Review: Holiday Inn Manhattan View, LIC, NY

Typically when people come to visit New York, they head straight into Manhattan. Now while Manhattan has many great things and tons of the top tourist attractions, so do the other boroughs. One such borough being Queens! People fly into Queens through JFK or LaGuardia airports, but many times don’t stay here.

Queens has many more affordable hotels. One such being the Holiday Inn Manhattan View, which I was invited to for a one night stay for the purpose of this review. It is located in a section of Queens called Long Island City. Long Island City is literally a few minutes away from Manhattan. The hotel is one block from the subway, and other public transportation to either go into Manhattan or explore more of Queens. It is also a short drive over the Queens Borough Bridge to Manhattan.

Holiday Inn Manhattan View is budget friendly, but doesn’t skimp on the needs of their guests. Rooms start at $90 per night, which is a steal! The surrounding area has metered parking, so luckily the hotel has a parking lot if you have a car. The parking lot spaces are on a first come first serve basis. You can’t park just anywhere, you have to let the front desk know you have a car when checking in, and make sure a spot isn’t reserved by someone else. There are about 15 spaces, and parking is $20 a night.

 

My Room ©2015 Holly Dayz
My Room ©2015 Holly Dayz
Bed in my room ©2015 Holly Dayz
Bed in my room ©2015 Holly Dayz
Balcony ©2015 Holly Dayz
Balcony ©2015 Holly Dayz

There are two elevators that come very quickly. I was in awe when I walked into my room. They don’t call it the Holiday Inn Manhattan View for nothing! It was the first thing I noticed upon walking into the room. It was a sight to see! The room was a great size, and also had a small balcony. It was very windy outside, so I didn’t stay out there too long, but it was really nice.

Balcony View ©2015 Holly Dayz
Balcony View ©2015 Holly Dayz
Night view from room ©2015 Holly Dayz
Night view from room ©2015 Holly Dayz

The room also has a small mini fridge hidden in a cabinet, which is great. The bathroom was a nice size. No bathtubs in any of the rooms, but good-sized stand up showers. The room also had a Keurig with coffee and tea k-cups. There is also cream and sugar in packets, as well as a few cups. If you have a 30 pin device you can use the iHome dock they have. If not, you are going to need the 30 pin to lightning adapter. I am sure it will also make many happy to know that they have Free Wi-Fi!

Manhattan Suite ©2015 Holly Dayz
Manhattan Suite ©2015 Holly Dayz
Manhattan Suite seating area ©2015 Holly Dayz
Manhattan Suite seating area ©2015 Holly Dayz
Manhattan Suite with 2nd balcony ©2015 Holly Dayz
Manhattan Suite with 2nd balcony ©2015 Holly Dayz
One View from the Manhattan Suite ©2015 Holly Dayz
One View from the Manhattan Suite ©2015 Holly Dayz

I also got the opportunity to see a couple of other rooms. One such was the Manhattan Suite. It was huge and beautiful. From the room I could see Brooklyn and Manhattan. Talk about a view! The room also had two balconies on either side of the room and a couple of couches. A bride would soon be occupying that room, and I could see why. It is a great room for a bride to get ready in, and also would make a great honeymoon suite. There are 26 double bed rooms, which also had amazing views and all the same in room amenities.

Free weights ©2015 Holly Dayz
Free weights ©2015 Holly Dayz
Part of the Gym ©2015 Holly Dayz
Part of the Gym ©2015 Holly Dayz

The hotel has a fitness center. It can only be accessed with you key card. It is pretty small, but they have some free weights and machines. There is also a couple of nice sized meeting rooms. One such meeting room the bride I mentioned, would be using to hold a breakfast brunch. This is great since many guests of hers were staying in the hotel. There is no microwaves in the room. If something needs to be heated up, then you will have to head downstairs near the gym where food can be heated up. There is also a computer station in the event you may need to use a computer or print something out.

Computer area ©2015 Holly Dayz
Computer area ©2015 Holly Dayz

There are only a handful of restaurants and corner stores you can walk to in the area. The hotel has a ful service restaurant, Rio Grande. The menu has Brazilian Rodizio barbecue and American cuisine. I opted for the Brazilian, which also came with a buffet. The buffet cost me $23.99. I also saw that kids under 12 eat free. There was a sign over the buffet stating if you piled up your plate they would charge an extra $5. Immediately I thought a person would be better off just grabbing two plates if that was the case.

Rio Grande
Rio Grande Restaurant. Photo courtesy of http://www.holidayinnmanhattanview.com/manhattan-dining

Unfortunately, I can’t say all that I got from the buffet because I am not even sure what some of it was. The buffet didn’t have any of the food marked. Of course I recognized some items such as rice, beans, and corn, but many things I tried I had no clue what I was trying. If you have never been to a Brazilian restaurant they give you a token with a red side and green side. People walk around with a huge skewer of meat. If your token is on the green side they will walk over and ask if you would like a slice of the meat. If it is on the red side they will skip your table.

