The Carter Hotel, located at 250 W43 Street in Manhattan, is right in the heart of the Theatre District. This makes it an excellent location and an excellent value for money. It also makes it good walking distance to many attractions.
The hotel itself is very basic, but it is clean and serves the purpose. The lobby is a long rectangle. A Tourist Help Desk is to your right as you enter and the Reception Desk is to your left after you enter the doors. At the far end and for a fee, there are computer access terminals and relatively comfortable upholstered chairs and sofas. The elevators were sometimes slow due to people arriving and leaving. You don’t spend a lot of time in the lobby or on the elevators.
We had a 4-night stay here from April 9 to 13. Our room was located on the 19th floor on the back of the building, looking out on 42nd Street from a distance. It was quiet and comfortable. The room had been freshly painted as we could still smell the paint, and the bathroom had been newly tiled and painted. The room was sparsely furnished: two twin beds, a night table between them and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV. The beds were comfortable and we slept well. There were no pictures on the walls, and, best of all, there were no bedbugs or vermin of any kind!!
The staff at the Reception Desk were very efficient and very helpful. Check-in was fast and easy, but we arrived at 9pm. They were always able to direct us to restaurants and other attractions we wanted to see.
The room you stay in will be cleaned every second day. Your bed sheets will be changed only after you’ve slept in it for two nights, and the trash bin will be cleared and towels will be changed at the same time. You may, however, request clean towels from Reception. Soap, shampoo, individually-wrapped plastic cups and toilet tissue are in good supply, and should you run short (which I seriously doubt) your can get fresh supplies from Reception. Our room had a full bath, so you could take a bath or a shower. I found the shower to be decent.
When you exit the hotel and turn right, you can access the 42nd Street subway station (to N, Q, and R trains) by crossing 8th Avenue. If you turn left, you gain entrance to the subway by turning right onto 9th Avenue and then crossing 42nd Street (to Trains 1, 2, 3, 7, N Q, R, and S; S is the shuttle direct to Grand Central Station.). Both entrances take you into the same subway station.
Turning either way brings to 42nd Street, and that means you have access to many theatres, good restaurants, shops and the New York City Tourist Office. It also brings you to Times Square and the TKTS booths where you can get discounted tickets for same-day/night shows.
Following 7th (Broadway) or 8th or 9th Avenues, you can easily get to Macy’s and Herald Square at 34th Street on foot. If you go along 33rd Street you can get to the Empire State Building. These sites are 10 and 9 blocks south of the hotel respectively. Going along those same avenues in the opposite direction (north from the hotel) you can get to Rockefeller Centre at 50th Street. Each block is 1/6 of a mile, so it’s easy to figure out distances. Many other attractions can be accessed by subway, bus or even on foot.
The price is right and the location is great. We’ll definitely consider staying here again on another visit to New York City.
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