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 Hotel is distinguished by a feeling of ease and comfort that is hard to find in other NYC hotels which often try too hard and feel pressured in their attempts to please. The Beacon is elegant without effort; the rooms are spacious and comfortable, with great beds and seemingly sound-proof windows. The AC is effective without being oppressive and switches off when you open the window, back on again when you close. The view we had was wonderful. The location is also great, especially if you are interested in theater. If you require room service, then the Beacon isn't for you, but if you want an efficient little kitchenette with a great grocery store across the street, I can't recommend enough.
We stayed a night last weekend, as we needed to be in this area.
Please be aware, there is no Parking on site, no Valet parking either, we were advised to park
at a public carpark two blocks away, Champion. It is not affiliated with the hotel, with tax, it cost $69
for one night.
Our room, on the 8th floor, was a mini suite, and fine. It had two double beds (not queen size) and a pull out
bed in the living area,
the view was poor but we did not expect or pay for a view, so had no issue with this
One night stay cost approximately $400, which was the cheapest rate we could find, no breakfast included.
All in all, it was fine, check in smooth, same with check out,
Yes, a great supermarket is across the street, it was quiet and we would probably stay here again,
if we needed to be in this area
Me & My Partner stayed in April 2019 for 3 Nights, absolutely loved this hotel and would recommend to anyone. We are in fact looking to stay there again when we visit New York next time.
The only downside is that its quite far to times square but you should be more than aware of this when you book. The Metro isn't far away and doesn't take that long to get downtown.
The rooms are great, more like an apartment than a hotel room.
The bar next door is great for food and drinks.