Some of the food from the buffet ©2015 Holly Dayz
Some of the food from the buffet ©2015 Holly Dayz

I didn’t catch all the different meats that came over. I know lamb and sirloin were some. The sirloin was amazing! A lot of the meat that came over was a little to rare for my taste. They also had a lot of dessert choices. I chose the brownie with ice cream. Not the best I have had, but good. As the crowd picked up, it took a few extra minutes to get a hold of the waitress, but the service was good.

Dessert at Rio Grande ©2015 Holly Dayz
Dessert at Rio Grande ©2015 Holly Dayz

The hotel also has another restaurant, 39 Above. There is a bar, a ton of TVs to watch sports, and has a great atmosphere. It has an open airy feel as you can see out the windows on to the street. They played some great music and I enjoyed relaxing there after my meal. It is a great place to go to catch a sporting event. They also serve food and light snacks there as well.

39 Above ©2015 Holly Dayz
39 Above ©2015 Holly Dayz
39 Above ©2015 Holly Dayz
39 Above ©2015 Holly Dayz

Afterwards, I decided to lay down and watch the Travel Channel on TV in my room. I left the blinds wide open to take in the view while I relaxed. The bed was pretty firm, I am used to a softer bed. If you like firm beds, then you will love it. It didn’t bother me much, but it wasn’t the most comfortable to me. The pillows however felt like a fluffy cloud. I loved the pillows! They also smelled very fresh and clean. I only heard a few doors slam from the hallway area, other than that no noise. Around 4:30am I heard a woman, but other than that the room is like your own little bubble.

Overall you get a lot! Great service and a comfortable room with Manhattan views, without breaking the bank. The city is close by and the rest of Queens is right at your fingertips. Definitely a great choice when visiting the New York City area! See the rates for the Holiday Inn Manhattan View!

Disclaimer: Whilst receiving a room to review, all opinions are my own and have not been influenced. This article contains an affiliate link. 

20 thoughts on “Review: Holiday Inn Manhattan View, LIC, NY

  • January 23, 2015 at 12:07 am
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    Great read and informative! I’ve never been to new York but when I do I’ll be sure to check this hotel out!!

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    • January 24, 2015 at 3:11 am
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      Thanks. It is definitely a great place to stay. Especially for a first time visit.

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  • January 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm
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    This is an excellent review! I used to date someone in LIC so I am familiar with the area. it really is convenient to Manhattan! The views from here are amazing and free wifi and an exercise AND restaurants on the property are perfect! Will keep in mind for my next trip to the Big Apple!

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    • January 24, 2015 at 3:13 am
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      Thank you! Yea LIC continues to grow on a daily. The hotel and the convince is great. Even the food is well priced. Quality without killing your pockets.

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  • January 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm
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    Wow. Impressive Holiday Inn. I’ve stayed at a Holiday Inn in Queens, Long Island City. For a second, I thought this was it. But this one looks remodeled. Next time I’m in the “burbs,” I’ll look this up. 🙂 Thank you!

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    • January 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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      Yes, It is very nice. You should definitely look into this hotel.

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    • January 25, 2015 at 8:37 pm
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      Yes, it is a great hotel! Haha I don’t know, but LIC is where it is at. Best of both worlds and won’t break the bank! Thank you so much!

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  • June 26, 2015 at 5:37 pm
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    Oh wow, the view of from the room is beautiful! It’s nice to know you can get affordable accommodation so close to the city. Thank goodness for the subways!

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    • July 16, 2015 at 8:30 am
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      It is very beautiful. It is fun to stare out the window and enjoy the views.

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  • August 15, 2015 at 11:59 am
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    I’m one of those people that’s never stayed outside of Manhattan… but I have to say, minutes from the city and $90 a night is certainly tempting.

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    • August 15, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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      There is an entire world of NYC outside of Manhattan waiting for you to explore. It is very close to the city so you get the best of both worlds.

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  • August 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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    Looks like a lovely hotel. We are traveling to NYC again soon and want to branch out more than the typical places. This looks like a wonderful spot! Thanks!

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    • August 15, 2015 at 11:30 pm
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      You should certainly visit Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. It was a nice hotel, I enjoyed my stay.

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  • August 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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    Great to know. We may be heading back to NYC for a few days in Nov & are always looking for budget places to stay.

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    • August 15, 2015 at 11:33 pm
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      There is so much to do in the 5 boroughs. I am sure you will enjoy yourself! This is a great place to consider staying.

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  • August 15, 2015 at 12:18 pm
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    This does like a real fine – free wifi, great views and an extremely good price. Excellent stuff

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    • August 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm
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      Yea…winning across the board. The food is really good too.

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  • September 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm
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    Have to admit I’ve avoided hotels like these when looking at NYC (meaning typically low-budget chain motels). But hotels in NYC are crazy expensive! On our last trip we stayed in a vrbo brownstone in Brooklyn, which met our needs. But next time, based on your review, I will definitely reconsider the chain motels.

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    • July 28, 2016 at 10:33 pm
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      Well this is a hotel and it was very nice. I would stay there as a staycation again or if I didn’t have a place in New York. Great hotel. Amazing views.

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