0.2km from Shanghai Snack BarThis is a totally basic 2-star hotel with virtually no amenities. It is fine if you are spending a night in NYC and just need a relatively inexpensive (for NYC: $150/night during holiday season), clean place to sleep, but it is totally inappropriate for even a short family vacation (in my case, a long weekend). I don’t understand all of the 5-star reviews; they sound suspect to me. I should mention that I am from NYC and know the city well. I have stayed in countless NYC hotels, and this is by far the shabbiest, even given the low price. In fact, this is the first mediocre hotel review I have ever left in my many years of international travel. Just two examples of the lack of hospitality (that might not bother other people): 1) When I arrived at the hotel, it seemed almost empty (as it did turn out to be), yet the Front Desk was unwilling even to consider giving us an upgrade, even if I paid a surcharge of their choosing, so that we could move to a larger, less shabby room with any view. Their polite answer was that I had paid for a cheap room without a view, and even if they had a larger room available, which they sounded as if they did (they would not say one way or the other), they could only put me in the room I had paid for already, and that was that. 2) The Front Desk neglected to give us our breakfast chits when we checked in, and then when I had to return to the hotel the next morning to retrieve them, they gave me just one chit. Finally the restaurant had to call the hotel when I returned again to ask if we were really entitled to feed both of my kids. Here are the overall pros and cons: Pros: • Inexpensive • Clean, if unpainted and drab • Very comfortable beds • Quiet • Room temperature is fine • Few rooms per floor mean that the elevator is quick • Location in Chinatown is unique, close to Little Italy • Bad coffee is available in the lobby in the morning, along with one small area to sit • Staff is polite Cons: • Small rooms and bathrooms • Hallways and rooms are drab, with chipped paint, and desperately need a paint job. • Spare lobby is reminiscent of most cheap hotels in other countries (rarely in the US), with just one couch and two chairs. • Awful view onto an airshaft from many rooms • Free breakfast was barely edible (to us), so we skipped it after the first morning. (My kids eat practically anything for breakfast, so this was pretty rubbery food.) • No amenities: no workout room; no coffee machine in the rooms, just a kettle • Staff, while polite, is untrained in hospitality and seem as if they could be working in any office setting • (A minor issue for us, but worth mentioning:) Not near an express subway stop or many subway lines, so a long walk or transferring trains is often necessary to get to many prime NYC locations (for example, the Village, Tribeca, west Soho, Times Square theaters, or the Upper West Side).