Eastgate Tower Rating: 2.5 Pearls
Gramercy and Murray Hill, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • On-site fitness center
  • Pets welcome; $25 fee
  • Outdoor public plaza next door
  • 10-minute walk to the Empire State Building
  • ATM in the lobby
  • Five to six blocks from five subway lines

Cons

  • Wi-Fi costs $13.95 per day.
  • No on-site restaurant or bar
  • Dated tube TVs

Bottom Line

More upscale apartment building than traditional hotel, the 188-room Eastgate Tower offers large studios and one- and two-bedroom suites, all with full kitchens. Rooms are a bit dated, but they are clean, comfortable, and in a quiet part of Murry Hill, just steps from the subway and a 10-minute walk from the Empire State Building.

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 Location

On the northern side of suit-and-tied Murray Hill, a short walk from Grand Central Station and the corportate skyscrapers in Midtown East

The Eastgate Tower sits next to an outdoor public plaza with tables, flower boxes, and trees -- a nice feature in an area otherwise packed with buildings. Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, and the Morgan Library Museum are all within walking distance, as are many shops and restaurants of every ethnicity, not to mention a plethora of sports bars.

Primarily residential, the neighborhoods of Gramercy and Murray Hill don't have the tourist crowds of Times Square or Midtown East (just a few blocks north of the Eastgate Tower). For most visitors, the main draw is that it's a quiet, convenient place to stay, just outside the theaters, funky shops, and restaurants of the East Village (to the south) and the business-focused hub and high-end 5th Avenue shopping of Midtown East (to the north).

  • Five to six blocks from the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S subway lines
  • 20-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • 15-minute subway ride to Times Square
  • 10-minute walk to the Empire State Building
  • 25-minute subway ride to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 20-minute bus ride to Rockefeller Center
  • 30-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 30-minute subway ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") and 20-minute bus ride to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMa")

 Rooms

Large, comfortable rooms, each with a full kitchen, but they are sparsely decorated and slightly worn

The One Bedroom
The One Bedroom

 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

More upscale apartment building than traditional hotel, the 188-room Eastgate Tower offers large studios and one- and two-bedroom suites, all with full kitchens. Rooms are a bit dated, but they are clean, comfortable, and in a quiet part of Murry Hill, just steps from the subway and a 10-minute walk from the Empire State Building.

Things You Should Know About Eastgate Tower

Address

  • 222 E. 39th Street, New York, NY 10016

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Eastgate Hotel
  • Eastgate Hotel New York City
  • Eastgate Tower Hotel
  • Eastgate Tower Hotel New York
  • Eastgate Tower New York
  • Eastgate Towers
  • Eastgate Tower Suite Hotel

Room Types

  • Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Studio
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 188
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Gramercy and Murray Hill, Manhattan
Address: 222 E. 39th Street, New York, NY 10016
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