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Quality Inn Long Island City 2.0

Long Island City, Queens, New York City

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Pros

  • Subway to Manhattan within a five-minute walk
  • Continental breakfast included with the room price 
  • Lobby is spacious and quiet, with some quirky touches
  • In-room whirlpools in some rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free daily newspapers
  • Within close proximity of LaGuardia and JFK Airports 

Cons

  • Room views consist of driveways and construction 
  • Spotty Wi-Fi signal on higher floors
  • No bar, cafe, restaurant, laundry, or fitness center on-site 
  • Limited business center
  • Fee for parking
  • Overhead train tracks can mean noise

Bottom Line

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. 

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Scene

Generic, with some charming touches

With its red-brick exterior and green awning bearing its name, this six-story Quality Inn has the generic look of the low-cost chain hotel that it is. But once inside, the spacious, quiet lobby, with its black-and-white marbled checkered floors, artsy gold chandeliers, black leather couches, and ambient blue ceiling lights creates an illusion of luxury. Even the elevator, which looks plain Jane at first, surprises with quirky polka-dot patterned overhead lights. But with no bar or restaurant, there isn't much activity here. Most guests arrive late and check out early before heading back to the airport.

Location

In the the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens

Located within a five-minute walk of the Queensboro Plaza subway station, the Quality Inn Long Island City is within a 20-minute subway ride to Times Square.  It sits on a corner at the end of a construction-filled block near an overhead subway rail on a narrow cobblestone side street. The location is convenient for tourists wanting to be within easy reach of Manhattan at non-Manhattan prices. Nearby subway lines include the E, M, R and 7 trains. Before dashing off to Manhattan, note that Long Island City itself has some sights that are worth a visit, most notably the Museum of Modern Art's famed PS 1, which is about a 10-minute subway ride away. Film aficionados might like to tour the Silvercup Studios, which is within a 10-minute walk of the Quality Inn. Vernon Boulevard, which has a number of restaurants, cafes, and a few art galleries sprinkled in, is a 20-minute ride on the No. 7 line. The Socrates Sculpture Park is a 10-minute drive or a 20-minute subway ride, which will entail some walking. LaGuardia Airport is three miles away, while John F. Kennedy Airport is seven miles away.

Rooms

Basic but adequate -- Queen Suites have whirlpools

Rooms, which include mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi, are large, clean, and basic, but don't expect views --  rooms look out on driveways and construction sites. The generic decor consists of textured cream walls and dark wooden furniture, with gold accents in the bed skirts and eclectic-patterned curtains. Hung abstract paintings add a sprinkle of color and personality. Wardrobe closets are large, there are ironing boards, irons, and safes stashed inside. The bathrooms are clean, with curtained shower/tub combos, and toiletries.

The Queen Deluxe rooms are the stand-outs. They are larger and have a noticeably fresh smell. But the highlight is a six-jet whirlpool in the corner. The single tubs are lined with gray- polished marble, have their own overhead lighting, and a set of soap and lotion samples -- a nice touch in a budget hotel.

Features

Wi-Fi and free breakfast

As with many hotels in the budget category, amenities are limited. But the hotel is a solid choice for budget-conscious travelers seeking a convenient location at non-Manhattan rates. There are no fitness facilities or meeting rooms, but the Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast are included in the room rate, some of the rooms have whirlpools, and newspapers and an ATM are available in the lobby. Expect to pay extra for parking, a common theme in New York City.

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Address

3003 40th Ave, Long Island City, New York 11101-2811, United States