OVERALL RATING - 5 Star for Value and Location ... Great Hotel if you want to stay in a wonderful hotel in NYC on a budget.
LOCATION-The best location you could ask for in visiting NYC. Subway is 10 Min walk from the hotel. One stop and you are in Mid-Town Manhattan, Times Square 10 mins, 15 mins to 34th Street etc. If you need to take a Taxi back or forth to the hotel, the cost is very reasonable especially late at night since the hotel is just right across the bridge. Also, you will always have a Taxi at your fingertips to get into the City as the cabs all stop at the gas station next to the hotel to gas up. Super convenient. No having to wait forever for a taxi and having to tip Bell Hop etc.
ROOMS - The room was very large. Bed was comfortable with lots of pillows. Stayed in room with Jacuzzi which worked wonderfully. There are rooms that supposedly have great views of Manhattan. One drawback, the room walls are thin so you hear the the guests next door evenif they get only little noisy. Same thing if the people are hanging out in the corridors and talking.
HOTEL AREA: The area around the hotel is very industrial. However, I can tell you that this is an up and coming area in New York, as more and more hotels and apts are being built in the area to take advantage of the cheaper rates compared to Manhattan. There are super luxurious hotels being built in the area that will rival all the fancy boutiques hotels in Manhattan at ½ the price. In 5 years this is going be super hot area. Also, right next to the hotel there is a gas station convenience store that is like a mini supermarket where you get everything need, snacks, drinks, hot food, fresh salads and fruit plates etc. at prices that are much cheaper than you pay in the city...Can't Beat it..
STAFF: Staff was very helpful. Checking in and out was great. We got to the hotel early and our room was not ready. They don’t have a separate room to keep your luggage so you had to leave it in the lobby area but it was nonetheless safe. We then went into Manhattan did some shopping and they had us all pre-checked in when we returned. Also, they arranged a very convenient and cheap car service for transport to JFK Airport. Paid $40 which would be $60-$80 with other car services and more by Taxi. Plus the car was at the hotel within 5 mins after call to front desk.
BREAKFAST: Yes, this is the only drawback to the hotel. The breakfast is very chaotic, limited choices; long queue and wait for getting food items; some of the food items are pre-fab like the egg and orange juice (OJ was in horrible); waffle mix was horrible plus they need more waffle machines. Also, the breakfast service was done by one staff member which is not adequate to enough for keeping up with getting the food out which adds to the already long wait sometimes.
Nonetheless, the muffins, pastries, sausage and coffee make for a good start to the morning...If only the wait was not that long.
I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL TO EVERYONE.
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