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The Blakely New York Hotel in New York, NY

The Blakely New York Hotel in New York, NY

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In contrast to recent trends of modern boutique hotels, where comfort takes a back seat to style, The Blakely New York has been created in a traditional design with the emphasis on service and comfort.

 

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Rating: 4.18

Address: 136 W 55th St, New York, NY, 10019

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    1. Patricia P.
    My 2 friends and I just spent 2 nights at the Blakely while we attended a convention. We had 2 double beds in one room and a day bed in another. Everything was comfortable, clean and nicely appointed. The staff are friendly and accommodating, delivering a needed blanket after 11pm, within 5 minutes. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was nice and strong. The only downside is you might hear the garbage being collected during the night, but it's New York! It comes with the territory. The front desk easily split our bill into thirds so we wouldn't have to repay each other.

    09/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Emily G.
    I really enjoy the Blakely.  I have also stayed here when it was the Gorham both were really enjoyable.  It's a little more upscale now that it's the Blakely but the staff doesn't give off a pretentious air at all.  All of the people at the Blakely were very helpful and friendly.  We got great suggestions when we asked about where to eat before a show also.  I stayed in a suite (there were 4 of us) and was very comfortable.  The beds, linens, pillows... were great.  There was even a separate "living room" with a couch to sleep on in there.  There is a complimentary breakfast everday.  Word to the wise show up early or all the OJ will be gone.  Love the Blakely it's in a great location far enough away from Times Square to calm and peaceful but close enough to catch the subway or anything else you may need.

    01/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Andrew H.
    I stayed here on business during the week most of the past summer.For the rate we were getting it was a tremendous value.  The rooms are large and comfortable and the staff is very friendly.

    17/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Bill M.
    Have decided to make this my home away from home when I'm in NY.  Great location in Midtown, close to everything (downtown is a bit of a ride but not bad). I've often considered buying a place here because I love being in the city but why do that when I can stay here in a terrific suite for $300 or less a night.? It a great value.  I actually thought of NOT writing this review because its usually pretty easy to get a reservation and I didn't want to change that by helping get the word out... but I decided to do the right thing and let you guys all know about this spot in case you are planing a trip to NY.  You won't be disappointed.

    05/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. James R.
    No complaints here.  The price fits for the location in NYC, though I couldn't stand to actually pay these prices myself. Well appointed room, comfortable beds, lovely atmosphere, excellent staff/service.  Elevators are small but nice.  Soaps and shampoos are high quality, so that was nice!

    02/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Joseph H.
    Nice hotel, helpful staff.  The hallways and elevator are pitifully small but that's a good thing because the rooms are big.  The rooms were very clean even in the midst of the bedbug assault.  It's in a really convenient location and a great value considering Midtown.

    22/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Melanie V.
    Nice hotel it a great location. The staff is very friendly and helpful, they were able to upgrade my room without me even asking.

    The bed is the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. It has a feather mattress topper and the coziest sheets you'll ever lay in. The shower is also amazing. I hate hotel showers with cold water and no pressure. I also took advantage of the spa tub after a long day of walking and it was great.

    The elevator is pretty tiny, so claustrophobes should beware.

    3 blocks to central park and Columbus circle, a short walk to Radio City Music Hall, MoMA, Rockafeller Center, Carnagie Deli, FAO Shwartz, 5th Ave, it's smack dab in the middle of everything.

    I'm gonna start a savings account so I can stay here some time in the future.

    02/09/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Jill L.
    What a find! We spent 3 nights there and it was really close to everything - we walked all over midtown, including a great run thru central park!  Very convenient to the subway too.  We always felt very safe, even at night. The staff were very friendly and helpful, our room was surprisingly big and kept very clean.  A big thumbs up - we'll come back!

    16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Christiana R.
    At first glance, I'd expect this hotel to have tiny rooms, but they are actually quite large.  They have free wi-fi, a kitchenette, a nice tv, and a big tub.  The beds are quite hard and the pillows have me a neck ache.  I'm not picky about pillows, but I had to use 3 in order to fall asleep, but I can deal with that.  The one thing I didn't like was that they are supposed to have a doorman, but after staying there for 4 nights, I only had him open the door once.  
    Anyway, I'd stay there again.  The amenities make it worth it, plus it's close to everything and not too close to times square.

