When we arrived I think we (3 of us) were all in a bit of shock. The best we could say was that we would only sleep there. Soon thereafter my sister-in-law went downstairs for some towels and came back up to tell us that the hotel was an an old Columbia University dorm. Automatically (and it had been a long time since we had been in college!!!) we shifted into dorm mode. We were fine after that.
The reviews you read are correct - the rooms are small, the carpet not particularly clean, there were never enough towels, the shower was small .....
But, there were great things about it: the price is great ($45 per person with a bathroom is better than the $30 hostel with 12 people you probably don't know - and I really like hostels), the staff are friendly, you CAN NOT beat the location, the air conditioners blow nice cold air in June, if you get a room above floor 6 you can see the beautiful Hudson, you are across the street from a great park (the best in NYC), and the River Side Basin Cafe is 5 minutes away - and the sunsets are beautiful, you are two blocks from Zabars, three blocks from the subway and four blocks from Central Park. We felt safe all of the time.
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