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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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Ottawa, Illinois
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“A fine alternative to Manhattan prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Have stayed here many times over the last several years, most recently July 29 - 31, 2013. Arrived after a ridiculously early early flight to LaGuardia (about a $25 cab ride; MTA bus and subway combo works very well, too. Just don't try it during rush hour if you are carrying luggage), hoping that a room might already be ready. No such luck as they were full up the previous night. (Check-in time is 3 p.m. so I am not complaining - sometimes in the past we have got lucky and been shown to our rooms right away.) The boss very kindly offered to let us partake of the breakfast before we stowed our bags and headed into town.

Some things you should know:
- Substantial breakfast is a great start to the day and in a city as expen$ive as NYC a great budget stretcher.
- Corner store with basic groceries is just one block northeast on 29th St.
- Couple of classic NYC pizza places within easy walking distance. Front desk staff will happily direct you and supply menus if you want to call ahead for take-out.
- Both 39th St and Queensboro Plaza subway stations are close by, although 39th is a little closer
- The neighbourhood, while gritty, strikes me as pretty safe. Lots of people out at all hours of the night, expecially around Queensboro Plaza. Many of them are the hard-working people who keep New York running, leaving for jobs with shifts that start or end at 2 a.m. and so on.
- Rooms with a king bed have a safe. Very handy. Not sure about the other rooms.
- Parking is reasonable, but sometimes when we've driven we've been lucky enough to find on-street parking for free. Be sure to ask the staff about when you have to move your car for street cleaning.
- Wifi is reliable.
- In the mood for a little change of pace? One evening we caught the N train right at 39th St and rode all the way down to Coney Island, whcih took a litel more than an hour. After checking out the beach and the inspired craziness of the strip there, we headed to the ballpark to see the local Class A team, the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets' NY Penn League affiliate) take on the Hudson valley Renegades. What a blast!

My five star rating is as a budget hotel. I have spent far more on some real fleabags in Manhattan. This one, in contrast, is clean, well-run and staffed by knowledgeable and friendly folks, and a quicker subway ride to Central Park and the Museum Mile than the downtown hotels. Just don't expect the perks and luxuries of a four-star establishment. But if you do want anything out of the ordinary, the staff will know where to find it for you.

Highly recommended. Take the money you would have spent staying in Manhattan and keep it in your jeans or spend it on some NYC indulgences!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This hotel rates #1 for good reason. Easily accessible by train it offers you everything you need for your stay in New York. Huge, comfortable rooms, with a great complimentary breakfast, and the staff are more than helpful with any enquiries. Plus free water and coffee whenever you want it. Fantastic! And Queens isn't what it used to be. We felt safe walking through the area from the subway to the hotel at night. It isn't the most beautiful of neighbourhoods, but lets face it, your not going to spend all your days in New York hanging around Queens. Having said that, there are some interesting places, off the beaten tourist tracks, that you might want to check out there.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Good hotel tucked away in a quiet area on the inner edge of the borough of Queens. Our room was large, comfortable and clean and had a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline. The breakfast included in the room price was fine in terms of quality and choice. The compromise with this hotel is the area, which is a bit run down, and remote by New York standards with no real local amenities. However, Queens Plaza subway station is a 4 minute walk and the subway will get you into Midtown Manhattan in about 15 minutes. Given the favourable cost of the Verve, I'd be happy to recommend this hotel to others and would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I picked this hotel because of the good reviews on TripAdvisor. I was not disappointed. It was a nice clean hotel with brilliant staff who could not do enough for you. Good sized rooms. Breakfast was an added bonus. Buffet style but enough to choose from and cook your own waffles. There was also coffee available in the lobby. It was easy to get to New York but a bit of a pain if you wanted to go back during the day for a rest.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 July 30, 2013

Very close to a subway station, only a few minutes from Manhattan and major attractions as the Central Park. The room was perfect and extremely comfortable. The complimentary breakfast was pretty good. The only thing we would change was the parking fees: 25 USD per day is way too much, even for NYC, giving it's not a 5* hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

4 night stay here exceeded our expectations. Impressed in every way by Verve Hotel. Spacious, quiet, clean rooms, MUCH less expensive than Manhattan. Full hot breakfast. Gourmet coffee available in lobby 24/7 (latte, espresso, cappuchino, etc), Wall St Journals, free internet in room, 3 desktop computers with printers available for guests in lobby, outdoor deck for dining, quick walk to Metro, & free safe street parking. It doesn't get any better than this. Manager Tom's enthusiasm for his hotel infects his employees. Receptionist Yahaira, kitchen staff Rose, & Justin were all helpful in every way. We shall return!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My husband, 1 year old son and I stayed at the Verve for one night, during my first trip to NYC. Upon arrival, we asked for a late check out which turned out to be noon. The room (611) was spacious and clean, with a very comfortable king sized bed. It was also equipped with a window air conditioning unit, which came in handy as it was warm in the room when we arrived late at night. The hotel itself is located a mere 5 minute walk to the subway station which had the E,M and R train lines. We went from hotel room to Madame Toussaud's wax museum catching the Double decker bus tour in less than 30 minutes. Breakfast included a variety of cereals, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast and some muffins, not bad for a continental breakfast. Only downside is that it's served between 6:30-9:30 and was promptly cleaned up at 9:30 (we barely made it). I think a 10am finish time would be better. Be sure to call reception and ask Justin to take you up to the rooftop to take some pics of the NYC skyline, you'll be glad you did! Hes very friendly and offered valuable advice on where to go and how to get around on the train. As it was Saturday night, we were able to find a parking spot directly across from the hotel, on the street, which meant free parking! The area itself is very quiet (typical suburb) and appeared to be quite safe, in my opinion. Overall, a great stay for my first NYC trip and look forward to returning!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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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 Best Value Hotel in Long Island City
#1 Business Hotel in Long Island City
#2 Family Hotel in Long Island City
#2 Romantic Hotel in Long Island City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Verve Hotel, An Ascend Collection 3*
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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