First impressions of this hotel were poor. On arrival it looked as though someone had decided to build a hotel in the middle of an industrial estate. We seemed to be a long way from the centre of New York. There was nowhere to get a meal unless a burger in a run down, rather seedy looking outlet is what you want.
The hotel seemed crowded, there was a small reception area which was teeming with people. It all seemed very basic. We perked up a bit when we saw our room. Nothing fancy but big enough, spotless and with everything that we could want.
Breakfast is included, so the next morning we went down to the dining area. This is a rather poky room with insufficient seating. The area round the buffet resembled a rugby scrum. The food on offer was cereal, croissants, toast, cakes, yoghurt and sometimes some fruit. It's a case of grab a dirty table if you can.
Our initial despair at finding ourselves in the middle of an industrial estate lifted when we realised that the hotel is situated only a couple of minutes walk from the Subway and a 10 minute ride brought us right into Times Square.
The advantages of this hotel are that it is easy to get to any of the main New York attractions. It is reasonably priced. Clean rooms, fresh towels every day. Breakfast is included although this isn't great and you may have to eat it standing up in a corridor. Staff were very helpful, but then it seems that everybody in New York is helpful. Wonderful place.
The disadvantages are that, you may have to eat your breakfast, which isn't great, standing up in a corridor. It isn't in a nice area at all and there is nothing nearby. We felt perfectly safe, but it isn't an area in which you would dream of spending any time. My plan of a lovely day in New York followed by a shower, change and a nice meal close to the hotel was dashed. That wasn't a problem though, we just spent all day in New York and came back at bedtime.
If you want luxury, don't come here. If you want a hotel within easy reach of the centre, which is clean, comfortable and reasonably priced then I would recommend this hotel
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- Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Plaza Hotel, where guests will find friendly customer service and superior accommodations at an affordable price. Located just five minutes from public transportation to Manhattan this Long Island City hotel features well-appointed guest rooms with cable satellite television and free wireless high-speed Internet access. The Friendly staff at the BEST WESTERN Plaza Hotel is ready to ensure a memorable stay in Long Island ... more less
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- Best Western Plaza Hotel Long Island City, New York