I booked this hotel as I couldn't justify the 400+ on Manhattan and furthermore the 55+ USD per night for parking. After reading the reviews about the dodgy area, I called the hotel in advance to ask them about parking for my rental 2014 Mustang. The guy said they had a garage for parking, great.
I arrived quite late, around 10.30pm and it is accurate what the other reviewers say about the area - it doesn't feel the safest and is poorly lit. When I went to check in, I was informed there were no spots left in the garage - the idea of leaving this sports car in this area didn't appeal at all. I have to commend the receptionist, who called the other hotel (Best Western) which shares the garage and managed to find me a place. Kudos to her, it was very much appreciated.
Getting to the room I found that the bedside light didn't work as the switch had been pushed down into the light enclosure. The lack of light was annoying seeing I wanted to read. I called the reception who sent someone up. This guy who was meant to be the maintenance personnel had no tools, and poked around inside of the LIVE light with the complimentary room pen until I told him to unplug it. No kudos there. In the end (30 mins of him poking around) I told him to forget it, and took the light from the desk instead.
The shower, while the temperature was ok, the pressure was a little weak. Getting the water to flow through the shower was not obvious either.
Beds were very comfortable and felt clean. The area *is* noisy, but was so tired that this wasn't an issue for me.
Breakfast the next morning … well, it was awful. If you are staying here to visit Manhattan you are better off grabbing a piece of fruit and skipping the rest. Stodgy looking meat patties, eggs in the fridge, stale cereal, tight cramped and crowded dining quarters .. If this hotel was based on the breakfast alone then it would be one star.
I had only booked one night, and booked another night. The reception (on my request) gave me the second night for the same rate as the first, as compensation for the faulty light. This was good as the rate i would have payed was marginally worth it. I needed to change rooms, so left my luggage and didn't return from Manhattan until 1.30am where it did *not* feel safe walking from the F-metro to the hotel. The second room had no problems with the lights, but the A/C would not turn off until I unplugged it. Again, bed felt clean and comfortable.
On checkout I planned to goto Manhattan for a few more hours and the hotel were good enough to let me leave my car in the carpark until 3pm. Due to metro delays, it was closer to 4.30pm before I collected the car, and they were OK with this.
So to summarise:
+ Reasonable rates (compared to Manhattan)
+ Good location in terms of Metro
+ Reception staff were helpful and dealt with my complaints
- Breakfast is the pits
- Neighborhood does not feel very safe
- Some rooms have some faults
Would I stay here again? Probably not, but I have no reason not to recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located 3 minutes from the F train on 21st-Queensbridge. Free continental breakfast, with dining space available at all times. Each room is equipped with High speed internet, Cable television, a working safe and coffee maker. 24 Hour gym is available on the ground floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Inn, Long Island City Hotel Long Island City
- Sleep Inn - Long Island City New York