Murray Hill Inn Rating: 1.5 Pearls
Gramercy and Murray Hill, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Quiet, treelined location
  • 10-minute walk to the Empire State Building

Cons

  • Shared bathrooms in the cheapest rooms
  • Old, cheap bedding
  • Dated tube TVs in most rooms
  • No fitness center
  • No restaurant or bar
  • Internet costs $7 per day.

Bottom Line

More hostel than hotel -- some of its 50 rooms have shared bathrooms -- the Murray Hill Inn is cheap for a reason: small, dated guest rooms; no gym; no breakfast; $7 per day fee for Wi-Fi. Its quiet location near great restaurants in Murray Hill is a plus, but nearby hotels -- like the Ramada Inn and La Quinta -- offer more.

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 Location

On a quiet side street in Murray Hill, just south of most of the corporate buildings in Midtown East, but the Empire State Building is an 10-minute walk away.

Murray Hill Inn is situated on a quaint, quiet block of Murray Hill among a row of residential brownstones and buildings. Just around the corner, along both 3rd and Lexington Avenues, there are a number of great bars and restaurants -- the kind that draw more locals than tourists.

Primarily residential, the neighborhoods of Gramercy and Murray Hill don't have the tourist crowds of Times Square or Midtown East. 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).

  • Three blocks from the 6 subway line; six blocks from the R and W lines; 7 blocks from the B, D, F, N, Q, R, V, and W lines -- fairly easy access to most of Manhattan's neighborhoods, but expect to transfer or walk over five blocks in order to access the westside
  • 20-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • 20-minute subway ride to Times Square
  • 10-minute walk to the Empire State Building and 20-minute subway ride to Rockefeller Center
  • 25-minute subway ride to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 30-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 25-minute subway ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") and a 20-minute subway ride to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMA")

 Rooms

Old, cramped, and not always tidy

A Deluxe Queen Front View Room
A Deluxe Queen Front View Room
  • Single or "twin rooms" with just a single, twin-size mattress start at an incredibly cramped 120 square feet -- that's small, even by New York hotel room standards.
  • "Regular" rooms -- with either a queen and double-size bed -- start at about 180 square feet, which is still smaller than the average hotel room in New York.
  • Deluxe Queen and Deluxe King rooms are a bit brighter (they view the street, rather than the back of the hotel) and have a mini-fridge.
  • Old, cheap bedding
  • Outdated tube TVs in most guest rooms; deluxe rooms have been upgraded with a small, generic-brand flatscreen.

 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 hostel than hotel -- some of its 50 rooms have shared bathrooms -- the Murray Hill Inn is cheap for a reason: small, dated guest rooms; no gym; no breakfast; $7 per day fee for Wi-Fi. Its quiet location near great restaurants in Murray Hill is a plus, but nearby hotels -- like the Ramada Inn and La Quinta -- offer more.

Things You Should Know About Murray Hill Inn

Address

  • 143 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Hotel Murray Hill
  • Murray Hill Hotel

Room Types

  • 2 Twin Beds Room
  • Double Room
  • Double Room, shared bath
  • King Front View Room
  • Queen Front View Room
  • Queen Room
  • Small Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 50
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Gramercy and Murray Hill, Manhattan
Address: 143 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016
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