Traveling from Canada, this was our first trip to NYC. We did a father/son (14 years old) trip to see an NFL game and a couple NBA games along with all the other sounds and sites. We stayed 5 nights/6 days. We arrived at 11am and they were able to accommodate us with a room right away, which was very nice.
1. The hotel itself was great. Very clean, comfortable and quiet. The staff always was very helpful and friendly to whatever needs or questions we asked of them. The water pressure was amazing in the showers and even though on the 6th floor, we still had a great view of Manhattan (minus the industrial view in between). For a free breakfast, I thought it was very good. Both hot and cold items and plenty of different beverages as well. Seating was limited so on a busy time, expect to take food back up to your room. As far as the shuttle, in 6 days we were there, we only used the shuttle twice. If it was there we took it. We didn't bother standing around waiting for its return. It's only about a 10 min walk straight up Van Dam Street to the train. We never took it back from the train, always walked back.
I should just note, maybe being from a suburbia, Canadian city, I was a bit of a culture and location shock and there is a chance my anxiety on the area is unwarranted.
2. Location. The hotel is stuck right in the middle of a light industrial area. Lots of warehouses, garages, things of that sort. At night the area is pretty desolated. There are a few gas stations about two blocks away but nothing else around. During the day, we felt safe walking to and from the train (about 10 min walk). Van Dam street is a fairly busy road and there is also a local community college on the same road. Other than a slight uneasiness walking by a minimum security prison near the train station, it's an OK walk. Even at night it was OK but I must admit we did feel a little more uneasy. We often got back to the hotel after the shuttle was running, but we never had any issues. You do walk by a few gas stations and an arcade/paintball place, so the walk isn't completely desolate. For adults or adults with teens, it is a fine locations. If you have to tote lsmall kids around, I'd consider somewhere else.
NOTE: You will find it almost impossible to flag down a cab in that area around the train and hotel. I hardly saw any the entire time there. We lucked out and grabbed a cab that was dropping someone off from the airport, other than that you will have to have the front desk arrange a car service. On the ride back to the airport, the cabbie said that cabs don't like to come to the area. In the past (5 years ago +), it was not necessarily a safe area, plus, its a bit out of the way for them. Saying that, the #7 train is great and quick. Goes right to Grand Central and Times Square. You can get anywhere in the city from those locations. Its not the nicest looking station or area but if you can look past it and keep your wits about you, its fine enough.
Overall, I thought it was great value. We paid around $160 to $200 a night. Not too shabby considering hotels in Manhattan are close to $350-$400 for a smaller room and probably not as nice as a property.
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