    02/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    10. Ms J K.
    I understand it is key to realize that NYC hotels are smallish in size and have awkward layouts, but this was silly. Room 1406- if you get it, ask for a change. We were only staying 1 night so it wasn't worth the hassle, but the bathroom door couldn't be closed or opened to access the toilet or the tub.. you sort of had to wiggle around the door, risking a stubbed toe or a bumped head?!  The room is right above the air vents that ran all night long and the loading zone for a business that found nothing wrong with honking at 11:30 pm, 12:15 am, 12:45 am, etc.
    Their complimentary breakfast was a contradiction in terms- I understood complimentary to be "FREE" however, this buffet DEMANDED a $2/ per person tip by way of cash or room charge. As we didn't have cash on us, I had planned on paying on the way out for the day- when settling up our hotel charge, boy was I surprised to find that our complimentary breakfast was going to cost us $4 - which would have been better served @ McDonald's.
    For $300 a night, I guess by NYC standards, this was "okay" but I have gotten better.  For a boutique hotel in one of the most expensive cities, I have gotten better.

    But to be fair, there was free Wi-Fi and nice soap/shampoos- we know because the cleaning cart was pretty much on our floor the whole of our visit, blocking most of the minuscule hallway.

    23/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    11. Steve T.
    Stayed at the Blakely over Thanksgiving weekend.  What a find.  Best hotel for the price I've ever stayed at in NYC.  We paid the extra $50/night to get a 1-BR suite, and it was certainly worth it.  The bedroom itself is already large for NYC standards, but having the living room with wetbar and TV area made it totally spacious.  Decor had a bit of an old-world feel to it, yet everything came across as clean and new.   Bathroom fixtures/features were excellent.  

    What really worried me was that it was unseasonably warm that weekend, and usually when that happens in a NYC hotel, you'll swelter in the room, as they've switched their central HVAC units over to heat.  But not at the Blakely; was able to keep the room at a perfectly cool temp during the whole stay.

    The staff was professional, friendly, and very helpful with every request.  There's just nothing not to like about this place.  It's definitely my new go-to hotel in NYC.  And they still have smoking rooms, which are getting hard to find.

    20/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. J Q.
    An older smaller hotel, but cozy nevertheless.  Price per night is reasonable.  Room are decent-sized and clean.   Lobby is small so it's easy to miss it.  Reception area reminds of me those dry-clean laundromat counters.    

    Complimentary coffee, newspaper in the morning, WIRELESS, and access to the gym.  If you didn't bring a laptop with you, guests can use a computer/printer in the lobby for free.  

    Location is smack in manhattan mid-town.  Walking distance to central park as well as 5th Ave, etc.  Lots of restaurants close by to choose from.

    25/03/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Pinky And The B.
    The Blakely hotel used to be called the Gorham hotel. It is small enough that it seems like a boutique hotel. My experience here is as a hotel baby sitter both when it was the Gorham and the Blakely. The Blakely emerged in 2004 after a $12 million renovation from the same owner-managers of the sleek Mercer and the flashy new, Robert DeNiro-fronted Greenwich Hotel.
    Here are some of the hotels amenities,
          In-room microwaves and Keurig coffeemakers
          Frette robes and excellent Penhaligon's toiletries
          Free continental breakfast and'New York Times
          Free Wi-Fi
          24-hour fitness center with a rainfall shower
          Three blocks from eight subway lines
    By New York standards the rooms are large so it is good for families. There is a restaurant in the hotel. abboccato.com Served at the attached Italian restaurant, Abboccato, the hotel offers a free continental breakfast of bagels, toast, muffins, Danishes, cereals, a bowl of fruit salad, and juice from concentrate. It's good  and the price is right but it's not great. But it is unique in New York. NYC hotels in general do not offer free breakfasts. So for those used to traveling and receiving that you will get what you usually get at these free continental breakfasts at hotels. But it's hard to judge Abboccato on a free breakfast. It is a Michelin star restaurant.  Room service includes an abbreviated version of the Abboccato menu and room service stops when the restaurant closes.
    Really this is one of the top foodie cities in the US so I do not usually eat at restaurant hotels unless I have to. But if you have to this is a good choice.
    Designed to feel like a quaint English library, the Blakely better serves families and low-key couples looking for a comfortable and convenient base to explore the many sights of Midtown, including  5th Avenue shopping, Broadway shows, and Central Park (all about a 10- to 15-minute walk away).
    I am not sure about the prices since I have only been as a baby sitter. It used to be a budget hotel when it was the Gorham. I doubt that it is a budget hotel any more. The elevators are small ,almost claustrophobic but  other than  that I don't see any down sides.

