What can I say about the Hampton Inn that hasn't already been said? I travelled with my sister and we spent a lot of time online researching hotels for our New York trip. For the most part, the hotels we found were expensive with tiny rooms. The reviews were not always complimentary either, so when we found the Hampton Inn, it seemed to have all that we were looking for - cleanliness, good location and average-sized rooms.
First off, after a long trip from Lagos, we were welcomed by the extremely friendly staff. Our room was a decent size. Not huge, but spacious compared to other rooms that we saw online. The beds were huge and luxurious. The rooms were cleaned everyday and the bathroom was spotless (something I'm very particular about).
The breakfast was complimentary and huge. I unashamedly filled up in the mornings (well, I was on holiday) and rarely needed to eat until the late afternoon.
There was free internet in the rooms. The only slight downside was that it was an Ethernet cable so only 1 computer could be online at a time. However, there are 2 online computers in the lobby and wireless internet on the entire ground floor.
The location was a dream come true! Not being familiar with New York, I really didn't have a clue about where was a good area to stay. All I knew was that everywhere was pretty much accessible by subway and that Soho was a supposedly trendy area. I had some concerns because one of the previous reviewers had mentioned that there was a tunnel or highway next to the hotel. Watts Street, which Hampton Inn is on, leads to the Holland Tunnel. This means that at rush hour there is an incredible line of cars inching forward into the tunnel. However, this does not affect pedestrians in anyway. There was no significant noise that disturbed my sleep.
A few streets away from the hotel was a shopping paradise, so if you're trying to save the pennies by not shopping, then don't stay here unless you have a will of steel. The neighbourhood is very vibrant with shops, art galleries and restaurants. It's walking distance from the Village, which is a very cool place to walk through. There are also a number of subway lines close by, so venturing beyond the immediate vicinity was not a problem.
The bill given to us on the last day of our trip was higher than the amount we had reserved the room for online by several hundred. I told the front desk staff and she apologised and promptly printed out a new bill.
All in all, the Hampton Inn Manhattan-Soho was an EXTREMELY great find. It was excellent value for money: affordable; clean; super customer service; yummy breakfast; free internet; luxurious bed, fantastic location and beautiful, chic decor. What more could one ask for?
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