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“Great Hotel, good people. We will be back!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Verve Hotel, An Ascend Collection
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   40-03 29th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101   |  
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Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in Long Island City
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“Great Hotel, good people. We will be back!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

My partner an I selected the verve for the first nine days of our three week holiday in NYC on the basis of the idea it would be a good place to recover from jet lag after travel from Australia, then we had booked another 9 days in an upscale hotel in Manhattan followed by a few days in Niagra Falls.

Turned out we enjoyed the Verve, the quality of the people, the breakfast, the WIFI, the 24 hour free espresso machine and the superb location which allowed us to spend as much time in Manhattan as we wanted and take the subway one stop from Manhattan and be in this relatively quiet part of Queens away from the noise and pressure.

At the end of our 9 days, we cancelled our upscale hotel in Manhattan and Niagra Falls and booked the rest of our time at the Verve!! It is simply a great base to explore NYC. Don't forget that Manhattan is so big that to see anything other than exactly where your hotel is you need to catch the subway ANYWAY! $30 buys you a week of unlimited subway travel and the quality, safety and cleanliness of the subway service is excellent.

We loved walking around the area and exploring some of the small bars and restaurants of the area. If you decide to stay, make sure you spend time in Queens, it is eclectic and nice. The museum of the moving picture is a must in Astoria and the Locale restaurant just down the road from the museum is great.

Other highlights of the Queens location are the Five Napkins Burger Restaurant (catch the happy hours) and watch out for the local brew which kicks like a mule! Another great local bar is the Rest-au-Rant (rarballic.com) where the homemade guacamole with home made corn chips are a highlight.

The Verve was a great base to explore an amazing city.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Verve for 3 nights and we weren't disappointed. The price is a fraction of the cost of a hotel in Manhattan and you can travel into Times Square in about 15 mins on the Subway. Both 39 Ave and Queensboro Plaza are 5 mins away.
We were pleased with the room. It was basis but comfortable and had all the things we needed including a comfy bed. At first we thought we may have issues sleeping with the subway so close you can hear the trains, but we were so exhausted from our day trips that we never had any sleep issues.
The bonus at the Verve is definately the breakfast and free 24 tea and coffee. Most places are room only however the Verve served an adequate breakfast. The variety was limited, but we were very happy with the choice of cereal, toast, bagels and waffles. There was also a different kind of egg each day (boiled, scrambled) and turkey sausage, but we didn't try this.
The area is fine, we often returned back late and never felt worried. They also have a gym, games room and free laundry room.
We would definitely stay at the Verve again when returning to New York because of the value for money, proximity to NYC and good serviced provided by the staff. Thank you!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Billingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

This hotel is situated just over a bridge from Manhattan in Long Island City. The staff at the hotel were very polite and helpful and all of the facilities were spotlessly clean. There was a nice complimentary breakfast included in the price and complimentary hot and cold drinks were available throughout our stay. The Verve is only a couple of minutes walk away from two Metro stations where you can get a subway into Manhattan which is only one stop away. The cost of our stay here compares extremely favourably with the cost of hotels in Manhattan which could have been over twice as much. I would definitely stay at The Verve again if I ever return to New York.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

