Ok let's understand you're not staying in the middle of Manhattan, you're out in Queens, around half-an-hour travel all up from Times Square (5 min walk to train, average 5 min at station (trains run about 10 mins apart), 10-15 min on train, then a few minutes to get back out of the station and up into Times Square). But also consider that the prices I got here were around half to a third of anything half-decent I could find in the heart of the city. A short trip in and out each day seemed worthwhile to save $1000+ for the six days I was there. It's not that inconvenient and the area, though not flash, seems safe enough - I returned alone after midnight on several occasions and never felt in danger. A $29 weekly Metrocard will allow you to use the subway and buses throughout the city 24/7.
The hotel was generally decent enough. Customer service is variable - an incredibly rude young woman 'greeted' me on my arrival, along with a somewhat better older chap. When I tried to connect to the internet and couldn't, I went down and asked them about it with some trepidation - the old guy basically shrugged his shoulders and said I could use their business center if I couldn't connect, while the girl, needless to say, just ignored me. However after returning from the city late that night I asked a young chap now manning the counter who was very polite and helpful in getting me connected. Nonetheless, in the last six weeks I've stayed in about 25 hotels around the US, and this is the first one that's required the IP settings to be manually set, though internet was fine from then on. Another young woman was polite and friendly the day I left.
Other than that the room was spacious enough for NYC and quite clean, and the hotel in general was clean enough. The TV was an older CRT model, but I rarely used it, mainly being in the city, so can't even comment on the range of channels. The 'switch' from the bath to the shower is a little odd, but easy enough once you work it out (they must have a lot of issues, as the guy had a demo bath-head to show me how it worked on my arrival) and the shower is decent. Housekeeping is a little variable, but usually OK. Curtains didn't quite shut fully, but you could force it. The bed was pretty reasonable, though pillows weren't very comfortable. Trains are audible all night, but aren't exactly loud. I was staying on the top floor and the elevator ride wasn't an issue. Breakfast isn't great, and again a bit variable in terms of availability, but you can get basic cereal, toast/bagel/English muffins, juice, coffee/tea and sometimes bananas, and it least it's something, which not all city hotels provide.
All up this is a reasonable place to stay in NYC, if you don't mind a short commute each day in exchange for the cheaper prices, and as long as you aren't put off by a few small oddities. Prices here vary a bit (my rate over the six days varied over three prices from $90 to $140 a night + taxes) so I'd say watch you're not paying too much, but let's face it that NYC accommodation prices are quite outrageous, and to me this was a reasonably priced alternative.
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