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Hotel The Jewel Hotel 4 star
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11 West 51 Street - NY 10017 - New York State New York, United States of America -
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Pretty much a carbon copy of its sister hotel the World Center Hotel (WCH) in Downtown Manhattan, The Jewel has perhaps a better location for those visiting New York for the very first time or for those whose interests lie closer to the centre of the city. Like the WCH, it is very business-orientated, although it is also suitable for leisure travellers, including families. The rooms are a decent size for this part of town and are well appointed while the staff is excellent and the views from the hotel's Terrace Club are pretty impressive. While it would be unfair to describe the décor as ugly, this is definitely a hotel where function comes before design. If you're looking for location and service, The Jewel is a good option.

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    Location 8.84 /10

    Literally next to the Rockefeller Center, The Jewel boasts a prime Midtown Manhattan location which means that all the major tourist attractions in the city are on your doorstep (or a short walk/subway ride away). Within a few minutes' walk you can be at Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, Grand Central and more. Wherever else you need to get within any of the five boroughs is no problem as there are numerous subway lines running through several subway stations nearby. JFK is 18 miles away, La Guardia 9 miles and Newark 17.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    Not the snazziest of rooms in the city, but certainly amongst the most functional and user-friendly, the 135 guestrooms and suites at The Jewel are decorated in the same way and have either one or two bedrooms, accommodating up to four people. Some rooms, depending on their size and orientation, have a balcony, living space and kitchenette. The standard rooms are of a decent size, especially for this area, and have a queen bed dressed in white linens and a shiny, mutli-coloured bed spread, without which the room would be pretty dull. All the furniture is made from a basic light-coloured wood and includes the bedside tables (with iPod docking station, cordless telephone and plug socket) and the desk (with work lamp, jack socket and a selection of cables for computers etc). Amenities in the room include a flatscreen television, electronically-controlled air conditioning and a snack tray and coffee-maker (there is no regular minibar). Some rooms have a small balcony placing guests right in the middle of the huge surrounding skyscrapers with views down 51st Street and St. Patrick's Cathedral or the Rockefeller Center. The bathrooms, which are clean and bright, have marble-topped vanities, make-up mirrors, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries and regular showers (there are no bathtubs in any room).

    The larger rooms have a refrigerator and microwave and in some cases a pull out sofa for extra guests. The suites, as well as having a separate living space, boast kitchenettes and in some cases a second bedroom with a full size bed. There are a total of five rooms adapted for those guests in a wheelchair with roll-in showers in the bathrooms.

    We noticed that in the front facing rooms, even with the double glazing, the cars down below could still be heard. If you are a light sleeper than think about asking for a room at the back of the hotel.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    As you will know only too well if you are familiar with Midtown Manhattan, space is at a premium, so it will be no surprise to hear that the hotel's lobby is, shall we say, economic o the space! Clean, smart and practical, the entrance lobby is fitted largely in a grayish marble and has some large abstract paintings on the textured brown walls. There is room for just a few seats and a couple of self-check-in screens, although one of the extremely professional front desk staff can do this for you in a flash. At the back of the space is a pair of lifts servicing all 14 floors of the building.

    One of the real unique aspects of the Jewel is its second floor lounge, a far bigger, more comfortable space than the lobby where one can work at one of the complimentary PCs, grab a coffee, read the paper, watch TV, charge your mobile phone or simply rest your legs after a day's sightseeing. The area, which also has a fireplace, is accessible 24 hours a day and is nicely kept with orchids and artwork on the walls.

    The hotel has a modest fitness room with both cardio and weights machines as well as vending and ice machines. If, however, you'd prefer to work out in the privacy of your own room, then fitness equipment can be delivered to your room free of charge. Other amenities at the hotel include the complimentary wifi and self-service laundry, water filling stations and guest request closets (offering iron and ironing boards and extra bedding) along each floor's corridor and the Terrace Club Restaurant (see 'Food and Drink') which offers great city views.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    While there is no restaurant within the hotel (a Spanish tapas eatery is in the pipeline), guests staying at The Jewel have free access to the Terrace Club which is situated just next door at 25 West 51st Street. Very much aimed at the business clientele of the area (this is a members only place), the restaurant, bar and meeting space boast great views of the surroundings and on a day where the weather permits, it's great to sit out on the terrace and enjoy the sun. The menus here change seasonally (sometimes daily) and offer pretty standard fare such as sandwiches, steaks, pastas and seasonal dishes including pork Milanese and grilled lamb chops. Guests staying at the Jewel receive a 20% discount at the Terrace Club on presentation of their room key which makes the prices slightly more reasonable.

    To know

    Part of the Downtown Hotel Collection, the hotel opened in November 2010. Other hotels in the group include the World Center Hotel and the Manhattan Center Hotel (both in New York) as well as two hotels in Chicago and one in London.

    Equipment

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

      keep fit

    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Central location
    • Excellent staff
    • Good views
    • Good business facilities

    disadvantages

    • Rooms can be a little noisy

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