I really liked Bobby, In fact, everyone we met at the Edison was helpful, friendly and accommodating which made for a most pleasant stay.
We didn't actually choose to stay in the Edison; we booked our holiday through Expedia and it was a flight + hotel package deal which meant the lodgings were selected for us. When we found out the name of the hotel we did what I'm sure you all do - we headed straight to Trip Advisor. And then we found what I'm sure you all do - a very varied and mixed bunch of reviews. While I'm a huge fan of Trip Advisor and turn to it whenever I have travel plans I also feel it's akin to googling symptoms when you're feeling ill - only the bad and downright terrifying stands out! I don't know how many times I've googled symptoms for a headache and managed to convince myself I have a cancerous tumour eating away at my already puny brain! In any case, the Edison had its fair share of less than glowing reports, most concerning the rooms which clients complained were dated, shabby and cramped.
Upon arriving at the hotel we braced ourselves, ready for a room matching the above description (sometimes it's best to expect the worst in order to avoid disappointment). We were relieved to find that Room 328 looked this like:
Dated? It wasn't the most modern room I have ever stayed in but I certainly wouldn't say it was overly dated. Shabby? Not in the least. Cramped? Easily enough room for two people and lots of luggage with a bit of room to spare. Plus there was more than adequate storage including a cupboard, desk, two bedside tables with drawers and a large chest of drawers upon which stood the flatscreen t.v.
I feel the need to point out that the poor lighting of the pictures reflects my camera skills rather than the lighting of the room! There were two large windows which let in plenty of natural sunlight when the blinds and curtains were fully opened.
What was outdated, a bit shabby and slightly cramped, however, was the bathroom:
But you know what? The shower was piping hot and powerful and for me that takes priority over the surrounding decor.
In short, Craigy Boy and I were more than happy with what we found and felt we got what we paid for. If you're looking for high-end luxury then granted, you will have to go elsewhere or upgrade. And let's face it - when you're on holiday in the Big Apple just how much time are you going to be spending in your room? All we were looking for was a clean room with a comfortable bed and that is exactly what we got.
The price of our room didn't include breakfast but adjoined to the hotel, and a short walk through the lobby, is Cafe Edison. Here is it from the outside:
And the inside:
We ate here the first morning and enjoyed it so much that it became our exclusive breakfast joint! I loved the echoey acoustics of this former ballroom which amplified the chatter and the clanking of plates and cutlery! The menu itself is extensive: pancakes of every kind, a plethora of waffles and toppings, eggs, bacon, fruit, cereals... you name it, you got it! And we did get it. Every morning we got it and hit the streets of New York with happy, full bellies and in a carb-induced haze:
Fortunately the Edison does boast a fitness centre which means any unwanted calories you fail to eliminate whilst pounding the pavements can be routinely shed on the treadmills:
and cross trainers:
Craigy Boy and I had the very best of intentions. Honest we did...
My favourite spot in the hotel was the lobby itself. Each night after returning from another day of sightseeing we would sink into one of the sofas, exhausted yet content, and watch the world go by:
And what made the lobby an even happier place to be is that is was manned with precision and the utmost congeniality by my two buddies, Kevin and Charlie:
If I had to pick one bugbear then it would be internet access - you have to pay for it and it's not cheap. And it proves even more expensive if you have multiple devices to connect. A slight irritation, perhaps, but not something that would prevent me from recommending the Hotel Edison for a comfortable stay during your time in NYC. In terms of location, you could not be more central. In terms of comfort, you will be adequately taken care of and you can always upgrade to a room in their Signature Collection should your budget allow. In terms of staff friendliness and helpfulness we couldn't have asked for anything more.
Hotel Edison, thank you for a wonderful stay. Tell Kev and Charlie we will be back!
Ginger Warrior (and Craigy Boy), over and out.