This is the second time I have stayed at this hotel. It continues to be an excellent place to stay and the best value in the City. The hotel is about a year and a half old, the rooms are on the slightly small side but more than adequate. Each room is equipped with a mini fridge and microwave oven. In addition it has a i-home clock radio/music player as well as a flat screen TV. The bathrooms are tile and very moden. The entire hotel is very clean and modern. The hotel provides free wi-fi that works very well, and an above average free breakfast in an uncrowded breakfast room with a free morning paper.
This trip I had a room facing the rear of the hotel and found it pretty quiet. Rooms that face the front of the hotel can be quite loud due to the Long Island Railroad that has an elevated track/station right in front of the hotel. The hotel is two blocks from the subway station for the A (express) and C (local) line. It is about a 30 min trip using the A line to uptown locations like Times Square.
As mentioned by almost everyone the hotel is not in the best looking neighborhood. However, after two stays and walking the neighborhood day and night (even late night) by myself I would not have the slightest concern about it. It may look scary to some but is really very safe and well patrolled by NYPD.
In short if you want to save a lot of money and dont mind a short trip to get downtown/uptown this is the place to stay!!
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