Creating a Photo: Back to New York with British Airways – PART 4 – Holiday Inn Long Island City Manhattan View
Featuring the British Airways Airbus A318E.
Or – “World. Enough now. Stop it. Please. Pretty Please…”
- The Introduction
- To London
- BA 1 – London City Airport – Shannon – New York JFK
- One Time Exception: Apple Store, Grand Central Terminal
- Holiday Inn Long Island City Manhattan View – THIS SECTION
- A trip to a camera shop
- Time with Friends and back to JFK
- JFK T7, Pre-Flight Dining
- BA4 – New York JFK – London City Airport
- Radisson Edwardian and the Trip Home
- The wrap up
- The Photo
As you join me for Part IV of this trip, my computer is repaired, and I’m a bit happier. But as the Mac had to spend an overnight in the store being repaired, I needed a room for a night too. Jumping a cab from Grand Central, over the Queensbourgh bridge and into Long Island City, and finally to the Holiday Inn Long Island City – Manhattan View.
HOTEL: Holiday Inn Long Island City – Manhattan View
- Main hotel photos – http://www.photoblog.com/kevincm/2012/08/10/
- Extended Manhattan View – http://www.photoblog.com/kevincm/2012/08/19/
Yes, I’m back here again. Why? £90 a night says so compared to the rest of Manhattan. Besides, it’s a block from the subway, or 15 minutes from/to Midtown in a cab. Low cost and convenience are things I like a lot.
I was welcome to the hotel, and handed over my ID and credit card.
I was then told I had been upgrades from a basic room to a suite – The Brooklyn suite.
As a welcome gift for being a Priority Club member, I was given a bottle of water and two chocolate squares. In addition a 20% Food voucher for the restaurant was given.
It’s the little touches that matter.
It was then off to the lift, and the 16th floor.
Exiting the lift, I saw to the right the entrance to the room.
A slide of the keycard, and well – this is what greeted me…
The room itself was a big room rather than a traditional 2 room suite. But it one he’ll of a sizes room with a king bed, shower and a balcony as well as sofa that could be converted into a sofabed.
The room also has balcony… which gives views like this (I’d strongly advise having a look at http://www.photoblog.com/kevincm/2012/08/19/ for some of the views from day to night…
As it was 30c heat with high humidity, the air conditioning unit did a fine job of keeping me semi human (alas, this was mitigated with me going out of the hotel and instantly boiling up)
The bed itself was comfortable with the usual choice of firm or soft pillow, with everything else in the room being “just right”. There were also adequate (and easy to reach) power outlets too. To the side of the bed there was an alarm/radio/iPod dock combo too.
Again, it’s the little details that matter.
WiFi wasn’t that good quality – so not good for heavy downloads or anything that needs heavy data. For light browsing, it did the job ok
The only really annoying thing about this property is the 11am checkout. Thankfully a quick discussion with reception changed that to a 2pm check out.
Speaking of Check-out, as usual the folio was pushed under the door waiting for me on the second day (at the correct amount). I paid it off on departure, with offers of transit… and where to get an umbrella as the heavens had just opened.
Overall: It may not be in Manhattan, but don’t let that put you off. This is a very nice property, with rooms that are reasonably sized and serviced – one that I would happily go back again if I find myself in New York.
Next up: A photographers nightmare. A dirty sensor… A sensor clean that goes wrong… and what to do next…