What We Love
- Live piano at the 62-seat cocktail bar
- It’s family-friendly location—a quiet, tree-lined residential street
- Central Park is just three blocks away
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- There is no room service, though guests can order in from the neighboring café, Viand
- The hotel offers same-day valet dry-cleaning service
- All rooms and suites have kitchenettes
- Rooms above the 23rd floor offer the most uncluttered Hudson River views
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
There’s a reason this unassuming former 1920s era apartment complex, which morphed into a hotel in 1989, is especially popular with larger parties: for starters, its more than 270 spacious rooms and suites are equipped with generously stocked kitchens—stoves, toasters, microwaves, refrigerators, pots and pans, even a petite dining area—which means the budget-conscious don’t have to rely solely on the area’s overpriced fine-dining scene (for groceries, there are the Fairway and Citarella markets across the street). Your fun-filled metropolitan backyard also includes the American Museum of Natural History, an all-weather kid favorite, and the hotel’s namesake theater, a legendary 2,894-seat venue that has entertained discerning New Yorkers for nearly a century. Couple all that with a credit-card operated laundry room, an exceptionally friendly staff (guests are often greeted by name) eager to be your unofficial Big Apple tour guides, and above-average public transport options, and you’ve got all the defining characteristics of that vacation unicorn: an affordable, family-friendly New York City stay.
In the Area
Location is undoubtedly one of the prime selling points at this fuss-free pied-à-terre: in addition to easy access to the aforementioned spots and the adjoining theater—on show nights, the Beacon Bar can get especially packed, so plan accordingly—you’re also nearly the hallowed halls of ABC Studios (backstage tours are offered), the scenic four-mile promenade at Riverside Park, and the Shops at Columbus Circle, an urban mall on the southwestern corner of Central Park. To explore other parts of the city, hop on the subway at the nearby 72nd subway stop, just a snappy three-minute walk away.
How to Get There
Hotel is in a good location regarding restaurants, subway, nearby market and walking distance to Central Park. All members of staff were helpful, the bar has a 'happy hour' and our room was large, well kept and could not be faulted. I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel for couples or families.
Compared with many NYC hotels, the Beacon is a breath of fresh air. The rooms we had were spacious and the facilities in the kitchen etc. were good. The hotel is well placed in the Upper West side, and in a really vibrant area, with cafes, restaurants and shops on the doorstep. Staff are friendly and helpful. Forget the box rooms of Times Square and live a bit of real New York.
My niece and I stayed here recently for 3 nights. The location was perfect for activities anywhere along the 1 Red Line subway. It is just a few stops from Lincoln Center. The line leads straight to 42nd Street and the 9/11 Memorial. It feels like a small hotel and one reason is the 3 elevators are fast. The reception staff is efficient and courteous. Our room was clean and comfortable and we appreciated the kitchenette. The Fairway grocery across the street is a great 24 hour store and we bought breakfast foods there. I loved the neighborhood and would love to stay here again.