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
The Beacon is one of those Iconic hotels, situated in the very classy upper west side. Plenty of things very close and all within walking distance (Food-Subway-Arts-Park!). The staff is perhaps the friendliest you will encounter in your travels! Terrific views from the upper floors just a perfect place to stay.
We always stay here when we visit family who live nearby. It’s a little pricey but always clean and the staff is courteous and efficient. Great location on the Upper West Side. Kitchenettes in rooms are super handy.
Good Hotel, big room with a kitchen, good location.
One drawback - the bath room: some what little and the douche is horrible.
Near by a Starbucks and supermarket. The subway (1,2,3) is five minutes walk.
the rooms have medium comfort, small, old furniture, bathroom with a very very old shower head, and the whole bathroom is to be modernized, not matching the comfort of the current hotels, the only advantage is it is central and close to the metro, this time we were disappointed with our stay
A great hotel with a great location close to both Subway and Central Park. I've stayed here three years in a row :Once Jerry Seinfeld performed at the theatre next door the day I arrived, and I got a ticket. Nice - I will certainly return!