new hotel (2 yrs old) in long island city just by the queensboro bridge with the most incredible view of the NY skyline from their rooftop bar and terrace, and from all the rooms. free wifi, good sized, comfortable rooms with en suite bathroom. Clean, modern, great staff. Free shuttle every hour to and from 59th st, otherwise about $10 in a cab. Rooftop bar has loud parties with djs etc every friday and saturday night until early morning, so get a lower room (below level 6) at weekends if that sort of thing bothers you. Has comfortable bar and restaurant in lower level. You get a lot more bang for your buck by not being in manhattan.