Bentley Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Rooftop restaurant and bar
  • Great beds; sleek decor
  • Rooftop bar with great views and a short lunch and dinner kosher menu
  • High-quality Lather toiletries
  • Pets under 40 pounds welcome (for a fee)
  • Fitness center with weight-training machines

Cons

  • No business center
  • fee for Wi-Fi
  • High-traffic location by the Queensboro Bridge
  • Farther from a subway station than most New York hotels

Bottom Line

Like a boutique hotel, there's a rooftop bar and swank Lather toiletries, but the 197-room Bentley Hotel typically costs less because it's a long walk from subways, museums, and Central Park (budget plenty of cab fare). It's a fine choice near the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, but also consider Affinia Gardens (bigger rooms; more convenient location).

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 Location

On the easternmost edge of the Upper East Side, the Bentley is a long way from the famous museums and designer shopping -- it's above a gas station and surrounded by affordable housing and bridge traffic.

Although sights like Central Park and 5th Avenue are within walking distance, the hotel sits in an unpopular area overlooking the Queensboro Bridge and the eastside highway, FDR Drive -- it's in a different world, cut off from Barneys and Vera Wang.

 Rooms

Comfortable size; sleek design

  • Queen and King Rooms both range at about 220 square feet -- small, but that's average for a New York hotel room in this price range.
  • Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites are a bit larger -- 275 and 325 square feet, respectively.
  • Laptop-size safes
  • iPod dock
  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs
  • Comfortable beds; Frette linens
  • Bathrooms are green marble and have Lather toiletries and robes.
  • Minibars, just don't touch anything unless you're ready to pay for it.
  • No coffeemakers
  • Wi-Fi costs a daily fee.
  • Smoking rooms available

 Airport Transportation

About 30 to 90 minutes from three airports

New York has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting to town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than getting there from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls) and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.

Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.

For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.

 Bottom Line

Like a boutique hotel, there's a rooftop bar and swank Lather toiletries, but the 197-room Bentley Hotel typically costs less because it's a long walk from subways, museums, and Central Park (budget plenty of cab fare). It's a fine choice near the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, but also consider Affinia Gardens (bigger rooms; more convenient location).

Things You Should Know About Bentley Hotel

Address

  • 500 E 62nd Street, New York, NY 10021

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Bentley Hotel New York
  • Bentley Hotel New York City
  • Bentley Hotel Ny
  • Bentley Hotel Nyc
  • Bentley New York City
  • Hotel Bentley New York

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 197
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan
Address: 500 E 62nd Street, New York, NY 10021
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