This is a great hotel, the location isn't the best but this is reflected in the price. Two subways lines, PENN station and the PATH is within walking distance. If you are coming from JFK I would suggest you get the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) from Jamaica to Penn station and walk from there. Its a lot easier than getting the subway into Manhattan.
The room was very cosy and a bit on the small side, the bathroom was very nice and modern with a fantastic shower, but no bath. We paid a little bit more for a high floor, and then requested an Empire State view. If this is important to you, then its worth the upgrade, but if not, then the view from the rooftop bar should suffice you. There was a great bedside alarm clock with an iPod/iPhone dock, but be warned, this isn't the latest small apple connector, its the old one. If you have a newer iPhone or iPod then bring an adapter. The TV was great, mostly HD but unfortunately, it was all local channels. For a large international chain like Hilton I would have liked to see CNN International, BBC World or similar.
The wardrobe has a large free space, which I believe could fit most small to medium laptops.
There are a few downsides to this hotel. There are 4 lifts, but one is reserved for the gym and in the evenings the 4th is reserved for the rooftop bar. This means there is a lot of traffic for just two lifts and they can take a long time to come, before making many stops en route.
The lobby is not very inviting, and the staff are dressed very hip with caps and shirts. This makes the place feel more like the lobby of a nightclub and doesn't give a warm or inviting feel.
The Wi-Fi is very expensive, and these days internet access is more of a need than a luxury. If the fee was per room this would have been more agreeable, but at $14 a device it becomes a large expense. There is free Wi-Fi in the lobby, but this stopped being offered after the 5th day.
The coffee machine is great to have, but we were given very limited pods, only enough for 2 a day, it also could do with being plumbed in as every cup made requires a single cup of water pouring into it. Hanging space was very limited, and with a bit more thought in the room another wardrobe could have been provided. Also, there wasn't anywhere to store empty cases.
If you are looking for somewhere to go for breakfast there is a fantastic American diner nearby which was excellent. Really well priced, great food, great service and very popular with the locals, called Johny's Luncheonette. Look it up on here and make yourself a regular!
I’m sure there are many many worse places to stay, but for the money, I think I could have done better elsewhere. I'm happy that we stayed, but I wouldn't make a point of going back.
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- Be fashionable. One of New York City's newest hotels, Hilton New York Fashion District offers stunning design, exemplary service and four-star amenities in the heart of the fashion capital of the world. Located on West 26th Street in one of Manhattan's most remarkable neighborhoods, Hilton New York Fashion District is steps away from the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Empire State Building, Herald Square and the renowned Macy's flagship. ... more less
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