Planning a short visit to NYC we decided to stay outside Manhattan for two reasons - and the Ravel hit the mark on both. First - cost. Manhattan hotels feel the need (and seem able) to charge inflated prices because of where they are. Ok for many thats the buzz but there is more. Second - the view. On Manhattan you cant usually see much of the place because you are right in the thick of it - unless you pa a Gzillion dollars a night for a penthouse suite. From LIC and the Ravel you get the full skyline from Brooklyn Bridge to way up the East River and with the Queensboro Bridge almost starting in the car park of the hotel.
Its amazing - sitting on 8th right on the East River your room (if you remember to book a river view room). The Chrysler, Empire State, United Nations and more are all there for you. From the 6th floor roof top bar, open in good weather, the view is even better.
The rooms are well appointed, open plan studio style extremely comfortable. Service and all round help is excellent - with the random NY Cabbie to contend with the in house town car taking you into Manhatten safely is a great extra. Also reasonably priced service to JFK which beats the cabbies yet again.
Didnt try any food - breakfast - there are thousants of options in the city which are part of the experience but for value, comfort and the view alone - we love the Ravel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Long Island City's first boutique hotel featuring lavishly decorated rooms that overlook the Manhattan skyline, the hotel is nested between the Queensboro Bridge and Midtown Manhattan. Whether traveling for business, pleasure, or both, the Ravel offers every comfort of home. Where you can enjoy a true city experience without the hassle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ravel Hotel Long Island City, New York