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“TERRIBLE. I recommend NOT staying here unless you like a 6 a.m. bedtime and trying to sleep below a NIGHT CLUB.” 1 of 5 stars
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Ravel Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, NY 11101   |  
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Ranked #18 of 26 Hotels in Long Island City
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
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“TERRIBLE. I recommend NOT staying here unless you like a 6 a.m. bedtime and trying to sleep below a NIGHT CLUB.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We stayed back in July and the hotel was fantastic, very plush at a reasonable price vs similar standard hotel and lesser in Manhattan. The hotel offers a great shuttle service to and from the Subway system, always make sure you take this! The one time we didnt we bumped in to a few people stealing a car who by way of weapon told us to ignore what we saw. Having said that this was at 1am in the morning and the neigbourhood is very safe during the day and evening. The bar on the roof has a great viewpoint as did our wonderful room.

A great cheap alternative to pricey Manhattan!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel for a week in March 2013 and I honestly cannot praise it enough. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful from the get-go, allowing us to use their phone and patiently waiting as we made an international call to our bank who had blocked any attempts to use my boyfriend's credit card abroad. They were informative of places to visit and hidden gems in the city. The hotel run a shuttle service back and fourth between the subways, this service is free if caught on the hour, anytime before 11pm.

Our room was a penthouse suite overlooking the Queensborough bridge which looked absolutely sublime when lit up at night. From our balcony, the empire state building was also visible. The room itself was reasonably priced considering it was a penthouse suite, as well as very clean and well maintained [with great thanks to their cleaning staff] throughout our weeks stay. The hotel is close to two subway stations, both are within walking distance [taking only ten minutes on foot or 3 minutes via the shuttle service]

The upstairs bar/restaurant doubles as a club on Saturday nights though and while we heard minimal noise from our own room, it was noticeably louder when stood by the elevator; so beware if you are given a top floor room close by the elevators. The drinks in the bar upstairs, i.e Penthouse808 were a little pricey but the food was fantastic and well worth the money spent in the end. While the aesthetics of the surrounding area may not be up to much, this hotel is an absolute gem and the staff were fantastic through out. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I am writing a very positive review of this hotel, with a warning that the first impressions are not good. After a long train journey, we arrived at the subway to find a very run down area, strewn with litter. The reception staff were extremely friendly, but past the reception, the corridors and rooms are in dire need of refurb. However, get past this and you will have a lovely time. The staff are wonderful, friendly and hardworking. The roof top bar is stunning and they do happy hour. Breakfast in the bar, with omelettes coked on demand is great. The courtesy shuttle bus is also very welcome. All in all, we could not afford to stay in Manhattan, but this hotel was a terrific base.

Room Tip: Weekend, the disco runs until late, bear this in mind when asking for a room. It didn't affect...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had difficulty finding the location initially but I loved the interior of the hotel and the room immediately when we checked in. The room is large, clean and very comfortable. Our room faces the bridge, despite the unsightly tiny industrial buildings by the side, the view of the city across is really nice to wake up to. For the price we're paying, I think it's a good deal. The only 2 downsides are the location but a short cab ride from a nearby MRT station solves it and the hotel provides free shuttle within a certain timing, and there's a very popular club at the rooftop that plays loud music on a Friday night for a private party but that's still bearable.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Ravel hotel is a great place. the time i spent there was very nice and quiet . Service was great . And i will definitely come back soon. Also the shuttle service is very convenient and the rooftop lounge is fun and entertaining.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I met my friend from Australia in New York and were staying for 10 days so wanted a hotel out of Manhattan and the Ravel fitted perfectly. The staff were welcoming, friendly and very helpful.
We were a bit worried after reading other reviews about it's location and, it is in a light industrial area which can be a bit offputting, but it is quite safe to walk around. We walked from the subway quite a few times around midnight and it was ok.
The hotel runs an hourly shuttle service to the local subway stations and shops and will pick up again when you call them, if it's not too late. In a very short time you can be anywhere in Manhattan.
We had a 3rd floor room with a balcony. Our view in front wasn't great but it does give you a wonderful view of Manhattan. The rooms are large, well furnished, and has a fridge, and the bathroom, with separate shower and toilet, can be closed off or left open by sliding doors.
We only had one meal in the restaurant but it was very good and there was a band playing jazz. As has been mentioned before the view is spectacular. The club is loud at the weekends but we didn't have any trouble sleeping.
We used the free WiFi in the lounge area when we needed it. There is also free,water, tea and coffee in the mornings in the reception area.
I can't fault The Ravel and I've been in 5 star hotels that have been in dire need of sprucing up. There was no activity on the building site when we were there so we weren't bothered by it luckily.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, NY 11101
Location: United States > New York > Queens > Long Island City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Long Island City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ravel Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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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