I should have known something was amiss when I was given the opportunity to "check out" the room before I paid for it. I did not appreciate what it means to check out a hotel room at that time - I do now. I opened the door to the hallway and suddenly realized that I should have had some Febreeze. The sour smell of carpet which had been wet and not dry cleaned was apparent. I should have known something was amiss. But I simply poked my head into the room, saw two beds with clean white linen and said "thank you" for the attendant who checked me in. I did not stay very long because I was meeting some friends who happened to be in town from across the country.
I returned later and turned on the room light on the wall. The light came on but so did the fan. I tried to turn off the light but keep on the fan. No such luck (initially anyway). I saw a remote control on the wall and decided to play with it. It turned off the light and the fan. I kept clicking until the light went off and the fan stayed on. Thinking I had achieved my objective, I laid in the bed and went to sleep. I woke up later that night and the fan was not longer on. I turned it on again and went back to sleep. I awoke an hour later and it was off again. Playing cat and mouse with the remote, I decided to let it be. I was tired. Around 3:55 am, I heard two people arguing. They were so loud I thought they were standing outside my door. I never heard the staff intercede.
I woke up the next morning and decided to shower. I have never been inside a bathtub quite like the one in my room. It was about three feet long and two feet wide. I laughed out loud. It looked like a white bassinet glued to the ground. I then put my back against the wall and extended my leg. It touched the other wall. I am 5'7". In addition to the micro bathtub, the bathroom had a commode. There were no towel racks and no mirror or sink. The sink was in the main room. To use it, I had to sit on the edge of the bed. The cabinet doors did not shut and they had no handles. As I stepped into the micro bathtub, I turned around and there it was. A window into the shower area. No curtain or covering lie between my naked body and the four windows from the adjacent building. I finished showering, stepped out to get my cellphone, and took two photos. I have added them to this review.
Before I left that morning, an employee asked me to give her my dirty towels. I did so. As I left the room, I noticed that the door did not close properly. I had to lock the door from the inside. I had not seen a lock with a "push button" in more 35 years. I had been transported back to the 1960s.
When I returned to my room, I noticed that two washcloths and two bath towels had been placed into my room. But otherwise, my room looked the same. The bed was unmade and it appeared that no one had been inside. I thought about what kind of "housekeeping tip" I would leave upon checkout.
The outside temperature dipped to 47 degrees. I looked for some heat. I saw what appeared to be an accordion style heater along the far wall. It was half the size of a regular bed pillow. I then realized there was no air conditioner at all. The heater is controlled by management. I had no option but to sleep in the cold room. I pulled the blanket off the second bed. My feet were still cold. I had to put on a set of socks.
Finally, a word on the wifi. It never worked.
I laughed at my naivete. I think they owe me for staying at the place. There is absolutely no threat of me staying there again. If you want some place to stay in NYC, try somewhere else. This hotel should be embarrassed to call itself a hotel. It is a low scale hostel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A great and affordable place to stay in New York City for travelers and students, as well as the perfect solution to all short and long term housing.The Morningside Inn is in the heart of New York City's vibrant Upper Westside - Morningside Heights. So close to Columbia and Barnard, the music and theological colleges, as well as the magnificent Cathedral St. John the Divine. The Hudson River Greenway and Riverside Park are steps from our door. The hotel is housed in a 6-story, elevator pre-war building with the old world charm of that era. All rooms are fresh and have been decorated in comfortable style. Excellent citywide bus and subway transportation are at Broadway, and the city M60 bus takes our guests from and to LaGuardia Airport directly for one Metrocard fare. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Morningside Hotel New York City
- Morningside New York City
- Morningside Inn New York