I just finished a 3 night stay here and was quite happy with the experience. I was a little nervous after some of the reviews I read here, but I have no complaints.
I tend not to like shared bathrooms (I'm past my backpacking days) but by time I booked there were no ensuite rooms left. I was very pleasantly surprised by the situation as I never once even ran into someone else wanting to use the facilities, let alone wait.
The stairwell/hallways are very tired looking, but don't be put off by this. My room was basic but nicely done and most importantly clean! There was a basin in the room and plasma tv (not best channel selection, but you're in NYC so not much time for TV). The bathrooms on my floor had been renovated and were also always clean. The air conditioner is a window unit and really past its best - so noisy I couldn't sleep with it on. They do have overhead fans so I just had this on high.
The location is OK. You are not in the heart of things but you are only 2 small blocks from the nearest subway (103rd, 1 train on redline). I was able to go everywhere I wanted on the subway. There are also several amenities close by (pharmacy/market, diners, Starbucks, etc) so access to anything you need as well.
New York hotels are ridiculously expensive, so if you are looking for a lower cost option and not too precious about all the perks, this is a good choice.
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