“Do not be fooled by the low price. Get the real picture.”
We found only 3 good things about “Little Apple” Manhattan (room 4) - reasonable pricing, close to a subway station and painted walls. Everything else we experienced entirely offset those features and I do not recommend this hotel.
First of all, I do not have any idea why they call this place a hotel. It is a bunch of 4-5 rooms with common entrance that share 1 bath and kitchen. When you arrive you won’t see the name “Little Apple” at the entrance or even at the bell label. The first feeling is that someone is subletting his room, nothing hotel-like arround. Nobody meets the guests. The “hotel” person, named Mavinga, called us before we arrived in NYC and asked us to find some guy at the shop he worked to get our keys. I told her that it does not sound reasonable on our arrival in NYC to travel around with the luggage to get our room keys. She suggested getting a cab and paying for that, or we might come after 8.45 pm when somebody would be there with the keys. We arrived at 8.15 pm and waited until 8.50 but nobody showed up. We called the hotel number from the web (there is another location in different city) and they arranged somebody to come and give us the keys.
ISSUES WITH THE ROOM:
• Smell. All over the “hotel” and our room you can feel strong unpleasant smell of old building. Although our room looked fresh and nicely painted, this specific smell is everywhere. It is in the mattresses, too, and even my T-shirt smelled alike in the morning.
• No screens on the windows – welcome to all insects;
• No windows noise insulation. You sleep practically on the street, and you have buses and trucks engines working 30 feet away from your ears – where the major street is.
• Windows were extremely dirty – no luck to enjoy the view. It is difficult to open the window, it is hard to move them up and down;
• Dust under the bed; visible as ball of dust around some of the bed legs;
• Lamp bulb cover with dust/dead insects inside;
• Dirty yellow stuff collected in the corners;
• First day the bath tub got clogged while we were taking a bath. You splash in 5-7” dirty water from your body. Next day we complained and they fixed it.
• 10-12” waste disposal in a bathroom for 4 families in a “hotel” does not look serious. The waste disposal cannot be opened by foot. You need to grab with one hand (as all other 4 families) and throw your garbage with the other. Please, buy normal, bigger trash disposal for $10, and do not terrorize those 4 families with this $2 cheap trash can.
Internet access was not provided although advertised. We did not have internet access although followed the login instructions left. A guy engaged with the hotel explained that there were problem with the cable company. So no luck!
Our room keys did not work. The next day we could not lock our room door on our way out so we called Fabrice. He did not pick up the phone and we left him a message. Nobody called back so we got our more expensive things and left our room door unlocked for the whole day. We “enjoyed” walking around the city with extra stuff in our backpacks because of the nonworking keys “the hotel” provided. When we returned back at around 7 pm, Fabrice was waiting with the original keys. He asked us why we had not called him (?!?) and explained that something with his phone was wrong and that’s why he did not returned my call. He said the problem happened because we did not go to Dillon the day before to get the original keys and he had to give us the spare keys. Does not it sound impudently to ask your guests on arriving to travel with their luggage to find their room keys, then you gave them keys that did not work, then you did not answer the phone and did not call back all day after received your guests message; guests go sightseeing with their belongings, and at night they are explained that the problem happened because they did not travel to some place the first day to get their room keys from some guy?
In conclusion, the best feature of Little Apple is the low price. But when you pay around $150 a day you do not expect the above issues. We regret we cannot say that we enjoyed our stay in the Little Apple Manhattan.
See the pictures for all things I state here.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.