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Sleepy, 300-room business hotel has little appeal beyond clean rooms
It might have opened in 1931 as the Tudor hotel (the Hilton took over in 2010), but the renovations that same year erased most of the property's historic appeal -- despite being a member of Historic Hotels of America, its look is more modern and generic. Its modest entrance sits behind a bus stop and the heavy traffic of Midtown East. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and a standard size for New York's midrange hotels, but features are skimpy.
A clean room is pretty much all you get at this hotel. Guests seem to use the hotel as a crash pad between days spent in business meetings or exploring the surroundings; the hotel's own features are scant and unexciting. The so-so business center and drab gym are empty most of the time. At the Tudor Bar & Grill, the on-site restaurant, you might spot a few business travelers quietly tucking away their unnotable continental breakfasts or sipping a glass of wine with colleagues in the evening, but it's not the kind of restaurant a local would ever bother going to.
For a place near the United Nations Headquarters, it works. And though it lacks the pool and tennis courts of the U.N. Plaza Hotel, the Tudor's rooms are at least in better condition. But if the U.N. is not your key point of interest, it's worth comparing its rates to a number of other notable business hotels in the area, such as the New York Helmsley, the Kimberly Hotel, and the Benjamin.
Basic services done well, but nothing fancy
Standard services and amenities, with no frills
Located in Midtown East, amid office buildings and one block from the United Nations Headquarters
Located in Midtown East, home to New York's famous skyscrapers and a high share of its cubicles, the Hilton Manhattan East attracts mostly business travelers. The direct surroundings are far from thrilling -- a vast selection of dry cleaners, nail salons, drugstores, and delis on street level, and office buildings towering above -- but its generally quiet, safe, and an easy neighborhood to get around.
Just the basics, and somewhat dated
The Tudor covers the basics a business traveler might need: a gym, business center, and five meeting rooms. For the price, the Marriott New York East Side offers a similarly business-like atmosphere, but with further amenities and features for kids.
Quiet, clean rooms would be good for families, but the cheapest room options aren't really configured for families, and most rooms can't fit a rollaway bed. For a more suitable family choice close by, the Omni Berkshire Place is similarly priced, and still caters to business travelers, but offers far better amenities and features for kids like kids' menus and games for kids.
The hotel's restaurant will do in a pinch, but plenty of better options are within walking distance.
The hotel's restaurant is a good fail-safe for anyone too tired or busy to leave the hotel for food. The dishes aren't exciting, but the quality is good and prices are typical for a New York hotel restaurant. But with so many options surrounding the hotel (including budget options and noteworthy restaurants), the Tudor's restaurant doesn't stand out.
Updated in 2010, the 300-room Hilton Manhattan East in business-centric Midtown East offers clean, quiet, and comfortable rooms, but not much else. For the price, it's a fair pick most of the time but due to its out-of-date gym, small business center, and scarcely open restaurant it's worth checking rates at the New York Helmsley, the Kimberly Hotel, and the Benjamin.