Just as a small overview before I go into a more in depth review, this was our second stay in New York, the first being back in October 2013.  This time round we stayed in the Ameritania Hotel at Times Square for 4 nights which is a small (in comparison to the other hotels around) boutique hotel. We booked the hotel through hotels.com online at a non-refundable rate making it cheaper for us.  I also managed to get a 10% discount on the rate I was given which is always a bonus.  We paid around £320 for our 4 night stay which I think is really good value as far as hotels in New York go.  Also apologies for the lack of photos of the hotel, I was clearly too excited about being in New York and forgot to take photos.

Ameritania Hotel

Check in/arrival

We were very late to check in on arrival day, I don’t think we actually made it to the hotel until around 9pm.  Arriving at the hotel we were greeted by a smile at reception.  Upon taking all the relevant information and confirmation form from us we were given a room on the 6th floor.  Check in was very quick and efficient we were told if we had any problems we could call reception from our room.  First impressions of the hotel were so far so good.  The hotel is very modern, deep red and black is the colour theme throughout the hotel.  After arriving you could tell why this hotel was called a small boutique hotel, the hotel itself isn’t large and overwhelming compared to other hotels in New York it was small and friendly.  As soon as we reached the entrance to the door we were assisted with our luggage which I was very grateful for as I had just carried my LARGE and HEAVY case up the stairs from the subway station.  After reaching our room our luggage followed around 5 minutes later, a very quick and efficient service provided by the bell boys.

Room

As mentioned above our room was on the 6th floor of the hotel.  We booked just a standard 1 Double bed room which I think is the most basic option for room types at this hotel.  Our room was facing the back of the hotel so we didn’t really have much of a view (see photo below) apart from the building opposite and what looked like a courtyard/bar on the ground floor.  This wasn’t a problem for us, even though a view from your room is nice, I wasn’t really worried as we wasn’t planning on spending much time in the room.

Ameritania Hotel

The room itself was very large and spacious with two large windows, desk or working area, large TV mounted on the wall and a bed that was enormous and so comfortable.  We also had a large walk in wardrobe with a safe on the floor large enough for all our valuables including ipads, an ironing board and iron and a hanging area for clothes.  This cupboard was also great for storing the suitcases away and keeping the room tidy.  My favourite part of the room was the huge freestanding mirror to the side of the bed.  Hotels these days are very hit and miss when it comes to mirrors with the main mirror normally being the bathroom, well this hotel caters for female guests and provides the biggest freestanding full length mirror, what more could I want from this room.  Excuse all the bags in the picture below.

Ameritania Hotel

Ameritania Hotel

The bathroom was very modern with very bright, perfect make-up lighting.  It wasn’t the largest bathroom in the world but more than enough room for its use.  What I did love about this bathroom was there was no bath.  They had scrapped the whole bath idea and just had a large walk in shower which was the most amazing shower ever.  We never had any problems with water pressure or hot water throughout our stay.  The hotel does think about all the little things though in the bathroom you were provided with toiletries along with a little pot filled with cotton buds, cotton wool and even some ear plugs just in case the noise outside does bother you.  The bathroom also has a hairdryer in the draws which is not as powerful as my GHD hairdryer at home but it was more than satisfactory for our stay.

Ameritania Hotel

Ameritania

The room also came with a fully stocked mini bar with a price list and fridge.  I can’t remember if there was anything in the fridge or not but I am sure you can ask for it to be emptied if you really wanted to use the fridge.

The maid service was very good our room was always left clean and tidy.  We had new towels delivered to the room daily and the bathroom was always immaculate.

I did encounter two problems during our stay, the first being with the pillows.  They use feather pillows which I am not really a fan of I feel like my head gets suffocated by the pillow.  After the first night of being suffocated by the pillow and ending up sleeping with no pillow, I spoke to reception and they had a new pillow delivered to our room which was not as soft as the original pillow but still soft so I ended up folding it in half.  If you are not a fan of the soft pillows I would recommend taking some sort of travel pillow with you.  The second problem we had was with our safe.  It decided to just break down on us one evening and not let us into it even though the code we were putting in was definitely right.  Anyway we called reception and within 5 minutes the maintenance guy was knocking at the door to fix it.  It turns out it just had a funny moment and needed resetting not that I was too bothered about my passport being stuck in the safe I was happy to stay in New York for longer.

Facilities

Bars

The hotel does have a small bar on the ground floor to the side of the lobby, we never visited the bar as we were out the majority of the time, however, the bar never seemed to be busy so whether people all have the same idea or whether the prices are slightly higher I can’t comment unfortunately.

Breakfast 

The hotel does provide a breakfast at a costs.  I can’t remember how much breakfast was, however, we never had breakfast at the hotel from what I had read the breakfast was quite basic and there is plenty of places to go for breakfast in New York.

Wifi 

The hotel does have wifi at a cost, which was incredibly sad to see.  I haven’t come across a hotel in many years now that doesn’t provide wifi free of charge in public areas.  I think this does bring the hotel down a star in my opinion.  Lucky for us we are both on a network that we can use our mobiles and data abroad for no extra cost so this wasn’t a problem for us and if I am honest I wouldn’t be paying to use a wifi facility when you can pop across the road to Starbucks and use their wifi free of charge.

Luggage Storage 

The hotel are happy to store your luggage for you on the day you check out or check in free of charge.  The bell boys provide you with a receipt and you just show them your receipt when collecting your luggage to leave the hotel.  This is a very good service as the majority of flights back to the UK are early to late evening, by storing your luggage at the hotel you can still make the most of your last day in the City.

Location

The Ameritania Hotel is located on 54th Street and Broadway.  The location couldn’t be any better, it is a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square in one direction (see picture below taken from just outside the hotel) and the tranquillity of Central Park in the other direction.  With regard to timing it took around 10 minutes to walk to central park and around the same to Times Square.   The hotel is also right by a subway station (7th Avenue/53rd Street) which you can use the E train to get to and from the airport (JFK).  As I mentioned earlier you have a Starbucks literally across the road where you can use the free wifi and have a morning cuppa.  You cannot go wrong with the location of this hotel.  I felt perfectly safe walking around this area.  The last time we were in New York we stayed on 8th Avenue/34th Street and I felt quite vulnerable in this location however, where the Ameritania is located I felt much more at ease walking around.

Times Square

Staff

All the staff we encountered during our stay were lovely and friendly, nothing seemed too much of a problem for them and they would always do their best to help wherever possible. The maid are again very friendly always said good morning and cleaned rooms to an excellent standard.  The bell boys also are extremely friendly and will always do what they can for you including recommending restaurants to making sure you have transport to the airport when checking out of the hotel.

Overall

Overall this hotel is a great hotel to stay at while visiting New York.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering and I will definitely be a returning customer in the future.  It is by far a little gem surrounded by lots of very large buildings.  If you are thinking about booking the Ameritania do not hesitate book the hotel and you will have a great time.  If you have any questions about the hotel or location feel free to ask away in the comments section below.

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