My fourth stay in New York but the first outside Manhattan. Unwilling to pay high Manhattan prices for limited room space and no breakfast I was dubious whether the reviews matched reality for such a well-priced hotel. I need not have worried – the Verve offers so much more for a much lower price. Spacious room, large comfortable bed, great shower, fridge (useful for milk if like me you take tea and a kettle with you!). Hot buffet breakfast, coffee 24/7, wifi and a daily newspaper are all included. Manhattan is easy to get to on the subway (but allow 5 minutes to cross the busy road) – you could be at central park in as little as 15 minutes.
Special thanks to Yahaira at check-in for her warm welcome and advice on local eateries a few blocks away. Tom (the GM), Sonny and Yash were also very helpful – nothing was too much trouble and they were always genuinely willing to assist in any query.
Yes, the area is a bit run-down, particularly towards 42nd road near the subway station, however after walking the opposite way several times to eat in the evenings it is evident that this is also a residential area with schools, and one which I believe is “up and coming”. The locals were friendly and helpful.
Museum of the Moving Image (35th avenue) has an amazing collection of exhibits if you are interested in the history of movie development from the very beginning to the present day.
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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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