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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.