Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Evelyn Hotel Review New York

Classification :    Four Star
Room Category : Suite Room
Month of Stay :   November 2018
Resort Fee:          $28.68
Overall Value: $205 - $412 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

Trip Advisor Ranking 27 of 500 (as of 07/20/19)
Trivago Rating  7.6 out of 10 (as of 06/15/19)

What kind of history goes with this hotel? This hotel has loads of history, which I love. It was built in 1903, the former Gershwin Hotel, a Beaux Arts architecture gem. It came under new management in 2013, with a multi-million dollar makeover in 2014, and pays homage to Evelyn Nesbitt with many photographs of her within the lobby and rooms.

When you arrived, how was the lobby and customer service? The lobby screams Art Deco, and I was thrilled to be able to sit there and wait for my room to be ready. They were pretty good with having it ready by 12:45 pm which I was thrilled.

How fantastic or not so fantastic was the room? My stay was in November so I treated myself to the suite which was interesting. The furniture was neat but could have been in a bit better shape. It was very roomy (450 sq ft) and the bed was comfortable. 2 flat screen tv's were available along with the all important plugs by the bed to charge your phone. This room would be the best bet if more than 1 person is staying at the hotel.

The cleanliness of the hotel and room itself ? The hotel and rooms were great as far as cleanliness was concerned. No issues whatsoever.

Were you able to have sweet dreams with the comfy bed? Yes, the Freete lines were a nice treat and the bed was quite comfy.

The All-Important bathroom subject? The bathroom was very nice and good size. A tub and separate shower was available, loved the music notes on the tiles!

What kind of shower treats awaited you? Coffee maker in the room? The shower amenities were okay, not a name I would know and there is no coffee maker in the room.

Did room service blow your mind or was just okay? They do not have room service, but a fantastic Italian cafe called Leonelli Bakery as well as restaurant which you could easily get a coffee and something to take up to your room. Their cookies, pizza and lattes were some of the best I ever enjoyed!

Everyone wants to know, is Wi-Fi included? Yes, it is included

Is Fido allowed come with you? Sorry but you will have to call the dog sitter if you wish to stay here, no pets allowed.

Location is key, how does this hotel measure? The location is one of the top reasons to stay here. You can walk to Flatiron, Chelsea, Union Square and East Village pretty easy - lots of restaurants and shops within these areas.  These are some of my favorite areas of the city and this hotel is a wonderful base.

What was the best part of staying here? Clearly the location is number one and I would say number two would be the Art Deco design within the hotel.

Would you change anything? It would be nice if you could check out with either the TV or telephone and room service would be a lovely addition.

Is this hotel worth it and why? You can score a pretty good price for this hotel and it's worth every penny. Regular rooms can be booked for $200 US Dollars or a bit more, depending on the time of your stay. It is for sure worth it, I would not pay over $300 US Dollars as I think you can get something more luxury for that price. I will be back to this hotel, as the location is just so appealing for me.

Overall Rating: 8/10


Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sunday nights are the lowest prices for hotel rooms, in most cases. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip and Travelzoo. Always remember to check the hotel's website itself, they are really trying to have you book direct and sometimes offer specials or a discount with AAA that is cheaper than the websites I mentioned above. I am also finding that if you book on your mobile device, you can save some money as well. I actually got a better rate via my mobile phone than using my AAA discount online direct at the hotel. You should really do some research on your price for hotel a few different ways, and ALWAYS book a room that you can cancel, you never know what may happen in the future. You also want the ability to change hotels if you should find a better option closer to your date of arrival. 

Resort fees are something I am seeing at more New York hotels, about 82 of the over 400 hotels in New York City now charge. These fees can run you between $30 to $60 per night for your stay. They list services such as newspapers, in room coffee or WiFi for these fees, and if you book with a hotel that has this fee, you are obligated to pay it. When checking your prices, be sure to look for the small print if there is an additional resort fee and make your decision whether you want that additional charge. Some of the hotels in New York City that charge the fee are: Park Central Hotel $40.16, WestHouse New York $53.93, Avalon Hotel $22.95, Royalton Park Avenue $40.00, The James New York Soho $45.90, The James New York NoMad $38.11, The Warwick $25.00, The Benjamin $38.11, The Quin $21.78, Crowne Plaza Times Square $34.43, Hotel 48Lex $60.00, The Redbury New York $32.66, The Knickerbocker $34.43, The Viceroy Central Park $29.00. These prices are as of 03/25/18

Remember to take into account for your total cost the NYC Hotel tax of 14.75% plus Daily $2.00 per room occupancy fee.

Disclosure: This stay was paid for by me. I will always state at the end of each review whether my stay was paid for by myself or if I was hosted by the hotel. I will honestly tell you about my experience at this hotel, not being swayed in any way by complimentary services. I know you trust my opinion, & it is important to me to be as honest as possible.  All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.

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