The view from the rooftop, or the rooms is simply stunning. At any time of day you will love looking out at Manhattan and the Queensboro bridge. I had a room on the 10th floor away from the lifts. Although not large, it was spacious enough with a king sized bed, desk and armchair. The bathroom is small, but the shower itself is large with decent water pressure. The sink is outside of the bathroom by the door, but works well and makes good use of the space. I've certainly stayed in much smaller rooms in New York. The aircon, as others have mentioned, is noisy (one of my pet hates in hotels) and I couldn't sleep with it running, but the windows can be opened, so it was OK for me during my stay as it wasn't excessively hot.
Breakfast in the restaurant was a buffet and was pretty good value at $10 (plus tip). There were breads, pastries, cereals, fruit as well as bacon and scrambled eggs. Tea, coffee and orange juice weren't self service which was a little annoying and staff were sometimes a little slow in offering these. I also had a burger one lunchtime which was OK (not fantastic), but again, was decent value for the price.
Others have mentioned noise from the roof bar, and I did hear some bass noise one evening, but for me it wasn't a problem and didn't seem to go on very late. There were some non-hotel events at the roof bar during my stay, so as a hotel guest and not part of these, it was a little awkward when the lift door opens and you find yourself in the middle of somebody else's party - it wasn't really made clear when the roof bar was open and if hotel guest were always welcome to go - I did anyway.
Free wifi was pretty good with a reliable fairly fast conmection.
This isn't a super-luxe hotel - the fixtures and fittings aren't quite luxury standard, lifts are slow, the room access corridors are semi-open, but you are not paying luxury prices and I think this is a great value place, and the view is million-dollar. I would certainly stay again.
The neighbourhood may seem a little daunting or even scary at first glance (have a look on Google Street View), but don't be put off. The immediate blocks are light industial units; a bakery, taxi repair shops etc. But that means it's pretty quiet at night and I didn't feel unsafe at all. It's actually in a great location for subway lines with several stations within a 5 minute walk and a very quick journey to midtown Manhattan as well as JFK via the Airtrain. It's a lot better from that point of view than places I've stayed in Manhattan.
The hotel runs a free shuttle every hour to and from 59th street which is great if you don't want to use the subway or get a cab.
Walk a few blocks south (Vernon Blvd) and there are a good selection of bars and restaurants which looked so much nicer than the more tourist oriented places in Midtown - again, an advantage of the Queens location. There is also a very nice riverside park (Gantry Plaza) where you can enjoy those views and also catch the East River Ferry down to Brooklyn and Downtown which is a great trip.
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