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The Blakely New York Hotel 3.5

Midtown West, New York City, New York

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Pros

  • Cozy library-like atmosphere
  • Traditional rooms with microwaves, coffeemakers, and flat-screen TVs
  • Wall-to-wall-marble bathrooms with Frette robes and Penhaligon's toiletries
  • Free basic continental breakfast at neighboring eatery
  • 24-hour fitness center with a rainfall shower
  • Penthouse meeting room with small private terrace
  • Free copies of The New York Times
  • Within three blocks of seven subway lines
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No on-site restaurant (though one is scheduled to open in late 2016)
  • No on-site pool or spa
  • Room service ends before midnight
  • Only two small elevators
  • No rollaway beds available

Bottom Line

Styled like an old British social club, the quaint, 118-room Blakely boutique offers a hushed vibe, great Midtown West location between Central Park and Times Square, and large rooms with coffeemakers, microwaves, Frette robes, free Wi-Fi, and marble bathrooms. The Blakely's on-site restaurant, Black Tap, is scheduled to open in late 2016; until then, guests must go to an adjacent cafe for the free continental breakfast. Guests seeking a bit more service and an on-site bar may prefer the nearby London NYC, which offers 24-hour room service, a full-time concierge, and a chic bar with food and cocktails.

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Scene

An English-club-themed boutique hotel that's more about quiet comfort than chic style

The lobby of this boutique hotel has an English-club theme, with inlaid bookshelves, ceramic antiques, and Ralph Lauren wall coverings

Housed in a classic 1929 building, the Blakely was opened in 2004 by the same group behind the boutique Mercer Hotel and the Robert DeNiro-fronted Greenwich Hotel. But the owners didn't have another splashy celebrity hotel in mind with the Blakely. Traditional raised-paned wainscot walls define the Sherlock Holmesian lobby, where a fox-hunting oil painting hangs above a thick leather couch and inlaid bookshelves are filled with gold-leaf hardcover books and ceramic antiques. Hunter-green velvet Ralph Lauren wall coverings in the hallways are an emblematically quaint detail of this cozy, handsome little hotel. With its English library vibe, the Blakely serves families, older couples, and business travelers looking for a comfortable and convenient Midtown West base.

Location

Within walking distance of Carnegie Hall, Central Park, Radio City Music Hall, and Rockefeller Center

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Directly across the street from New York City Center, the Blakely is well-positioned for exploring Midtown's many, many sights; Broadway shows, Central Park, and the famed luxury shopping stretch of Fifth Avenue are all about a 10- to 15-minute walk away. Though it's technically in Midtown West, the Blakely is closer to Central Park (just four blocks south) than the crowds of Times Square. Expect more business commuters than tourists, unless you're at Radio City Music Hall or Rockefeller Center (both just a few blocks away from the Blakely). 

  • Two-minute walk to the F train subway stop, at Sixth Avenue and W. 56th Street
  • Three-minute walk to the N, Q, R trains' subway stop, at Seventh Avenue and W. 57th Street
  • Three-minute walk to the E, B, D trains' subway stop, at Seventh Avenue and W. 53rd Street
  • Three-minute walk to Carnegie Hall
  • Five-minute walk to Central Park
  • Five-minute walk to Museum of Modern Art
  • Eight-minute walk to Radio City Music Hall
  • 10-minute walk to Rockefeller Center
  • 12-minute walk to St. Patrick's Cathedral

Rooms

Large, English-club-style rooms with all the high-end extras: minibars, dark marble bathrooms, Frette bathrobes, Keurig coffeemakers 

Decor in the spacious One-Bedroom Suite resembles an English club, and amenities are modern and luxe

In general, the Blakely's guest rooms are a solid step up from the typical boutique hotel room. Rooms start at 310 square feet, which is big for NYC, but about average for any other city in the U.S. Their comfortable beds have pillow-top Sealy mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, and cherry-wood frames. Dressers, side tables, and writing desks are also cherry wood. All rooms feature kitchenettes with microwaves, Keurig coffeemakers, kettles, well-stocked minibars, and extra sinks. Flat-screen TV come with free HBO and DVD players.

One notable advantage over many other boutique hotels is the beautiful wall-to-wall marble bathroom. The bathrooms are a bit on the small side in base-level rooms -- as is typical in New York -- but all feature handsome wooden-base sinks, Frette robes, jetted tubs or rainfall showers, and bergamot-scented toiletries from London heritage brand Penhaligon's. 

Features

Free access to a 24-hour fitness center with a separate shower, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and free breakfast at nearby cafe

The tiny 24-hour fitness center is above average for New York, with plenty of natural light and a rainfall shower in the attached bathroom

The 24-hour fitness center isn't huge, but it has all the essential equipment -- two True Fitness treadmills, an elliptical, two bikes, some weights, and a multiuse strength training machine. Plus, its windows let in plenty of natural light and the attached bathroom comes with a rainfall shower -- a cut above the usual, windowless dungeon of a gym at many other New York hotels.

Wi-Fi is free in all the rooms and common areas here. If you don't have a laptop, you can also use the computer and printer in the lobby for free, 24/7 (though note that there is only one hotel computer in the hotel, so be prepared to wait if it is already in use). Room service ends early (before midnight) and the 24-hour "concierge services" are actually just performed by an omnipresent 24-hour bellman who can offer directions or a city map. 

A limited (but free) continental breakfast is provided at an Au Bon Pain adjacent to the hotel. This is a temporary solution until the hotel's on-site restaurant, Black Tap, opens in late 2016.

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Address

136 West 55th Street, Bet. 6th & 7th Avenue, New York City, New York 10019, United States

Phone

(212) 245-1800

Also Known As

  • Blakely Hotel New York
  • Blakely Hotel New York City
  • Blakely New York City
  • The Blakely New York

Room Types

  • Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Deluxe Studio Suite

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