Yes, the cost is very cheap for a New York hotel in such a great location. Sadly, however, that is about all this place has going for it. I stayed at the West Side Inn for two weeks, checking out over the weekend to go and stay with friends up north. Over the first week, I had very few problems. The room I was given was clean, although a little smelly, had a private toilet and sink so I only had to use the shared bathroom to shower in, and even had an air conditioner.
However, on my return after the weekend, I was greeted by rude staff at the front desk, a broken elevator which meant I had to carry my suitcase up four flights of stairs to a room which was directly above the one I had been in the previous week. Considering I had paid exactly the same for the accommodation for the second week, it seemed sensible of me to assume I would get the same quality of room. Disappointingly, this was not so. The room, as mentioned, was a further flight of stairs up. It had an even greater stench than the one downstairs. The room had no air conditioner, let alone a fan during the hot New York summer.
Other elements of this hotel that should be known by those planning to visit are that it advertises televisions in its rooms, but they do not work. You have to pay to use the internet on the computers provided by the hotel, but surrounding ones have free wifi that you can link into if you have a laptop with you. There are very few power outlets in the rooms to charge cameras, etc (I had to unplug the tv to do so in my second room).
The thing that I disliked the most about this hotel was their check-in policy, which requires you to provide proof of transportation into the city. If, like me, you plan to leave and then return to the hotel, make sure you use public transport that provides you with a printout. Unfortunately, if you have amazing friends like me that want to pick you up and collect you from outside of the city, therefore not using public transport, you are pretty much screwed! From what I hear, there are much better hotels in New York for the same price, so give this one a miss.
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