    19/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    14. Bill B.
    Just absolutely excellent.  Perfect location, size, service, accommodations.  Everything you need in a home base in NYC.  We will return many times.  No more searching.  Don't listen to the testy reviews...we're very picky and were extremely happy with our junior suite for 2 adults and 2 kids.  Plenty of room, clean, extremely quiet and very comfortable. Wonderful amenities.

    11/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Denise M.
    This hotel totally rocks!!

    Me and the hubby were originally staying at the Park Central NY Hotel (actually he was there for a couple days, I was only there for one night)...and let me tell you, I was soooo glad he booked The Blakey for the rest of our stay (4 days/3 nights during Valentine's & NY Fashion Week)!  That other place was a total dump compared to The Blakey.  

    The Blakely has a small, nicely decorated lobby/seating area.  There is also a laptop and printer sitting in front of the reception/reservation desk for guests (very handy when wanting to print boarding tickets).  The staff was friendly and very helpful.  The elevators are small and the hallways remind me of a smaller version of "The Shining" hallways.  Upon entering our room, I was in total awe.  I ran into every room, and just kept repeating "oh my god....oh my god.....oh my god"....the room was super nice!  First off, there was no funky, musty smell to our room...second, there was no mold (that I could visibly see) in our bathroom....third, I could not hear our neighbors at all during our stay.  The bed was nice and comfy...I actually slept pretty good during the stay.  The shower/bath were awesome...there was actual water pressure...woohoo!  Oooh and the tub is jetted...nice after a long day of walking around the city!  This place is within walking distance to all sorts of places: Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Guggenheim, MoMA, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music, 5th Ave shopping....pretty much everything!!  And hotel is close to public transportation.    

    I think this is one of the nicest hotels that I've stayed at while visiting NY.  I will definitely be booking another stay soon!

    16/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Kate T.
    Really nice boutique hotel in a prime location. Walking distance to many restaurants, Broadway shows, Time Square, Central park and the 5th Ave w/ all the expensive stores and the famous Halal's cart is only two locks away.  At first, the hotel doesn't look that great, b/c the lobby is small and entrance is not very visible, but those aren't important.  The BED is like heaven, so soft!!!!! Even the thickness of the comforter is just right, nice and fluffy.  I'm the type of person that can't sleep well when I travel b/c I'm too accustom to my soft and expensive bed at home, but I slept like a baby at night, just love the bed!!  We got the suite and the daybed in the living room can turn into a bed at night time, and the bed is a REAL bed with mattress, not those cheapo daybed type of deal.  

    I just like the rain shower they have in the bathroom, and the soap and shower gel was from Penhaligon's of London..it just smells soooo good and the shampoo does not over dry my hair unlike other hotel shampoo.

    Complimentary coffee, breakfast in the morning, WIRELESS, and access to the gym.  If you didn't bring a laptop with you, guests can use a computer/printer in the lobby for free.  Since I travel light so I only had my iPhone with me, and the wireless make my searching on yelp and google much faster, I just loooooooovveeee hotels that has free wireless services.

    02/09/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Julie V.
    My husband and I brought my 80-year-old grandparents here for their first visit to New York City and were very disappointed.  Although the staff and Jose the bellman were pleasant, the hotel room was not worth the $350+ a night.  My grandfather described it as "crummy", compared to the other hotels that  we stayed in Philadelphia and Atlantic City a few days prior.  I seriously considered looking for a different hotel for the next four nights but my husband convinced me to stay since we had already paid for the night, parking next to the hotel ($45+/night), and would have to lug all our stuff to another place.    

