Prior to booking I found very few reviews or photos on this hotel other than it seemed very recently built, and the brand Howard Johnson didnt inspire confidence. Took a chance on it and I'm so glad I did! Its not your typical HoJo (shouldnt be tagged as a 2-star, reminded me of an Intercontinental that I had stayed at). We stayed 3 nights between christmas & new-years.
Location is great (in chinatown/soho), its a 5-10min walk to the subway and it felt like a safe area. There's a parking garage (w/ security) about 2 blocks away if needed. We found some excellent restaurants within 15min walking distance. By subway I think it was a 15 min ride to midtown/times square etc. Very convenient.
Rooms were very clean & comfortable and as its a brand new hotel everything was in great condition. The room we were in was tiny (basically not much bigger than the bed)...but we were in town and it was enough space for a couple. Breakfast was perfect for us (we eat light anyways) and wifi worked great.
Great value - when booked, this hotel was leaps and bounds cheaper than any other that I had seen. My other options (in that price range) were to stay near meadowlands, thankfully stayed here, got to experience more of NYC more and I feel like we saved a lot of time trying to commute.
Coupled with the excellent amenities, the staff was amazing. Additionally, needed to move the booking by 1 day due to a massive snow storm that hit the north-east (didnt want to drive down in that mess) and the staff was really helpful in getting that sorted out (so was the agoda.com agent). Super friendly, super helpful (felt they went above and beyond) and really made our visit to NYC that much better.
Would definitely stay here again!
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