by Whitney Rife
Candlewood Suites is located in the West Side, putting guests in the Garment District near Penn Station and Times Square. The hotel is built for extended stays, though short-stay guests are also welcome. More than 180 guest rooms feature plush bedding, full kitchens, DVD players, movie rentals and high-speed Internet access. Suites are smartly decorated with neutral colors and wood furniture. Candlewood Cupboard is in the main lobby, offering food and sundries. Free laundry facilities are also at the hotel. Outside the hotel, families can walk to more than 40 theaters in the area.
Our Editor Loves
- Suites with kitchens
- Near Penn Station
- DVD players & movie rentals
We stayed 8 nights - note room is cleaned only after the 7th night, but change of towels optional, additional amenities etc. The kitchen enables basic cooking and we used it often for oatmeal, pasta and toast. The location is convenient, near Port Authority and Times Square, and many other hotels nearby. Breakfast if included is by Butler, an outsourced service, offering breakfast including a drink (we always took OJ) and either a sandwich with an omelet or pancakes. After 5 days we kind of got tired of this menu....
We arrived around 3:00. Got checked in efficiently. Paid for valet parking. $65 + tax daily (tax = 11.94 - found out when leaving). Why don't they just say $77? All the staff were nice but indifferent. Room 1604. No surprise - the room was pretty standard - queen bed, chair to sit in, TV, dresser. View of the street below. The kitchenette was good to have. We used the fridge and microwave - both were fine.
There was no bed spread, just a decorative bed throw, and none in the closet either. The shower rod was not secured to the wall properly and so the curtain would sag into the middle of the rod. Bathroom was more cramped than usual US-style property. Definitely 1 person at a time. The AC was a bit noisy.
Good value? Not in my opinion. $578 for Friday and Saturday night booked 5 weeks in advance. Probably needed to book earlier. Oh well.