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“Nice Room, Good Location, Mafia Staff”
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The Watson Hotel
Ranked #356 of 471 Hotels in New York City
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Santorini, Greece
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Reviewed 11 April 2006

The hotel was in a good location, close to the theaters and to central park. I liked the room, it was spacious and had everything we needed. A view would have been nice but it was acceptable for being in nyc. The hallways were a bit 70s and reminded me of a cheesy motel. The reception hall was ok but the staff seemed to bring it down. The receptionists were very attentive but the supervisors/managers always seemed like they "had a late night" and the bell hop boys were disturbing. They hung around their stand like a bunch of baltic mafiosos, usually talking about guns. They made you feel creepy. They were not pleasant -- which was strange for a city with a high proportion of friendly, nice people. The concierge, a blonde guy, was super helpful and friendly and I wish I had the money to leave him a big tip. He is the type of person who lights up your day.

  • Stayed: April 2006, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 April 2006

This hotel was an amazing value for the price. The room was large by any standard, especially for NYC. And it had just been remodeled so everything was clean and new! Having access to the real gym downstairs was a big perk for me. Didn't try the restaurant but the lobby and bar area were spacious and nice. Location was great too... close to shopping, the park and the subway.

Stayed: December 2005
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Reviewed 4 April 2006

this is not a 5 star hotel, but probably one of the few ny 3 star hotels that actually deserves 3 stars. first i am writing the review from the hotel with its courtesy wireless internet which is nice. second, i arrived at 7:30am and they checked me in with no problem whatsover. third, the rooms are very big in ny standards (which means average size anywhere else). And finally the room felt very clean, which again is not something that should be taken for granted in ny. yes the room was a little noisy (my room was facing 57th street, which is a pretty busy street) but since i used to live in ny, it doesn't bother me that much.

  • Stayed: April 2006, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 March 2006

This hotel was wonderful after being stuck at the Carter Hotel first(total dump)...Our room felt very large as compared to other rooms I have stayed in, in the city. It was fairly basic but just perfect if you aren't the type to never leave your room on vacation...and actually see the sights. I felt comfortable leaving my belongings there, and the security at night made me feel extra safe...checking keys when people entered the building. Overall, I would recommend to anyone on a budget but still wants a comfortable place to stay and feel safe in.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed 20 March 2006

My partner and I have just returned from a wonderful trip to NYC and this hotel was a great base. The rooms were much larger than expected with a large comfy bed and big TV. The bathroom was a reasonable size with a separate sink area which was great for doing my makeup. The room service and breakfast were good and all the staff were friendly bar one man.
If you dont want to spend a fortune on accomodation and would rather spend it exploring NYC then pick this hotel..we enjoyed the walk to Times Sq it was quite near 5th ave too!and the subway is 2-3 blocks.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Charlotte, NC
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Reviewed 16 March 2006

I have nothing to complain about. The accomodations and the staff were wonderful. We ate breakfast at the Hotel's restaurant and it was great. No complaints.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed 5 March 2006

We stayed here late feb, early March and we found it to be good. The location was great, near Lincoln Centre and Central Park and within walking distance of Times Square. There were lots of shops and restaurants near us. The room was a good size, bathrooom was clean. We didn't hear any of the noice complained of by the other reviewer. All staff were extremely friendly, from reception and concierage to cleaning, they were all very friendly and helpful. Also useful is the vacation desk where any questions regarding activities in NY. They'll book for you there too! While it's not five star, it is good value. I'd definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Additional Information about The Watson Hotel

Address: 440 West 57th Street, New York City, NY 10019-3013 (Formerly Holiday Inn Midtown / 57th St)
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Hell's Kitchen , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #356 of 471 Hotels in New York City
Price Range: $100 - $534 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Watson Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 597
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Midtown New York
Holiday Inn New York City
Holiday Inn Nyc
Holiday Inn Times Square
Holiday Inn Midtown 57th Street
Holiday Inn Midtown Manhattan
New York City Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Manhattan Midtown

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