    Yes, the hotel is close to central park which is nice if you want to walk there a few times on your trip to make it worth the stay, but there were just certain things that I could not get over like the fact that our bathtub was cracked and I couldn't think of anyone who would actually want to use the jacuzzi and have to touch the controls that were ancient and dirty. The dirty baseboards in the bathroom had gaps which I am not sure why they wouldn't just use cocking to fix the holes.  The lighting throughout the room was also very poor.  My grandmother had the hardest time putting on her make-up and doing her hair.  There are several lamps throughout the room, but they are very dim. They placed us on the 4th floor so the view looking out to 54th street was not very good.    

    The Deluxe One Bedroom Suit may be worth it for a large group staying in one room since there are two beds and a couch in the living room area, but it doesn't seem worth it for just two persons to a room.  We asked if they had a queen or king Deluxe suit but they only have a few on nonsmoking floors.  The layout of the suite was not very convenient since the living room separates the bathroom from the bedroom.  At night my grandparents had a little trouble going from their bed to the bathroom without hitting themselves on the TV stand or coffee table in the living room.    

    The beds are alright but not that comfortable.  The blankets are definitely a bit dated in comparison to other hotels and I wouldn't say th the soaps and shampoos are all that high quality.  

    The WIFI did work and there was a continental breakfast that they asked you pay a $2 per person gratuity either in cash or charged to your room.  We recommend that you go before 10:00 am for the continental breakfast because the first day we went a bit after 10 am and the fruit was not very good and the staff definitely want to get you out of there by 10:30 to get ready for the lunch crowd.  The breakfast had a decent selection of cereals, bagels, juices, but some of the bread and baked goods were a little stale and the coffee not very good.

    03/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    18. Chris B.
    Hidden boutique Hotel In the HEART of Midtown NY!
    FAST EASY Location to Everything! Walking is fun when you can have your home base in the Middle of it all.
    Hotel has a Gym which I didnt know till I left. Super nice staff, Super friendly bell/Door/Concierges!
    Handy Free Continental breakfast in AM. Service a Tad Slow, But its a FREE! Breakfast in NYC! (COME ON)  I read a lot of reviews on the hotel and I have to point out a few things to you picky clients. AS I am one as well!
    The hotel is OLD. If you prefer New, Slick and Modern... Dont stay here! Rooms are spacious, Warm and inviting!  the Baths have tubs for a nice soak, the sheets are clean, fresh and quality.  The rooms and maid services are clean and FAST! I prefer the rooms facing The NYC Center. Its a little loud but worth the People watching from your room.  There is a Kreuig in the room, fridge, microwave.  Marble accents and some high end details.

    It did feel like the hotel was updated in 89-92 roughly.  Could it use some spiffing up? Yeah sure,  But everything is serving its intended function! So for the Price I LIKE ITS CHARMING VINTAGE look!

    Just South 1 block to the Left is a Duane Reade (wallgreens to us Southerners) soft drinks, cookies, water instead of fully stocked mini bar!  Lets see OH THE ELEVATORS!  Ok they are slow and small, BUT the stairs are short and have those half landings so its really really easy to grab the staircase.  OPT for floors less than floor 5.  But if you get these floors and want a view make sure it faces Milos or NYCcenter.

    Free Wifi... its kinda spotty but it works!

    Again Easy fast close location to Everything. Price Great!!!
    go to play outside hotel!

    CB

    25/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Mel C.
    A retro oasis in midtown Manhattan.  We have stayed at the Blakely twice and enjoyed it both times.  We paid the difference for a suite that was roomy and welcoming.  The bellservice is friendly and helpful (and far more knowledgeable than the "concierge" at the reception desk.)  The maid service is thorough and efficient.  When we had a problem with the jaccuzzi, the maintenance staff arrived quickly and fixed the problem.

