We are a family of two adults and a kid; booked a room for 3 persons which usually means at least two Queen beds. Upon arrival, they tried to put us in a room with one King bed, tiny sofa and no space for a cot. After we declined, they gave us a larger room with one King bed and a very lumpy cot. That's not what we booked, but whatever... the kid was tired.
The room had the weirdest layout: a bathtub and pedestal sink near the entrance in the open, separated from the bed only by a half-height partition. Behind that, toilet and shower stalls with glassed-in doors that did not go all the way to the ceiling, and no working exhaust fan. Basically, if you enjoy being in the room with your loved ones while they are taking a dump so you could smell and hear every bowel movement, then this hotel is for you.
The room and lobby décor had some pretense on the hip and edgy, but there were holes in the carpet and smudges on the walls. The TV was occasionally cutting out, and there was no WiFi in the room, only in the lobby. Doors were thin and did not block much noise from the hallway. Housekeeping knocks on doors early, as in before 9 am.
The hotel has a rooftop deck and restaurant that was more like a club with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Queensboro Bridge. The downside to that was noise from private parties (they seem to have a lot of these). Buffet breakfast was not included and was merely average.
Free parking was limited to about a dozen cars; we were lucky as we arrived mid-week, but others may not be so fortunate and would have to park in the street.
The neighbourhood is very industrial and there is literally nothing nearby. It's a 15 minutes walk to the Queensboro Plaza subway, OK during the day but a bit sketchy at night. They run free shuttle every 30 minutes; it's $5 for pickup otherwise. From there, it's an easy and quick subway ride to Manhattan on either midtown or uptown train. The new and excellent Long Island City Gantry Park, MoMA PS1 museum and many bars, restaurants and coffee shops of Hunters Point are either a rather long walk or a short drive away.
Front desk staff was generally helpful but that could not make up for the shortcomings of the hotel, the room and the location. I would not stay there again. Generally, if you are a young couple or a single person, this may be an OK hotel for you, but not recommended for families or business.
- 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