Booked Hotel over a year in advance for our honeymoon, paid more for the city view room, having read some reviews in the year since booking I was slightly nervous over what to expect but there was no issues what so ever.
We were given a room on the 8th floor with great views over to the Manhattan side, yes a building has gone up i'm guessing since this hotel was built which has blocked off a bit of the skyline but still had good views to wake up to every morning,
We Stayed for 2 weeks from 29th April-13th May and didn't encounter any problem, The Room was cleaned daily, on occasions we left the "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging as we wern't quite ready to leave hotel when we could hear cleaning service coming, when we left we took sign in and came back later to see the cleaning service had come back and cleaned the room, which was a nice surprise.
We had loads of bags (souvenirs, gifts etc) pilling up over the course of the 2 weeks which we left in the room daily (there is no safe or anything like that) and nothing was stolen or looked to of been moved or looked through (I had read about things being stolen previously)
The actual room was adequate for our needs, Bed was big King size that was comfy, NO BUGS of any kind found during our stay, TV was good with a big selection of channels.
Fresh towels were provided daily and shower was clean, water pressure was OK, not the best in the world but certainly not bad enough to make a fuss over.
The Breakfast room wasn't as small as I was expecting having read the reviews, Yes its not huge but it does seat I'd guess at least 40-45 guests I'd guess at, and is open from 6-10am, so its not like everyone goes down at the same time, we got a table a few times but found taking our food back to our room more enjoyable and relaxing anyway and even if there was a table free we choose not to sit in the Breakfast room.
The food available was Ok and consisted mainly of Bagels, doughnuts, Cereals, Eggs, Fruit, Yogurt, waffles, pastries and toast.
The Staff were friendly and helpful when we needed anything, which was only a few times, they helped organize our taxi to the airport when our originally booked one never turned up.
When we entered and left the hotel daily there was always someone on the front desk available if needed, sure they didn't always greet you when you arrived and left the hotel but not a problem for us, we let them to go about there jobs and they left us to go about our day.
The area is safe, we arrived at queensboro plaza subway between the hours of 11-Midnight on quite a few occasions and the 5 minute walk back to the hotel was never an issue that late, always felt safe enough and never saw anything dodgy/bad going on.
Its not a great area for things to do but you can be in Manhattan in 5 mins and times square in 10 on the subway.
There are a few places to eat around the subway station, the dunkin donuts as mentioned by others, there is Mexican resturant and a few others dotted around, I'd also recommend Lucky Pizza just opposite the dunkin donuts on the the other side of the road, we went in twice and the people in there were very friendly and remembered us from the visit the previous week and were asking us how we were doing and getting on etc.
The 24/7 Garage next to the hotel was also very useful for picking up snacks and drinks and were friendly enough.
All in all we had a fabulous times in NYC and the hotel experience certainly added to that, I would recommend and would think about staying again should we visit the city again, the price was almost a $1,000 cheaper then staying in Manhattan for 2 weeks, and for the cost of 2 unlimited 7 Day Subway passes at $30 each we were in Manhattan in 10 mins.
If your on a budget or just looking to save some money or to have more spending money you can't go wrong.
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