    There are two big problems: 1.) The two elevators are painfully slow in arriving.  We were told that they areto be replaced in early 2012.  2.) The breakfast is a joke.  The servers are untrained and do not speak English.  The buffet is not kept stocked.  A server tossed a filthy rag on the serving area next to our table.  (Reminded me of "Borat".)  Absolutely no sensibility.  When I pointed it out to the supervisor, she shrugged.  The breakfast buffet offering is comprised of fat, unhealthy foods.  It is almost impossible to get a second cup of coffee (the first one takes 10-minutes to arrive!).  Better to eliminate the breakfast than to continue it as is.  It seriously erodes the quality of what is otherwise a very nice hotel.

    30/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. E J.
    Awesome location, however the fact that there are still smoking rooms is a huge detriment to me yet probably a draw for some folk.  Would return just making sure NOT to get a room that smells like a fetid bowling alley.

    13/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Kathleen M.
    The Blakely was home base for our long weekend in NYC, and it was the perfect space for our merry crew of 6. They have suites which was a big bonus for us: room to converge and drink without having to pay NY premiums for pregaming. Everything was very well appointed: luxe bathrooms, comfy beds, nice and warm decor. Nothing uber trendy or hip, but comfortable, and (given NYC standards) very spacious. Free wifi was a little wonky, but hey! Free wifi! That never happens.

    Service was nice at check in and the like, but very slow and harried getting our bags at check out. Also, the elevators are painfully slow. They need more or, at the least, bigger ones. Or a service elevator. Or something. It was a serious nuisance throughout the weekend. Continental breakfast was pretty lackluster, but hey, you're in New York. Skip the crappy bagels and find a real joint just around the corner: the location of this place is perfect if you're looking to hit up the sights.

    19/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Fleur F.
    Really enjoyed our stay at the Blakely. We had a family of 4 and booked a room with two doubles and a couch bed. When we arrived, the two double beds were in one room and the day bed in a separate room. We could actually spread out, which was lovely. And two tv's was a additional perk. The staff was friendly and the breakfast was basic but satisfying. They were working on the second elevator for most of our visit, so there was only one that worked and it was pretty pokey. We usually opted for the stairs, which was actually kind of nice because they were quiet and peaceful and we didn't have to wait for others.

    Most of all, the location was such that we could walk nearly everywhere we went. Close proximity to the park, shopping, shows and restaurants made it so convenient to walk rather than take the subway or a cab. We did have some street noise on the 4th floor, but it is New York, so that was expected. And when our neighbors got a bit too loud at 2am, they quieted down after a light knock on the connecting door. All in all we were very pleased with our experience and would certainly consider staying there for our next visit.

    25/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Stephanie W.
    We stayed here the end of June and enjoyed everything about the hotel.  The location is close and within walking distance to all the major tourist attractions or subway stations.  We were given a smoking room when we arrived, but as soon as we stepped foot in it we asked for a non-smoking room and they moved us within a few minutes.  The concierge was very helpful and accomodating.  The breakfast is more than adequate.  The hotel is not as big as some of the massive ones that are in the area, but it still has 14 floors.  There was no delay when we arrived.  There is a Keurig coffee machine in the room with good coffee selections.  I would definitly recommend this hotel.

    18/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Elizabeth H.
    First trip to NYC and we liked this hotel!  Clean and good location.  The free breakfast was a nice start each day for us with good bagels, yogurt, fruit and coffee and cereal. Some protein would have been nice, however, we learned that special order eggs and other breakfast items starting at $7 were available. Fairly quiet due to being on a side street.  We enjoyed having a mini fridge and microwave.  Concierge was friendly, but not imaginative.

    01/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Valerie C.
    I had a stolen wallet with no ID or credit cards but had a pre-paid room at the hotel. The doorman was lovely human being but everyone else treated me like I was less than human. They refused to check me into my room and did everything to make me feel less than human in an already stressful situation. Worse hotel experience of my life. Boooooooo on the Blakely for treating full paying corporate guests like scum!

    19/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    26. Mari A.
    I stayed at the Blakely New York and thought it was a cute boutique hotel.  The restaurant connected to it was great and you get a free continental breakfast each morning in the restaurant. You can also order a bigger breakfast off the menu.
    The hotel staff was fabulous.  We stayed 5 nights and like the location of the hotel as well.

