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A mid-range option with attractive rooms and similar rates to neighboring hotels
The Vetiver opened in 2012 on a quiet street off the Northern Boulevard and Queens Plaza, two of Queens’ busiest thoroughfares. It is small and quiet, which is a nice departure from the multiple chain hotels found in the area (the property is across the street from a Holiday Inn, and within four blocks of at least four other chain hotels).
It is located within a short subway ride of Manhattan’s main attractions and has spacious, attractive rooms as well as nice freebies (including continental breakfast and Wi-Fi). The hotel is near the headquarters of JetBlue, Citibank and a few other major companies, so it draws business travelers in addition to leisure travelers looking to save money by staying outside of Manhattan. Just note that there aren’t many restaurants or stores in the immediate area, and that the neighborhood is still up-and-coming.
Overall, the hotel is contemporary and attractive, with red accent walls in the lobby; a nice lobby bar with drinks, coffee and a few small bites; and spacious, bright rooms with stylish decor. Rates are very similar to those of neighboring chain hotels, but the Vetiver has more style and free Wi-Fi.
In a somewhat unattractive area in Long Island City, Queens, within four blocks of six subway lines
Hotel Vetiver is located on a quiet side street off North Boulevard, one of the neighborhood’s main thoroughfares. It is within four blocks of three subway stations (served by six subway lines) and offers easy access to Manhattan. There aren’t many stores or restaurants in the area, and few attractions can be found in this part of town, but a short subway ride gets guests to Midtown, where most of the main New York attractions are.
Long Island City is the area in Queens closest to Manhattan. Despite the ongoing gentrification, the neighborhood is still up-and-coming, and there are no major attractions. MoMa’s little sister, the MoMA PS1, is a 20-minute walk (or a 14-minute subway ride) from the hotel, and there’s a wonderful park with stunning Manhattan views a short bus ride from the property. Most of the tourist sights in Manhattan are a 15- to 20-minute ride from the hotel.
Bright and contemporary with good beds and free Wi-Fi
The Hotel Vetiver offers several room types, ranging from large “Condos” featuring kitchenettes to standard rooms with basic but solid amenities. Most rooms are spacious and attractive, with contemporary decor featuring bright pops of color, chandeliers, fun rugs, and accent walls -- but there are a couple of tiny ones, with just a full bed and a small bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony with partial Manhattan views.
While most rooms have the same solid amenities, including flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and iPod docks, only a few have a mini-fridge, and not all rooms have a work desk. Bathrooms are smallish, with colorful tiles (in most) and walk-in showers.
Tiny fitness center with three machines
Some rooms feature two queen beds and kitchenettes
A small wine bar and free continental breakfast daily
Limited services but free Wi-Fi
Hotel Vetiver is a mid-range hotel located in a somewhat unattractive area of Queens that offers easy subway access to Midtown Manhattan. It features 62 bright, contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, and small bathrooms with walk-in showers and Rusk toiletries. Some rooms have balconies with partial Manhattan views, and a few have kitchenettes, but there are some inconsistencies in terms of in-room amenities (some have closets, others have mini-fridges…). The fitness center is tiny and there’s no full restaurant on-site, but a solid free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi add value.
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