I was very pleased with my stay here.
I was on a trip attending conferences for work, and by coincidence my favorite band, Phish, was playing a 3 day concert on Randall's Island right after my conference was over on the 10th. So I booked a room here months in advance of the concert dates. Which were July 11th, 12th, and 13th over the weekend. I quickly went from work mode to vacation mode when I hit this hotel. Phish! Wahoo!
At first the area of LIC (Long Island City) this hotel is located in looked a little rough around the edges, but at just under $90 a night I couldn’t resist the price point for this hotel which is a quick subway ride to Manhattan where hotels are hundreds of dollars a night. But I discovered that looks can be deceiving, the area was actually fine whenever I was walking around. I never felt un-safe. I found a parking garage I could walk to seconds away, and the N/Q train runs right near the hotel mere minutes away. This hotel was also good for me since I could hop the N/Q up to Astoria to walk across the RFK bridge to the Phish concert on Randall's Island. Also the 7 train is a couple blocks away at Queensboro Plaza.
I was checked in by a friendly young lady working the front desk around 2PM on the 11th. I wish I could remember her name, but she was very friendly and helpful. She had black hair in her mid-to-early 20's and big gold hoopy earrings.
I had requested a room on a high floor far from elevators, and I was happy that I was put on the top floor in the corner. Nice and quiet for a city room.
My room was spotless minus a couple scuffs here and there and one stain in front of the mini-fridge where someone likely spilled a soda or something. I was in room 601. However these were minor offenses and scuffs and stuff are to be expected. I was very pleased with how the clean the room was overall. The bathroom fixtures were shiny and clean. The beds were firm but comfy and had crisp white sheets. HDTV, mini-fridge, safe, coffee machine, etc. It was a decent size for New York and the surrounding borough’s, so all in all I was very comfortable and happy.
My only complaint with the room I can think of was that the safe was not bolted down. It was a standard little hotel safe, but it was just sitting on top of the mini-fridge. I’m not sure what the point of a safe is when someone could simply pick it up and walk off with it.
All in all this was a good stay, and I would stay here again for sure.
Other things of note:
-Continental breakfast each morning.
-Ice machines are on lower floors, if that matters to you.
-The parking garage I found was $20 a day, I was there for 3 days so the guy said $60. This being NY I decided to haggle and said "how about $50 for the 3 days, huh pal?" and he said "sure." I gave him a couple soda's from my cooler and he kept me on the top floor of the garage.... so... always haggle and be friendly!
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