Gabrian and I along with his Dad had an unexpected trip to NYC a couple of weeks ago. We found out two days before we needed to be there which gave me a very short window of time to figure things out. Because we had a morning appointment we knew that we needed to head down there the night before.
I only had a few hours to debate our different options. We considered taking an overnight bus and leaving the same day so we didn't have to pay for a hotel (the thought of little sleep was not appealing to any of us). We also considered staying in Connecticut and taking the train into the city in the morning. When we found the Quality Inn on Expedia for the same price (it was $76 and with taxes came to $91) as most of the hotels in Stamford, CT we were sold. How awesome would it be to let Gabrian stay the night in the actual city?
During my quick research for the hotel, I overwhelmingly came across a consensus. The rooms were small but clean and the staff was very friendly. I have to agree that the reviews were spot on. The rooms were small (who cares, we only need it for sleep) and they were clean (the important part). The staff was amazing. We arrived a little after midnight and the front desk clerk was so friendly and welcoming. He made us feel like he was so happy to see us and went above and beyond helping us a place to find a really late dinner. We felt that everyone we encountered for our stay from the housekeepers to the breakfast attendant to the front desk clerks were just happy people that liked their jobs.
The other thing I picked up from the research was that the location was great. I completely agree. We took a taxi from Grand Central Station because we arrived so late in the night but we could have easily walked it. We passed by Times Square on our taxi ride and several other interesting sights. We were in walking distance to great restaurants and pretty much anything we needed.
Our room was small but had everything we needed. Some of the reviews I read mentioned that you would need to climb over the beds to get to the other side of the room. I would say that was accurate when someone was sitting at the desk you would have to crawl across the other bed (probably not my most graceful moments).
We were on the third floor and while some may say we didn't have a view I am sure my six-year old would disagree. We had construction outside of our room and he was entranced watching them work in the morning.
The only issue we came across (and we were pretty sure it was us), was that we could only get one tv station to work. It was fine for me because it was the news channel but Gabrian would have preferred some cartoons in the morning. If we had been there more than one night I probably would have stopped by the front desk to find out what we were doing wrong.
We arrived to breakfast just before they closed. The breakfast attendant was super helpful and was very gracious to us considering how close they were to closing. They had a great selection for a free breakfast. We had cereals, toast options, yogurt, eggs, sausage, and my favorite, the waffles. It was a great breakfast to get us started for our busy day.
Overall, we thought our stay was great at the Quality Inn and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again the next time we are in NYC. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at 442 W 36th St., New York, New York.