We booked to stay one night at the Ravel hotel for a wedding taking place in the rooftop Penthouse on a Friday night.
I could not recommend an overnight stay at this hotel unless you are coming for the nightclub. Here are my reasons why:
This hotel is suited for club patrons, and not visitors to NYC.
Immediately following the wedding, tables and chairs were moved out to reorganize for the club patrons. As hotel guests we often had to line up and wait for one of two elevators, and were not permitted to take the stairs. The club is on 6th and our room on 5th, right across from the elevators and just beneath the club.
The club music continued well into the night, no soundproofing to the hotel floors. You could feel the thump of the bass through the room. You could hear the constant noise, doors slamming and chatter in the hallways and around the elevators.
Also, following the wedding, there was nowhere in the hotel for wedding guests to gather and continue to enjoy the evening, no other restaurants or lounges to visit. Thus, some wedding guests went to Manhattan.
Our room, king deluxe (good view) and bathroom was spacious. Sitting room furniture looked really worn down and tired, rather questionable. I wouldn’t sit down on the chair or sofa. At closer inspection, the bed was oddly positioned and the space from the edge of the foot of the bed was so close to the desk/mini-bar/safe, we would knock our ankles walking past.
I can’t say much about the staff at the hotel, we had very little interaction. Just a straight forward check-in and check-out, no pleasantries you usually find at check-in. If you called for assistance or information from your hotel room, you got the voicemail, no person. I left a message to say that the safe was locked when we came in, so that I would not be charged for a service to unlock the safe. A service person arrived almost immediately following leaving the message, and walked in with his work shoes and unlocked the safe with a *secret code.*
The breakfast the next day was just okay.
Getting a taxi from Manhattan to the Ravel was not what we expected. In fact, we could not get a taxi, and had to book a car service to the Ravel. I wish I could have gotten the info for the car service we received from Manhattan because I would give them a 4.5* rating.
I would give points for the view at sunset and the car service from the Ravel to Manhattan ($25 flat rate.)
For travelers thinking they can save a few $$ and stay at the Ravel and then commute over - is simply not worth it. Rather stay on the Manhattan side and be convenient to your visit to NY. If you prefer to miss the hustle and bustle of Times Square, then stay in one of the neighborhoods like Chelsea. We only stayed because of the wedding we attended.
- 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