Hotel San Carlos Hotel 4 star
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150 East 50th Street New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Right opposite the Kimberly on East 50th Street, the San Carlos is a solid mid-range hotel very much in the New York vain with generously proportioned rooms, classic, non-offensive décor and practical features such as the kitchenette. While the rooms are certainly highly functional and indubitably comfortable with some unique touches, spectacular they are not, catering more to those looking for a reliable Midtown base for either work or play. While the hotel does have a modest fitness centre there are no wellness facilities on site although the complimentary business centre is a bonus, as is the free continental breakfast (as long as you are not looking for anything fancy).

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    Location 8.23 /10

    One of the pulls of the hotel is its location on East 50th Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues. Although it is pretty quiet round here on the weekends, it is very close to some of the attractions that a first time visitor to New York may want to visit: the Rockefeller Center; MoMA; Central Park and Times Square. Also very close by are the famous stores along Fifth and Madison Avenues as well as Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library and the UN. There are two subway stations within just a couple of minutes' walk of the hotel: 51st Street (lines 5 and 6) and Lexington Avenue/53rd Street (lines E and M) making getting around the city simple. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 18.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The property has a total of 147 rooms, just over half of which are deluxe (standard) rooms, while the rest are divided up into junior suites and one-bedroom suites with two penthouses at the top of the accommodation tree. All rooms, categories aside, are decorated and appointed in similar fashion and every room features a kitchenette and a bathtub in its bathroom. The deluxe rooms measure a very spacious 33m² and have either one king size or two queen size beds, both of which are dressed in nice linens and finished off with a plaid and neck cushion. Next to the beds are tables with telephone and a double iPod dock while to one side is a comfy armchair and occasional table with a plant, something we appreciated. The desk, which also features greenery, is spacious and has a second telephone as well as a reading lamp with sensibly placed electrical sockets in its base. Those true English gentlemen out there will be pleased to hear that the rooms also come with a Corby trouser press while those who plan on eating in the room will be able to make use of the fridge, coffee-maker, microwave, crockery and cutlery that are to be found in the kitchenette. There is also a wet bar in the room with a snack and tray and fully-stocked minibar just below. Other amenities include a flatscreen television, iron and ironing board, safe, robes and slippers. The bathrooms, which are equally generous in surface area, are a little dated in appearance, but in perfect condition and have all the expected amenities such as hairdryer, make-up mirror and Aveda toiletries. Some may find the bathtub's shower curtain off-putting.

    The junior suite, breaking with tradition, has a living space within the bedroom itself although it does feature an American bar with stools by the entrance and has a sofabed allowing two extra guests to stay in the room. The bedroom and salon are separated in the one-bedroom suites although they are probably not that much bigger, if at all, than the junior suites. The largest room category, the penthouse, enjoys extra living space with a larger kitchenette, dining table and a private terrace complete with topiary and, in the summer, blossoming flower beds.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The entrance to the hotel is classic of one in Midtown, with a chrome doorway and revolving door and an overhang bearing the hotel's name. A central pattern on the lobby's shiny marble floor leads up to a reception desk behind which is a spot lit image of one of the city's famous bridges while to the left-hand side is a seating area decorated with several potted plants and a false fireplace and it is also here where you will find the two elevators serving all floors of the property. Over to the right is an art piece made up of hand stretched and dyed leather panels which lends some much needed colour to the space. On the first floor of the hotel guests can access a lounge area with sofas and armchairs as well as a free-to-use business centre. To be truthful this is a far more pleasant area than the lobby itself with brighter furniture, water colour murals of the city and a custom carpet which gives a more homely feel than that downstairs. The fitness room, which lacks natural light, is a modest affair with a few cardio machines in addition to the weights equipment. Water and towels are provided free-of-charge. The rest of the hotel's common areas, that is to say, essentially, the corridors, are kept clean and tidy and are easy to negotiate. Getting to your room is not a trek and there are black and white prints of flowers to enjoy along the way. The service we encountered during our stay was pleasant enough without being remarkable.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The hotel's breakfast room is a rather grim space on the ground floor, adjacent to the reception area. We were quite surprised to find that, during the service, none of the tables are laid and that guests help themselves to plastic plates and cutlery which they then take, with their food, to the tables. The continental buffet which is laid on every morning will probably disappoint most Europeans as the choice is quite limited with poor quality breads and just orange juice or tea and coffee to drink. That said, breakfast is complimentary so if you do not like the look of it you can always go elsewhere (there is a whole host of other options nearby).

    Next to the hotel is an Indian restaurant, Mint, which rents the space from the San Carlos but which is run independently. With both a street entrance and one within the hotel, the restaurant serves a good value lunchtime buffet which is as good as anything one would find for the same price back home and the staff are personable and friendly. There is also a bar at the restaurant's entrance if you fancy a quick drink, but it is not the type of place to come if you are thinking of having a few cocktails for a special evening out.

    To know

    There are a total of 8 rooms adapted for those guests in a wheelchair while all other rooms have a full soaking tub/shower combination. The hotel entrance itself is also accessible to those in wheelchairs with a ramp leading to the welcome desk.

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, spa

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Large standard rooms
    • Midtown location
    • Complimentary breakfast
    • Kitchenette in every room

    disadvantages

    • No wellness facilities
    • Limited chioce at breakfast

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Véronique R. Véronique R.  
      22 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2002 Posted on 2011-11-30 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Un très bon hôtel. Tarif correct et bonne localisation.

      • Advantages

        Petit-déjeuner offert et copieux

      • Disavantages

        Lune de miel, mais aucune attention ne nous avait été réservée... Après un mot au Directeur, nous avons été surclassés

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      • Overall Score 6.71/10
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