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!
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- 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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