The only plus points were the friendly reception ladies and the shuttle service to/from the local subway stations. Our room - although relatively clean - suffered from scruffy furnishings, walls and ceilings and the linen was not changed every day - we had to prompt them to do so. For a hotel that apparently welcomes young families, an inappropriate 'Passion Kit' was included as part of the room's mini bar. The view was nothing like the one depicted on their website: just a very clear vista of a building site, with only a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline off to the right. Communal hallway carpets were filthy and the decor gloomy. Outside, the surroundings resembled rolling construction wastelands, and on one evening two large rats welcomed us back as we entered the driveway. Hotel staff informed us that the rats had come from the construction site next door - which turned out to be their own expansion development. Our general impression was that the hotel is only interested in catering for those in their penthouse suites and patrons of the nightclub [see other reviews for more on that]. Definitely not a location for those with children or anyone who wants to experience a taste of New York City without the gritty bits.
- 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