When we checked in, the person at the desk told us we had a room on a high floor, but that there would be a party on the rooftop till 2:00am, and we might want to be a little lower due to the noise. We appreciated the heads up and got a room on the 9th floor instead. (the roof top is the equivalent to the 12th floor). Unfortunately, at night we could still hear the music AND the bass vibrations till well after 3am! The room is very nice, decent size, with a futon and a wall of windows facing Manhattan, which was spectacular!!!!!! When you get off the elevator to the rooms, you essentially are in an open corridor, sort of like going to a motel. So there is no air conditioning, and being July- it was quite warm. Not a reason not to stay there, just clearly not an elegant/sophisticated way to have a hotel, although i am to assume cheaper to construct.I have to say that the air conditioning did not keep the room too cool and we had the thermostat on 64! Probably because of the wall of windows, even with the shades closed, it just did not cool off adequately. The area of Long Island City is still very much a work in progress. It remains an industrial area, and not much around the hotel itself, that you can walk to. We went to Vernon Ave, where there are many restaurants that were very good. So you have a 2-3 block radius that has things to do. There is the museum of moving images nearby as well. One of the nicest things about the hotel is that they offer a free shuttle to manhattan. Leaves the hotel on the hour and leaves Manhattan, to return to the hotel, on the half hour. The hotel is literally at the foot of the Queensborough bridge. I would say a MUST see is the Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City!!!!! It offers really spectacular views of Manhattan on the water, has a few piers, benches, playground and walkways to explore. Also has the giant PEPSI sign which was exciting. The staff, upon checking in, were average at best, not up to standard. I asked for a pen to have, as i unfortunately did not have one, and there was not the usual pad and pen in our hotel room. The woman at the desk said that they did not have ONE to give!! but that i could BORROW one! I was pretty surprised by that, and frankly have never experienced that, as most hotels have pens and use it for free advertisment. Anyway, she reluctantlly said i could BORROW the pen! I said i would be out for the day and she said "well you can give it back, when you return"!
She proceded to give me a 10 cent bic pen with no cover! It just left a very bad taste in my mouth. I mean, how cheap is that? The gentleman upon checkout however was a whole different story. He was friendly, accommodating and genuinely seemed to care about our experience. He was totally different, and we left with a more pleasant feeling, because of him!
Another negative, is that there is no parking available, and you have to park on the street.
It can be difficult late at night, and because the place is more desolate, it can be a little creepy. It is not unsafe however, just that no one is around. So, in conclusion. I would stay at the hotel for its proximity to Manhattan at probably slightly cheaper rates than Manhattan. It has nice rooms with unbelievable views of Manhattan! The negatives are no available parking, except on the street and many of the staff seem like they could really care less and are not able to make recommendations other than, go to Vernon Ave.