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TownePlace Suites Long Island City: Spring for Four Points Instead

TownePlace Suites Long Island City Hotel Review is part of the TPOL in NYC ongoing Trip Report

Getting There: AirTrain + Subway.

Is there any hotel I have not stayed at in NYC? From the Consistently Inconsistent Park Hyatt NYC to the efficient, sketchy hotel in Jamaica, Queens (see How to Avoid Expensive Hotels in NYC), I’m like those annoying Farmers Insurance commercials: I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two.

Long Island City

Long Island City is the place to stay if you need to be close to Midtown without the sticker price of Manhattan. Taking the F train from the Queensbridge station to Midtown takes less than ten minutes.


Apart from the convenience of the subway, this hotel is not in an ideal location. There is nothing around it except construction. Like Brooklyn, LIC is overrun with development which may, in the short run, be good for business travelers looking for cheap hotel options, but will become overpriced like everything in NY.

a car parked on the side of a road

a city with lots of buildings and cars

Hotel Itself

The hotel is brand new in sharp contrast with its surroundings.

cars parked cars in front of a building

Towneplace Suites?

This is the first time I’ve stayed at Towneplace Suites. It’s best described as a cross between Aloft and Residence Inn. I picked it because it was $8 cheaper than the Four Points LIC, my favorite hotel in LIC.

a sign on a building


Construction noise is a problem but the hotel discloses this on its website.

a building under construction with scaffolding


It’s the middle of winter. I walk into the room. It is freezing. I understand the need to save energy but a thermostat reading 58 is cooler than being cool.

The Remote

I dedicated a whole post to how annoying it is that the remote is under the TV, not next to the bed (see Complaint of the Week: Hotel Remotes).

Invalid request error occurred.


The room was very big compared to most NYC hotels. The bed was especially comfortable.

a long hallway with doors and lights

a bed with a lamp and a window

a room with a bed and a tv

a chair and a table in a room

a bed with a white bedding and a lamp

a tv on the wall

Mini Kitchen

Usually I do not use the kitchen but because it was frigid outside and because I had no desire to walk anywhere, I made use of the fridge for my Uber Eats order, the microwave for reheating, and the tea machine for trying to bring up my core temperature.

a kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator

a coffee machine and a basket of coffee


I can’t recall a hotel in NY with good water pressure. This was another with low pressure. The first room didn’t have hot water forcing me to change rooms mid-stay.

a bathroom with a glass shower and toilet

a shower with a shower head and shower head

a bathroom with a sink and a shelf with towels


This is the best soap if you have a cold like I did or if you are hungover. The aroma woke me right up and cleared my sinuses.

a group of green bottles with white caps


Breakfast is strangely only offered from 6:30AM to 9. I passed.


For $8 more, the Four Points is a much nicer hotel in a more developed part of LIC.

TownePlace Suites Long Island City Hotel Review is part of the TPOL in NYC ongoing Trip Report



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