    20/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Michael G.
    I like staying at the Blakely whenever I'm in New York.  The best part is the complimentary breakfast.  Every single time I've stayed here I've been upgraded to a suite.  The one negative I have is the WiFi.  No matter what room you stay in, the WiFi is the slowest I've even seen.  This year, I had a suite on the end, the WiFi was only picked up on one side of the suite!  Overall though, the rooms are nice and staff are friendly.

    27/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Jeff M.
    THE YAYS:
    - Sweet location
    - Super easy check in and check
    - Nifty key sensors
    - Spacious, comfortable, and quiet rooms
    - There is a fridge
    - Close to multiple subway stops
    - Walking distance to Columbus Circle & Grand Central
    - Norma's close by
    - Le Bernardin close by

    THE NAYS:
    - Bathrooms are a bit tiny
    - The continental breakfast was mediocre

    A boutique hotel located just south of Central Park on W 55th St. This place has a great location. Pricey at times, but we managed to snag a room for about $200 per night and for the comfort, quiet, space, and location, this was an incredible deal. If I remember correctly, this one isn't available on any of the aggregate sites (Hotels, Orbitz, or Expedia). Your best bet is to try the hotel website directly.

    16/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. Mike M.
    If you want to be in midtown this is a good choice. Like all options in the area it is cramped and pricey. The rooms are pretty nice though and the wall covering is fun to look at while you wait for the elevator.

    My two complaints are that we encountered an extremely rude front desk agent whose name I unfortunately did not get(everyone else was very nice), and our server at the attached restaurant seemed pretty resentful that we were eating our complementary continental breakfast.

    Oh yeah, and the pull out sofa sucks to sleep on for 3 nights in a row.

    26/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    30. Lenore L.
    Really enjoyed this boutique hotel. Walking distance to theater district, Times Square, Central Park, 5th avenue shopping. Room was large, quiet, clean, and comfortable. They provide a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning at their adjoining restaurant Abbocato (no protein selections, had coffee/tea, cereals, juices, breads, and fruits) which is ho-hum, but enough to get us going in the morning. One night is was raining and we were given umbrellas to use by the doorman. Very quaint, very reasonably priced.

    21/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Echo Z.
    convenient location. reasonable price. Clean and comfortable room. Friendly staff.

    05/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Mike O.
    Old style hotel with an absolute great location. Interaction with staff is minimal as you will probably only see them on Check-in and Out.  Rooms are large and very clean for the price.   Only thing I didn't like was the slow internet.  Otherwise everything else was perfect.

    21/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Gordon E.
    THE WIRELESS DOES NOT WORK CONSISTENTLY.  Don't believe them when they say it does or they just spent a ton upgrading it.  Rather, believe ME, I tried to resolve this and was very patient.
    The new wireless provider admitted on an escalated call (which the front desk resisted placing at first) that the system was inaccessible, but then failed to resolve the issue and call back as promised.  
    This is a real shame because otherwise the hotel is great.  Nice location, big rooms, friendly staff, etc...
    But, the WIRELESS FAILURE makes it impossible to stay there and conduct real business.

    02/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    34. Scott H.
    Nice spot, friendly staff, great location.  Gave me a late check out (2pm) which I appreciated. Only downsides are 1. Crazy noisy AC in the bedroom, like being on a boat with the deep rumble it emits, and a totally unsecured wifi, so spooky using it.

    18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Maureen Q.
    Stayed with my kids.  A little dated, but very, very clean.  Great location with subway, Central Park, Hells Kitchen, Times Square, etc all within walking distance.   The staff was helpful and extremely nice.  I would stay here again.

    27/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. UberFabulous D.
    This is our favorite hotel in NYC!

    Although we live in Queens, we have chosen to stay at this classy and beautiful hotel when spending a night out enjoying the sights and activities in the city.

    There is so much to do and see within walking distance, yet this gem of a hotel is quiet, comfortable and serene. A great getaway.

    Staff has always been courteous, professional and most helpful.

