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Hotel Park South Hotel 3 star
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122 E 28th St New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Located in the Flatiron district of Midtown Manhattan, the Park South hotel is a comfortable, honest hotel if not rather non-descript and slightly ageing. While the guestrooms can be on the small side, they are reasonably well-appointed and have all the amenities expected from a three-star hotel. There is no doubt that in order to keep up with its competitors it would need to update itself somewhat in terms of furnishings and technology for example, but the property is clean and functional and seems to be a calm environment. The biggest pull of the hotel is probably the restaurant which occupies the space to the right of the ground floor. Probably more of a touristic hotel than a business venue, the Park South is a decent base from which to explore the island but if you are looking for that extra special touch then you may want to search elsewhere.

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    Location 6.83 /10

    The Park South is situated on E28th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues, just minutes away from Madison Square Gardens and both the Flatiron and Gramercy Park neighbourhoods. While there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity, for something a little less mainstream, head towards the nearby districts of Alphabet City or the Lower East Side to the south or even cross town to Chelsea where there are also numerous galleries. Also within walking distance from the hotel are Union Square and the Empire State Building although if you fancy venturing further afield then simply hop on the subway at 28th Street, which is just at the end of the block, or 23rd Street which offers different lines. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 15.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    Three categories of room make up the Park South's inventory of 141 rooms: superior; executive; and junior suite (although this latter does not feature a separate living space as is custom with a junior suite.) It may not be of high importance to some, but the rooms do not feature as standard minibars or coffee-makers (available on request and per availability), nor do they have iPod/MP3 docking stations. The superior rooms (standard to the rest of us) are a little pokey and the deco is a somewhat drab, but they are clean and functional and more or less in good working order. They feature a queen size bed with custom cherry wood Art Deco style headboard (also the material of choice for the chest of drawers) and royal blue velour plaid. One of the bedside tables has a telephone while the second has a radio alarm clock but they both have their own reading lamp. The desk at the foot of the bed offers two bottles of complimentary water and the unit next to it which is supposed to house a mini fridge is used instead as a base for the flatscreen television. A fitted wardrobe conceals the iron and ironing board, safe and bath robes and slippers. The bathrooms, which are half tiled and half painted in a deep red, have marble-topped vanities and stone floors and a deep soaking tub with fixed shower head. As well as a large mirror and hairdryer, the bathrooms have Oliva toiletries.

    The executive rooms offer pretty much exactly the same amenities although they enjoy a little more space and some have views of the Chrysler Building, magnificent at night. Some other rooms have two double beds in allowing small families to occupy one single room. However, for the most amount of comfort at the hotel, opt for the junior suite which has an oversize bedroom with living space.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    The building which houses the hotel stands out not only physically (its front protrudes from its neighbours) but also in style, with large white stone columns and a brick exterior from the first floor upwards embellished by some carvings around the windows. Over the front door is what looks to be the original canopy in gold and black under which one passes to reach the modest lobby. This latter opens up once down a few steps with a little seating area under the window to the right and the welcome desk a bit further on. Hanging from the high ceiling is a simple, medieval style chandelier, while looking down on the lobby is a railed gallery. It was nice to see several flower arrangements dotted around the space to breathe some life into the otherwise unremarkable hall.

    The only other areas where guests may come into contact with one another are the business centre, which is complimentary and open 24 hours a day, and the fitness room which has a range of dated machines in a rather dreary room.

    Otherwise, the hotel is in reasonable repair and although it can take a while to reach your room, given that the hotel is square shaped, it would be difficult to get lost! Along the well-lit and wide corridors are black and white prints of the city and besides a few chipped skirting boards the public areas are well maintained and clean.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Arguably the main fish hook of the hotel, the Black Duck restaurant is a cute eatery located adjacent to the hotel in a turn-of-the-century brownstone building. The restaurant's owner wanted it to be a copy of his favourite place to eat in Rhode Island and so much attention has gone into the naval-themed joint which features paintings of ships all down the left side and lamps recovered from an old ship above the bar. The central section of the restaurant has wood floors and wall panelling with tables for two or four while at the back there are more intimate booths. Then, at the front of the restaurant, giving onto the street is a cosy lounge-type space which is opened up in the summer and a terrace is installed on the pavement outside.

    The Black Duck serves breakfast and dinner (closed for lunch) as well as a wide variety of drinks (from 4:00pm) and bites. Guests staying at the hotel are entitled to a complimentary continental breakfast and are of course welcome to dine at their leisure any evening of the week. Perhaps the best time to go however is Friday or Saturday nights when there is live jazz happening or on Sunday night when a James Bond film is shown and viewers are given free popcorn!

    The name of the restaurant comes from a 'rumrunner' that operated in the New England area during Prohibition in the United States. It was finally captured in December 1929 off the coast of Newport in Rhode Island.

    To know

    Not only are there are seven guestrooms fully adapted for those in a wheelchair, but the lobby has a small elevator to assist these latter down several feet to the reception area. For those arriving by car there is the option of valet parking ($35 for sedans, $55 for SUVs, no in and out privileges) or self-parking ($25 for sedans, $40 for SUVs).

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Good Midtown location
    • Black Duck restaurant
    • Complimentary continental breakfast

    disadvantages

    • Dated furnishings/furniture

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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