What We Love
- A comfortable, central stay in a classic New York neighborhood, minutes from Times Square
- Being just a few blocks from the theaters and billboards of flashy Times Square
- Nibbling on Brazilian fare from Churrascaria Plataforma
- Hopping on the 42nd Street subways to nearly anywhere in the city you could want to see
What To Know
- The rooms have kitchenettes, great for saving on food costs
- Large, well-equipped 24-hour fitness center
- Full-service concierge is extremely helpful
- Spacious rooms make this a great pick for families
Belvedere Hotel could deck itself out into something so bright and bold
that you’d never want to leave, but then you’d miss out on the landmark
that you came for. Sure, this hotel gives you its own dose of character,
offering not only a café, but a Brazilian churrascaria. Still, with its
flashing lights and vivid videos, Times Square eclipses pretty much
everywhere else on Earth in personality, and that’s why this property –
right around the corner and down the street from the iconic plaza –
otherwise keeps it simple and straightforward.
Wake up in the
most energetic neighborhood of the city that never sleeps, and stroll
five minutes over to the main drag itself, where the skyscraper-side
screens never stop cycling through ads in high-definition technicolor.
Take coffee and a pastry up to the electric-red steps rising high above
the bustling pedestrians, and hop back down to score Broadway tickets at
the TKTS booth. Hit any of the 10 nearby subway lines to travel almost
anywhere you want in the city, but make sure to head back by 11:57pm.
That’s when the billboards all change to modern art for exactly three
minutes, for the nightly Midnight Moment display.
There are 352 rooms at Belvedere Hotel, and each is
designed to serve as a cozy base between your sightseeing outings. Your
room will have marble floors, granite bathrooms and luxe bathrobes; top
it off with a queen bed in plush bedding, and you can count on a great
night’s sleep – if the city’s exhilarating energy doesn’t keep you
you’re hungry and want to stay in the hotel, you can choose between
Belvedere Café and Churrascaria Plataforma. The first serves breakfast –
you can choose between a continental or American one – while the second
specializes in rodizio-style Brazilian meats, paired with your choice
of salad-bar fare or wine.
As a guest at
Belvedere Hotel, you’re just up the street and around the corner from
Times Square, as well as legendary Broadway theaters. Tack on another
few blocks, and you’re at the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center
or Madison Square Garden, and should you want to hit another neck of the
woods entirely, you’re within six blocks of 10 subway lines that can
take you to almost every Manhattan neighborhood, and beyond.
How to Get There
First time visiting New York and this was the ideal hotel. It is very clean, the room was nice and incredibly quiet; the front desk was courtesy and helpful. The hotel is very close to Time Square and other attractions and subway stations. The problem we had is that all attractions we wanted to see were on the other side of Time Square, so crossing back and forth was challenging. There are many restaurants and bars close by along the avenues, as well as stores to grab a quick bite and beverages. I must warn you that there is a $30 per night facility fee which covers things like wifi, the gym, use of their computer, restaurant discounts, wine hour and other things. Overall, the Belvedere Hotel made our visit very enjoyable.
Read a lot of reviews in advance of booking a 4-night long weekend stay here in June 2019 via Expedia. The attractions of this hotel were its location, star rating v price, room size and options in terms of in-room amenities. Arriving at around 3 pm we were allowed to check in an hour early, and as we had booked the hotel in January when the "Facility Fee" was $20 per day (plus tax) we were given that rate to pay at the desk rather than the current $30 (plus tax). This facility fee I presume is a form of resort tax but regardless every hotel appear to charge it in NY and it comes with different features. Those at the Belvedere are captured on the image attached but in brief include wi-fi (Which tbh was quite weak) leading to my having to revert to 4g roaming at some points), 50% discounted continental buffet breakfast i.e $9.99 v $19.99 which we took up the option of on the last morning but regretted as the offering was quite poor/limited and the breakfast room was very old fashioned feel and depressing feel (no natural light) and a short walk away near Times Square in Sbarro Resturant you can get a much better-cooked buffet breakfast for only $11.99, access to a fitness centre (not used) and free local calls/concierge and small discounts on local tours. A unique aspect was a free daily wine hour. Again we didn't take up this option but it seemed very popular amongst the mainly older hotel clientele. Though the facility fee price hike didn't apply to us it did seem a bit steep, but it was unclear if this was a seasonal rate etc. The room we had we had upgraded to an Executive Room King Bed in advance of arrival for a small extra charge as this guaranteed an in-room fridge and city view which we saw as a major plus in addition to the generous (for NY) room size, microwave, Tea/Coffee maker. The room included a well-appointed bathroom with complimentary toiletries, in-room safe, iron and ironing board as well as dressing gowns. The bed was very comfortable and every day the room was tided and bed remade without issue whilst we were out. The lifts/elevators were dark and slow but it wasn't a deal-breaker. The reception and concierge staff appeared friendly and approachable and on our day of departure we were able to leave our luggage in a safe room for no charge. Located in a fabulous location (a reasonable 15 min walk to the city cruise pier and 5-10 mins walk from Broadway/Times Square with access to the metro system) and not too tall in term of floors in all I have no reservation in recommending this hotel and would not hesitate to re-book here, as we felt safe and secure in the heart of midtown.
Hotel is in a convenient location and is overall ok. Elevators are extremely slow, so factor that into your schedule. Front desk is quite rude (even for New York). But the biggest surprise was the secret daily "Facility Fee".