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Classy and sophisticated, but don’t expect an intimate boutique.
Built in 1904 as the Seville Hotel, the Carlton's 12-story beaux arts building sits in a fairly low-key neighborhood with plenty of small-scale offices, shops, and condos. On weekdays, its elegant, vaulted lobby fills with guests tapping away on their laptops, taking advantage of the hotel's free Wi-Fi. Jazz plays unobtrusively in the background while porters carry suitcases down the stately staircase and across the gleaming floors. Unlike the comparably priced Library Hotel, the Carlton is a bit more stately and reserved than it is cozy. But the rooms are a bit larger here, as is the business center. In December 2008, the hotel underwent an extensive, David Rockwell-designed renovation. Rockwell updated the guest rooms and the first three floors of the hotel, but strived to maintain its historical qualities throughout the renovations.
Cordial, warm, and incredibly prompt, although the concierges can be hard to find.
In low-key Murray Hill, this section of corporate Madison Avenue becomes quiet at night. The Empire State Building is a 10-minute walk away.
The Carlton Hotel sits on the boarder of several neighborhoods -- Murray Hill, Kips Bay, and the Flatiron District. It's outside the more well-known tourist neighborhoods, like Times Square or Midtown West, but it's still a charming part of the city with a lot of offer. Madison Square Park, the Empire State Building, and the Fashion Institute of Technology are all within walking distance, as are many shops and bars.
Clean and modern, but with an eerily dark bathroom.
The Carlton is mostly a business hotel, so there is free Wi-Fi and an on-site business center, but not much else.
Briefcases over diapers, but there’s space for kids.
There’s not much for children at this hotel, which caters mostly to business travelers. Cribs are available for free, and rollaway beds are available for a nightly fee, but they won’t fit in a standard room, only suites. An executive double (with two beds) would be cramped with kids but not impossible.
The concierge can arrange for baby-sitting with licensed sitters.
A seafood brasserie from a Michelin-starred chef and a lobby lounge with live music
30 to 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 to 25 percent.
To save some cash, try the group shuttles 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. You can also take public transit from any of the airports, 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.
This refined 317-room hotel, since early 2012 a Marriott's exclusive Autograph Collection, is in Murray Hill, a quiet but less popular location. It features modern rooms with excellent beds, 42-inch plasma TVs, iPod docking stations, and free Wi-Fi; a brasserie helmed by a Michelin-starred chef; and an on-site fitness center. It's a fair pick for the price, but also compare rates at the nearby Affinia Dumont.
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