I really don't understand why other people are complaining.
The Ravel is an old building in an industrial area. With that old building and area comes the charm. By that, I mean that the floors were uneven at times, the ceilings were not perfectly flat - but for me that only adds to the charm.
The rooms were large, and very clean. The bed was extremely comfortable - better than any hotel I have ever been in.
All the staff at the Ravel were courteous, friendly and very helpful. They certainly did all they could to accommodate our large group (several rooms), and kept us close together.
The subway was only a ten minute walk from the hotel - and we all felt very safe walking back late at night (2:45 on New Years). We did not see the drug paraphernalia littered about that other people commented on, there were no hookers hanging around or any of the other things that people have negatively reviewed/complained about. The area is no dirtier than any part of Manhattan.
If you arrived back to the subway station off times (they run FREE twice on the hour until 10 am, then hourly (on the hour) until 10 pm). You only had to call the hotel, and they would send the shuttle immediately to pick you up. The location of the subway (and hotel) is very convenient for traveling into Manhattan (allowing guests to return for a break/drop off purchases, etc. without disrupting the day too much).
The staff recommended a fabulous local restaurant - and the shuttle took us there and picked us up again (again for a $5 fee - but I am sure a cab would be more, and not as comfortable).
We parked our car with no hassles for the week - and felt safe leaving it there.
The rooftop restaurant has absolutely amazing views - and is very comfortable. Our room was on a lower level (at our request) - so our view was of a red brick heritage building that is owned by Silvercup Studios. The building is boarded up presently, but that does not take away it's beauty. We did not book the hotel for the view.
We discovered the breakfasts available on our last morning there (previously we had gone into Manhattan to find somewhere to eat). The value and quality was fabulous at the hotel. My only complaint (if you can call it that) is that they did not offer decaffeinated coffee there.
If you are looking for a hidden gem - then look no further.
- 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