I stayed at this hotel after winning it on Priceline for what I thought was an extremely reasonable price for a last minute weekend in July. I think there might be better options if a traveler took the time and energy to look for a better deal, but I didn't really have any complaints about my experience. I would not make the effort to stay there again, but if I did Priceline and it popped up, I wouldn't complain.
Without further adieu...
- The staff was lovely. The lobby is actually on the second floor, and while I had very limited interactions with them (during check-in and checkout, mostly), they were lovely - I even got a couple of Doubletree cookies for my bus ride home upon checkout. The staff at the front door was always friendly and helpful if I had any questions about the area.
- The room was a reasonable size, especially for New York - king size bed, a nice chair, reasonably sized desk, etc. I thought it was clean, comfortable and did not show significant wear and tear.
- I will always point this out as a positive (even though I expect it), because the opposite frustrates me, but the flat-screen TV actually had full-HD service (and movie channels to boot). While I didn't spend much time in the room, it's nice to be able to catch a game and not feel like it was 1993-quality on a lovely TV. The hotel Wi-Fi was actually reasonable as well, and I was able to use the full internet rather than just basic functions like email, etc., without any trouble.
- Though the room itself was nice, the bathroom was very small. It only had a stand-up shower, and the door to the bathroom and the door to the shower could not be opened at the same time, so keep that in mind if you're more than just a solo traveler and people may need to use the bathroom.
- Unless you are traveling specifically for the Financial District area, the location is going to be a negative for many. Many restaurants and stores close early (or even closed entirely on weekends), rather than the "Never Sleeps" approach of the rest of the city. For example, there is a great pizza place across from the hotel - that was closed on the weekend during my trip. There is a decent amount of subway access, but you are in neither Midtown nor Brooklyn, and on weekends, they were repairing lines so certain stations were closed or had limited service. I never felt unsafe, but it feels far more deserted than many parts of New York once all of the tourist attractions have closed, so be wary of that as well.
- The elevators in the hotel were relatively slow and cramped, which can be a problem if you have a lot of luggage or are trying to get somewhere in a hurry.
As I said, this hotel wasn't designed to meet my needs - leisure traveler on the weekend with activities spread out all over both Manhattan and Brooklyn, but I went into it with the correct expectations and wasn't disappointed. For a business traveler, it's a pretty easy recommendation due simply to the service. For leisure, be cognizant of the location issues and you should be fine.
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