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Rest Your Feet at an Affordable Hotel Near the NYC Marathon Finish Line

Whether you’re running the full 26.2 miles or just attending the race to cheer on friends and family, it’s important to find a hotel near the NYC Marathon finish line. With our affordable rates and convenient location on the Upper West Side, Hotel Belleclaire is the perfect place to stay for ING New York City Marathon participants and observers alike.

The ING New York City Marathon – to be held on Sunday, November 4 – finishes on the west side of Central Park at approximately 70th Street. Hotel Belleclaire is located just a few blocks northwest of the finish line at 77th and Broadway. While the rest of the field competes for cabs and fights for space on the subway, you can loosen up your legs with a brief walk back to the hotel before relaxing in one of our Guest Rooms, Broadway Kings, Parlor Suites or Family Suites.

The NYC Marathon is the world’s largest by  the total number of race applicants, offering more than $600,000 of prize money and attracting some of the world’s fastest marathoners, along with weekend warriors and beginning runners from around the world. As one of the World Marathon Majors – along with Boston, London, Berlin and Chicago – the New York event is one of the world’s premier annual athletic events, drawing a national broadcast on ESPN and media attention from leading papers and publications. The course starts in Staten Island before crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. After traversing Brooklyn from south to north, the race passes through the southwest corner of Queens before flying uptown along the east side of Manhattan. The trail makes a short detour to the Bronx before returning to Manhattan for the home stretch.

Once you return to your accommodations at Hotel Belleclaire, you can unwind in your guest room with convenient amenities like free high-speed Wi-Fi access, an iPod docking station, a flat-screen HD TV and Gilchrist and Soames bath products. Finish your marathon weekend in style and comfort by enjoying a replenishing dinner on the lively Upper West Side and complimentary Gillie’s Coffee and Bromley Tea at the hotel on Monday morning.

Make NYC Marathon hotel reservations at Hotel Belleclaire today by booking online!

ING New York City Marathon

November 4, 2012 at 8:30am

Start: Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island

Finish: Central Park, Manhattan

Phone: (212) 423-2249


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Experience the Best of Broadway with Hotel Belleclaire

This fall, see some of the hottest Broadways shows when you stay at Hotel Belleclaire, conveniently located on the Upper West Side within easy access of area theatres. Located near Beacon Theatre, Lincoln Center and many more gems, our UWS hotel is a landmark hotel offering upscale rooms, and a variety of luxury services and amenities to enjoy before and after the show. We are pleased to feature complimentary wireless Internet, flat screen HDTVs, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities and complimentary coffee and teas daily.

Also keep in mind that if you are planning on attending a family-friendly show, Hotel Belleclaire offers a collection of family suites featuring two bedrooms, microwaves and inspiring views of 77th Street.


Upcoming Broadway Shows:

October 3 – March 31
Palace Theatre

This musical tells the story of Orphan Annie, a redheaded girl who is forever optimistic. See how her life changes when she is selected to spend time in the house of wealthy businessman Oliver Warbucks.


The Heiress
October 6 – February 10
Walter Kerr Theatre

A young and naive woman falls head over heels for a handsome young man that her problematic father suspects is a fortune hunter.


Glengarry Glen Ross
October 16 – December 30
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Go inside an intense Chicago real estate office where the stakes are high. First prize is a new Cadillac, second prize is a set of steak knives and third prize is dismissal!


The Mystery of Edwin Drood
October 19 – February 10
Studio 54

Go back in time to a Victorian music hall where a boisterous ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a murder suspect for young Edwin Drood and the audience chooses the killer.


A Christmas Story
November 5 – December 30
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Travel to 1940’s Indiana, where a boy named Ralphie has just one wish for Christmas – owning a Red Ryder BB Gun.


The Anarchist
November 13 – February 17
John Golden Theatre

The Anarchist is set in a women’s prison and tells the story of Cathy, an inmate with a radical past who asks Ann, the prison’s female warden, for parole.


To make a reservation for any of these Broadway shows or learn more about others, please contact our concierge at or phone at 212-362-7700.



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Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple: An Insider’s Guide to NYC Walking Tours

Among New York City’s many charms the fact that you can explore the city easily by foot, visiting world-renowned attractions, acclaimed museums and standout dining destinations. Strolling the streets that surround Hotel Belleclaire is a great way to unearth overlooked neighborhood favorites, and taking your travels further afield allows you to discover under-the-radar areas. Hotel Belleclaire is located in the heart of the Upper West Side, one of the city’s most walkable areas. Central Park, Riverside Park, Midtown and Columbia University all provide ample scenery and activities to keep you entertained for a morning, afternoon, or an entire day.

NYC Walking Tours:

Central Park Reservoir Loop

From Hotel Belleclaire, walk east on 77th Street. When you reach Columbus Avenue, look to the left to see the American Museum of National History, one of the world’s most famous museums. When you reach Central Park West, turn around and take in the rows of stately apartment buildings across from the park. These buildings – most erected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – are part of the Central Park West Historic District, and display some of the city’s finest Neo-Renaissance architecture. Enter the park and take one of the winding paths north to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. The 1.5-mile loop around the Reservoir is one of the most picturesque paths in New York City, providing stellar views of the city’s skyscrapers over the placid water.

Hudson River Greenway

If you’re seeking a break from the claustrophobia of the concrete jungle, walk west on 77th Street to Riverside Park. Just two blocks from Hotel Belleclaire, this verdant strip of greenery and trees borders the Hudson River and provides a great place to find a cool breeze. Walk across the park to the riverfront and head north along the Hudson River Greenway. This popular biking, jogging and walking trail provides peerless views of New Jersey, and extends north to Riverbank State Park, which extends into the Hudson and provides a variety of athletic and arts experiences. 

