1295 Madison Ave., between 92nd and 93rd Sts., New York, New York 10128, USA
A favorite for in-the-know travelers, the Wales is a pleasant, albeit unassuming, hotel in a quiet neighborhood of tree-lined streets near Central Park. This property has great space for guests in common areas, including the Carnegie Lounge, with free coffee on the second floor and a lovely rooftop bar with a garden that is open seasonally.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This boutique hotel is located in a wonderfully peaceful neighborhood; if you’re seeking nightlife, look elsewhere.
Standard rooms are small, but they do have fine oak woodwork, interesting photographs and art, and Belgian linens. Decorated in neutral hues, the rooms have accent pillows in fun patterns. Room service is available from Sarabeth's.
Most of the suites face Madison Avenue and some have Central Park views from higher floors.
Bathrooms are bright and spotless and feature Gilchrist & Soames bath products.
The lobby has a nice old-world feel, with coffered ceilings, a fireplace, and pretty patterned wall coverings. Charming details include historic pieces like an antique U.S. Mail letterbox--you can mail all the letters you want at this hotel.
Sarabeth’s restaurant, a local favorite for brunch, is in the hotel, as is Paola’s, a neighborhood Italian restaurant known for one of the best pesto pastas in town.
Set in a quiet location a block away from Central Park, this hotel is ideal for visitors seeking to experience a glimpse of neighborhood life in Manhattan, away from noise. Access to the leafy park is excellent, and both shopping and museums are nearby, but subway access is limited with only the 6 train at 96th Street (though bus surface is frequent along 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue). Taxis and Uber are available in the area.
An Italian café at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Tarallucci e Vino (3-minute walk) serves an Italian-inflected breakfast, deceptively simple sandwiches, and pasta. Satisfying French-American fare such as roasted salmon with lentils is served just beyond the hotel’s threshold at the neighborhood restaurant Table d’Hote (1-minute walk). The diverse menu at Bocado (8-minute walk) will satisfy a range of appetites with dishes like prosciutto and fig flatbread, a Mediterranean lamb burger, and linguine Bolognese.
A slim café by day, Da Capo Aperitivo e Caffé (3-minute walk) transforms into a dimly lit bar by night, serving Italian wine and cocktails. Craft beer (and snacks centered around cheese) are the focus at Earl’s Beer and Cheese (7-minute walk), a super cozy neighborhood bar.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This charming property offers close proximity to Central Park and a lovely rooftop bar (in season). We love the old world details in the décor, the quiet location with a neighborhood feel, and easy access to nearby museums. There are quality options for dining on-site, and small details like free coffee and tea in the Carnegie Lounge enhance a stay. It's nice and quiet here--it's great.
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