I was satisfied with my first stay (see TripAdvisor review), so on my return trip I made only a cursory effort to explore other options before deciding to stay here again. Most of what I wrote before is still true. The main problem with the room itself is the feeble water pressure. The staff does seem to be making an effort to be more friendly and helpful. But I have a couple other points to make.
One, the rooms are small. That's to be expected in a NYC budget hotel. But, it also means the rooms are not very suitable for families with children, especially children of a boisterous, active nature. So if you're traveling with younger children, you might wanna think twice.
Second, the best thing about this hotel really is its proximity to a subway station on a line that goes directly to Grand Central. That means you can get from there to anywhere in Manhattan almost faster than if you were staying in Manhattan, but without Manhattan hotel prices. However, it's been pointed out to me that this station, like almost all, requires traversing 4 flights of steps. If that's a problem for you, you won't be using the subway much, and so this hotel really won't offer much.
Couple other observations: the hotel seems to have become quite popular with international guests. During my stay I overheard German, Spanish, Swedish, and Viet Namese, as well as some other languages I couldn't identify.
Directly behind the hotel is a no-name quick-serve diner (the canopy says only "Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner"), which I guess mostly serves students from LaGuardia Community College across the street. It's a cheap place to grab a bite if you're staying here.
Other reviews have mentioned the limited parking. It's true, there are only about a dozen spaces, half in front, half behind. But, in numerous occasions of walking past both en route to the subway station, I have never seen them all full. If you are driving, it might be worth the risk.
Me, I'm happy with the place, and intend to stay here again when I return.
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