We arrived at Margot's after a long day travelling from the UK. A yellow cab will transfer you from JFK for a flat rate of $45; do NOT get taken in by the guys who collar you straight away offering rates of $65! We rang the basement apartment bell as directed in our email booking confirmation and were greeted by the rather dapper Todd.
Todd was the perfect gentleman (carrying my wife's bags up to the room for her) and settled about welcoming us to NYC, dispelling the myths about the city and giving us the run-down on the local neighbourhood. He told us how safe the area and the city was and I must admit, I thought it was a bit of patter initially but after spending 4 days wondering around New York City I can confirm it is one of the safest and friendliest cities I have ever visited in my life!
Margot's provides each guest with a folder which contains details of subways, eateries and any other local amenity you might need. Of these recommendations Todd earmarked his personal favourites and I must say he was right (visit the Mexican restaurant "El Paso" and "Joy Burger"; both on the left heading downtown on Lexington), all the comments in previous reviews about his friendly nature and helpful advice are absolutely true.
Margot's itself is clean and beautifully decorated and the facilities are excellent (fridge, microwave, coffee maker and personal heating thermostat in our room and I assume in each). Our bed was firm and comfortable and the fact that the building-front is left traditional brownstone makes it feel as though you have your own New York apartment for a few nights.
Margot's location is fantastic: 3 blocks from Central Park (we walked the full length South into Manhattan one day we were there), only 15 minutes or so on the subway to get into the city centre and in a neighbourhood thriving with restaurants and bars.
In conclusion: I cannot fault Margot Guest House and would recommend it to anyone visiting NYC for the first or fiftieth time. If we venture that way again (which I hope we will!) I would definitely stay again.
- Also Known As:
- Margot Guest House Hotel New York City