This hotel is an oasis in a gritty, but safe neighborhood. Never felt uncomfortable in the neighborhood, and I even walked a mile and a half back from Yankee Stadium at 9 o'clock at night feeling totally safe.
All appointments are super-modern, as the hotel underwent a major renovation a year ago from what I was told. Comfortable bed in a clean room. Plenty of space. Had a bit of trouble getting the wifi working - otherwise a perfect experience.
Staff was friendly, and I was able to actually call the front desk when I arrived, and was parked in front, to check if my room was ready (it was, at noon). Was told about parking one block away for $10/24hrs, but on the same block was a covered, underground garage at $15/24hrs (Went with the latter where the guy recognized me the next day and went to get it as I came down the ramp!).
A hotel like this in mid-town would set you back triple the amount of money, that's why I rated this a 5-star super deal.