Let's call The Marcel New York, the tight, noisy hotel with a small lobby. What was supposed to be an executive room, is half the size of my room. I really don't want to imagine what the normal rooms look like. I'm spending three nights at The Marcel New York.
Welcome to The Marcel...
- Dark and badly decorated your experience starts at the lobby handled by untrained staff for a four stars.
- The corridors are too tight, too tight for your luggage to pass through.
- The rooms are so small. You find it hard to find a place to put your bag.
The beautiful and colorful room you see on social media is in fact a very small square with an old ripped carpet, the oldest and noisiest of air conditioning units you can't sleep with, a wooden box transformed into a drawer... they even found a way to put a working desk in here.
The bathroom is like any other and has required amenities. The water pressure in the shower and it's not pleasant to use at all.
There's a small fridge in the middle of the room with some wine bottles on top, a new air conditioning unit that's not working yet and a small window with a view on the street below.
The noise is too much...It's so noisy that the hotel management puts ear plugs in the room! Come on! That's a premiere for me!
During the night you feel like you are sleeping on the sidewalk of the city, and this is not to mention the air conditioning that is so frustrating and the tiny space. You sleep with the neighbor, you hear him talk, he wakes you up at 6am, you hear him shower, you hear him walking on floor cracks.
Sleep quality: You will wake up with a guaranteed backache in the morning.
Continental breakfast they say... croissant and coffee for $12! And there is no staff to handle the operations. A terrace and a lounge, people come in, eat and sign in the paper left aside.
The good: There's a terrace up on the 10th floor with beautiful views on the streets, a panoramic view of New York.
The bad: You still have to pay for Internet in 2017! Come on!