June 22, 2011 – Traveling for business, I had the opportunity to spend one night at the Fairfield Inn in Long Island City, New York. The hotel is located a couple of block south of 495, the Long Island Expressway/Queens Midtown Expressway on Van Dam Street. The official name of the hotel includes “Manhattan View” and from rooms X2-11 on higher floors there is a good view of the skyscrapers a couple of miles away on Manhattan Island.
Check in was fast, even by Marriott standards. Giving my name I was handed my room key and asked if I needed any assistance, which I did not. The whole process took about 30 seconds – great!
My room was 714 which faced Van Dam Street. This was my second stay at this hotel and this room was considerably smaller than the room I previously stayed in. Since I was the only one in the room and was only there for about 10 hours, the size did not matter. For two in the room, it would have been somewhat crowded, especially the bathroom. Rooms X (X for floor number) 14 and X15 are, I think, the smallest rooms in the hotel. I had previously stayed in 910 and it was larger with a much larger bathroom. Rooms X14 and X15 are also probably subject to the most noise from Van Dam Street while rooms X6 to X11 are probably the quietest. An ice machine is located next to room X11 and X12.
The décor of my room was contemporary and everything was very functional and comfortable. The room was perfectly clean when I arrived and everything was in good working order. The windows in the sleeping area and bathroom both opened which I appreciated.
The room had a small desk with good lighting and a comfortable office-style chair. There was a single outlet below the desk. I connected to the internet via the hotel’s network using the free plan which was 384Kbs. The connection worked well, but was very slow. I ran the Speakeasy internet speed test and both download and upload speeds were about 40Kbs – s l o w. The hotel offered a faster connection for $12.95 per day, but I did not try that.
The room had a flat screen high definition TV mounted above the desk and I was pleased that high definition programming was available. There was also a small coffee maker on the desk making working space somewhat limited.
The bed was firm and very comfortable. Nightstands on both sides of the bed had lamps, but I had to move the night stands out from the wall to access the electrical outlets. Pillows and linens were all good quality. I slept well.
I did not hear any other guests, even though I think all rooms around mine were occupied. I did notice street noise, but it died off after 10:00 PM. It was not a problem for me, even with the window open.
I had breakfast in the bright and comfortable breakfast room. The selection was limited, but fully satisfactory for me. There were hard boiled eggs, make-your-own waffles, fruit, a good selection of bagels and breads, oatmeal, breakfast bars and the coffee was good.
The hotel has an exercise room, but I did not check it out. There is limited parking underneath the hotel and I was happy that there was a single space left when we arrived at 9:00 PM. There were also cars parked around the hotel, some actually on the sidewalk, but that seemed to be normal for the area.
Both stays at this hotel we had dinner at Bantry Bay Pub, less than a five-minute walk away. The place does not look like much from the outside, but the menu has a good selection and food is really very good! I would eat here often if I lived in the area.
Service at the hotel was excellent. Everyone that I came in contact with was friendly and helpful. I can recommend the hotel highly for anyone needing or wanting reasonably priced accommodations very close to Manhattan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •On-site parking, fee: 25 USD daily •Very limited (25) parking spaces available, first come first serve basis ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairfield Inn New York Long Island City/Queens Hotel Long Island City
- Fairfield Inn Long Island City
- Fairfield Inn Queens
- Long Island City Fairfield Inn
- Fairfield Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View