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Room Report: Best Western Premier Herald Square Hotel New York City

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Arrival: In an excellent location for tourists (just steps from the Empire State Building), the Best Western Premier Harald Square offers an amazing value with modern and attractive accommodations. Automatic doors whisk guests past a small courtyard area into the small reception where friendly staffers offer free newspapers and handle registration. A small sitting area is available as is a full range of guide books and brochures. Complimentary coffee, tea, and scented water are also available by the elevators.

Dining: The hotel's complimentary breakfast goes beyond the standard cereal and fruit to offer various types of egg dishes including small omelets and hard-boiled eggs, numerous kinds of cereal and whole fruit, and piping hot coffee. No other meals are served at the hotel, but the snazzy bar at the back of the lobby is surprisingly popular and attracts many guests. Perhaps the sign with happy hour specials in the lobby helps or is it the free drink coupons that many guests receive upon checkin? No matter what, it works, and it is a cool place to pass a few hours, especially if sitting on the outdoor garden patio behind the bar.

Room: This highrise tower only has a few rooms per floor, but the higher you get, the better the views are. Two rooms per floor have expansive skyline views while those in the back are slightly obscured, but still interesting. All come with large king or queen beds with duvets, mostly positioned toward the window for the best views. Small writing desks sit in the corner where guests can access the complimentary wireless high speed Internet signal, which is surprisingly fast. Large, flat-screen cable TVs are atop dressers that contain storage space while an armchair and ottoman in many rooms provides space for further relaxation. A popular feature of many Best Western hotels is the hygienically wrapped remote control that is sanitized after each guest's stay. Full-length mirrors are a great perk as are large closets, alarm clocks, and coffeemakers. Bathrooms feature branded toiletries, plenty of towels, and glass shower stalls with excellent water pressure. These rooms, as they are part of Best Western's top-end Premier brand, are as nice as any midtown hotel, but at half the price.

Amenities: For those who need a workout, a full fitness center is available. The hotel caters mostly to tourists, given its location, and lacks large meeting facilities. However, corporate business travelers will find its offering more than adequate. A business center offers Internet-equipped computers with printing stations. The entire hotel is smoke-free. This is an outstanding and stylish bargain option for those looking to be in the heart of New York without forking too much over for the privilege.