Holiday Inn -- Manhattan View Long Island City Master Thread

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  1. KLA
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    Stayed at this hotel shortly after it opened in May 2009 when they made all room types available on award redemptions.

    We had just landed at JFK after two luxurious weeks in Asia and had an early flight the next morning out of LGA. The location was convenient, but we didn't think we'd be impressed -- just hoping for something clean and comfortable.

    We checked in around 10:30 pm, the lobby looked new and the clerk was pleasant. As a platinum, I received a coupon for a free appetizer at the hotel restaurant but it had already closed. Our suite was on the top floor and when we opened the door we were blown away. The room occupied the entire front of the hotel and 3 walls were floor to ceiling glass with an amazing view of Manhattan. The ceilings were at least 20 feet high. There were walk out balconies on both sides. There weren't any drapes or partitions, so not sure where it was safe to change clothes at night unless you turned the lights off or went into the bathroom.

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    The furniture was brand new. In addition to the bed and a desk, there was a seating area with 2-3 chairs and a couch. The bathroom was great! Green glass tile in the shower, bright fixtures, great water pressure. The only downside to the room was that occupants of the suite next door could see the bathroom door reflected in the glass of the balcony, or if the door was open, directly into the bathroom.

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    Staying here again next week -- currently booked in the Queens View Suite and will report what the property is like 2 years later.
     
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    We were actually quite excited about the opportunity to stay at this hotel again; our trip had us flying into LGA in the evening and flying out from JFK the next morning. Our previous stay in its Manhattan Suite two years ago made quite an impression and we were hoping to repeat it.

    We booked the best room type available using the IHG F&F rate. $187.50 got us a double bed suite with a balcony and a view of queens. We emailed the hotel in the hopes of being able to buy or beg an upgrade to the Manhattan Suite. That room was not available, but they did upgrade us to a King bed suite with balcony and a better view in recognition of our RA/Platinum status.

    The hotel stands out among its much older looking surroundings. The hotel’s outside and lobby still look brand new and we could not have asked for a better reception. When we gave the clerk our name, she responded “We’ve been expecting you!” and thanked us for being Platinums. She then proceeded to give us complimentary water and Milano cookies, as well as a 20% coupon + free dessert for the hotel restaurant and to alert us to the cheese plate waiting in our room. Her enthusiasm and warmth really got our trip off to a great start and far exceeded any expectations I’d have for a Holiday Inn.

    We arrived at our room, the Bronx Suite, on the 16th floor, which wound up being directly under the right hand side of the Manhattan suite. The layout is interesting: you walk into a sitting area with sofa, closet, and minibar/refrigerator and access to a balcony. You turn down a long hall, passing the bathroom, and come to the bedroom which has floor to ceiling windows with a view of NYC. The balcony runs parallel almost the entire length of the suite and is huge.
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    Cheeseplate:
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    Bedroom (sorry for blurriness, hard to capture NYC view):
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    View from room at sunrise:
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    Balcony at Sunrise:
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    The furnishings looked brand new and the bathroom, although small, has some of my favorite decor – with mosaic style tile in the shower and marble sink. The amenities were Bath & Body works.

    The cheese plate was pretty incredible as well, with 4 types of cheese, water crackers, and a bowl of diced fruit.

    Since we’d arrived this time before the restaurant closed, we went downstairs to give it a try. The restaurant is in the basement and is trying a little too hard. The room is windowless and looks more like a converted conference room than a restaurant. The server was friendly, but the kitchen was a little slow. Granted it was about a half hour to closing and things were clearly winding down. The prices in the restaurant were reasonable for a hotel restaurant -- $8-11 for a burger and $25ish for a steak, $5 for beer and a decent selection of inexpensive wine. Unfortunately my $8 BLT came out pretty burned, as did the accompanying curly fries. My companion’s burger and regular fries looked great though.

    We skipped our free dessert and went back up to the room to enjoy the view. If you laid on the right side of the bed you could see Manhattan.

    Breakfast was not complimentary and we had to leave fairly early to catch our flight, so we didn’t bother to go back down to the restaurant. When we checked out (which was quick and friendly) we asked them to call a cab for the airport. We were offered a private car for $40 to JFK or directions on where to find a cab several blocks away. It was cold, so we opted for the car, which arrived in about 10 minutes.

    This hotel is the best Holiday Inn I’ve ever stayed in and is definitely competitive for top 10 favorite hotels (and the includes an overwater bungalow in Moorea). If you need to stay in the NYC area but not on Manhattan or need a hotel when flying in/out of JFK or LGA I strongly recommend it!!
     
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    I'm looking at NYC hotels for a June visit and saw this one but wondered about transportation from the hotel. Is it quick & easy to get to a Subway and into Manhattan? How easy would it be to get from LGA and do they have a shuttle? Any more info about the neighborhood would be appreciated.
     
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