We stayed at The Verve from Saturday Night thru Monday on a recent trip to the east coast. After looking at many options in Manhattan, which were in much smaller rooms, for much more money, we decided to expand our search to the neighboring Burroughs. We came across the Verve in Long Island City, looked at how close it was to the subway and of course, the reviews, and decided to take a chance. This was the 1st city of our 3 city East Coast vacation, and it set the tone for the rest of the week. The front desk staff was extremely helpful, answered all of our "where is..." "what does...." "How late...." questions we had about the area, and welcomed us back each night with a friendly smile. The rooms were quite large, with mini fridge and seating area with fold out couch (I'm not sure if we paid for this upgrade, or was just lucky), and once we returned from the City, there is a great outdoor seating area that our group enjoyed a cold one or two. The breakfast is free and plentyful. Load up on the free as if you are spending time in the city, you will need the energy. The Queensboro Plaza subway station is just a few short blocks away, and the 7 train takes you into Grand Central or Times Square and you'll be there in about 10 minutes. And you can connect to any other trains through 1 of those 2 stations. Overall, the area looks a little run down, however, in a city as big as New York, this is expected. My wife and I took a 10:30pm walk to the grocery store to get booze and at no time did we feel unsafe. We even stopped by for a 11pm pizza and took it back to our room. Bottom line is this. Are Manhattan hotels nicer? I'm sure they are. Are they less spacious...yes. Are they more money...YES! For being a short 10 minutes away from Grand Central or Times Square, and the amenities of the free breakfast and welcoming staff, The Verve gets my vote.