Monday, December 16, 2019

Evelyn Hotel Review July 2019

Classification : Four Star
Room Category : Premier Room
Month of Stay :  July 2019
Resort Fee: $28.68 per night

Trip Advisor Ranking 16 of 508 (as of 12/14/19)
Trivago Rating  7.6 out of 10 (as of 12/14/19)

What kind of history goes with this hotel? Built in the Beaux Arts style, the historic hotel opened in 1905 as Hotel Broztell. In 1992 it was the Gershwin Hotel. Following a multi-million-dollar renovation and a name change as a tribute to Evelyn Nesbit, the original it girl, The Evelyn Hotel was reintroduced in 2014.

When you arrived, how was the lobby and customer service? The lobby is very well done in an Art Deco (one of my faves) designs keeping with the Evelyn Nesbitt theme. It is a relaxing spot to await for your room to be ready, or just chill at the end of the day after exploring the city. The staff was eager to get my room ready as quickly as possible, even though I arrived around 10:30am.

How fantastic or not so fantastic was the room? This was my second time staying at the hotel, prior stay was in one of their suites, this was a Deluxe Room with King bed. It is for sure much smaller than the suite at but it was fine for one person. Two people it may be a bit tight. 

The cleanliness of the hotel and room itself ? The room was clean, no issues whatsoever as well as the overall hotel itself.

The All-Important bathroom subject? This bathroom much smaller than in the suite but nicely appointed. Fine for one person but would be tight with two people in the room. The heated floors are a nice treat.

What kind of shower treats awaited you? Coffee maker in the room? The shower treats were okay, this is soon to be going away in hotels which is sad as I always love to bring them home. No coffee maker in the room, unfortunately.

Were you able to have sweet dreams with the comfy bed? Yes, the bed is very comfy for a good nights sleep as has an Alberta mattress. 

I LOVED having an empty fridge to put any personal items in such as water or pastries from Maison Kayser! I wish all hotels would do this without you having to ask for it. 

Did room service blow your mind or was just okay? There is no room service but they do have a lovely cafe in the lobby which you can take back to your room. This may have been upgraded as they do have 3 restaurants in the hotel but for me it isn't a game changer. 

Everyone wants to know, is Wi-Fi included? Yes, it is (yay) 
                    Is Fido allowed come with you? No pets are allowed at this hotel

I really love the lobby decor! 

Location is key, how does this hotel measure? I LOVE this location, right near Madison Square Park. You can pretty much walk everywhere and there are so many sights to see as well as restaurants, shops.

What was the best part of staying here?  I would say 2 things - the price and location. This will always be one of the hotels I check when staying in the city.

Would you change anything? I probably would add a coffee maker to the room and 24 hour room service. A gym would be nice addition as well.

Is this hotel worth it and why? Yes, because of the location. The decor is lovely with all the history that goes with it and rooms are clean and fun. It is hard to beat their prices in this location.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Conclusion: As I stated prior, this will always be a hotel I check out when going to stay in the city. If you have 2 people staying, I would do the suite as you will have much more room. The location is awesome to walk around Flatrion district, Union Square and even the Village. It is for sure a treat staying here and I cannot wait to do it again! 

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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