We got this place for $130 a night through quikbook. What a smoking hot deal!!! We figured we saved enough to buy an extra 7 pairs of shoes.
My daughter and I stayed at this hotel for 7 nights. Like the others have said before, the location is great. We were steps away from the Grand Street metro station. After a hot and exhausting day of shopping and sightseeing, we were especially glad to be able to get back doing as little walking as possible. We didn't need to take the taxi at all while in town. The hotel is at the edge of Chinatown and a few blocks away from Little Italy. We picked up fruits from one of the stores nearby to eat in the morning. A couple of times, we bought some great Italian meat, cheeses and bread to eat at the hotel and another time for a picnic in Central Park (Dipalo’s Fine Foods 200 Grand).
The room is rather small but is big enough for two women with all our stuff...clothing, shoes, makeup and shopping bags. There were no pests of any kind. We checked carefully before unzipping our luggage. In fact, the room was clean and bright. The bedding was fresh and free of stains. There is even a flat screen tv...but no coffee maker. Very odd. But just as well because it would just take up precious real estate. You can get a coffee downstairs in the hotel but we never did. The decor is plain and there is no closet. Just a rack mounted on the wall above the bedside table. The plumbing in the bathroom worked fine. Lots of hot water.
The elevator worked fine also.
If there is a complaint, its the weak strength of their wireless internet signal. We were on the third floor and there are 3 more floors above us. To get any signal at all, I have to stand in the middle of the bathtub and it would still take forever to load. I could have used the computer in the basement. But I didn't want to leave my daughter all to herself.
Another minor complaint is the air conditioner. It is rather loud and no matter how you try to adjust the temperature, the air blowing out of it is freezing. If you turn it off, the room gets too stuffy.
There is a night club across the street. The noise of the patrons gathering outside did not bother us. I always travel with ear plugs. Don't know how other people can get by without them (the small moldable ones used for swimming work the best). My daughter is a good sleeper. Nothing bothers her. There was a fight outside one night between two groups (had nothing to do with the night club). The police attended shortly and it settled down soon after. There are lots of regular folks, especially young people walking outside, even at night. We did not feel unsafe at anytime.
Most of the hotel staff were professional, courteous and accommadating. We were allowed to check in at 10:30am, and on our day of departure, they even stored our lugguage...and in a locked secured room, perhaps thanks to the previous tripadvisor member for bringing up the issue about storage.
The other travelers that we came across at this hotel were middle age Caucasians traveling in a group, groups of young people, Chinese families . There seems to be a variety of people.
The last time we were in NYC, we staying in a suite hotel on the Upper Eastside. It was very very nice. The room was big enough for us to do cartwheels in and the decor was very tasteful, very modern. But it was about 2.5 times the price of this hotel. Plus it was a good three blocks(seemed like long blocks) to the subway station. Given the same rate, I would not hestitate to stay here again.
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