Ramada Eastside Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Gramercy and Murray Hill, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

Cons

  • No room service
  • No on-site restaurant or bar
  • No concierge

Bottom Line

Clean and functional, the Ramada Eastside doesn't have the most beautiful guest rooms, but its free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, convenient self-check-in kiosk, and quiet, Murray Hill location -- next door to some great shops and restaurants -- make it a good choice; but check rates at the Affinia Dumont before booking.

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Oyster Hotel Review

 Location

In low-key Murray Hill, just south of most of the corporate buildings in Midtown East, but the Empire State Building is an 10-minute walk away

The Ramada Eastside is housed in an impressive, old brick building in Murray Hill, surrounded by colorful, prewar townhouses. Madison Square Park, the Empire State Building, and the Fashion Institute of Technology are all within walking distance, as are many shops, bars, and restaurants -- including cute cafe Penelope and upscale Les Halles (made famous by celebrity-chef Anthony Bourdain).

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).

 Rooms

Guest rooms aren't huge, or especially comfortable, but they're quiet and up-to-date.

The Two Queen Room
The Two Queen Room

 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

Clean and functional, the Ramada Eastside doesn't have the most beautiful guest rooms, but its free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, convenient self-check-in kiosk, and quiet, Murray Hill location -- next door to some great shops and restaurants -- make it a good choice; but check rates at the Affinia Dumont before booking.

Things You Should Know About Ramada Eastside

Address

  • 161 Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY 10016

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • New York City Ramada
  • Ramada Hotel Eastside
  • Ramada New York City

Room Types

  • King Room
  • Queen Room
  • Two Queen Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 101
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Gramercy and Murray Hill, Manhattan
Address: 161 Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY 10016
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