Positives: large, spacious rooms; big white fluffy towels; comfortable queen and sofa bed; full kitchen; laundry facilities; gym facilities; friendly service.
Negatives: noisy construction outside the hotel (not the hotel's fault)
Laundry is $1.50 per washing and drying load. You supply your own washing detergent. Laundry card can be purchased from the machine in the laundry room for $5 or you can use the one at front desk if they haven't lent it out to somebody else.
Friendly, superb and super-fast service. If you are staying longer than a week your room will only be serviced once. That wasn't a problem for us at all.
Nearest subway is uphill (not steep, more like a gradual incline) 96th street, only an 8-10 minutes walk, depending on how mobile you are. There is another subway on 86th street, but it is a bit of a walk. We didn't mind going to the 86th street station - we had a good look at the shops on the way.
Few convenience stores nearby: Rite Aid on corner of 2nd Ave and 96th street, Gristedes on 96th street. Ray's Pizza around the corner and Nick's (Italian restaurant)right across the road. There is also Nick's Bagels around the corner on 2nd Ave, worth checking out. Starbucks is nearby on 1st Ave (I think?) and 96th street opp. the subway.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. It is a short walk to Central Park and to Museum Mile. Make sure you have a map on hand to get your bearings. It is a little far from the midtown/downtown district but once you're on the subway you'll be at your destination in no time. If you are staying for more than 7 days, a metrocard is the way to go. You can purchase these at the station.
A great hotel, nice and warm. Air conditioning in our apartment, windows open a little to let in some fresh air. It'll be great once the 2nd Ave subway station is complete (in 2016?), then access to and from the hotel will be super, super easy.
Thank you to all the staff and especially the doorman (who was interested in NZ hip hop music), for your kindness and hospitality. We didn't even get to know your names but we are truly grateful. A great stay thanks to your hotel. We would most definitely stay here again.