There are pros and cons to staying here. People asked me "do you recommend it" and i have to say i have mixed feelings. I am in my fifties and extremely unspoiled so it worked for me. I am not sure it's for everyone. for me - it was a bed to sleep in after sightseeing all day. the front desk people were amazingly nice and friendly and helpful. the security people were also very nice and seem to be doing their job perfectly.
there is a gym, pool, sauna and steam room that you can use while you are a guest. I used the pool.
On the PRO side:
*location is excellent. you are within walking distance to many tourist attractions, as well as great public transportation and great restaurants and pubs.
*it's extremely inexpensive - and ther are no added taxes as you get in other hotels. so the price quoted is the price you will pay.
*it's clean and functional
*price includes an amazing gym and a very nice, albeit small, swimming pool, there is a small kitchen for guests use, the rooms have a small fridge and tv. there is also a small desk and chair, and small hanging gadget. the bed has drawers underneath for storage.
*I was not interested in the "social" aspect of the place, but there is a lounge on each floor and i did see guests hanging out there.
*there is a laundry room - it costs money to use (I think it was $1.75per load) and there are machines that sell detergent. when i was using it, nobody else was there. not sure if it's ever crowded.
On the CON side:
*it's functional - not pretty, not "inviting", but very simple.
*rooms do not have en suite bathrooms/showers and you have to use the ones down the hall or in the gym. i was there for two nights and NEVER had to wait but then again i get up at crazy hours so i have no idea what it's like during busy times. I preferred using the shower in the gym even though it means going downstairs, because it was less crowded, it had great mirrors and some hair dryers.
*the bedroom is tiny (even taking into account NYC standards). There is *one* light overhead and the switch is not close to the bed so you have to get out of bed to switch it off. there is no reading lamp.
*the TV screen is also small and mounted on a wall so it's a tad hard to see.
*there is no night table (but the bed had drawers under it for storage so i used that as my night table).
*there is no food (except vending machines) and no coffee in the hotel. there is a small restaurant accross the street and loads of coffee shops down the block (on second or third ave).
Even with the cons, I think it's a good place to stay.
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