I have just stayed at the TriBeCa Blu for 7 nights (23rd-30th) with my partner. The hotel is conveniently located on the south side of Canal street (so JUST touching TriBeCa, but it's really on the edge of China Town). It has one of the main subway stations within easy reach with the 6, N, Q R trains available, so the location was brilliant for us. There are also two lifts (elevators) to the subways, which was great for me as my leg isn't the best.
I didn't feel unsafe at all in China town. There are plenty of people flogging knock off gear but there are also plenty of cops about.
Although the hotel is Lower Manhattan rather than Midtown, Manhattan is so dense that you're basically still in the thick of it (which we loved), so earplugs are recommended if you're a light sleeper. It was also nice to get away from some of the tourists and we really felt like New Yorkers for a few days.
We stayed in room 704, had a view of Canal Street and were really happy with it. The room is quite small, with a private bathroom (bath and shower), a small wardrobe, a desk and a flat screen TV. It has extras such as HD channels for free and free Wifi (a rarity in Manhattan!). Saying that the room is small, when I actually compared the square footage with the average hotel room in Manhattan, it actually works out as above average .The room looked like a premier inn and was bright, clean and the bed was extremely comfortable.The housekeeping service was excellent. My only small gripe was that the air conditioning was on a pre-set temperature and we would have liked it a little lower. Hardly a big deal though.
The lobby was bright and modern, with complimentary ipad use, comfy chairs and what looks like a bar in the making. I was also really happy with the staff. They were very friendly and helpful and even let us keep our luggage in a room after check out, so we could carry on enjoying the city on our departure day.
I got a bargain and only paid £700 approx for the week including tax (hotel sale) but I would have paid more. I would definitely stay here again and I would definitely recommend this hotel to my friends and family.
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