Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hotel Beacon, Manhattan - A New York Must-Stay

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

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  1. God I love New York...I so need to go back...

  2. Wow, when I stay in New York (one day, and probably in my dreams!) I'm going to stay there - it looks beautiful.

  3. Stayed at the Beacon when i was in New York in 97 really great place to stay, near the park and other attractions within walking distance. Loved having the little kitchenette and with the supermarkets smack opposite the hotel was great to just nip out and get a bit of shopping, snacks etc. The diner has great food, breakfast especially....highy recommend anyone to stay there.