This hotel is a great option for budget travel in the City. It's very close to 456 and NQRW subway lines, 15 short blocks from Grand Central, and a short walk to Union Square, etc. Unlike another poster, we did not find the lobby scary or the hotel to be only for savvy travelers. The service was courteous and helpful, and the free-breakfast was yummy if you appreciate a good bagel or egg sandwich. Our room and floor didn't smell like smoke at all. Everything was very clean and comfortable. The bed was good quality, and there was a TV and refrigerator. We've stayed in quite a few hotels in Manhattan over the years, and prices have gotten insane, even for dirty and inconveniently located motels. We had no interest in sharing a bathroom and insist on cleanliness, so this hotel, although it may seem expensive for any other city, really is a great deal and was a terrific central location for our NYC siteseeing.
Pros: location, value, cleanliness
Cons: limited amenities