Convenient & reasonable
If you have not been to NYC, pay more and get a place in Manhattan; otherwise you can stay here and be none the worse for it. Perhaps the biggest advantage is easy access to Manhattan, either by bus or underground (overground for quite a bit). I find bus the better option - there is a stop just a minute away, and two buses with short intervals; Q32 will take you well down Manhattan while Q60 terminates just past the Queensboro Bridge. You can reach Central Park in less than 20 minutes.
The hotel is just what you get for the money, and a free view of Manhattan skyline from Queens Blvd. is thrown in. It is so close that one is temtped to walk over, except you cannot get across the river on foot. Empire State Bldg. is clearly visible (if you look hard, you will notice it framed by one of the arches in the picture).
For all the traffic in the Boulevard, it is surprisingly quite inside even if you have a front room. Wi-fi works, but with difficulties; it is best to sit in the (small) lobby for connection. There is a business corner with a terminal, for time-limited use as well. Early birds win.
Breakfast in the basement is good enough for just about three nights. After that it undoubtedly becomes tiresome. There is so much plastic around you could be aboard a plane. Other than that and if you are not particular, you can stuff yourself fairly successfully. Coffee is good, so what the heck. Meateaters beware, though: It is next door for you from the start.
The staff are all right overall; I came across just one sourpuss who gave me trouble with parking the car. If you do not know how to handle unhelpful individuals, get one of them books on how to gain friends etc. well beforehand.
Overall, if you need to sleep in NYC, this will do.
Wow, was my first reaction when I entered the room. I've been to quite some hotels in Europe and this was undoubtly one of the biggest and cleanest rooms I've stayed in.
The room included a king bed, refrigerator , privave bathroom with shower/toilet/bathtube, tv with 25 premium channels and free high speed internet (through a RJ-45 cable).
Although some of the staff members weren't always extremely friendly (sometimes my 'goodmorning' was unanswered...--!) the service was very decent. At first, the toilet didn't flush properly, left a note and it was fixed when we came back later that day.
The breakfast that was included in the price is basic, but good enough to get the day started; coffee, orange/apple juice, bagels, donuts, slices of bread and cornflakes.
The subway is just 2 blocks away from the hotel and is only a 2 minute walk. It is line 7 which will get you directly into Grand Central / 5th Ave or Times Square. But because the metro is so close, the noise might bother the light sleepers.
Overall a very pleasant stay and apart from some unfriendly staffmembers, there was nothing much to complain about.
Good value, convenient to Manhattan
Stayed here on a combination pleasure/business trip the nights of 23 and 24 Sept 2006.
My flight arrived JFK at 8am; I had requested an early check-in (prior to their standard 2pm), but as they were booked full the night before, they could not check me in until about 1.30pm, which is understandable.
The hotel seems fairly new - construction as well as room appointments.
Convenient if you're flying into LGA but don't want/need to stay in Manhattan; I flew into JFK (a bit further from this hotel but the airfare was right) and it was a $36- (plus tip) cab fare.
My room featured a window that opens, AC/heat/fan unit, desk, lamp, side-chair, phone, CAT5 connection, ample electrical outlets, wardrobe, king bed, 2 end-tables with lamps, alarm clock, nice TV with remote & CATV (about 30 channels), mini-fridge, dresser, bathroom with expected ameneities (soaps, lotion, shampoo).
Enough towels for 2 persons. Bath fan / heat lamp / normal lighting.
Coffee pot & mugs, with complimentary coffee.
The hotel features free wi-fi, which was only occasionally available in my room, but always available in the lobby. Nice lobby with funky leather sofas and flat-screen TV while you surf.
Ice machine on my floor; soda machine on my floor ($1.50 per 20oz bottle).
A breakfast buffet is apparently offered; I haven't tried it.
They will hold your luggage for early / late check-in / out.
Sparse busines center (looked like just one computer on a counter-top, but, some kids were using it when I checked it out).
2 blocks to the 40th Street/Queens Blvd number 7 train, which will take you to Manhattan and direct to/from Grand Central Station (meaning, you can connect to pretty much anywhere).
A few varied restaurants within a 2-block radius, as well as numerous mini-marts / bakeries etc; I made dinner of empanadas and kiwi pie bought at one bakery, instead of taking the easy route of McDonald's across the street.
Nice neighborhood, seemed safe, ethnically mixed - I enjoyed hearing 6 or 8 different languages spoken on the streets.
It's a La Quinta - not for the 'luxe traveler, but very clean and you'll not be left wanting in a standard room. The one and only negative I saw was some very noticable black mold in the shower - a quick spritz of Clorox Cleanup would put an end to that.
5-story hotel with elevator. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are apparently available (but ask for smoking in advance if you need one).
I stayed there to attend a family wedding recently and booked the trip three months in advance through a travel agent, having first checked out the price of rooms online. At the time of booking we were told that a standard room with two queen beds for 3 adults sharing was around $129 as a promotional rate and for an extra $60 we would get a suite. On arrival we were informed that, contrary to our statement, that our booking was for two people and the suite had only one bed. There was one standard two bed r oom left - no suite with two beds, and as the hotel was full and the rates had doubled, "out of kindess" the management would let us have the same room we could have got (minus the living room) for the same price (189. 99 per night + taxes) as a suite. This rankled as we were paying $60 extra per night for something that had been booked months beforehand.
in its favour, the room sizes are good and it is convenient to downtown Ny. but our stay was spoiled as we felt like we had been cheated into paying extra for a promorional room that didn't exist, and on arrival it was too late for us to do anything about it, I shall be taking this up with the travel agent.
A great place to stay for people on a budget that want to really experience the city. Two short blocks from the subway station which will take you straight into Grand Central or a bit farther to Times Square. A great coffee house (The Grind) on the way there to grab a quick bite or a cup. Reasonable rates, well kept rooms, and plesant and responsive staff.