We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in November. We opted to stay in Queens to avoid the high-prices of the peek tourist season.
I have no complaints about the value of this hotel. It's clean, trendy, and the staff exude an urban vibe. It is a great location if you're not staying in Manhattan: the hotel was no more than a 6-minute walk to three different subway stations and no more than 2 stations from Manhattan.
The neighbourhood is an industrial area and at first glance appears somewhat dangerous-looking at night. Thankfully, we had no issues returning to the hotel from the subway stations on foot at any time of the day (afternoon, evening, or the very early hours of the morning).
The hotel staff were young, seemed inexperienced and lacked the usual finesse and polish. But they certainly tried very hard to make our stay a pleasant one.
The room was surprisingly large, and the bathroom was spacious. However, there was very little storage space, and you would be hard-pressed to fit more than a toothbrush on the bathroom vanity with all of the drinking glasses, towels, soaps, and honour bar candy and drinks that are replaced every morning by room service.
There are only rooms on the Manhattan-facing side of the hotel. The other side is open sort of like a motel. I would imagine the hallway to your room would be very cold in the winter months. We felt a draft each night through the door, but they have installed radiant heating in the floor.
The view from our room's floor to ceiling windows was excellent. We had a perfect view of the skyline and the Queensboro bridge from our 4th floor room.
The complimentary breakfast--while inconsistent--was appreciated. There's very little in terms of restaurants in the immediate area, so stopping at the restaurant for a continental breakfast each morning was great. We stayed for 4 nights, and the breakfast options seemed to dwindle more and more each morning. By the last morning, they had run out of yoghurt, honey and bagels.
The free shuttle to Bloomingdales was great and operated every hour on time--very reliable.
All in all, it was a great value, but I would suggest a hotel in midtown Manhattan if this is your first trip to the city.
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