    Our favorite room is the "rock star" suite on the 16th floor which has the best shower ever! (we have requested this room mostly for this shower!) The room is clean, tastefully decorated and has a comfortable king sized bed.  

    The breakfast in the adjoining restaurant is full of delicious fare.
    Drinks and/or dinner in the restaurant are also enjoyable.

    Oh we love the Blakely!

    01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    37. Janice C.
    Our 4th year in a row staying here. Look forward to it every year. Upon check in on Saturday there were only our type if reserved rooms available on z smoking floor . We certainly didn't want that , the clerk called a manager out and upgraded us to a suite !!! For 4 to a room it was perfect!
    Location is safe and convenient .
    Only downside we have is their continental breakfast, we went once a couple if years ago and found not enough selection.
    Absolutely looking forward to next year!!

    20/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Pam D.
    This is a hidden gem in the city.  The accommodations are perfect.  The breakfast is ideal.  The staff....there are no words great enough to describe how amazing, professional and kind this team is.  You HAVE to stay here.  Great location too!  Perfect NYC hotel find.

    03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Joe G.
    Wonderful hotel with a gracious and helpful staff. They are quick to offer a smile and greeting. Suite was clean and spacious with a decent view and tastefully decorated. This hotel is located close enough to the theater district to make it a casual walk and far enough so that you don't deal with the crowd and crazy. Nice restaurant and bar located on the first floor. Bartenders make a good martini.

    12/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    40. Anna S.
    Location is very good and the rooms are huge and clean. The staff is friendly. The breakfast could be better even tough it's included in the price, for the 16$ it's not "worth" it. The traffic from the street is heard very well so the room windows would need to be fixed.

    29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Amber E.
    Great, central location, walking distance to everything -- Central Park, theater district, restaurants, bars, offices in midtown, shopping.  Was more reasonably priced than other similar hotels (which were all very pricey this time around).  Service was extremely friendly -- they made complimentary photocopies for me; offered to help me with theater tickets (although I ended up getting them on my own directly from the theaters to avoid service charges).  

    The rooms were very elegant, spacious, and had kitchenette with mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker and sink, which was actually very convenient.  The lobby wasn't big, but was pleasant and cozy, and the attached restaurant and bar was an added bonus - complimentary breakfast buffet in the morning, and happy hour daily 3-5 pm.  

    My only complaint (which is common in NY) is that you could hear noise from the street at night - sounded like garbage trucks, construction or something. It was really loud in my first room (1208) at the back of the hotel. Moved the next night to 1203 at the front of the hotel.  I still heard some noise, and maybe I was just more tired, but it seemed better. I would definitely stay again, though.

    11/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Eugene R.
    I gave the Blakely 5 stars because it is the best hotel for the money that you'll find in Manhattan.
    A hidden gem four blocks south of Central Park. This is a European style hotel. Small lobby and small but adequate elevators. The staff was pleasant and professional.  The rooms and bathrooms are pretty large, especially when considering the very reasonable price. When I first got there, I could hear lots of street noise. But, when I pulled down the shade, all was quiet. A free breakfast is included. This is in the attached Italian restaurant. The free breakfast is a buffet with cereal, fruits, fresh squeezed juices and yogurt.  And very good coffee.

    10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Darin A.
    We had a suite on the second floor while in town on business. The service was great, room was spacious and clean albeit a bit dated.

    I didn't sleep well due to the street noise right outside our room and the breakfast had a lot to be desired. I could have gone for fresh instead of frozen fruit, real granola instead of broken up bars, and fresh bagels from somewhere around town.

    I wouldn't seek this place out but was sufficient for our budget and needs on a few days in town. I would probably look around next time if I had a little more money to spend but wouldn't hesitate to stay here again mainly due to it's convenient location and accommodations although I would try to get a room on a much higher floor.

    Recommend.

    25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Nicole T.
    From the moment I left it was a great overall experience. At 2:00 am I was brought up a replacement Keurig to get my coffee going after the first one had given out (who can blame it?)

    It took like 3 minutes in the middle of the night and not a sigh from the concierge.

    You will love this place, proximity and rooms and prices.

    Enough said :)

    15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0