The Quality Inn Long Island City keeps it simple. Located within walking distance of the Queensboro Plaza subway station and bus lines, this Queens value hotel puts Manhattan within a 20-minute reach. Basic and generic-looking, the narrow building does show a bit of personality in the lobby, with its bold black-and-white checkered marble floors and curving gold chandeliers. Some of the rooms have whirlpools. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast, but there's no fitness center, on-site laundry, or free parking, and the business center consists of one computer, printer and fax crammed into a corner of the lobby. Be aware that noise from the nearby overhead train tracks might disturb light sleepers. Travelers might also want to check rates at the nearby Verve Hotel, which has a fitness facility.