Stewart Hotel New York City Review – Two Double Bed Room

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The Stewart Hotel New York City exterior and front entrance

A recent business trip presented a chance to try a new hotel: the Stewart Hotel New York City!

Stewart Hotel New York City Location

There are big pluses to the Stewart Hotel’s location. But beware of a potentially large minus.

The Stewart Hotel is situated at 31st Street and 7th Avenue. Getting to and from the hotel is fairly simple. It’s kitty-corner from Penn Station (so catching a train is very easy) and Madison Square Garden.

Greenwich Village, Times Square, and the theatre district are within walking distance, as is the amazing High Line walking trail. The historic Macy’s (y’know — the Miracle on 34th Street one) is only three blocks away. I walked to Greenwich Village in about 25 minutes one afternoon.

Like most places in New York, there’s a pizzeria (Bravo Pizza), bagel shop (Bagel Maven), Duane Reade drugstore, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and several good bars within a block or two.

Here’s the big drawback: New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Engine 1 & Ladder 24 station are on the same block as the Stewart. The brave men and women of that FDNY firehouse are very busy — day and night. I awoke several times each night when the engine and ladder departed the fire station, en route to an emergency. I get that New York is the “City That Never Sleeps.” But this took it a little too far. 😉

As an added kicker, the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Traffic Control Division is a block south of the Stewart. The good news: police everywhere (assuming you’re a law-abiding citizen). The bad news: you’ll hear every police siren and horn known to humankind.

Checking In to the Stewart…

My client in charge of this trip reserved me a room with a king size bed. I checked in around 11:30 p.m. and was informed king beds were out of stock — only queens were available. Totally fine and understandable.

But then the receptionist said that I’d be happier in a room with two double beds “because (I’m) a tall person.”

Um — what?

She said the rooms with two doubles are larger, have more desk space, and a kitchenette.

Because I planned on being out of my room during much of my stay, room size wasn’t high on my list of concerns. Ditto with the desk space. Because I was in New York City — home to some of the world’s best food — I didn’t feel the need to cook.

Nevertheless, she knew the hotel much better than I, so I took her advice.

Stewart Hotel New York City – Two Double Bed Room

The Stewart Hotel shares a trait with many New York City buildings: it’s old. That being said, the Stewart does a fine job with its available space.

And speaking of space: this is the largest Manhattan hotel room I’ve ever stayed in. By far. That includes previous stays at a Holiday Inn in SoHo, a W in midtown and the disastrous Sheraton Times Square (which Bonvoyed itself long before the term became fashionable).

A coworker scored a room with a queen-size bed — and said the room barely fit the bed, much less any furniture.

Fortunately, I didn’t have that problem. My room (and rest of the hotel) weren’t exactly state-of-the-art — but not obnoxiously outdated.

Two double beds in a room at the Stewart Hotel New York City in Manhattan, NY.

The beds were fairly comfortable (yes, I slept in both — for travel blogging’s sake!) but nothing exceptional. I’m tall-ish (a little over 6’1″) and my feet easily reached the end of the bed. That wasn’t a highlight.

The sitting area was nice and spacious.

Sitting area in a room at Two double beds in a room at the Stewart Hotel New York City in Manhattan, NY.

The work desk offered two electrical outlets and a lamp.

Desk and adjacent area in a room at at the Stewart Hotel New York City in Manhattan, NY.

Speaking of power: there were a decent number of electrical outlets throughout the room but no built-in USB ports anymore. Make sure to bring your device charger(s) and/or a travel surge suppressor.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have much of a view.

View out a window from a room at the Stewart Hotel New York City in Manhattan, NY.

The kitchenette features a two-burner stove, microwave oven, sink, and mini-fridge.

Kitchenette in a room at the Stewart Hotel New York City in midtown Manhattan, NY.

The closet had enough room to hang up about four days’ worth of clothes. It also featured a safe, which doubled as my suitcase holder.

A view of the closet in a room at the Stewart Hotel New York City in midtown Manhattan, NY.

The bathroom is very tight…

A view of the bathroom and shower area in a room at the Stewart Hotel New York City in midtown Manhattan, NY.

Sink and toiletries are seen in the bathroom of a room at the Stewart Hotel New York City in midtown Manhattan, NY.

Kudos Spa and Eco.Fresh are the Stewart’s in-room toiletries of choice.

Kudos Spa and Eco.Fresh toiletries are seen in the bathroom of a room at the Stewart Hotel New York City in midtown Manhattan, NY.

Here’s what skeeved me out about the bathroom. There were little black spots littering the wallpaper and walls. Dirt? Wear and tear? Black mold?

Black spots the author hopes aren't mold are seen in the bathroom of a room at the Stewart Hotel New York City in midtown Manhattan, NY.

The room was good for what it was: a place to sleep, get cleaned up, and get a little work done. It wasn’t luxurious by any means — but served my purposes just fine.

Stewart Hotel New York City – Service

Here’s where The Stewart Hotel knocked it out of the park: their employees were fantastic.

The housekeeping staff was exceptionally welcoming, prompt, and did an excellent job cleaning the room. In fact, one housekeeper spotted some maintenance glitch in my room (which was obvious to her — but I had no clue something was wrong), apologized profusely when she saw me, and said it would be repaired ASAP.

The front desk crew were helpful with directions as well as restaurant and bar recommendations. Check in and checkout were quick and easy — the staff was respectful of everyone’s time.

The security staff checking room keys were professional and polite. They may be friendly and look relaxed — but you darn well better have a room key to board an elevator.

Stewart Hotel New York City – Wrap-Up

People who love new, fancy, posh hotels won’t like the Stewart. But if the rate is good, I’d recommend it to the casual, leisure traveler. Again, the location is fantastic and service is wonderful.

Next time I’m in New York (and book my own travel) I’ll likely stay at an IHG, Marriott, or Hyatt property because of my loyalty program statuses and ability to pay with points and free night certificates. That being said, I’d stay here again. – Chris

11 comments

  1. You reserved a king bed and they had to give you a room with smaller beds. How did they compensate you for the downgrade? I usually get free breakfast in this situation.

  2. There is no 31st Avenue and 7th Street in Manhattan. You mean 31st St and 7th Ave.

  3. Frankly, having lived in NYC, and still visiting frequently, I find the siren and traffic noise to be endless and inescapable. Yeah, it might be a little worse near a fire station or hospital but, to me anyhow, no matter where you are in Manhattan, you will hear emergency vehicles frequently.

  4. There are a lot of nyc hotels that are older that have window ac units. Just a function of older buildings not being gut renovated.

    Also echo the 31st STREET 7th Avenue edit. Only 12 avenues.

    Personally not my favorite area, like to call it the “dirty thirties” between penn and Times Square.

    Anywhere in midtown will have constant noise. Especially now that the summer approaches. Lots more people out until 4 am.

  5. @Bill G, when I lived in New York I felt the same way as you about the noise. However I love visiting and staying in New York as well as eating in all those lovely kosher restaurants. Just enjoying NYC while knowing I don’t have to be there permanently is a great feeling for me!

    My favorite Sheraton Hotel in New York is the one on 7th Avenue (named after Time Square but really not that close).

  6. Stayed at Stewart 5 times for workshops. It has cheap conf room rates, that’s the only reason to book there. It’s worse than a Hampton or Fairfield. Love NY but glad I don’t live there, I always thought the siren was the city’s national anthem.

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