For our first visit to NYC, we decided on this hotel after reading other Trip Advisor reviews. If you know UK / Ireland hotels, this place compares with a Jury's Inn or a Premier Inn. We booked 2 rooms; a double with 2 beds and a king - both executive rooms for a 5 night stay. We requested rooms on the same floor as one of the rooms was for our two teenagers (19 and 16). This hotel is pretty good, but let's get the negatives out the way first. Executive rooms are virtually no different from standard rooms. We know this as we had a bit of messing about with rooms on arrival to get 2 rooms close by. Full marks to Lynn on reception for sorting this out and getting us adjacent rooms! We had a rental car when we arrived. The hotel charge $25 plus tax per night for parking. It's free on the street right outside. Note to hotel - behave yourselves and sort this ridiculous charge out! OK, the positives: The hotel is in a quiet neighborhood so we managed 5 good nights sleep - very welcome after a transatlantic flight. We deliberately did not want to stay in the heart of Manhattan due to the traffic and siren noise that goes on all the time so in this respect, the location of the Wyndham did the job. It's a small hotel and the reception and concierge staff are very helpful - well done guys and thanks for looking after us. It's not a full service hotel, the onsite restaurant only caters for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is reasonably priced and $10 per head will see you well fed, watered and and set-up for the day. There is a shuttle bus to the subway, but we didn't use this. It's only a 5 minute walk to the nearest subway - just turn left out of reception then turn immediately left and walk straight for 3 blocks and the subway is on the left. Easy! One stop on the M line takes you to Lexington at 53rd street in Manhattan - a few minutes stroll to Bloomingdale's. 5th Ave is only 3 stops, so getting to and from Times Square or Central Park is easy. I have read a lot of reviewers commenting (both positive and several negative) on the neighborhood. Well, we went exploring around the hotel on foot and also sampled some local restaurants and bars. LIC it seems is fast becoming a cool place to live. There is some very expensive condo (apartment) developments on the waterfront looking over to downtown Manhattan with new developments underway. With this new gentrification of the neighborhood comes new restaurants, cafes, bars etc. The boardwalk on the waterfront (a 5 minute stroll from the hotel) at night is magical with its gardens, pier and views looking to the Empire State building etc - and its quite peaceful / tranquil (unusual for NYC!). We had dinner at 2 local restaurants on Vernon Boulevard - both excellent. The first one is a local and authentic Italian. It's recommended by the hotel and hotel guests get a free glass of wine or a desert. Ask reception for the voucher. I can't remember the name of the restaurant and we ate there twice - but if you turn left out of reception and walk straight down Vernon for a few minutes, its the first Italian you come to on the left. It also has an authentic bakery and the food is excellent simple rustic Italian. Family run and excellent (not expensive). The other restaurant we tried was an excellent Cuban restaurant and bar called Madera Cuban Grill. This is a popular with the locals. I had an amazing 20oz steak, cooked to perfection on Friday last. There is a couple of other interesting cafes and bars close-by and the area is definitely on the up. To sum up the Wyndham Garden; it's a new built hotel so everything works. The rooms are clean and functional. The bathrooms are a wee bit on the small side, but there is a bath with shower over and the shower in our room was excellent. Rooms have air-conditioning (essential at the moment as NYC was 91F last week) however one slight criticism is the noisy air-conditioner fan / motor. The area is fairly quiet and the neighborhood on Vernon and the waterfront is pretty cool if somewhat quiet - yet the buzz of NYC, Times Sq etc is simple and quick to get at. Rooms cost a lot less here than over the river and as an added bonus, it's possible to sleep here in the City than never sleeps! We'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just minutes from New York City’s midtown, the Wyndham Garden LIC Manhattan View hotel offers guests the perfect proximity to the Big Apple without the hassle or expense of a Manhattan address.This newly built hotel is located in an eclectic neighborhood of Long Island City with views of the city skyline, the East River and the Queensboro Bridge, allowing guests to take a step back and take in the city’s true beauty.Business travelers will appreciate the convenience of the 24-hour Business Center along with free Wi-Fi and copy and fax services. Those who find themselves exploring the Long Island City area can take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary local shuttle, available to take you to the nearby subway. The Wyndham Garden LIC hotel also has an on-site restaurant and a 24-hour fitness center, providing guests the conveniences needed for a comfortable stay. ... more less
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- Wyndham Garden Long Island City Manhattan View New York