New York City is expensive. There is just no getting around that. Hotels are routinely over $200 a night for a room slightly larger than a match box. And, if you are lucky enough to find a room for less than $200, it is likely you will have to share a bathroom or be relegated to an out-of-the-way location or poor service. It is for these reasons that I was pleasantly surprised to find the La Quinta Inn Manhattan a welcome breath of fresh air in a city not necessarily known for its clean air.
Located in the middle of bustling Korea Town on West 32nd Street, this hotel reminds me more of a nice boutique property rather than a part of a larger chain. The lobby is clean, modern and refreshingly cool when the temperatures outside soar. There is a concierge desk to help with sight-seeing and show tickets and a couple of computers for guest use. Its not grand on any scale, but it is cozy.
The front desk attendants were especially helpful in getting us checked-in quickly with a welcoming smile and offer to help with our bags. Once squared away we zipped up to our 5th floor room to refresh before heading out to dinner and a show.
The room was small, but very well appointed. The hotel has obviously gone out of its way to look like more than a run-of-the-mill chain with rich colors and local photography hanging on its walls. The large HD television -- with actual HD channels -- was nice, too. The bathroom was too small for more than one person at a time to use, but that was not a problem for us.
Our room overlooked busy 32nd Street and, yes, there was noise from below. But, it is New York City -- the city that never sleeps -- so, what do you expect. After a long day of sight-seeing we were too tired to care and slept comfortably on the temperpedic beds.
If I have one gripe about the hotel it was the free breakfast. The breakfast room was crowded and the food was sub-par. We decided to forgo the whole thing and grab pastries from one of the several bakeries on the same block. Also, if food is your thing, there was a charming outdoor food market in a little park at the entrance to the subway and many Korean restaurants, pubs and fast food eateries close by.
As far as transportation goes, the hotel is located a half of a block from the nearest subway station and we were able to get to times Square in less than 15 minutes. Cabs were plentiful as well and Uber cars are just a smartphone click away.
I would highly recommend this hotel for a weekend in the city. For three nights, including taxes we spent about $600. Not at all unreasonable for the location and quality of accommodations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The La Quinta Manhattan offers clean and elegant accommodations with free wireless Internet access, a fitness center, a 24-hour business center, complimentary continental breakfast, free calls within the US and a lot more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Quinta Inn Manhattan Hotel New York City
- La Quinta Hotel Manhattan
- La Quinta Manhattan
- La Quinta New York City
- New York City La Quinta