un peu cher...mais c'est new york

      • Advantages

        Situation proche de Times square Grande chambre Climatisation

      • Disavantages

        Vue bouchée si vous êtes dans un étage trop bas(j'étais pourtant au 15eme étage) Deco un peu vieille dans les chambres

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      • Overall Score 7.25/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in juillet 2010 Posted on 2010-12-17 En famille - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Les chambres sont spacieuses et trés confortable , pour la vue , il faut avoir de la chance et être au bon étage. La localisation est idéal.

      • Advantages

        La localisation pour un voyage touristique est idéale, proche de central Park et a moins de 10 minutes à pieds de times square.

      • Disavantages

        Le service de restauration de l hôtel n'est pas parfait et j ai personellement rencontré des problémes de réservation sans conséquence.

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      • Overall Score 5.57/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in août 2010 Posted on 2010-12-17 Affaire - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        Superbe vue, le personnel était souriant, avec en prime un temps splendide, il avait tout pour être heureux !!

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      • Overall Score 10.00/10
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