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Fodor's Expert Review Belvedere Hotel

319 W. 48th St., between 8th and 9th Aves., New York, New York, 10036, USA See on Map

Built during the 1920s, the Belvedere’s main draw is its Times Square/Theater District location. While design is simple, this property offers rare conveniences including kitchenettes in the rooms and self-service laundry. The helpful staff, location near Broadway theater, and 24-hour fitness center make this affordable hotel a solid pick.

This hotel offers extra value with a free weekday wine happy hour.


While design can be a tad dull, rooms are spacious and have the convenience of kitchenettes with a microwave, mini-fridge, and coffeemaker. Executive rooms are brighter and more modern.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms experience significant street noise. There’s also a pesky fee for Wi-Fi in some room categories.


Deluxe rooms have basic, dated, though clean bathrooms while Executive rooms offer contemporary bathrooms with lovely gray tile and granite accents.


The simple lobby has Art Deco accents, clusters of functional seating, and colorful art. On weekdays, a wine hour with complimentary glasses of wine is held in the lobby.


Churrascuria Plataforma is a Brazilian steakhouse serving grilled meats for lunch and dinner in a spacious dining room with white tablecloths. The restaurant also has a bar with a more informal menu including sandwiches and savory Brazilian pastries. A breakfast buffet is served daily at the Belvedere Café.


Getting Around

Located on West 48th Street between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue, this hotel is in a prime position for Broadway theater. Subway service is nearby with the C and E trains at 50th Street and 8th Avenue plus the 1 train at 50th and Broadway. Taxis and Uber are widely available in the neighborhood, but traffic congestion is an extremely common problem. This is New York City, after all.


Chef Mario Batali is behind midtown favorite Esca (8-minute walk), a trattoria serving southern Italian fare. Ippudo Westside (5-minute walk) is the midtown sibling of the beloved downtown ramen restaurant Ippudo; try the signature tonkotsu ramen. Stock your kitchenette with bread and pastries from Amy’s Bread (4-minute walk) or stop in for a quick and casual breakfast or lunch.


In a neighborhood of generic sports bar, The Rum House (4-minute walk) serves serious cocktails. Make a reservation in advance for Bar Centrale (4-minute walk), an upscale, cozy bar set in a converted apartment.


This simple property piles on the extras: free weekday wine hour, the convenience of a kitchenette, and self-service laundry facilities. We love the 24-hour fitness center and the helpful staff.




Phones: 212-245–7000;888-468–3558

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