Hotel Review: Hotel Belleclaire, NYC

Dec 03 2013 by
Categories : Culture

hotel belleclaire lobbyThe cozy lobby at the Hotel Belleclaire. All images courtesy of Hotel Belleclaire.

If there’s one part of
New York City that you can really feel like a local in, it’s the Upper West Side. It’s where people live and work, and other than the close proximity of Central Park, you need to travel quite far to find yourself in a tourist trap. That’s why I fancied the
Hotel Belleclaire so much. Tucked away on 77th Street, you’re right around the corner from local cafés, Mexican joints, the Beacon Theatre, the Lincoln Center and markets. And not far off from the subway line to take a trip to SoHo, the Lower East Side or Midtown. Some more reasons to love the Hotel Belleclaire:
1. Its quaint rooms come with character like bay windows, hardwood floors and massive doors that make you feel more like you’re living apartment-style in New York rather than at a hotel.
2. The rooms all come with free WiFi. Something this tech-loving girl loves more than even comfy sheets (although Instagraming is so much better tucked into a thick duet and crisp sheets), but sadly many hotels are still not offering these days. And for the record, the Frette sheets and bed are both ridiculously comfy.

hotel belleclaire roomA room with a view.

3. It’s small enough to feel like you’re the only one staying at the hotel, but big enough that it doesn’t feel awkward and bed-and-breakfast like. It’s home to 230 rooms and suites, but thanks to winding hallways and tucked away corners, you’ll only feel like you’re in a busy spot when you’re in the lobby.
4. It’s a NYC mainstay — designed by Emery Roth in 1903 it has played host to many famous names including Maxim Gorky, Mark Twain and Babe Ruth.
5. Did I mention it is super close to an amazing Mexican place (
Café Frieda on Columbus Ave)? Oh, right. I did. But it really was one of the best spots for chilly margaritas and guacamole.
Hotel Belleclaire, 250 West 77th Street, NY, NY.
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