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“Basic but useful hotel for a cheap NYC stay. Free parking!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Red Roof Inn Queens
Ranked #27 of 31 Hotels in Long Island City
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Basic but useful hotel for a cheap NYC stay. Free parking!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

Stopped at this hotel on a USA roadtrip - easy access from the highway. Had to circle the block to enter the car park but we were pleased to find a space to park for free. Arrived at 10am so obviously couldn't check in but they let us leave our car. We walked the 10/15minutes up to the subway station - seemed pretty safe to us but we never did it after about 9pm.

The room was clean and the bathroom had everything we needed. The TV and wi-fi worked well for us. We weren't in the room a lot but didn't suffer from any bed-bug or noise-related issues. We also, perhaps naively, left our laptops, i-pads etc. in the room and they were still there everyday when we returned. The breakfast was pretty basic but we managed to grab bagels or muffins, even though there is nowhere near enough seating. Most people have to take it back to their rooms to eat. The woman in charge of breakfast was a lot less friendly than most of our breakfast experiences along our trip, it must be said.

Our biggest issues were that the phone in our room was completely non-functional, as was the hairdryer. This is a very basic hotel but I think these things should be checked as a standard.

Nevertheless, if you want to see all the sights in NYC and yet stay in a budget hotel, this will work well for you. We were two young females and always felt safe both in, and travelling to/from the hotel. Would not recommend if you want a luxury/particularly special trip to the city, but for a budget traveller I would definitely recommend, especially if you have a car.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

The first time i stayed at the Red Roof inn was in November 2011, but back then it was called the Queensboro Hotel. This year i chose it again because my first stay was pleasant, and loved that the subway was of walking distance. Mr. Gonzalez, the night manager made us feel welcomed again. Didn't expect he'd still be there. Very friendly and helpful just like the first time we stayed. Also Mr. Remy was a big help. It is of walking distance to the subway 7 that takes u just about everywhere. If u are not going to spend much time in the hotel, this is the hotel for you. It is located in a nice, quiet, and safe area. Our room was clean, the bathroom spotless, and noise free. Loved the free wi-fi. Hands down to the night staff. Great customer service is what made me go back. Thank you again Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Remy. You made our stay great, and i wouldn't hesitate to book there again.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

I thought I was lucky to find this hotel - free parking, 30 minutes to Midtown Manhattan by subway, almost half price of other comparable hotels. Those perks still are there, but... after 3 nights stay, I have 30+ bedbug bites all over my arms and legs. Now I spend my days in fear of bringing some undesired souvenir (aka bedbugs) back home with me...

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

A nice hotel easy access from the highway and nice and quiet, it felt safe and has a nice pool. The breakfast was good, so why unlucky? After an easy check in we went to our room which had a musty smell, I soon found the reason, the carpet by the bed was soaked, it must of been recently cleaned and was still wet. We were offered another room but just wanted to get to sleep after travelling a long way. When we pulled back the covers the matress was wet as well, by now we were past complaining so decided just to use the other bed which was fine. Next day the reception staff were very apologetic and said they would inform the manager of the problems we had found.
I am sure this was just a one off mistake and we could of moved rooms if we hadn't of been so tired.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank witcheshouse
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Lapeer, Michigan
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107 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

The bed was kinda firm. Pillows were great! Towels were not soft! Staff was great. Location was good for what I needed. Shower was great. Ac worked well. Breakfast was pretty average. Parking was super tight. I would stay again!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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rural ak
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68 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is budget (cheap) hotel in an old building in a safer neighborhood. If you are looking for a place to sleep and shower without spending double, triple the money, this is it. Yes, the carpet is stained, the rooms tiny and smelly, and the free breakfast area crowded. This is not a shiny, spacious suburban hotel. But there is free parking. It is a very quick drive into Manhattan. You can walk to the 7 subway train, which is an economical and quick way to get into the city. We had a room on the highway side, but did not notice any noise with the AC on. A dresser drawer was broken- didn't care. Also DON'T leave anything in your room when you leave, if you don't want it taken. A guest next to me said he had a phone and charger taken when they went out. Never leave valuables in your room, in any city hotel!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mary m
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Sooke, Canada
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32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014

Got a cheap price on Hotwire for 70 dollars a night, then when we checked in realized that this is really a 2 star hotel, not like a real Red Roof Inn. Only one garbage receptacle in the room, shower curtain didn't close so water dripped on floor, and mattress was very hard. Thin bed covering so had to crank up the heat. Threadbare towels.

The reason why there are so many reviews here is that the staff encourage customers to submit reviews, of course in a positive fashion, so don't believe everything you read here about how wonderful it is, especially from reviewers who have written only one review.

I agree with previous reviews that it is a long walk to the 40 st Lowry subway station, about 15 minutes. Hourly shuttle service stops at 7 pm. Need to let front staff know you are going on shuttle. There is no business center, just a computer in the lobby that you have to pay to use. The free wifi is really slow and kicks you out constantly. The continental breakfast is typical of the lower end chain motels. Maids were friendly. Russian lady stern.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Likestotravel11
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Additional Information about Red Roof Inn Queens

Property: Red Roof Inn Queens
Address: 3805 Hunters Point Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101-1915 (Formerly Queensboro Hotel)
Location: United States > New York > Queens > Long Island City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 31 Hotels in Long Island City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Red Roof Inn Queens 2.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located hotel near the Midtown Tunnel, just four miles from Manhattan off the Long Island Expressway (LIE) Rt. 495 and Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE), Rt. 278. The hotel is located 5.2 miles from La Guardia Airport (LGA)/ 9.8 miles from John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK). We are at a walkable distance to many popular restaurants serving local cuisine. Hop and skip to Manhattan, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Empire State, Wall Street, Brooklyn, Broadway, CITI Field and Yankee Stadium and many points of interest daily by the #7 train which is just 3 blocks from the hotel. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Express Queens
Holiday Inn Queens
Holiday Inn Long Island City
Long Island City Holiday Inn
Red Roof Inn Queens Long Island City, New York

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