Broadway Lights

The city’s most famous thoroughfare, Broadway bisects the island of Manhattan, making its way through many of NYC’s notable neighborhoods on its way from Inwood Hill to Battery Park. Hotel Belleclaire is located at the corner of 77th and Broadway, making it easy to turn the corner from the front door to start this walking route. Head downtown on Broadway, taking time to admire the early-20th century architecture of the Upper West Side. Broadway doesn’t run parallel to the rest of NYC’s avenues, meaning it crosses each avenue to create one of the city’s famed squares. Here are some of the unique intersections you’ll pass through during your walk:

  • Lincoln Square (at 65th Street)
  • Columbus Circle (at 59th Street)
  • Times Square (45th Street)
  • Herald Square (34th Street)
  • Madison Square (23rd Street)
  • Union Square (14th Street) 

Columbia University

The densely populated, skyscraper-filled island of Manhattan is the last place you’d think to find an expansive, beautiful college campus. But just a few miles north of Hotel Belleclaire sits Columbia University, an Ivy League institution and a six-block respite from the concrete and steel of the city. Walk up Broadway from Hotel Belleclaire and take in the essence of the Upper West Side. It’s one of Manhattan’s most diverse neighborhoods, featuring cuisine of all kinds and residents of all origins. When you reach 116th Street, enter Columbia’s gates and take the tree-lined walk east to the open lawn. The Beaux-Arts buildings that line the green courtyards were built near the turn of the 20th century – the most famous structure is the Low Memorial Library, an 1895 building that is listed as a National Historic Landmark.  


Take the first step on your tour of NYC by making reservations at Hotel Belleclaire today.

Get more inside info on the Upper West Side by reading our convenient New York City travel guide

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Play Ball in New York City

Hotel Belleclaire is located in a city where baseball fans reign supreme. New York City is blessed with two major league teams, the American League’s New York Yankees and the National League’s New York Mets, and two minor league teams, the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones, so baseball fans can get their fix in almost every borough.

New York had been a baseball town from the get-go, with dozens of teams circulating through the city in the mid-to-late portion of the 19th century. After a series of league shake-ups, takeovers, mergers, and break-ups, New York was left with the New York Giants (now the San Francisco Giants) and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Though both teams left NYC for the West Coast, their rivalry remains, having lasted for more than a century.

The New York Yankees got their start as the Baltimore Orioles (then a separate entity from today’s Orioles), finally moving to the Big Apple in 1903 (the year Hotel Belleclaire opened!) as the Highlanders. Since creating roots in New York, the Yankees franchise has given way to superstar names such as Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Robinson Cano. The Yankees have won a leading 27 World Series with 40 playoff appearances – the most in all of baseball. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t deny the Yankees’ prowess.

Among the biggest players in Yankee history is Babe Ruth, a frequent guest of Hotel Belleclaire. One of the most famous stories in Yankee lore is the “Curse of the Bambino.” This so-called curse is said to have started after the Boston Red Sox sold Ruth in the 1919-1920 offseason to the New York Yankees. Red Sox then-owner Harry Frazee used the profits from the sale of The Bambino, as Ruth is called, to finance a brand new musical. Prior to this sale, the Red Sox had won five of the first fifteen World Series, while the Yankees remained titleless. In the 84 years following Ruth’s move to New York, the Yankees played in 39 World Series, winning 26 of them—a number twice as much as any other team in Major League Baseball to date. During those same 84 years, the Red Sox played in only four World Series, losing all. A key touchstone in Boston/New York baseball rivalry, talk of the curse dissipated when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals.

New York City is a metropolis of sports history, and Hotel Belleclaire is the best place to see it all. Visit our Upper West Side hotel this fall to watch the pennant races heat up, cool down, and get sent right out of the park.

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Being so close to one of the world’s most famous parks has plenty of perks. If you missed such exciting events like the New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park or the Shakespeare in the Park production of “As You Like It,” fear not – there is plenty more happening in Central Park this summer during your New York adventures.

Staying at Hotel Belleclaire puts you near it all:

  • Shakespeare in the Park is currently staging its second production of the summer, “Into the Woods.” The classic musical from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine runs through August 25, with shows on most days at 8 p.m. There will be no shows on July 22 and 26 or August 12 and 16.
  • Film buffs will appreciate the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, running the week of August 21-25. Each night features a different film. In order: “Do the Right Thing” (with special guest, Oscar nominee Danny Aiello kicking off the festival), “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Animal House,” and on the final night, a viewer’s choice between “Clerks” and “Coming to America” (voting takes places at the end of July).  Gates open at 6:30 each evening, with an 8 p.m. start time; enter at 72nd Street and bring your own picnic food!
  • Every Friday this summer, the Good Morning American Concert Series features a chart-topping artist. Gates open at 6 a.m. when the park itself opens, with shows starting at 7 a.m. and lasting through the GMA taping til 9 a.m. Enter at 72nd Street off of Fifth Avenue and head to Rumsey Playfield.Upcoming acts include No Doubt (July 27), Ne-Yo (August 3), OneRepublic (August 10), Neon Trees (August 17), The Wanted (August 24), and Backstreet Boys (August 31). 

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Around The Town…

New, great eats on the Upper West Side, NYC (coming soon):

Serafina Restaurant: Serving cuisine from Northern Italy, each entree is created with a family recipe handed down from generations of cooks– adapted by Chef Vittorio Assaf and his team. They bring to us inspiring pasta dishes and invigorating risottos, using the finest and freshest (locally grown) ingredients and produce. Top off your feast with a deliciously crafted dessert; eye-pleasing and mouth-watering! Ask your server for the recommended wine with your dinner, or the connoisseur can select from an extensive wine list.

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