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Wiseguy
November 25th, 2006, 01:48 PM
I read some of the reviews of Hotel Carter on trip advisor and some of them sound horrible. I took a look on their website and the rooms didn't look too bad. Then again when they took the photos of their rooms they could of did them up and chose their best ones. My question is, is it really as bad as advertised?

ablarc
November 25th, 2006, 02:08 PM
Dump.

Punzie
November 25th, 2006, 03:05 PM
When I was younger, I did lots of camping, youth hosteling, and cross-country motorlodging... and the Hotel Carter is better.

The point I'm making: it's all what your comfort level is. If you happen to be an outdoors-type and enjoy camping and hosteling, the Hotel Carter will be OK.

You are aware, though, that in NYC's outter boroughs have some nice hotels/motels for less money than Hotel Carter, with good Manhattan access?

Schadenfrau
November 25th, 2006, 04:23 PM
Did you stay there, Ablarc?

Wiseguy
November 25th, 2006, 05:09 PM
When I was younger, I did lots of camping, youth hosteling, and cross-country motorlodging... and the Hotel Carter is better.

The point I'm making: it's all what your comfort level is. If you happen to be an outdoors-type and enjoy camping and hosteling, the Hotel Carter will be OK.

You are aware, though, that in NYC's outter boroughs have some nice hotels/motels for less money than Hotel Carter, with good Manhattan access?

Where are these located? What makes the access to Manhattan good? I know it's cheaper up in the Upper west sides and east sides of Manhattan are there any good budget hotels there? I was looking to spend about $150 to $250 a night for a room. I know it's Christmas season and the rates are going to be higher than usual.

ablarc
November 25th, 2006, 09:01 PM
Did you stay there, Ablarc?
Go in the lobby. See if you'd stay there.

ablarc
November 25th, 2006, 09:04 PM
I was looking to spend about $150 to $250 a night for a room. I know it's Christmas season and the rates are going to be higher than usual.
Try the Cosmopolitan or the Beacon. Both are in Manhattan in interesting areas and are convenient to the subway that takes you everywhere. Cosmo is lower priced than Beacon.

More here: http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7997&page=2

Schadenfrau
November 25th, 2006, 09:51 PM
Ablarc, I've no interest in NYC hotels, as I've got an apartment. Still, if you're going to advise people on hotel choices, you should have some knowledge of the establishment.

Personally, I have no knowledge of Hotel Carter, but I hate to see people base their opinions on the wildly inaccurate reports on TripAdvisor. That site is fine for people who've little interest in the city outside of a whirlwind tour of Times Square and "Ground Zero," but the advice on WiredNY is far more advanced and realistic. Or, at least it should be.

lofter1
November 25th, 2006, 10:07 PM
Hotel Carter is infamous (make sure you read the comments at curbed) ...

The Hotel Carter: Ye Olde Times Square Grime

curbed (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005/11/21/the_hotel_carter_ye_olde_times_square_grime.php)
Monday, November 21, 2005, by Jeremy

http://www.curbed.com/2005_11_carter.jpg

The Sunday Times' Metro section featured a 700-room Times Square lodging house that's a "little-known source of grimy hospitality." Welcome to the Hotel Carter, where you'll get dead bugs, bare bulbs, moldy patches, and bad plumbing, all for the not-low-enough price of $232 (two nights, one lonely soul, after taxes). How ever did those intrepid journos find it? Oh, yeah, it's directly across from the Times' own soon-to-be-ex-headquarters on 43rd St.

Due laughs are directed at the front-door-marquee slogan that we too have often puzzled at: "You Wanted in Time Square & Less." If that isn't perplexing enough, try the hotel's own website (http://www.carterhotel.com/), where you'll find: "The Pleasure of Budgeting New York City," which we thought was a private activity reserved for Mayor Bloomberg's staff.

What Do You Expect for $99.23 a Night? (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/20/nyregion/20carter.html) [NYT]

[Ineffable "candid traveler photo" via TripAdvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60763-d93421-Reviews-Hotel_Carter-New_York_City_New_York.html).]

RELATED: HotelChatter (http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2005/10/28/11122/329) recalls that there was a 12th floor fire here in October. How's that for a wake-up call?

Schadenfrau
November 25th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Now, that's more like it.

ablarc
November 25th, 2006, 10:53 PM
Thanks, lofter.

I wonder if that reporter actually spent the night there? ;)

lofter1
November 25th, 2006, 11:56 PM
I spent a few nights at a similar class hotel in D.C. when I was there on business (lousy per diem) about a year ago ... I've actually erased the name of it from my brain ;) , but it was just plain scrungy.

It served the purpose of being close to where I needed to be -- and offered a quick escape when work was done and it was time to get back to NYC.

If I had stayed there on holiday it would not have cut it.

On the other hand, if you stay at the Hampton Inn you probably won't have any memorable hotel stories to tell ...

Punzie
November 26th, 2006, 06:49 AM
http://www.curbed.com/2005_11_carter.jpg

Ya, the average youth hostile looks worse. This is a cinch:

(1) You and your buddies strip the room of all the bedding, curtains, and anything else that's removable. Stash them where nobody ever goes in the hotel, like the quality control office.

(2) Inundate the room with super-strength roach spray and Lysol disinfectant spray. Go out and enjoy Times Square for an hour.

(3) Come back with your old work gloves, a dozen garbage bags, rags, and Lysol cleaner, and get to work. Take turns singing verses of "The Man from Nantucket" to pass the time away.

(4) Party on the whole night through! (You didn't actually plan to sleep, did you?)

You needn't clean up after your festivities. You just bring back the bedding and whatnot, and check out.

Since few parties would have bothered with steps 1-3, you are still leaving the place better than when you found it -- you are still model scouts!



"Been there, done that"

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/Adages/beentheredonethat.jpg

Wiseguy
November 26th, 2006, 03:25 PM
I was also offered a deal for the Manhattan Club on 56th for $395 for a two night stay. To me it sounds almost too good to be true. I'm guessing it's a time share. The place looks completely better than Carter does, I did some more researching on Carter and it's absolutely horrendous. Anyone have any experience with the Manhattan Club?

gradvmedusa
November 27th, 2006, 01:45 AM
I have heard the Manhattan club is nice but the rooms are tiny. Check out the Comfort Inn in Long Island City, it's a 5 minute subway ride to the east side.

Punzie
November 28th, 2006, 02:18 AM
. . . Check out the Comfort Inn in Long Island City, it's a 5 minute subway ride to the east side.
I second this suggestion.:)

My definition of "easy access to Manhattan": you can get from your front door to Manhattan in less than 30 minutes, via public transportation.

Consider quality hotels right outside the Manhattan borough.