My brother and I went to NYC for a quick trip, and I was finding it difficult to find hotels in the city. So, via Priceline..I found a decent rate with The Ravel Hotel. I was impressed what I saw on line via their website. The rooms looked rather large, and it looked unique.
We arrived early in the morning, so we decided to head to the hotel to drop off our luggage. They were very accomodating to us. The subways were not too far from the hotel, but you are walking around an industrial area. I felt pretty secure. We later found out that the hotel offers a shuttle service to the subways and other areas nearby. It's free during certain hours, and $5 charge off hours.
The staff is fairly young...twentysomethings. They are stylish, and some are nicer than others. Our check in went well, and we proceeded to our room. I was disappointed to see the carpets were dirty in the hallways. They shampooed them the next day. It looked better. Our room was nice. Yet, I could tell that it had some moments. The furniture had many knicks and scratches. A little worn. The floor was wooden. There is no carpeting. The bathroom was rather cool. They supply you with a mini bar and food, but the cost was crazy. $6 for a can of Coca Cola. Just go down to the 1st floor and buy a 20oz bottle for $2.50 (still pricey)
There were two days where we ordered room service. However, they do add on a service fee. The good was good, at least.
We didn't get a chance to check out the rooftop bar. It has a dress code. However, our room did have a decent view of the Manhatten skyline.
Since there is this roof top bar, the music is thumpin' and LOUD. The only way that I could sleep was to turn on the air conditioner to drown out the noise. Plus, after the bar closed. There were some guests that were hanging out on their balcony keeping the party going. It was rather annoying.
In their lobby, they have a wine tasting bar. You get a card from the front desk, and you pay $20 for it. That was a fun thing. They have three stations, but 2 out of the 3 were working, and the wine I liked ran out. I told the guy at the front desk, and he was like..."oh." I thought he was going to say.."I'll have someone change it out." But, he did nothing.
Overall, the stay was good. The bed was comfy. There was enough towels. I was just disappointed that the other guests were noisy. There is a lot of doors slamming shut.
The cab fare from LGA to the hotel was about $20. We happened to be in the East Village one day and took a cab back to the hotel...$20. It's pretty easy to get to. I do recommend to watch your surroundings, because some cabbies have a hard time figuring out where to go.
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