Best Western Convention Center Hotel Rating: 2.0 Pearls
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Business center
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • 100 percent nonsmoking

Cons

  • 10-minute walk from the nearest subway
  • No fitness center
  • No on-site restaurant
  • Noisy street in a desolate area

Bottom Line

Fine, if you have a conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (around the corner), given the free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfasts. But this Best Western's cramped, dated rooms and off-beat location -- far from a subway station and across from a noisy auto body repair shop -- make it a very poor choice for anyone else.

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 Location

Located in the western, industrial section of Midtown West, removed from the commotion, and safety, of Times Square

Between desolate 10th and 11th Avenues, the Best Western Convention Center is on West 38th Street, across from a noisy auto body repair shop. Unlike just about every other hotel in Manhattan, subways are not within easy reach, but a plethora of taxis can take you to the nearby transportation hubs of Port Authority and Penn Station, or the cultural attractions of Times Square and the Theater District.

 Rooms

Clean but drab rooms offer high-speed Internet access, and not much else.

  • The Two Double Beds Room starts at about 200 square feet, which is average for a New York hotel room with only one bed
  • Queen Bed and King Bed rooms offer a bit more space to move around, but not much.
  • 25-inch tube TVs
  • Free Wi-Fi in the rooms

 Airport Transportation

About 30 to 90 minutes from three airports

New York has three nearby airports: JFK, La Guardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Flying into JFK or La Guardia is typically easiest and the least time consuming. From JFK, it's a flat-rate $45 (one-hour) taxi to anywhere in Manhattan. From La Guardia, it's about a $40 (30-minute) metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls) and can take over one-and-a-half hours. Don't forget to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.

To save some cash, group shuttles 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. You can also take public transit from any of the airports for as little as $7 per person, but travel times can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairs. For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.

 Bottom Line

Fine, if you have a conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (around the corner), given the free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfasts. But this Best Western's cramped, dated rooms and off-beat location -- far from a subway station and across from a noisy auto body repair shop -- make it a very poor choice for anyone else.

Things You Should Know About Best Western Convention Center Hotel

Address

  • 522 W 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018-1104

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Best Western Convention Center
  • Best Western Hotel
  • Best Western New York City
  • New York City Best Western

Room Types

  • King Room
  • One Queen Bed Room
  • Two Double Beds Handicapped Room
  • Two Double Beds Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 83
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
Address: 522 W 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018-1104
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