Long post ahead.
Short version now... Lets start with this, I will definitely stay here again the next time I am in NYC unless something changes at this hotel. To stay at a midtown (west side) hotel for 10 nights (family of five) and the TOTAL cost comes less than $1600.00 (this includes internet, parking, all the fees and charges, etc.) The staff was very friendly, helpful, and the hotel was very, very clean. We were there during spring break 2013, late March.
All I can say is that my floor and room (4th floor facing 42nd street) was GREAT. Room size was a typical hotel room size (not NYC small standards at all) about 16 x 32 feet (double beds). The bathroom was typical 6 x 8 size and adequate. Water pressure was fantastic (no low flow here). Small fridge and microwave, flat screen TV, chair and table, soft back chair, plenty of storage space. Pretty typical size room for the rest of the country. The room was very very clean. The two elevators that are in the main lobby are no concern. Not sure if the other elevators are a concern or not.
Lets talk 42nd street (specifically 515 west 42nd street) and I will use casual walk speeds/times. You are 15 minute walk from Times Square, 10 minute walk from Javits Convention Center or the USS Intrepid Museum, 12 minute walk from Port Authority Bus terminal, 20 minute walk from Grand Central Station, and 5 minutes from most of the subway systems (N-Q-R) that you will use in NYC. 42nd street is a major street and LOTS of activities are located ON 42nd street. Next (within a couple minutes walk) to the hotel is a police station, a deli (pretty good), a super market, drug store, Subway sandwiches, a convenience store, urgent medical care facility, a nice restaurant across the street (KTCHNS) etc. Within 5 minutes walk are several good restaurants and the Hudson River.
I have seen many reviews saying that the hotel needs upgrading. Its worn down etc. Well if you are all about brand new there are hundreds of hotels that are "NEW". Think about going to a relatives house for a few days (or maybe not - lol). The house is a little dated but so warm and comfortable. Look at your OWN home, is everything brand new or are there a few areas that are a little worn? Some folks call this character, some just complain.
Bottom line, A HIDDEN GEM in NYC, GREAT VALUE, very clean, in the middle of it all. I'll be back!
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