Let's be clear here: I will NEVER stay at this hotel again.
It seemed like a so-so to good idea on Thursday and Friday up to 10:30 Friday night at the end of our dear friends' wedding. We had a bit of a trek getting there and were slightly dubious of the industrial area surrounding the hotel, and we were forgiving about the construction that seemed to be taking place. Toiletries were nice, water pressure was good, room seemed to be a decent size (King deluxe), and provided us with our own private bathroom to use while the other public use ones became, so we hear, disgusting. The shuttle, when you happen to catch it, can be quite convenient. The breakfast, at $10 per person, is not bad. You can sort of forgive the bathroom door that gets stuck so that you have to pull with all your might and it opens with a bang EVERY time.
But then ... the weekend starts.
At 10:30 p.m., almost like clockwork, the regular club furniture was being put back and physically shuffling out all wedding guests who needed to move so as not to be mown over by large banquettes. I've stayed in hotels where the Penthouse turns into some kind of dance club or music hall (like the St. Francis Drake in San Francisco), but then again, those were perhaps 30 storeys high and I'd have never known if not for the ads in the elevator. The Ravel ends at floor #6. Not only is the sound insulation incredibly poor between floors, but through the hallway as well. We were cursed with staying right across from the elevators, hearing the chimes and EVERY WORD of every ridiculous conversation taking place. The music is supposed to end at 3 a.m., but oh no, it carries on beyond that, with the heavy bass and then the after-parties following that. And we were staying on the fourth floor. I felt worse for our friends on the fifth floor.
The front desk staff may be pleasant enough, but they will end up telling you all sorts of conflicting information, and it just seems like lies. For instance, that the music is supposed to stop at 3 a.m. (which isn't true), that the car service costs $5 less than what it actually costs (printed as such on their map and shuttle schedule), that there is a current shuttle going every 15 minutes (which didn't). To get to the Ravel, you either have to catch the subway and walk through some really dicey looking streets, or get car service, because yellow cabs will refuse to go there from Manhattan.
We were trying to be as easygoing as possible. We had even gone to the club in hopes that maybe we'd have a good time and see that dancing might make the experience worth it. However, since it's a rooftop patio, there are smokers everywhere like it's 1999, (with ashtrays to encourage them), so we went back to our room.
But here's the last straw: with very little sleep on our night before checkout, we faced another night of the club and its club-going crowd taking over the hotel, so needless to say, we were slow-moving and asked for a late checkout. At 1:03 p.m., we received a call from the front desk to say that it would be $25 if our late checkout was to go until 2 p.m., and what time would we be leaving? The Ravel is all about the cash grab. Quantity, not quality; and every customer is like a faceless number.
Undoubtedly, our friends were duped into the perks and facade of this place with who knows how many lies. Unless you're into the club scene and you enjoy falling asleep at 6 a.m., DO NOT STAY HERE.
- 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