The location of this hotel is in Chinatown. While not as glamorous as Midtown, the area is an excellent starting point to explore the whole of Manhattan. The hotel lies central to areas like South Street Seaport, Financial District, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Heights and Union Square which can by easily reached by subway. Midtown and Upper Manhattan also take relatively short metro rides to reach. Chinatown itself is a busy, hectic and sometimes smelly place, but all in all very safe and packed with cheap restaurants which serve great food for not much money. Trick is to go where the locals go and not let the exterior and interior of those places put you off. A ten minute walk will also get you to SoHo where you'll find great shops and good restaurants (must-go for pizza-lovers: Lombardi's). I'd advise everyone to not let the location put you off whilst deciding whether to book at this hotel. Chinatown is safe, central and cheap!
Our room itself was very good. It wasn't too big but certainly not tiny either. The room was cleaned very well on a daily-base and the private bathroom was spacious and modern. The flatscreen TV also worked really well. The bed was a bit too soft for my liking, but that's personal of course. We experienced the already described "fire-alarm" problem once, though we must admit it was our own fault.
The complimentary breakfast exists of muffins, donuts, bread, bagels, waffels, eggs and cereal. While not extremely varied, it gives you a good base to explore the city till lunchtime. The breakfast area was a bit small, but we never had to wait for a place to sit even though the hotel was fully booked on almost all our nights.
The service by the hotel employees is the only thing I can think of to complain about. Except for one nice door-guy who opened the door for us and wished us a good day, we were never really recognised by any of the staff and were only greeted after we greeted them. Some of the door-guys were often found to be on their cell-phones or on the free-internet computers instead of next to the door. The girls behind the reception seemed very shy and incapable of saying hello unless triggered by our greetings.
All in all, this hotel is great value for money and I would definitely recommend it. We paid $900 (including all the taxes) for 6 nights. We feel that this amount was really worth the visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Comfort Inn® Manhattan Bridge hotel is ideally located in the Lower Eastside of New York City, providing easy access to all the best this area offers. Local points of interest like the Manhattan Bridge, Chinatown, Little Italy, the New York City Financial District, Wall Street and Ground Zero are all within walking distance from this New York City, NY hotel. Additional attractions include: -Jacob K. Javits Convention Center -Broadway Theater District -Rockefeller Center -United Nations -Times Square New York is easy to explore thanks to this hotel's close proximity to subway and train stations. Countless entertainment venues, world-class shopping opportunities and unique eateries can be found in the vicinity. Free Parking available Only with our Park and Stay Package Only (oversize Vehicle additional charge). ... more less
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