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Hotel Wellington Hotel 3 star
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871 Seventh Avenue at 55 Street New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Very little has changed at the Wellington since we last visited. It is still the hotel par excellence for mass tourism with some of the cheapest rooms available in the city. The saving grace of the hotel is its location making it a practical base for seeing the sights, shopping and the theatre. But aside from that the hotel has little appeal with little character, dated décor and crowds of tourists milling around the lobby. The hotel is apparently under constant renovation although the results of that are difficult to see. Recommended for those on a budget who are in search for only the most basic amenities.

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    Location 8.21 /10

    The Wellington has a privileged situation on 7th Avenue, just south of Central Park, steps from Carnegie Hall. Not only are the shopping areas of Fifth and Madison Avenues close by, but you have the Rockefeller Center and MoMA just a few minutes away on foot. Broadway runs parallel to, and then crosses, 7th Avenue right nearby while Times Square is a fifteen minute walk down the road. There are two metro stations in the hotel's vicinity: 57th Street and 7th Avenue. JFK is 19 miles away, La Guardia 10 miles and Newark 17.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The standard room at the Wellington is very basic. The one we visited was quite dingy and there was an overpowering stench of bleach. The cheap furniture consists of bedsides tables, a desk, a table and chair and a drawer unit on top of which is the flatscreen television. The colours are dull and much of the room needs repainting. You'll find in your room an iron and ironing board and a clock radio. The bathroom is quite pokey but does have a bathtub as well as Kewl toiletries and a hairdryer. For a bit more space, the queen room, some of which have terraces, is the way to go. There is more storage space in these rooms and some have a kitchenette with microwave and fridge. The bathrooms in the queens are a bit more modern in black and white marble, but no more spacious. There are other types of room offered by the hotel, but these are much of a muchness, with the exception of the one bedroom suite. The room itself is, as the others, fairly basic and is reduced in size to make way for the salon, whose furniture is in rather a bad way, although this does not prevent it from being comfortable. At the end of the suite's hallway is a kitchenette equipped with microwave, fridge and coffeemaker. The bathroom is not wholly different from those in the other rooms.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The hotel's tower rises high on the corner of 7th Avenue and West 55th Street. The hotel's reception area which has to be large to accommodate the streams of tourists that pass through here every day is dominated by a beaded glass chandelier which swoops down in front of a giant mirror surrounded by an Art Deco mural. Mostly without character, some effort has been made to brighten the place up with flower arrangements and the like. Spread out through the lobby area you'll find the reception desks, the concierge and a bureau de change. Leading off the lobby are various corridors and staircases leading to different parts of the hotel (it is made up of three buildings). You'll find a gift shop selling souvenirs, snacks and toiletries also off the lobby as well as a hairdresser. A business centre, for which there is a charge to use, is situated just in front of the house phones. The hotel's public areas are fairly well kept and clean, although the effects of a high turnover of guests are there for all to see. Wifi is available throughout the hotel for a fee of $9.99 per day.

    Food and drink 5.95 /10

    The Wellington has two eateries. The main restaurant is Molyvos, which specialises in Mediterranean cuisine, with a leaning towards fish. The setting is pleasant enough with attractive wooden paneling throughout and the walls chock-a-block with pictures, photos and pieces of pottery. The long bronze-topped bar adds much to the character of the restaurant behind which is a huge collection of bottles. The menu features 'mezedes', snackettes to be enjoyed with a glass of ouzo, seafood appetizers, whole fish simply cooked in lemon and oil, some Greek specialities such as moussaka and stuffed cabbage leaves and various meat and pasta dishes. They also do a pre- and post ?theatre menu at $37. The Park Café represents the alternative to the Greek outfit, although just a few minutes were sufficient to put us off completely. The place has no atmosphere whatsoever and you don't need to see the unappetizing food to know that it is extremely greasy; you can smell it from a mile off. A last resort!

    To know

    Many of the rooms at the Wellington have a view onto Central Park although this is not something the hotel advertises. You can ask by all means to have one of these rooms, but the hotel does not guarantee that you will get one.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The location.
    • Value

    disadvantages

    • Dated décor
    • The lack of charm.
    • Park Café

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score 6.00/10
    • Peter Willis Peter Willis  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in May 2010 Posted on 2010-07-07 Single - One week or more (Room without a view)

        Pretty much a hotel for those on a budget. Lots of groups and quite noisy. Rooms ok, but décor a bit old. Wouldn't recommend the restaurants

      • Advantages

        Location isn't bad close to broadway, carnegie and the park.

      • Disavantages

        Dated and noisy

      • Overview
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      • Overall Score 5.60/10
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