Almost Wonderful A review of The GEM Hotel-SoHo, an Ascend Collection hotel
The hotel was, with the exception of one issue (see below) a great place to stay. The rooms were clean and well-kept, decent sized. The hotel itself was not too big, and I think that made it fairly nice because there wasn't very much to manage. Definetely the quality you would expect from a larger hotel chain. Located in lower Manhattan, it's very close to everything that's convenient. There's a subway entrance about 300 feet from the hotel door (And you do not hear it anywhere inside), convenience stores, Domino's pizza. Close to some tourist attractions. This hotel does not have parking, and there are not many parking garages nearby. Be warned that if you want to park at NEARBY garages, you will pay for it - a 2-day stay at the hotel will cost you $60 in parking fees. Suggestion: drop off and check in, and then cruise the city a bit for something cheaper, riding the subway back. Last but not least, I had an issue with the overall cost. I was quoted one price over the phone, and then charged over twice that there. I do not believe it was done intentionally, but I would recommend using words like, "So that is xxx dollars per night, for a total of yyy dollars, correct?".