We'd travelled down from Connecticut and were looking for a cheap hotel before flying out of La Guardia early the next morning and the Pelham Garden came up on our SatNav.
A bit strange to talk to a concierge behind a glass screen but he gave us the keys to a room and we went to have a look - well, you can imagine our surprise when the main light switch flooded the room with red light but our surprise turned to shock and gales of laughter when we realised how well the room was equipped with large mirrors - on walls and celing!
When we mentioned these unexpected features to the concierge, he shrugged, smiled and said that was what his customers preferred!
Anyway, the room was otherwise in a good state of repair and very clean so we took it, enjoyed some good food and service at the Pelham Bay Diner next door and paused for a moment or two in amazement as couples checked in, grabbed their buckets of ice from the machine in reception and ran, giggling, to their rooms before adjourning to ours.
What a happy place!