But here goes anyway:
This is the only place I like to stay in NYC. I "discovered" it the very first time I went to New York and didn't realize what a steal it was. I went back a few months later and it was booked up and only then did I realize how much I love the location and the price. You get a safe, clean, air conditioned room with an LCD TV and DVD player and full cable, your own bathroom and fresh towels and a made-up room ever day, right in the East Village, for like, half the price of any other comparable room in the city.
One trip, a bunch of my friends all booked rooms here (about 14 of us) and no one had any complaints, so it's not just that I'm easy to please. I stayed with 3 girlfriends once and we got 2 double beds for $160. Try to do New York for $40 a night -- try to do ANYWHERE for $40 a night -- and you won't come close to this place.
Staff are pretty nice, never had a problem. If you need directions someplace, they will print you up a google map or whatever.
I guess this place is not for everybody. I once heard an older lady complain that it was "too noisy" and the guy at the desk said, "Lady, it's New York!" (ha ha. I just turn on the air conditioner or fan if it gets noisy on the streets below).
Yes it's cash only and there's no elevator, but if that's important to you, go stay somewhere else because I don't want this place getting too popular! One thing that's a drag is that WiFi is really expensive, but it's free without a password at the Film Academy Cafe across the street.
I heard it used to be a hooker and junkie hang out, but those days are long gone. It's all families and tourists now. It was closed all summer for fire code violations and I am so glad it's open again.
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