Hotel fine ... poor location
We stayed here for 5 days and have to say that the hotel is very clean and staff are very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was ok for what it was. The beds are comfortable, shower is good and room has aircon & the check in/out was easy with the hotel holding our bags and arranging a car for the airport.
It cost $52.80 flat rate in a NYC yellow cab from the airport ($65 incl tip) but you can’t request yellow cabs so we had a private hire on return which was $74 for an SUV. The journeys took 50mins arriving and almost 1.5h going back (we arrived at lunchtime on a Monday and left at 4pm on a Friday).
It is also close to 3 subway stops as well as the hop on hop off bus tour stops (the bus is a complete waste of money, driving anywhere in nyc is near impossible we had a 2 day pass and after using it the first day to get from the hotel to Times Square, it took over an hour, we used the subway every time after that).
However, the location is pretty horrible. The streets all around are very dirty and it really didn’t feel safe when returning at night. It really is in the middle of china town but not what you expect as a tourist in terms of chinese lanterns and lots of eateries. The only shops close by were all in chinese but appeared to sell nothing we would want to look at as tourists and as for the Chinatown and little Italy for eating, it’s not really that close. And you aren’t anywhere near any sights, everything is 3+ subway stops away. The subway doesn’t take long, is efficient and costs $2.75 per journey.
Overall, if you took that hotel and placed it closer to Times Square it would’ve gotten 5* from me. Definitely on a 3* level though.
We found eating and drinking very expensive across the whole city. Spending a minimum of $150 a day between 2 of us and that was often only having a coffee and cake at lunch and one course and a soft drink, or even water, at dinner.