An Uber from JFK was one of the most convenient ways to get to the hotel, in total it costs $60 with tips on a new and clean Honda Accord. The hotel is located in one of the newer skyscrapers in downtown Brooklyn, which is nearer to JFK Airport than Manhattan.
Arriving around 11:30pm, I was welcomed by friendly agents in the bright lobby. There was several infused water dispensers by the entrance with a large welcome mat which was refreshing and shows this hotel is never positioned for the upper end or luxury market in mind.
Room keys were handed readily while my package that I sent to the hotel arrived safely. In addition there was a goodie bag consisting of pop corn and two bottles of water for IHG club members. This was given to me once again as I had a separate reservation since one night was booked using points.
Inside the goodie or welcome pack was a packet of potato chips along with a bottle of Dasani water. There was also a small card detailing a recommended running route in the city.
There are no bell desks or separate concierge desks in this hotel. Instead there are luggage carts you typically see in airports placed by the elevators. This reminds me the ibis Hotel stay in Innsbruck that had the same feature.
Room No: 700 Category: Queen Wellness Room
The hotel is not large by any means and there is a narrow hallway from the elevator that makes it feel like living in an apartment in the city.
Upon entering the room, the most striking feature is a foyer with some gym balls , yoga mats and ropes with a vertical bar. There was a thick fitness book detailing the various exercises one could do with these equipments.
In the foyer, there was a closet and an empty fridge where guests could store their yogurts and cold drinks. A Keurig coffee machine with capsules and plastic and paper cups was placed above it.
Moving towards to the bedroom, there is a wall mounted flat screen TV with a fold down desk and swivelling chair next to it. With the desktop folded down, there is a white board where there was some welcome greetings made by the room service personnel. On the desk, guests could also find an in-room training booklet that I mentioned earlier and a complimentary orange water bottle that could be re-filled whilst running in the city.
Across from the TV was the bed itself which seems quite small and is probably a Queen sized bed at the most. There was 2 small ledges beside the bed but one was occupied mainly by the room telephone and alarm clock while the other has Philips ambient lighting system. This meant there was little space for other gadgets even when there was power outlets to connect them too. The whole bedroom felt a bit cramped and there was a lack of space to move about. With all the stuff, there was barely any space left to place your luggage and the room seems designed for travellers who pack lightly.
Next to the bed was the bathroom which has contemporary fittings as it has a spacious shower area with a sliding glass partition.
Continuing the theme of a limited service lodging, there was wall mounted bath amenities by Beekman 1802, a brand I saw for the first time. The scent was pleasant and fairly ordinary.
Across from the shower cubicle was a standard vanity countertop. The whole bathroom was bright and clean with a layout that was nice to use. Sliding doors to enter the bathroom means there is more space overall compared to the bedroom.
As I mentioned, there was a running route map included in the welcome package and this was in line with the wellness theme.
Located across from the elevators guests can find a well equipped fitness centre spread over 2 floors. The first floor by the lobby has several treadmills while the staircase leading to the basement holds more fitness machines and the weights bench.
Restaurant and Other Facilities
On the lobby floor, guests could find a restaurant and a bar with various seating configurations. The restaurant is the venue for all-day dining and the space is not very large but it does not seem packed either in the morning or the evening. Since the hotel is located in the middle of the city, there are numerous other places to eat just a few minutes walk from your doorstep. Thus I expect most guests to dine outside of the hotel or even buy something back from the surrounding cafes.
Aside from functioning as a restaurant the seating also provides a space for guests to lounge in the evening or to use one of the Mac workstations to surf the internet or check on e-mails. There is a TV showing the news and a table game by the wall as well.
Finally, there is a pantry and convenience store for guests to buy some snacks or drinks. This is the reason why the rooms have an empty minibar, and again shows the positioning of this hotel as a competitor to Aloft, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hyatt Place properties.
Rate per night was around $280 inclusive of taxes, though I had one of the nights redeemed on points so it was not as bad. However paying a rate of $280 seems to be on the high side for a limited service property. We managed to get the staff to help us make reservations at Peter Luger for dinner on one of the nights and all the interactions with the various staff was great with the staff being very friendly. However the location is not exactly in New York City proper but works well if you need to be in Brooklyn. New York City is expensive for hotel stays due to its high visitor count and for a limited service hotel to be sold at this room rate was a bit too high in my opinion. Unless one really values the fitness amenities in the room, I would rather seek other lodging with a larger room in the city.