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“Good value for money, decent location” 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good value for money, decent location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We enjoyed our stay here, it's really good value for money and close to Queens Plaza to get into Manhattan.

The staff were very helpful and the breakfast was pretty decent too. The area around the hotel itself is a little bland - but you're so close to Manhattan that you could go out for dinner too. The staff were very good about providing restaurant recommendations and travel advice.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Schertz, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I travel to New York at least every two months. I am currently finishing up an 11 night stay and as usual I am at the Verve Hotel. And as usual the experience was excellent. The room is very nice and about twice the size of a room in Manhattan. The stay included a free Continental breakfast - a true Continental breakfast unlike those places that have only have a collection of stale donuts - eggs, bacon or sausage, cereal, waffles, fruit, danishes, bagels, coffee, juice, etc. It also has free, reliable internet - a must for a business traveler - and it is located 5 minutes from 2 major subway stops and 15 minutes from midtown Manhattan. It also has a free washer and dryer which is a definite plus on long trips.

But it is the service that makes the stay enjoyable. The staff at the Verve are excellent. They go out of their way to make your trip pleasant. I arrived on a Sunday and the owner/manager was having a small BBQ for his employees on the back deck. They insisted I join them and it was like being back at home. I will let you in on a secret - the first couple of trips to NYC were fun, even though it is a work trip. Now it is just time away from my family. But being able to stay at a place were they truly make you welcome makes all the difference in my trip. Thanks Pete, Tom, Josh, Justin, Allen, May, and everyone else at the Verve. See you in August.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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Stamford, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Now then, my title doesn't mean 'Rough' in a bad way... It's just a phrase..., based on the fact that the hotel is based in Queens / Long Island City, and us ignorant Brits generally tend to associate Queens with the gang movies of the 70's and early 80's.... How wrong we are! Queens is very definitely up and coming, but still just far enough out of the 'Centre-of-it-all' to be very well priced.
The Verve is a fantastic hotel, and a superb base from which to explore NYC without the over-inflated costs of hotels in Manhattan....
We stayed for 3 nights from 19-21 June 2014, and we really couldn't have picked a better location. The rooms we had, turned out to be suites (609 & 612) which were spotlessly clean and very spacious, each with their own sitting room, with armchair, sofa, coffee-table, flat-screen TV, tea & coffee machine, (with supplies) a fridge and even a microwave! Then there was the en-suite, with all manner of complimentary toiletries and bathrobes in the wardrobe. Finally on to the bedroom, with a huge, VERY comfortable king-size bed, another large flat screen TV and a desk with desk lamp for anyone wishing to work comfortably... The bedroom and sitting room both had separate Air-Con units, so very easy to set sleeping or reading & relaxing temperatures in the different rooms...
The staff were fantastic, particularly Michael and Tom, who couldn't have been more helpful, with their knowledge of where to eat, drink and what best to do and not to do regarding sight-seeing in and around NYC. In fact the staff were so helpful, that five minutes after checking-in, at 7:45pm as the light was fading, the general manager invited us up on to the roof of the hotel, to take some photos of what I considered 'The real New-York' (attached photo)
The included breakfast was 'continental' style with the addition of two waffle machines, which was fun, and even my wife's first attempt produced great-looking, tasty waffles...!
To conclude: Great hotel, 1 block / 2 minutes walk from 39th Ave Subway, which is only 5 stops from Times Square. Get a Metro Card $31 for 7 days, for unlimited travel on the subway and buses. And check out the Brazilian BBQ at the Holiday-Inn 1 block away, for $20 all you can eat hot & cold buffet and every type of BBQ'd beef, pork, chicken, lamb etc., brought to and carved at your table.... Stunning food...! In addition, the 'Centraal' bar and restaurant across the road does stunning home-made burgers, and other dishes, along with a good selection of unusual continental bottled beers, another one well worth a go...
Finally.... To The Verve and NYC, - " I'm on my way back, see you soon....."

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Bamberg
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

As hotels in New York City are mostly unaffordable, I went for this hotel in Long Island City, just across the East River from Manhattan. It is very conveniently located in the vicinity of three subway stations, which enables guests to choose from a variety of different trains and directions.
The staff is very helpful and friendly, and even the hotel manager is around most of the time and welcomes guests during breakfast. Breakfast is complimentary, so I probably should not complain, but I really missed some muffins and yogurt.
I had asked for a room on a higher floor with a city view, but we got one on the third floor with no particular view, which was a little disappointing. The beds and pillows are ok, but look a little worn. Two of the drawers of our dresser kept sliding out, so I guess the floor was a little uneven. We had to place a suitcase in front of them.
We could store our bags for $ 1 each, which was very convenient because we did not have to be at the airport until the evening.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast Maine
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I purchased the hotel on priceline.com by mistake. When you do this you are officially on the hook. No refunds. No going back. There's good reason for this but when a mistake has been made it gets into very iffy territory. I called the Verve and spoke with someone who listened to my story and came back after a discussion behind the scene and gave me the very good news and OK to convey to priceline that they'd agree to a refund. And priceline said ok too. I was so surprised and pleased and I really want to say THANK YOU to The Verve... they did not have to do this. It showed a personal care for the customer, even one who wanted to be allowed out of a paid in full reservation. They could easily have said no. So... after reading the reviews of the Verve and now that I have experienced their customer care: I will in the future. Thank you so much again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Arrived at the hotel to be greeted by the lovely staff at reception who were more than delighted to always give us info on the subway, restaurants, sites etc. The local subway station was only 2 blocks away. With a 30dollar unlimited metro card for 7days it made travelling into manhattan simple. The hotel had breakfast each morning (6.30am -9.30am) which wouldnt be very normal for us irish but we enjoyed sampling the american style breakfast from waffles to some tasty cereals. I will definately recommend this hotel to any traveller going to nyc.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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illinois
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

This was a good budget choice to visit NYC. Rooms were large and clean. Short walk to the subway and staff helped us figure out how to navigate. Parking garage very small, but at least they had parking. If you want to see NY without paying a fortune and do not mind a short subway ride this is a good choice.

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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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*
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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