The location is the thing in this older hotel of course. Subway is half a block away, Macy's is also very close, and it is right in the middle of Korea Town, so there is abundant food available at great prices. If you are visiting NY on a budget or just need to work in the vicinity it is a great place to be. Empire State Building is also half a block away.
Check in was smooth and friendly, no help whatsoever from the 'doorman' who was almost laying on the couch in front of the TV and didn't even acknowledge we were arriving, but there are 2 elevators so it was easy to get to the room.
I have stayed in many hotels local to this one, and I think this was possibly not the smallest, but certainly one of the smallest rooms around. There are 2 suitcase racks in the closet, but unless I was to totally block access to the bathroom, there was nowhere to even put one, so my suitcase ended up on the dresser, underneath the TV. Nice TV by the way, flat screen +/- 32"?
The beds I found, as did my colleague staying in the next room, were too soft for our liking, although this is of course personal taste. Comfortable, but soft.
My main complaint was the size of the room, and the noisiness of the room. This was room 601 and apart from the as usual, noisy AC, (which is to be expected) there was a constant loud humming from outside the window, which was permanent. I guess this was a central AC or similar, but it made sleeping without ear plugs impossible.
The bathroom was sufficient, barely, with old style taps in the tight shower, and presumably as a result of another room using water at the same time, the shower was either going too hot or too cold all the time. Not really acceptable. Surely it is not too much to ask to have a pressure stabilizing mixer installed in today's market?! The towels should definitely be replaced though, as they were thinner than the shower mat, and not nice to use at all, although there were 3 of them.
The breakfast is usual low budget fare, bagels were fresh as is expected, although there was no coffee one morning, but that was soon rectified.
WIFI is free, although we both had a number of issues with the slowness of it as well as being disconnected on a fairly regular basis.
For the price, which was reasonable, it was not too bad, although there is a neighboring hotel which is a very similar price point with bigger rooms and I think better facilities overall.
Another big failing to my mind was that the room had not been made up by 4.30pm when I had got back to the room and wanted to make some business calls, and as a result the person responsible wanted to come in at 4.45pm and do it, whilst I was trying to get some work done. She then complained that she couldn't wait as she had to be finished by 5pm... NOT MY PROBLEM! She came back 5 minutes later and had to do the room while I was on a call, which was totally inconvenient as far as I was concerned. I would say that the latest the room should be made up was by 3pm at least.
I always ask myself if I would stay here again, and my tentative answer is yes I would, although it would certainly not be my first pick if there was space in one of the others in close proximity.
Based on the room I was given, I would not recommend 2 people trying to share this room as there just would be no space at all.
One last thing, in room 601, don't bother to open the drapes a the view was of an old dirty building from both windows!
You do get what you pay for I guess!
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