- Far from train station (15-minute walk)
- Not close to Manhattan's main attractions
- Across the street from a cemetery
- No fitness facility
No-frills budget hotel for an in-and-out stay
The City View Inn is a quaint value hotel geared towards in-and-out guests on a quick New York visit. The lobby is small and its decor is simple, with four plain black leather couches, marble floors, creme wallpaper and wood paneling accents. There is a small outdoor sitting area decorated with white fencing, flower pots and wooden benches beside the hotel's main entrance, which is technically in a parking lot. Prior to 1987, the Victorian building -- which has vines crawling up its brick exterior -- was once Public School 80, then an Orthodox Yeshiva. You can still see "Boys" and "Girls" etched in block letters in the marble above old entrances.
An urban residential area right outside of the big city
The hotel is housed on a non-scenic city block in Long Island City, Queens, very close to a busy highway and directly across the street from a large cemetery. The surrounding Sunnyside neighborhood is mainly residential, with small businesses and delis on the blocks nearby. Midtown Manhattan is just two miles (a few train stops) away, and from there guests can walk to popular sights such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park. Within Queens, CitiField baseball field and Queens Center Mall are both less than a 15-minute drive away. The hotel provides a free shuttle to the subway every 30 minutes, but if you want to venture out on your own time, the commute can be inconvenient. The closest train station is six long blocks (a 15-minute walk) away.
Basic decor with extra bedding and limited views of the Manhattan skyline
The rooms -- all of which are either King Size Single or Double Bed rooms -- all follow a similar run-of-the-mill design as the lobby, with creme wallpaper and wooden accents. They are spacious enough and come with extra pillows and blankets in the closets. However, only even-numbered rooms come with a city view of the Manhattan skyline. There is only one handicap-accessible room on the first floor of the building.
No fitness facility, but freebies include breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi, and shuttle service to the train
Some of this hotel's competitors are located much closer to public transportation, but a lot of budget properties only offer continental breakfast. This hotel offers a free full breakfast complete with breads, cereal, fruits, hot eggs, breakfast meat, and waffles. There is no pool or fitness center. The business center -- which is a small cubicle within the main lobby -- has two computers and a printer/copier. However, guests may use the Breakfast Room to conduct meetings. In addition to breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, and a shuttle to the train station are also free.
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