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The Salisbury Hotel looks like it has seen better days. The hotel was originally built in the 1930s, but the lobby looks like it was modern circa 1980 (worn floral carpet and faded velvet cushions). To its credit, the lobby is constantly bustling. The hotel is especially popular among school groups and families, due to its proximity to Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and the Broadway Theater District. Unlike most Times Square hotels, the Sailsbury is about 10 blocks north of the action, in an area that actually gets quiet at night.
The Salisbury is owned by the Calvary Baptist Church next door. The manager mentioned that getting renovations approved by the church board is a long and tedious process, hence the hotel's outdated look.
The hotel is on 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. It's a busy area in Midtown Manhattan with corporate offices, Fifth Avenue shopping, and Central Park. There's constant traffic during the day, but at night the it gets quiet.
Carnegie Hall is at the corner of Seventh Avenue, about a two-minute walk from the Salisbury. Beside the hotel is Stacks rare coin shop, which also buys and sells gold. The historic Steinway Hall is an amazing piano store and museum, which definitely deserves a visit.
There's a Starbucks across from the hotel, and a deli called Green Cafe two doors down. A 24-hour Duane Reed pharmacy is on the corner of Sixth Avenue. Two other hotels are on the same block: the Buckingham Hotel (similar price, better features) and the upscale Le Parker Meridien Hotel.
There is no parking available at the premises, but QuikPark at 235 W. 56th St. offers a discounted rate of $28 for 24 hours. Hotel guests must validate their parking ticket at the front desk. For other parking options, check out Best Parking.
30-90 minutes from three airports.
New York City has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Flying into JFK or LaGuardia is typically easiest and the least time-consuming. From JFK, it's a (one-hour) $45 flat-rate taxi ride to anywhere in Manhattan. From LaGuardia, it's about a (30-minute) $40 metered cab ride to Midtown Manhattan. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls), and can take more than 90 minutes. Don't forget to tip your driver 15-25 percent.
To save some cash, try the group shuttles that are available at all three airports for about $14/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 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.
Rooms are large because they used to be apartments. Standard rooms start at 280 square feet -- which is about 50 percent bigger than at most NYC hotels -- and come with either a king-size bed or two double beds, a work desk and a lounge chair. One-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites are also available, and both come with king beds in the bedrooms, and a sofa-bed in the living room.
This is a hotel for travelers who don't need any frills -- the property does not have an on-site fitness center, meeting rooms, restaurant, or bar.
Standard double rooms (with two double beds) are large by New York standards (280 square feet), and most rooms have a refrigerator and microwave. For some extra breathing room, pay a little extra for a one- or two-bedroom suite. In the 500-square-foot one-bedroom suite, there’s a private bedroom plus a living room with a pull-out sofa. There's also space for a rollaway bed, available for a fee. Cribs are free.
No hotel restaurant or bar, but there's a $4 continental breakfast. Plenty of nearby options, such as organic Dutch fast-food on the next block.
Owned by the Calvary Baptist Church, this 204-room aging hotel comes with large, clean rooms but few frills -- no gym and no restaurant. Fixtures are a bit old, and the design is pretty dated, but it’s a decent option for families who want a quiet but central location only two blocks from Central Park.