We stayed here back at the end of April after looking at a number of alternatives. We were aware of the noise problem, but as we live on a busy road it did not concern us greatly. We were in NYC for 10 days and having the studio apartment with its kitchenette we knew it would save us money and it did. Happy with the cleanliness of the room which obviously had been partially refurbished but not too recently. The bedroom was really big compared to other rooms in NYC. I did find the wall "tiles" round the bath to be a little strange. They were in a sheet which was buckling and from cleaning the white was wearing off leaving the yellow base. Yes, the traffic noise from the buses was annoying, but it was not really really bad. The worst was when the buses backed into the parking area right behind the building and the constant beeping seemed to seep right into the room. Yes the corner is very busy with traffic coming out of the tunnel and we found the lights quite quick to change. We only needed the a/c on cool the last couple of days and it was not too noisy.
Being apartments there is not daily housekeeping which was a good thing because we could leave things as they were and not have to tidy up before going out. The negative about this was the amount of dust that came from the traffic and built up on the laminated floor. It was necessary to sweep almost daily or put up with a gritty floor and the broom provided was not the best. With a 10 day booking we were told we could ask for one complimentary service but we had to book it. We decided not to bother but just asked for fresh towels and more soap/shampoo etc. What did concern me the most was when about 10pm on about the second night there was a crash when the smoke alarm fell to the floor. I notified the front desk the next morning, the "janitor" came, tried to put it back up, it didn't work, he put in a new battery, still didn't work so he was going to call an electrician. Eight days later it still didn't work and when I asked about it it appeared obvious to me that nothing had been done. So if you are in apartment 7F check the smoke alarm. With regard to the homeless further down 41st we solved this by coming along 42nd and only coming back onto 41st near the apartments. Maybe it was too cold for many people to hang round at night outside the building.
Depending on what staff member is working, people coming into the building have to show their key but as I said it depends on who is on. Some obviously don't care. One of the ladies who seemed to be on most days attended to guests in her own time and if she was on the phone or talking to another staff member you waited until she was finished what she was doing, with no acknowledgement of your being there. One of the elevators was out of action a couple of times but did not inconvenience us and was fixed quickly.
There is a very handy diner on this corner almost directly across from the parking station beside the theatres and the Duane Reade pharmacy in either 8th or 9th Ave has a good food selection. There is also another drug store on 10th that has food. Lots of other restaurants around as it is the Hells Kitchen area. I mostly had access to the internet in the room.
Would we stay again, YES!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in New York, this 101-room apartment hotel is near Javits Convention Center, New York, New York, United States of America, Times Square, and Broadway. Other nearby points of interest includes Empire State Building. At the Metro Apartments Hotel, you’ll discover comfortable, relaxed accommodations just minutes from Times Square, at the beginning of Hell's Kitchen and a conveniently located near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Our affordable apartment hotel is a convenient alternative to the many other accommodations in New York City and is the perfect choice for your extended stay vacation. You’ll enjoy easy access to the city’s diverse neighborhoods, exciting attractions, shops and restaurants. Come discover your New York City home away from home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Metro Apartments Hotel New York City