My wife and I recently stayed here in early December for 4 nights. The rates were more reasonable than midtown Manhattan. The hotel is very clean with king-size beds. Our mattresses were very comfortable because they were on the firm side. Lots of pillows, too. There is ample lighting in the room. Lots of outlets are available on the nightstands or at the desk which makes it easy to recharge your tablet/laptop/phone while using it. Our bathroom was very clean with a good shower. Good towels, too. Also, there is a mini-fridge, safe (on the small side), iron and board and hairdryer. The hotel provides the usual good breakfast which included hot scrambled eggs, make-your-own waffle, cereals, yogurts, bagels, muffins, fruit (apples and bananas), juices and coffee. The breakfast area is well-monitored and supplied.
The hotel staff is personable and very helpful. They will valet your car and I don't know what they charge as we didn't have one. We used the subway to get into the city and it is very convenient. The hotel is between 2 stations and the closest one is one long block away. It is a 2 minute walk. It gets you to the R train which services midtown and the lower west side. Transfers (free) are available to all other lines so you can get to literally anywhere in the city. The best way to travel on the subway is via Metro-card. It is the cheapest and easiest-especially if you are taking multiple trips. It is refillable and you get a 5% rebate credited to your card when you fill it with $5 or more. You can buy it from vending machines at any station or some stations have a staffed ticket booth. It is about a 5 minute ride to get to the first stop in Manhattan (59th and Lexington) and only about 5 more minutes to get to the Times Square area. Hassle free-no need to park a car and pay the exorbitant parking fees.
Tip: Try to get a room on a high floor (say 10 and above) as the hotel is next to the elevated train and it can be noisy. We had no problem with this (6th floor) although you could hear it.
Tip: Since you can't call for a NYC cab (the cheapest way to get to the airport), there is a service that we used that worked nicely. It is called dial7 car service (dial7.com). We reserved a car (Lincoln sedan) online and he came right on time. He got us to La Guardia in less than 15 minutes. Good driver and clean car. It cost $34 plus tip. I had seen some mixed reviews online concerning this service but we had no problems at all.
Tip: If you don't want to use this service to get to the airport you can also take a cab-you can't call for one but you can hail one on the street. A cab to LGA from the hotel should cost $20-24 plus tip. It is definitely cheaper than the car service. We used the car service because we went with the sure thing instead of hoping to flag down a cab. But next time I would hail a cab because on Northern Blvd. (just steps down from the hotel front door) I discovered that there are bunches of them driving by on that street.
We really enjoyed our time in NYC and staying at this hotel was convenient, comfortable and reasonable. We would definitely consider this hotel in the future.
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