Hotel Verve Hotel 4 star
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40-03 29th Street Long Island City NY 11101 New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

There's no getting away from the fact that the Verve is not one of New York's top hotels as its design, location and services suggest, however, what we can definitely say is that it knows exactly what its clients needs and provides it effectively at great value. Its rooms are basic but clean, functional and spacious and there hotel boasts many nice touches which make this a good option for money-conscious tourists and business people who are not too worried about being right in the mix of things in Manhattan. As long as you are conscious of its limitations, we'd recommend this quiet, friendly hotel in an area which will soon be thriving.

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    Location 6.0 /10

    The Verve is situated on 29th Street close to the Northern Boulevard in Long Island City, across the East River from Manhattan. Although not in the city centre, the hotel does have excellent transport links with several subway stations close by with a total of seven lines, meaning that Midtown Manhattan is just minutes away. In terms of attractions in the area, the MoMA PS1 is just a 15-minute walk away, while the Museum of the Moving Image is just 10 minutes away by foot. Also within walking distance is Queensbridge Park and Silvercup Studios (filming location for series such as 30 Rock and Gossip Girls) which can be toured. If you're looking to eat in the area then the district of Astoria is just a quarter of an hour away by foot and has a good selection of restaurants and bars. JFK is 13.5 miles away, La Guardia just five miles and Newark 20.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    Although there are several different categories of guestroom, most are in fact much of a muchness, with only the larger suites having any significant differences. The sober coloured rooms each have either a king or queen bed dressed in white linens with matching green plain and bed skirt. Either side of the beds, which are all placed against a feature wall with a smart red wallpaper, are solid bedside tables with an alarm clock and telephone. As well as a simple desk and chair, each room also has a chest of drawers, a flatscreen television, mini fridge, coffee maker, safe, iron and ironing board and bath robes. Many of the rooms actually have quite a good view, albeit distant, of Manhattan's skyline. The bathrooms, which are a little on the small side, have marble-topped vanities with Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries, bathtubs with shower and hairdryer. The five rooms adapted for guests in wheelchairs have excellent bathroom facilities and clearly a lot of thought has been given to how their experience can be improved.

    The junior suites and suites have seating areas and separate living spaces respectively as well as microwave ovens and upgraded coffee machines for those staying for extended periods. One of the suites even has a jacuzzi tub within the main living space.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The cube-like, sand and terracotta checkered building which houses the Verve hotel stands at the corner of the street next to a church, with another larger house of prayer just opposite. The all marble lobby, while somewhat grim, is spotless and immaculate and has a leather couch and armchairs with a selection of newspapers spread out on a coffee table. An effort has been made to brighten things up with some green plants while there is an ATM machine just under the flatscreen television. Round the corner is a coffee machine accessible throughout the day.

    Very much a relaxed property, guests can wander around the hotel at their will and use the facilities as if they were in their own home. There is a pleasant little terrace equipped with three barbeques which are free for the guests to use if the weather permits. Likewise, a games room with a pool table and air hockey game is always open to guests as is the modest fitness room (cardio machines and a few weights machines) and the laundry room (for which guests simply need to buy detergent, otherwise no charge). For $25 per day unlimited access is given to the secure car park where there is also a smoking area and ping pong table, also accessible 24 hours a day.

    The hotel as a whole is, like the lobby suggests, extremely clean and well look after and the corridors are wide, light and easily negotiable with the room number indications very clear. The staff is very agreable and seems happy to do their best to meet guests' needs. Complimentary wifi is available throughout the hotel and a business centre is at the disposal of guests without their own laptop.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    The bleak breakfast room is located just off of the reception area and consists of a series of simple tables and chairs each with a single flower and selection of butter and jams at its centre. A complimentary continental buffet is set out to one side of the room offering the usual spread of cereals, breads, pastries, eggs, juices and teas and coffee. Due to the relatively high number of long-term guests, the buffet does rotate every day so you won't get bored of the same thing every morning (although the use of plastic cutlery might get on your nerves!).

    To know

    Opened in May of 2008, the Verve is an independent hotel which welcomes tourists from all over the world as well as long-stay business people. Being a small, personable establishment, it is not unknown for the staff to invite guests down to watch major sporting events and offer them drinks and snacks at no extra charge. We can't imagine any Manhattan hotel doing something similar!

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning

    advantage

    • Value for money
    • Spacious rooms
    • Transport links to Manhattan
    • Staff

    disadvantages

    • Distance from main tourist attractions
    • Décor/design a little dated

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