Decent for the Price and Location
Posted Oct 11, 2016
My wife and I stayed at the Americana Inn from 10/05/2016 to 10/10/2016 and our overall experience with this hotel was the smoothest part of our trip to NYC. This was our first time in NYC and we were attending for the Comic Con at the Javits Center (located only a mile away from the hotel).
There were a few inconveniences that made our trip somewhat unpleasant:
The hotel doesn't have an ice machine, which was very inconvenient considering the closest place that sold ice (Bryant Deli), charges 75 cents for a small cup and $5.00 for a 10 lb. bag. Which would have been OK if there was a place to store the ice, but there isn't (we used the sink in our room but the ice didn't last long). They did have a mini fridge in the shared kitchen, but it did not keep anything much colder than room temperature. If you want a cold drink and don't want to walk to the store, you can use the vending machine located on the 2nd floor, but they charge $1.50 for a 12 oz. can.
We were a bit worried about the idea of a shared bathroom, but there are multiple bathrooms on each floor and we only had to wait to use the restroom twice during our stay. Also, the bathrooms were kept very clean.
The staff was friendlier than most New Yorkers that we encountered and were helpful in scheduling transportation to the airport.
This hotel is good if you are on a budget and your primary destination(s) is close by.
We would stay again if we couldn't find anything cheaper or closer to the Javits Center.