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Ravel Hotel
Ranked #21 of 34 Hotels in Long Island City
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Furnishings are scratched, stained and have burn holes. Lamp shades are filthy. Wood Flooring is scratched. The view is great and having a balcony is a treat, but the room needs complete new furnishings. The computer in the lobby does not have a printer. Internet is not free. You cannot walk to anywhere--an isolated area. But, the view is great!

Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

We traveled as a group of 6 adults at the beginning of May/ end of April. We had been recommended to stay in the middle of manhattan but we really liked the contemporary image of the ravel hotel.

We are glad we decided to stay out of the hustle and bustle as it meant we could have a view of New York from our beds! The staff were very helpful and friendly, if there was a problem it was solved without a fuss and quickly (we couldn't open our safe).

The rooms were clean and spacious, the bed was amazing comfortable and we really enjoyed the open plan bathrooms.

The hotel is expanding so there is building work, this isn't a problem as rooms do not overlook it and the building was not noisy at all...so it should not put you off booking.

There is a shuttle bus to the metro stations which we had no problems with and was defiantly better than walking!

Overall we really enjoyed New York and The Ravel Hotel and would thoroughly recommend it!

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the 5th floor!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Charlieebarliee
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The only plus points were the friendly reception ladies and the shuttle service to/from the local subway stations. Our room - although relatively clean - suffered from scruffy furnishings, walls and ceilings and the linen was not changed every day - we had to prompt them to do so. For a hotel that apparently welcomes young families, an inappropriate 'Passion Kit' was included as part of the room's mini bar. The view was nothing like the one depicted on their website: just a very clear vista of a building site, with only a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline off to the right. Communal hallway carpets were filthy and the decor gloomy. Outside, the surroundings resembled rolling construction wastelands, and on one evening two large rats welcomed us back as we entered the driveway. Hotel staff informed us that the rats had come from the construction site next door - which turned out to be their own expansion development. Our general impression was that the hotel is only interested in catering for those in their penthouse suites and patrons of the nightclub [see other reviews for more on that]. Definitely not a location for those with children or anyone who wants to experience a taste of New York City without the gritty bits.

Room Tip: Find a hotel elsewhere; it is worth paying slightly more for a city center location. And definitely...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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RavelGM, Manager at Ravel Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Thank you for your review and we appreciate any feedback we can get. We apologize for any inconvenience during your stay with items such as linens and the passion kit. We must comply with all our guest needs and desires so we apologize to you and your family if any offense was taken. Please be sure to advise the front desk agent at any hotel where you stay, of the issues during your stay. Some guests believe all rooms to have views not realizing a building must have a first floor. The correct pictures are specifically placed with the room descriptions on all sites for reserving guests. If there was any confusion with our photo gallery we apologize. A view is only guaranteed through room types. Unfortunately the room you had reserved was one of our more economical rooms. These rooms are regularly for our business stays, where our more luxurious amenities are not needed. We also pride ourselves in having a great view of NYC in our beautiful, up and coming, clean Long Island City. Thank you for staying with us. Next time you are in town please contact us directly and we will make sure your stay is everything you desired.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

The hotel its clean, the room is comfortable. The best part is the roof top. You can have dinner or party after dark. With a wonderful view of the city. The reason I didn't give it a five star, is because the staff wasn't friendly at all. Actually they made the atmosphere pretty uncomfortable for me.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

You went to NYC and stay at a hotel in Queens? Are you nuts? I'm sure you'll reply with a very positive review of the Ravel Hotel located next to the beautiful Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City (LIC) across the East River from the United Nations building. The view of Manhattan, especially from the Penthouse restaurant/club, is one of the best you'll get - day and night. The hotel is a bit out-of-the-way in an industrial area (a few blocks from Silvercup film & TV Studios), but it provides a complimentary shuttle service with pick-ups at the many nearby subway stations. Given the much lower cost of the Ravel rooms when compared to those in Manhattan, you'll be able to upgrade to a room on a high floor that looks out on the East River and beyond. My room was comfortable with the appropriate amenities. Be sure to include breakfast in your plan that is served in the rooftop restaurant. Much to my pleasant surprise, there is much to do and see during the day in LIC and nearby Astoria. Do some research before you go and ask the hotel staff to assist you with subways and directions. If time permits, make certain to visit the nearby riverfront Gantry State Park (see the historic Pepsi-Cola sign) and, in Astoria, the Socratese Sculpture Park and Isamu Noguchi Museum.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a high-floor room overlooking the East River and Manhattan!
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Awesome experience to stay at Ravel. We really liked it. Front desk and other staff members are very responsive. Shuttle services and ambiance are good. Once the renovation gets over, I am sure that it will look more beautiful. Overall, we are very satisfied and look forward to see you again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Gajjela
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Area: It's a bit run down, and if you have to walk to the sub way, beaware it's a bit "sketchy". Run down neighberhood, garbage all over the streets, and it is surrounded by low income homes. But it is nice that the subway isn't too far, just a few blocks away.

Room: We had a king sized bed on the 2nd floor. The room itself is really nice and spacious. You get a deep soaker tub with a glass shower, two person sink. There is a sitting area and a bedroom. The only issue I had with this room is that it smelled like garbage both days we were there, and we couldn't even switch because the hotel was booked solid. After a while you forget the smell is there..
On weekends they host a club on the penthouse level, so the elevators can be full of very loud/annoying people which is unfortunate.

Service: The service was really good and they were very friendly. They supplied us with maps of the city and subway and tried to help us when they could. They were quick with the check in and check out.

We paid about 150/night and we booked 14 days in advance to save 20% off. When it comes down to it you have to decide how much you want to spend on a hotel. To get a 2-3 star you are looking at anywhere from 250$ and up a night in new york, and typically the rooms are small, run down and you share a bathroom with the room beside you.. which I will not do. We decided we were okay with the run down area and we paid for a nicer hotel... well other than the garbage smell

Room Tip: Do not choose rooms closer to the top of the hotel if you are there one the weekend, or be prepared...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ravel Hotel

Address: 808 Queens Plz S, Long Island City, NY 11101-4915
Location: United States > New York > Queens > Long Island City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Long Island City
Price Range: $127 - $458 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ravel Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Long Island City's first boutique hotel featuring lavishly decorated rooms that overlook the Manhattan skyline, the hotel is nested between the Queensboro Bridge and Midtown Manhattan. Whether traveling for business, pleasure, or both, the Ravel offers every comfort of home. Where you can enjoy a true city experience without the hassle. ... more   less 
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