Changes at work, home or regular vacation withdraws leads me to wanting to take a break and enjoy myself. Some time last month, I decided to get some “me time” at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View. The hotel is in Long Island City, minutes away from LaGuardia Airport a short train ride to Manhattan and has two restaurants offering breakfast through dinner menus; 39 Above located in the lobby and Rio Grande on the lower level. It has a fitness center and meeting spaces for events. Since the hotel is in a busy area, there are several restaurants nearby for dining and there is a store around the corner for purchasing groceries if needed.
The check-in process was very quick. I was able to get the free WiFi information, keys to my room, instructions on how to get to the dining area and fitness center if needed. When getting into the room, my mouth literally dropped. They don’t call it the Manhattan View for nothing. I was able to see over the East River from the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge views of the Empire State Building and The Chrysler Building. It was absolutely breathtaking. The pictures and video taken definitely don’t do it justice.
A coupon was offered for the buffet option at Rio Grande, but I wasn’t very hungry. Instead, I had a plate of wings.
I went back to my room to relax and even though the NBA finals were on, for some reason, O.J.: Made in America was interesting to watch. Similarly to my room in Cartagena, the bathroom contained a stand up shower. It also included a desk and coffee machine. My bed was pretty firm, but contained the softest pillows ever. I slept well, but heard typical “city sounds” like cars/trucks or even construction from time-to-time.
I was able to get breakfast in 39 Above the next morning. Breakfast options were French Toast, fresh fruit, eggs, cereal, yogurt, juices and omelettes. You’re not allowed to take food out of the restaurant, but the Holiday Inn Express offers room service.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View. The hotel offers parking in their parking lot, but there is metered parking available on the street. Itis walking distance from the express train to Manhattan, so you can do sight seeing in a short time. If you’re looking for a place to stay that is close to the city, but not paying the “City Price”, I recommend staying here. The hotel offers parking in their parking lot, but there is metered parking available on the street. To book reservations or to get more information, visit their official website, follow on Twitter and Facebook and read past guest reviews on Trip Advisor.