We booked this hotel since we would be leaving late from a friend's birthday party in lower Manhattan and did not want to drive home. We chose this property in particular due to its proximity to the Subway, inexpensive rates, and reviews on Trip Advisor.
The hotel was not hard to find, although my GPS had it on the other side of the intersection. It was helpful to have seen a picture of the hotel's exterior online as it may have been easy to miss otherwise. The small parking lot in front of the hotel appeared full so we parked a block away on 21st Street and walked around the corner. The hotel is in a residential/industrial part of Brooklyn. I felt safe parking my car on the street since people live and work there so I always felt like there was somebody around who was keeping and eye on things.
Check in was a breeze and the clerk directed us to our room which was in the basement near the dining area for the continental breakfast. I was a little skeptical of having a basement room given that I was not aware that it could be a possibility when I made the reservation and because of my allergies. However, the room was not completely underground and there was no musty odor, humidity problem, evidence of flooding, or any other difficulties one might encounter with a basement.
The room was very clean and was well designed for the most part. A small hallway with the bathroom on the left leads to a desk at the foot of the bed that included a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and plenty of drawers. An armoire stood to the left and a flat-screen TV was mounted above the desk. The king bed was against the left-hand wall with decent-sized night tables on both sides.
The very clean bathroom was a good size with a granite countertop by the sink and a large shower (no tub). The countertop lacked a soap dish and place to put your toothbrush. The shower had a curtain but was otherwise somewhat of an open design so the bathroom got a little wet as a result of showering. The water in the shower was hot and had good pressure. Although there were your typical hand towels, wash cloths and bath mat, the two bath towels were on the thin side. I suppose I could have asked for more.
The room had a giant window A/C which almost always troubles me at hotel rooms. Surprisingly, it wasn't too loud or disruptive and seemed to function well. It did take up most of the window space so there were only two little window panels providing natural light during the day. I slept decently, and my wife slept a little better. The mattress was so-so, and the pillows, while numerous, were not particularly supportive. My wife brings her own Temperpedic pillow and it was definitely needed for this stay. We did not hear noise from our next door neighbors, however we could hear the maid getting her supplies and pushing her cart in the morning.
We did not try the continental breakfast, but it appeared as though there was coffee, tea, juice, and water out of a cooler available all day. There was also a slice toaster and microwave for guest use. There were vending machines with soda, water, and snacks at reasonable prices. The dining room also had a desktop computer and printer if you were unable to take advantage of the free wifi.
Although I was not blown away by this hotel, it was clean, there were no problems with my reservation, and the price is great for NYC. It is convienent enough if you were spending time in lower Manhattan or Brooklyn. I would stay here again.
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