When I travel to NYC (about once a month), I normally stay in Jersey City. However, my favorite hotels there were sold out so I stayed at La Quinta in Queens. My expectations weren't high and they weren't surpassed.
The first room I was put in was on the first floor. From the other reviews on tripadvisor, I was hesitant about taking a room on the first floor. I was in 105 and it was dark and musty. It was a hot week in NYC, so I turned on the a/c. The odor that came from the unit in the wall was very unpleasant. From the outside of the building, the a/c unit was on ground level. There is an iron gate surrounding that side of the building presumably to protect the air conditioning units. However, it smelled like someone had urinated on it from the outside. When I turned it on, the odor permeated the room. I thought I would be able to tolerate it, but after one night, I requested that I be switched to a higher floor.
I was then put in room 517. This was a great improvement as there was more light and less unpleasant smells. However, it was still musty. There were no light bulbs in the bedside lamp. One of the bath towels should have been retired long ago as the edges were frayed and falling apart.
The amenities in the bathroom are the bare essentials: soap and shampoo. Not even any conditioner. There is free wifi which worked very nicely. But around 10:00 it got very slow. I imagine that's when there was the most traffic on the network.
The hotel is primarily for budget tourists. The breakfast is just the basics: cold cereal, bagels and bread, fruit (not the freshest), coffee, juice, and pre-made egg patties.
There is no parking to speak of; just 3 or four spots in front of the hotel. But getting around is very easy. It is between two subway stops, about three blocks from each. There are also plently of restaurants withing a short walk of the hotel. It is on Queens Boulevard which is a very busy street. The noice did not seem excessive, but you can definitely hear the trains.
The front desk staff was very accommodating when I requested a room change. They were polite and efficient and offered to store my luggage at the front desk while I was at work. The room I was switched to had a rate that was $10 higher than the original room I booked. That wasn't a big deal, but I was not told of the higher rate and did not find out until I reviewed my bill when I checked out.
The rooms are on the small side, but not unusual for NYC standards. There is a refrigerator in the rooms. That is very convenient to keep soda or juice cold.
There is a very modest fitness room. It has a recumbent bike, a treadmill, and one weight machine.
All in all, I would say that the hotel is adequate and has many amenities for a budget-minded traveler. As long as you keep your expectations in check, you should not be disappoitned.
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