I stayed at the Herald Square Hotel for 2 nights in July. Check in is 3pm, but the website states there is bag storage for early arrivals. I arrived at 11:30 am and was able to check into my room! Fabulous! The room was quiet, clean, and renovated. The bed was very comfortable. The hotel is in a great location, just a few blocks to the subway stations. Staff were friendly and helpful with directions. I will certainly stay again!
Stayed July 2015
We had read the reviews and thought that this was the hotel for us – and it was – excellent value for money – and so central. The hotel is small, older and still a work in progress for refurbishment, although there were no noises from drills, etc. to bother us. Our room was spotless, the bathroom was really clean with loads of soft, white towels and the beds were brilliant. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The only down-side was that there was no in-room tea-making facilities but teas, coffees and hot chocolate were available in the lounge down stairs but we had read a review from a Trip Advisor Traveller, so had taken our own kettle and just used the sachets from downstairs!
The hotel is just a block or so away from Broadway, 5th Avenue, with the Empire State Building hiding between the roofs opposite. Penn Station is also just a block away for anyone travelling further.
O’Reilly’s Irish Bar was good value for food, although a little noisy when there was a baseball game on the television. There is a roof-top terrace and a separate area on the ground floor for diners.
Just down the street is a shop called Jacks – you will see many people with their red carriers – it’s a sort of dollar-shop/basement bargain shop which stocks loads of stuff on three floors – from T-shirts/pickles/ beef jerkey/flip flops/sun block, all at very cheap prices.
One fun thing to do was ride The Beast, which is a large motor boat which goes from pier 84, roughly parallel to Times Square, round to The Statue of Liberty and back at some speed! Great Fun. The viewing platform at the new Freedom Tower is now open but unfortunately we could not get tickets – so book well ahead.
This has to be the best experience for the thinking visitor who enjoys historic places more than bland mass-produced hotel rooms. The Herald Square was originally the publishing house of Life Magazine and those wonderful iconic covers are framed and put all over the walls where you can enjoy them. The lifts are small and crazy, the corridors upstairs almost require a GPS to navigate you to your room, but the rooms themselves are clean, and have superbly comfortable beds.
And as for location, for heaven’s sake, you’re round the corner from the Empire State (you can see it from your window in some rooms) and couldn’t be better placed for going uptown to the snob shops or downtown to the lively boutiques and restaurants of Greenwich Village, Little Italy, etc. Despite this, their prices are still among the lowest in NYC.
Staying at the Herald Square is special. Every time I go, I utter a silent prayer that it may never ever change, never be bought out by one of the huge impersonal hotel chains. There are so few places like this left in the world.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 minutes walk from the Empire State Building. Very central, budget, good quality hotel. Free tea and coffee in the lounge, staff very helpful and friendly. Rooms cleaned and towels changed every day. No view from the window, but then we only slept there so didn’t need a view! Everything we wanted to do was walkable or the subway station was close by. Would use this hotel again next time we are in NYC. Great.
We stayed at the herald sq for 5 nights in March 2015.
Having been to New York several times, we knew exactly the area we wanted to stay. The herald sq is perfect for most attractions as it is pretty central to everything.
It’s just sort of behind Macy’s.
Our room was a large room with 2 double beds. The beds were the most comfy I’ve ever slept in in a hotel. Just what you need at the end of an exhausting day. Yes there wasn’t a massive amount of room after the big beds were in but enough to keep the hoards of shopping we did.
Our window looked right out into the Empire State Building.
We were on the top floor, which wasn’t very high though.
The checking in was easy although we had heard some complain about the lack if speed of it, we had no trouble at all.
In travel brochures, it states the hotel serves coffee in the lobby. It didn’t.
We had brought a travel kettle with us any way so coffee wasn’t our problem
The hotel has an ice machine (great for taking ice to the room for our brandy and cokes!)
There are 2 lifts, we hardly had to wait any time at all to get one.
In a nut shell, perfect hotel, perfect location, perfect vacation.
Stayed May 2015, traveled with friends