My family and I stayed here for 5 Day's after reading the rave reviews the hotel got on Tripadvisor and I must say that the hotel lived up to its expectations and more!!!!
The Check in staff are a delight with everyone going absolutely out of their way to help you out with every little query.They were quick, friendly and informative and gave us a run down on all the hotel and its surroundings had to offer with all transportation, shopping options available in the vicinity.
The hotel rooms are HUGE by New York standards. I was a little surprised at the size of the rooms as I had been warned by earlier visits by friends to New York that the hotel rooms are absolute pigeon holes.
The rooms were big, simply decorated and very clean with all the usual offerings which included coffee maker,room safe, Flat screen TV with a good choice of channels and a big big bed which slept my wife, my 3 year old son and myself comfortably.
The bathroom was of a good size with Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries and was clean when we got the room and was also kept spotlessly clean during our stay by the house keeping staff.
Breakfast is always included with all the rooms and was sufficient enough to get us started in the morning and consisted of scrambled eggs,a make your own pancake station, turkey bacon, toast, bagels,cereal,juice,milk etc.
A great touch was a machine just outside the breakfast room which dispensed some super coffee,Mocha and hot chocolate which was available unlimited self service to the hotel guests 24/7.
Location wise the hotel had 3 subways within a 5 minute walk which could get you almost all over New York without having to change a train.
Families please note - if you have a child stroller with you, it is a task going up and down the stairs to the subway.
All in all, was a great stay, and I would definitely love to stay at this hotel if I went back to New York.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisburn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I stayed here a few weeks ago and I can highly recommend it. The room was very big, spotlessly clean and much, much cheaper than staying in Manhattan which is only a few minutes away by subway. Yahaira on reception was very friendly and helpful, like all the staff and I'd advise you to consider this hotel when travelling to New York.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Returning for the second time (always a good sign), myself and my husband enjoyed our stay @ the Verve just as much as the first. The hotel is conveniently located in the middle of a choice of three subway stations that take you into Manhattan (the closest is a 5min walk away). The area has always seemed perfectly safe (I know some areas of Queens can have a bit of a bad rep) and we were out well after dark at times. The room we were given again had an amazing view of the city (AMAZING) and this is the real selling point for us. That and the free breakfast and free reliable 23hr wifi to check out touristy things and keep in touch with home. Make sure to be at breakfast before 9 as it gets busy! And be sure to try the waffles in the DIY waffle maker :) 24hr access to tea and coffee and free Internet and printer.
Staff very friendly and efficient. Check in and out very quick. Rooms cleaned every day.

I don't believe you can get better bang for your buck than this hotel. Very affordable with so many extras. We will definitely be back to the Verve before long!! Thanks again :)

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

With the great location (10-15mins away from Manhattan, 5mins away from the subway station and 30-40mins away from JFK airport), breakfast as well as clean and spacious room, it is considerably pretty cheap, if you are comparing with the hotels in Manhattan.

Breakfast starts from 6.30am and though the variety is not much, it's enough to fill our stomachs before we head out to explore the city. There's a water dispenser and a coffee machine just outside the eating area, so you can basically fill up your water bottle with water or grab a cup of hot latte before heading out for the day.

The receptionists are super friendly and helpful. Didn't really quite get their name, but I guess one of them is Justin, I think. They gave us the subway map and attended to our questions really patiently. Being in NYC for the first time and on the first day, I do get quite nervous. So meeting nice and helpful people did make me felt a lot better.

There are a couple of convenience stores a few blocks away from the hotel. There is a Mike's Pizza just behind the hotel, selling good and cheap pizza. There's nothing much in the neighbourhood. But we did feel safe somehow, walking around the area in the evening, trying to look for food for dinner (in the end we settled for Mike's).

There are two subway stations that are quite near to the hotel, 39 Av and Queens Plaza. if you are coming from JFK airport, you will probably alight at Queens plaza. It was tough for us to find the place initially because we didn't prepare any map to get to the place. So just a tip for people like me, there are a couple of exits, go for the one that once you get out of the subway, you see a small park, like really small (that I don't even know if that's considered a park at all). Cross over to the park, and scan upwards around you for the building with VERVE on it. Once you spot the building, you will automatically know how to get there. I used the 39 Av station to get to Manhattan.

The room is spacious and clean and the bed is really comfortable. Overall, we enjoyed our stay there and would definitely stay with Verve again on our next visit to NYC.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 40-03 29th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
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Location: United States > New York > Long Island City
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Long Island City
#1 Best Value Hotel in Long Island City
#2 Romantic Hotel in Long Island City
#2 Family Hotel in Long Island City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Verve Hotel, An Ascend Collection 3*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Verve Hotel in Long Island City, an Ascend Collection hotel near Manhattan. Offering boutique accommodations in the heart of Long Island City, the Verve Hotel, an Ascend CollectionTM hotel, is within walking distance to Silvercup Studios film and television production facility. Local points of interest like the LaGuardia Airport, downtown Manhattan, Long Island University and the Queens Zoo are less than four miles from this Long Island City, NY hotel. John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport are minutes away. ... more   less 
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