Stayed in an upgraded King Jacuzzi room on a high floor while visiting briefly on business. The room itself was solid; the upgraded rooms are a little bigger and have the smallish Jacuzzi tub in a great location extending off the bathroom toward the middle of the room. Could hear quite a bit of traffic noise, unfortunately.
Everything was clean and in working order with the room itself, aside from a little bit of grime or wear at the bottom of the shower. All staff were helpful, if not necessarily enthusiastic - great info on local restaurants and the breakfast was constantly replenished even though the hotel was very busy.
Did have a few problems. The biggest was the unreliability of the wifi connection. About half the time, it simply did not work. My laptop would connect fine but there was no access out of the hotel.
The other issue: the second night of my reservation was booked separately and the hotel staff could not deal with it. Between calls and visits to my room, there were seven conversations about when I would be checking out. No one could seem to coordinate on the idea that I was staying one more night.
I decided to try out different modes of transit to get around. Hopefully this is helpful in determining if the price savings are worthwhile:
FROM JFK: Got in late so I simply took a cab. Took about 45 minutes to get there due to a construction delay of about 10 minutes and cost just over $40 plus tip.
TO PENN STATION: Took the hotel shuttle to the Subway, the 7 Local to Times Square then the 2 to Penn. $2.75 single ride card + shuttle tip and took about 20 minutes.
BACK FROM PENN/MIDTOWN: Hailed a cab since the shuttle pickup form the Subway is kind of sketchy at night. This is NOT a well-known hotel and the driver got completely lost. Eventually left me at a different hotel nearby who called for a local livery cab to go the rest of the way. Total of about $30 in cab fare and over a half hour of driving.
TO JFK: Took the hotel shuttle to the Subway, 7 Local to Woodside, LIRR to the Jamaica AirTrain Station, to JFK. Total fare of $15.50 and took about an hour and a half.
Overall, I saved about $75/night staying here compared to somewhere comparable in Manhattan but gave much of that back in higher transit costs and lots of wasted time.
Now that I'm more familiar with the area, I might still return here, but only if I really needed to save the money and could deal with the poor wifi. (So probably not.)
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