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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 25 Hotels in Long Island City
Smiths Falls
1 review
“We will be going back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

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.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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Ottawa, Ontario
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

Not sure what other people experienced, but not one of the negative reviews were reflected in our own time at the Ravel. We went from Dec 28th to Jan 2nd and could not have picked a better location. We needed three rooms, on the same floor and close together and the staff did a great job accommodating us.

With constant shuttles to and from the Subway stations in the area, getting around NYC was no problem. Off schedule shuttle access was only $5, which we felt was worth it. From the hotel to Times Square would take no more than 15-20 minutes. No, the view from the 2nd floor wasn't stellar, but I don't go to a hotel for the view. The staff were courteous and efficient. The hotel was clean and well-stocked with amenities. The building was old, and it showed, even through the renovations - but that only added to its charm. There was no mold, no bedbugs, no hookers, nor hoodies-selling-drugs anywhere. We occasionally walked the 10 minutes from the Queens Plaza Subway station late at night and encountered no issues - in fact, we never saw anyone else.

Yes, the area is industrial, but go a couple of blocks passed the rough buildings and you find a nice, upcoming neighborhood - check out the Bella Via restaurant!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

The location of the hotel was great, yeah the area wasn't the best looking but there could have been worse places in New York, we didn't even use the free shuttle. And many times we walked to the hotel late at night.

The hotel was good, the fixtures were all new but were clean and tidy and the bed we had was huge and extremely nice to sleep in. The staff were all extremely helpful and very nice, when we arrived they had pushed us up to the penthouse floor and we had a fantastic view, some people saying the powerstation ruins it, it really doesn't, you can pretty much see past the powerstation and the little balconies were great.

We ordered room service while staying there, I had a goats cheese and onion pizza, and it was really nice, and the food came fast.

The night club above the hotel is noisy if you are right below it like we were, we did ring the desk who told us it finished about 2 o'clock but it was still going on about 3 o'clock. But it was New Years Eve, we probably would have been at the party, as they offered all guests a discounted rate but we had an early flight the next day.

We flew back from Newark Airport, which is a good hour away without traffic, and the hotel transportation was $85 but we checked the yellow cabs and they said it would be their best price too, and the hotel transport was a far better option. You can take the best but we had 4 suitcases between us.

I had a great time and I would probably offer it to people who want a good location out of Manhattan for a great price. I wouldn't offer this hotel for people staying on there own due to the walk and subway in the area. This hotel is also recommended mainly for the younger generation due to it being a hotel with a nightclub.

Hope this helps. :)

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2009

The photos certainly lie. The hotel seems to have been updated to modern decor a number of years ago and doesn't appear to have been cleaned or repaired since. All of the baseboards had a THICK dirt coating the top edges and even the lights in the "virtual wine bar" were covered with months of fingerprints. There weren't any photos hanging on the bare walls of our room and the ceiling had been very roughly repaired from damage. The room lacks internet access so you will need to make a trip to the lobby for any access. The location is under the Queensboro bridge and the neighborhood doesn't seem safe for evening walks back from the subway when the hotel shuttle won't pick you up without payment (Last free shuttle is 10pm). Access to the subway station is 5 blocks to the N and 10 to the V. We didn't have an issue with noise from the club on the roof because we stayed during Christmas. The glass bathrooms seemed clean enough for a Motel 6, but the acoustics created by the shape of the room and the open glass walls amplify any sounds made in the loo. Be prepared to get to know your roommate very well. Needless to say, we canceled the remaining 3 nights and moved to a 3.5 star in Manhattan which was tremendously better in every way (and nearly the same price). Avoid The Ravel at any cost; they will UNravel your patience.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2009

I have no idea what people are complaining about. We got there 6:20 on Thursday evening, went straight to our 3rd floor room, which was big, clean and had a very good view from the balcony. The guys on reception explained that the shuttle was free every hour, on the hour, with also half hourly in the morning, $5 at other times. We got in and changed and straight into Manhatten on the 7:00 shuttle. It dropped us straight outside the subway station. We were there for 5 days so paid $25 for a weekly pass, this was the only transport costs we paid all week.

The room was cleaned every single day. The shuttle always ran on time. When we got back to Queensboro Plaza station we rang reception and someone picked us up within 10 mins every time, even at 11:00 at night.

People have complained about the noise at night from the roof - On the Saturday night I was vaguely aware of a slight thump from the bass, couldn't hear the music at all so any complaints about being kept awake are widely exaggerated.

Finally, on our last day we were able to leave our bage until 6:00pm and they called us a cab to JFK which cost $40, flat rate. A Yellow Cab from Manhatten is $45 flat rate so very comparable.

If I could find any fault it would be that the breakfast room isn't great but we got into Manhatten and got breakfast there each morning, there was free coffee in the room so that lasted me the 15 mins it took to get to Central Park! Also my girlfriend only drinks tea so we bought tea bags from a shop and took them to the room to make in the coffee maker.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone and don't listen to the bad reviews, I couldn't see what they are complaining about.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2009

The room we stayed in was bigger than we needed. It tried it's best to look expensive but on closer inspection it did seem they had tried to cut a few corners. It was clean and the temperature was easy to change.
We had a ground floor room which was on the level of the street so we could not open the blinds but this did not matter to us as we were out all day every day and only used the room to change and sleep, it was also facing what looked like a factory and a derelict building. (no view from the room, at all).
The bed was very comfy and was made every day.
We did not use room service so cannot comment on this.
The small cafe, which was open for breakfast, was rubbish. There was one table with 4 chairs and with one employee there was a long wait for anything to eat. Most days we had breakfast out.
We only saw the roof terrace on the night we arrived and it did have a fantastic view of the Manhatten skyline. It was not as fantastic as it looked on the photo's and was only open on certain nights (weekends only, I think).
The trip to and from the Subway everyday began to get a bit repetative but not as bad as some have made out. We did not use the shuttle service as we did not want to wait for the hourly service. It also only ran till 10pm which was not late enough for coming back at night. At most, it was a ten minute walk and the Subway was so easy to use. Never had to wait more that a couple of minutes for one. * TIP * Make sure you have change for the ticket machine as a lot of time they could not change notes.
Some of the staff were helpful and friendly but others were not.
We were able to leave our bags in a locked room on the last day and they gladly ordered us transport back to the airport.
Overall, I probably would be happy to stay there again for a short trip but I don't think it was suitable for spending any amount of time there.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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bloomington indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2009

this hotel was a totel rip off
mold in the bathrooms
room was not clean
new york skyline view was looking out a window with bars on it
workout room smelled of mold
we were told we would be 1.5 miles from rockerfeller center, sounds great
find out that was after we found our own way over the bridge
drugs deals going on outside our window
roomservice was a total joke

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, NY 11101
Location: United States > New York > Long Island City
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 25 Hotels 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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