pennsylvania hotel in new york

Old Nov 6th, 2002, 08:30 AM
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pennsylvania hotel in new york

Please help. I have booked into the Pennsylvania hotel in December and after reading a few other messages this seems to be a low grade hotel in a seedy area. Have I done the correct thing? Please tell me it will be alright and it is not has bad as I m imagine.

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Old Nov 6th, 2002, 08:50 AM
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The area is not seedy--it is right across the street from Madison Square Garden, Penn Station and 2 blocks from Macy's. It is a very busy business area during the day and at night more quiet unless there are crowds from a game at the Garden. The hotel is enormous and impersonal, from what I've heard and read. I know that I often see airline crews staying there, so it can't be the worst place in the city--just not a particularly good choice. If you are used to budget hotels in other cities and countries, it will probably be on that level
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 08:52 AM
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I agree with Bob, the neighborhood is not exactly attractive but not really seedy either. Could be crowded if there are any major events at MSG.
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 08:54 AM
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The good news: it's really not a "seedy" area but is dull and quiet at night. Penn Station and the Garden are across the street and Macy's is on the next corner over. It's certainly not an upscale area but is perfectly acceptable. Also - the hotel is not a flophouse type place.

Bad news: it's an old hotel that has been poorly maintained and gets lots of tour groups and convention business. It is generally thought of as not a very good value, even for the price. I you can pay about $110 -110 per night (before the 13.25% tax), you can do much better elsewhere.
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 09:13 AM
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Here's Dave Barry's take on the Hotel Pennsylvania, one of the most entertaining hotel reviews I've ever read.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald...ry/3375167.htm
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 09:52 AM
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Jen, that's hillarious!
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 10:02 AM
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Why, thank you, xxx.

Actually, the MOST hilarious thing is that I get to post that link on these Fodors boards about once a month!
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 10:11 AM
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i Actually, the MOST hilarious thing is that I get to post that link on these Fodors boards about once a month!

We've noticed. Yawn!!!
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 10:25 AM
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Sorry to bore you, Mike. But I'd rather be helpful, or at least entertaining, than just sit around making lame sarcastic comments. Ooops, I just did!
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 10:55 AM
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Are you daft? Don't stay at the HP. Stay anywhere but there.
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 01:39 PM
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I love that David Barry thing. Used to stay there when my so-called company would only pay us $75 a night for a hotel in NYC. It is just about the grossest place imaginable. I still have bad dreams about it. Why someone hasn't bought that building and gutted it is beyond me. Attention "The Donald" - are you listening???!!!
 
Old Nov 6th, 2002, 08:23 PM
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Visitor: Can your reservation be cancelled? If so, try quickbook.com or even Priceline (if you've done your home work and know how to bid). For budget accomodations without Priceline, try the Habitat Hotel and the DaVinci Hotel. Neither are luxury hotels, but the are very well located and CLEAN! Let us know what you decide to do.

Jen: I loved the Dave Barry article!
 
Old Nov 7th, 2002, 06:55 PM
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Topping, as this is the more complete set of replies to eileen's double posting.
 
Old Nov 8th, 2002, 01:41 AM
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Thanks for all your comments will see if I can cancel and go else where. Even if so I know I will have a great time in NYC.
 
Old Nov 8th, 2002, 05:36 AM
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Eileen, bid on Priceline and don't bid below 3*. You can undoubtedly get a nicer hotel at a reasonable price.
 
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