sábado, 13 de agosto de 2011

Part VII: Hotel AKA Times Square

Part I: Summer Vacation Introduction
Part II: Flight MEX-IAD and Day 1 in DC(United)
Part III: Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row
Part IV: Exploring Washington DC Day 2 and 3 in DC
Part V: Exploring Washington DC Day 4 and 5 in DC
Part VI: Train from DC to Newark and Day 1 in NYC (Amtrak)
Part VII: Hotel AKA Times Square
Part VIII: Exploring New York City Days 2 and 3
Part IX: Exploring NYC Days 4 and 5
Part X: Exploring NYC Days 6 and 7
Part XI: Flight EWR-MEX (Continental)

Finding the perfect hotel in NYC it's very difficult. Location, the room size and most important the price are all 3 very important factors that you need to take in consideration. I was looking for a 4 star hotel in NYC most of them where from 250 USD (not in a great location) to more than 350 USD. Then I found the AKA Hotel. The AKA hotels are long-term stay hotels which offer you great suites with kitchens and a great price. I chose the one in Times Square which is between 6th and 7th 44th St. And it's less than 1 minute away from Times Square. To find a suite this size with a very good location in a great hotel fro 270 USD a night was just great.
Above you will find my review of T.A.

Check in-Check out.
Both of them were fast and good. At the check in they explain you the apartment details. We asked for a rollaway bed but after knowing that it was 50 USD per night we declined it. Still, without asking, the lady at the Front Desk called Housekeeping and sent some sheets and pillows so we could sleep on the couch.
The check out was very good too.
I give 4.9 out of 5.

I originally paid for a 750 square feet without a den but when we got there the suite had a den. The Suite was very spacious, it had a very complete kitchen with everything you needed and a big fridge. There was also a small living room with a large plasma T.V. and a large couch in which someone smaller than 5'6 can sleep very comfortable.
The Den is a small room with a char and a desk, I wouldn't pay for more just to have a den. There was also a small table for two and of course the main room with a king size bed.
The bathroom was the thing I didn't loved, although it was very clean it was very outdated so if the bathroom was renovated the whole suite would be great.
The suite succeed my expectancies and more but it was missing sun light(.I would ask for a room facing the street.) It had everything you needed. The only problem we had was that the first night the AC didn't worked and inside the suite was like 85 F but that's it.
I give a 4.8

I was undecided between this location and the AKA Central Park and although the Central Park might be in a nicer location the AKA TS has the best location. It' s just 150 meters from Times Square which is good because you avoid the crowds without being to far away. It's 2 blocks away from 2 Subway Stations, (Orange Line and Red Line) And if you just want to go shopping just take a taxi at 6th Avenue to the Shops at the Fifth Avenue (from 50th St. to 60th St) It will cost you less than 6 dollars. The only bad thing about the location is that is in between avenues and do not have a lot of sun light.
I give a 4.9

Although in this hotel you are not going to talk with a lot of the employees, the few of them that you may have some sort of conversations are very nice and ready to help. From the doorman to the front desk people to the housekeeping lady they are all super nice and very helpful. Because this is not really your typical hotel they just offer you housekeeping service once but if you decide to pay it it's only 25 dollars more.
I give a 5

There are not really amenities at this hotel but you can find the Fitness Center and the Business Center. The Fitness Center is small and just have the basics. The Business Center has 4 computers in which you can use the printer. Also remember that the suite offers internet connection for free which is kind of slow but it's free.
I give a 4.5

So I paid 260 USD per night for a large suite in a 4 star hotel. I don't think you can get a 4 star hotel with good location standard room for less than 280 so to get a suite just makes it better. You may not receive the same attention like in other hotels but for what you paid you receive a lot more. I would definitely stay here next time unless I can afford a Peninsula room.

Room Tip: Ask for a suite facing the street or at least with sun light.

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