This hotel is the perfect place to stay if you are looking to stay outside of Manhattan to save a little money. Although it is not a super fancy hotel, it is clean, new, and nice on the inside. We were able to get a parking spot in the garage (which is free, but has limited space), so we left our car there for the duration of the stay and used the subway.
The subway was fairly easy to use, although it helped to have a smart phone app. The subway was just a block away, and it takes about 10-15 minutes to get into the city from the hotel. Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and MoMA were all very easy to reach from the hotel; the Museum of Natural History and the Met required a bit more effort. Each ride costs $2.25 if you use a MetroCard and most of the transfers that you will need are free.
I had no problems with the internet connection, and the breakfast had a good variety of offerings, including a hot option such as eggs or pancakes each day. As others have mentioned, the breakfast room was very crowded, but we were able to find a table everyday.
The only small complaint that I have is that the elevators were very busy during the morning breakfast rush. When we were trying to get back to our room on the 9th floor, two elevators stopped with maids and carts in them, and they wouldn't let us in even though there was some room. We ended up climbing the stairs after the wait got to be ridiculous. This also would make it difficult to take food back to your room from the crowded breakfast area.
Overall, I would definitely stay in this hotel again if I was going back to NYC. It was the right price and the right location. Although the surrounding area is not great, it's a short ride into the city.
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