Stayed on the recommendation of a friend who is a religious sister. Do not expect your conventional hotel. It has a 'catholic' ethos. There is a chapel and quiet room on the first floor, and a pleasant garden: all for reflection, study and a peaceful ambiance. Mass is available on occasions when a priest is available. During our stay the religious sister in charge was in attendance at breakfast to assure we got the best from our stay of 5 nights.
Reception was efficient, the decor of the lobby was well worn and in need of renovation. There was a slightly institutional air about the place. Our room was old and in great need of renovation. It was facing W23rd so there was street noise, but this stopped during the night. Our room had a safe, but no hair dryer. There were no coffee/tea facilities in the room, but hot water was constantly on tap on the ground floor.(bring your own tea bags and coffee, or get it from the many food outlets nearby).
The breakfast room was light and airy; there was a good choice of hot and cold food, as well as unlimited tea/coffee. There was a large common room on the ground floor; cold drinks, snacks and ice were available from machines. Also here was a business centre containing three computer terminals. Free Wi-Fi was available throughout the ground floor.
This room was popular and suitable for consuming snacks brought in.
Clientele was mixed: mostly older singles and couples, but also a small youth group, and a young couple.
The location is brilliant, several subway stations and bus routes within a couple of blocks. Just 10 minutes from Times Square. Tip: the $29 7-day metro-card gives you freedom of the city and is a bargain buy even if you stay just a few days). Three blocks from the 'Flat-Iron', and just over one from the 'High-Line' pathway or the Chelsea Hotel. The neighborhood (Chelsea) is picturesque and safe for walking. There are loads of restaurants and fast food places near by.
In spite of the decor in the room, we really enjoyed this place and felt at home. Its convenience was second to none, it felt 'homey' after a short time, the staff were great, and the price was right. There was little noise from other guests. I understand that the rooms are gradually being refurbished; so ask for one of these, and try for a room not facing W23rd.
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