After extensive search for hotels in Queens/ Brooklyn area I have decided to give Le Bleu try for 3 nights.
I was traveling with my best friend, my 22 years old daughter.
Renting the vehicle at La Guardia airport was a breeze. Finding hotel was not any more difficult. Driving through the potholes, that can not be avoided, for about 30 minutes, we parked in the front of hotel at 2pm. Room was not available until regular check-in time 3pm.
The first impression was not that great: this hotel is squeezed between two services, parking lot can only take about 10 vehicles. Upon entering "the lobby" you discover a small reception desk with TV above it on your left. You are facing elevator doors, on your right is a small waiting area with two sofas.
I felt very worried. Elevator, that can only be operated using room key (for safety), took us to 5th floor. I have noticed bleach stains in dark brown carpet that looked new. Our room 505 was overlooking hotels parking lot and 4th Avenue. Glass cube shower-stall enclosure on our right created a small hallway leading to well appointed room with two double beds. Chocolate brown wood, same color carpet, white modern furniture , crisp linens and blue details welcomed us.
My I pad and phone connected immediately to hotels WIFI, which was a pleasant surprise as sometimes it can be a chore. Small closet with tiny ironing board sent us a message: this is great for a quick trip. Do not take any fancy dresses or clothes that must be hanged. We pushed our luggage agains glass door leading to a small balcony, as we couldn't find any better place for it. Carpets are new, but show many stains from bleach, that is being used for cleaning. Desk area with coffee maker, two packets of Starbucks coffee , two bottles of Smart water, courtesy of the hotel were a pleasant surprise. Fridge was fully stacked up with local beer, Coke, water and more soft drinks. Basket on the shelf offered snacks at the half price than any other establishment. Very tempting. Choosing two double beds for two single girls was perfect. I must say, that this was the second best bed I have ever slept during my travels. It is hard to beat Waldorf-Astoria experience, but it came very close at fracture of the price! Crisp linens, four very comfortable pillows and feather duvet on each bed are the best asset of the room. And there was THE BATHROOM: the shower-stall is amazing. Figuring out the faucets can be a riddle at first, but having the soft rain falling from very hight ceiling and handheld shower available at the same time in very spacious glass enclosure that white drapes hug for privacy, if you wish, was rewarding experience. Cosmetic line, beside being blue, is one of the best I used at the hotels as well. Stripping and replacing the seal around the bottom of the shower-stall would improve its look, as it shows mould.Small round sink is open to the bedroom itself and has very sufficient light for applying make-up. Again, being minimalistic, there is not enough of storage available for longer stay. I can not imagine having more than two people in the room... And than there is the toilet area...!!! Having no secrets between two girls, but trying to stay discreet at the same time is impossible task. Frosted glass sliding door is the only obstacle between bed and this scary place... I did not find any switch for fan, thankfully I always pack room freshener with me. We used TV and radio for sound proofing...lol... Although our shower and toilet area were separated by glass wall and tiled threshold, there was water on the floor in the toilet area, which is not really pleasant experience when you are fully dressed for winter outside...Heating, air conditioning unit under the window can be controlled very easily and the unit is very efficient.
Ordering breakfast to the room is due by 4am.. Bagels and muffins are heavenly. Lack of cream and sugar in our basket got corrected with quick call to the reception.
The only downfall of the breakfast delivery is, that when your neighbors order for early delivery, lack of soundproofing from the hallway will wake you up. Doors are heavy and loud.
Noise from the street woke me up every morning around 6.30 am. There was some small construction going on and drills and honking of the cars would prevent me from going back to sleep.
Parking was ok for first two nights. It was full during the last night and we turned to underground parking across the street. Recommended by hotel, but not available and not so pleasant experience either. Eventually we found spot about 7 minutes walk from the hotel. Walking back at midnight and removing vehicle before 7 am for sweeping of the street was a bit annoying.
Overall, we left with impression that there is not much possibility for improvement. Service at the hotel was very responsive and pleasant, room was clean and comfortable for short stay. Privacy can be a true issue....
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