stayed 4 nights at this hotel 8-12 August and it was great. had a room on a low floor (to make it easier to go down the stairs and outside to smoke) facing 8th Avenue so we could look out the window at the activity on the street. management did a great job reserving us the room we wanted beforehand, and presented us with a welcome basket on arrival. another reviewer mentioned the value of buying sodas at the vending machine near the room...the best price around for a bottle of coke! there are 24 hour pharmacy/grocery across the street. Walk everywhere from the hotel! great for evenings in times square. metro access very close. definitely recommend it.