My friends recommended this hotel, because it has free pickup from the airport (JFK or LGA) and because it has two tour companies pick up and drop off tourists for a day tour of New York City. Convenient, if you only have a weekend in the city, like we did, and it did not disappoint.
It is an old building, and the room is more like a motel, than a hotel, but very clean, and for a price of $99 plus tax on a weekend offers a great alternative for a budget-minded traveler, especially, if traveling as a couple, or a family, and not willing to go for a hostel accommodation in the center (financially does not make sense either). It takes only half an hour to get to Times Square - a subway is about 5-10 min distance depending on how fast you walk (10 if you haul a suitcase behind you). The neighborhood is multicultural, rather safe (we walked after dark), has a Wendy joint open late. Sunrise bakery - a couple of blocks up the boulevard - has awesome baked goodies, rather inexpensive, tea / coffee (tasting surprisingly good), bubble tea and smoothies, excellent place for breakfast. A Chinese restaurant (or rather eatery + a mini-market) despite its variety of smells serves typical good Chinese fare - for less than 5 bucks you can have lunch or dinner combo. It beats the inconvenience of not having a coffeemaker in the room. Check-in and check-out were fast and efficient. We didn't ask much at the front desk, as we came prepared by the Tripadvisor's reviews. There is coffee in the lobby between 4 and 7 a.m. and a hot water tank to make tea, which stays hot later on for breakfast. There is also a microwave in the cupboard, so you could make a cup of tea for your late snack, using the boiled water from the tank, or heat a pack of instant soup. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby, and there are two workstations, which you could use for 20 min if there is a line-up and indefinitely if you are the only one out there:)
Up in the room we did not hear a band playing in the restaurant on Saturday night - it was live Latin music, barely audible in the lobby, where people enjoyed it free Wi-Fi.
1) We got a room facing the street, which was quite noisy, despite asking for a quiet one (it did not matter after a long flight, we crashed and would not hear fireworks right below, but others might not be as lucky:)). So, if you book in advance, take care and call them a couple of times to make sure they plan for a quiet one when you arrive.
2) If you plan to reuse empty cups or containers, HIDE THEM - the maid comes in, and even if you tell her NOT to clean anything, just to replace towels, she dutifully throws everything in the garbage and disposes of it. Next time I'd put a 'do not disturb' sign.
3) If you plan to use subway to get to the airport - be mindful, it does not have escalators, so if you have two overweight suitcases, taking Pan-Am's $10/per person shuttle is a much better
4) If you decide to pick in between two city tours offered - I would definitely recommend Topaz tours. It may not cover the whole city, but the service and ambiance was excellent and you may ask the driver / tour-guide about the places you would like to visit on your own later on.
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