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Manhattan: Le Marquis

12 East 31st Street, Phone: 1-866-Marquis

Reviewed by: Leslie from GA, review #608

When: June 2004

Very nice {3 star} boutique hotel located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan.

Le Marquis hotel is a very comfortable three star hotel located on 31st Street between Madison and Fifth. The location is very convenient to the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Flatiron and Garment districts.

I stayed with a friend in a junior suite for an incredible rate of $129 per night. Normally, these suites are priced between $425-$495 per night depending on the season. I do have to admit that we received this great rate because we had a business connection. Superior and Deluxe rooms are priced between $249-$319.00 and are considerably smaller.

Our junior suite had a very comfortable king-size bed in a separate alcove with one of two air conditioning units. This alcove also had a good-sized closet and a dresser. The suite was divided by a very nice frosted glass partition that looked like a Japanese screen. This part of the suite contained a fairly roomy sitting area with a cherry wood entertainment center which included another small closet and drawers. There was a double sofa bed, two armchairs and a desk with another chair. The sofabed was also very comfortable to sleep on.

The bathroom was tiled in a very nice blue and white pattern with a large glass shower/bathtub. My only complaint was lack of shelves or a cupboard to store toiletries. The flimsy glass shelf was not large enough for two womens' accumulated stuff!

The hotel staff was extremly helpful when trying to summon taxicabs, and holding our luggage on the day of check-out so that we could spend a few more hours shopping.

Le Marquis has a fitness center & sauna but we didn't have time to use them. They also offered some sort of breakfast each morning for about $15.00. It was more economical to eat at the variety of places surrounding the hotel. The bar 12:31 was a nice place to relax for a drink at the end of a day. A word of warning - there is a great wine list but they make a terrible martini! Also there is a 24 hour coffee bar in the lounge where breakfast is served. A NY TIMES newspaper is delivered every morning to your door.

I will definitely stay here again in the future and recommend to anyone who is looking for a hotel with a more personalized touch.

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