We've been coming back to the Hotel Beacon for ten years now. Situated on Broadway in the leafy Upper West Side, the Hotel Beacon has become our New York home away from home. It is conveniently located on the Red subway line one block away from the West 72nd subway stop. The Beacon has undergone extensive renovations in the past three years, making the rooms and suites
- all with kitchenettes - some of the best value for money accommodation you'll find. With two great supermarkets literally across the road (Fairway and Citarella) and the food emporium, Zabars, five blocks away you can easily cook up the treats you find in the markets. And sometimes - even when you're in the ciy that never sleeps - you just want to rug up inside, cook some spag bol and watch some trashy TV!
Our suite had a spacious lounge/dining room, kitchen and a bathroom off the entrance hallway
My blogging station. The Beacon has WiFi ($10 for 24 hours) and an iPod docking station
The king-size bed was heavenly comfortable
delicious crisp white sheets and downy pillows
flat screen tv in both the living room and bedroom
lots of room to relax
great shower and deep bath
tiny kitchen that is equipped with everything except a sharp knife which we had to buy from Zabars
high-wattage microwave and good bagel toaster
just enough room for a cuppa....
..and to throw together a comforting bolognaise.
the Beacon has a doorman who will take in your bags and call you a cab which makes all the difference when the winter wind whips up
most Beacon guests are from Australia and Europe
The staff are efficient, friendly but low-key - just the way I like it.
The Beacon has over 25 floors and 250 rooms and suites
The Fairway supermarket and cafe from our window across Broadway
Fairway is opened from 7am until 1am and gets it's organic food deliveries in big semi-trailers
A beautiful French Haussman-style apartment block opposite the Beacon Hotel