We booked the hotel over a month prior to our stay and Booking conditions stated we were to pay immediately the amount of the reservation, which "excludes property-specific charges, such as tax and service charges. These are to be paid to the property at the time of your stay." However, when I booked, they charged me the whole amount, including the tax and service charges which amounted to about $200 extra dollars on my bill. Just mentioning it so that you are aware of this inconsistency. It was a bit inconvenient for us and the person who handled the communication was not very professional - she basically chastised me for not reading the terms and conditions carefully, which was not true, they simply overcharged me in advance. I've got the invoice via email so we paid exactly as much as we were supposed to, just 30+ days in advance - which was not expected, according to Booking terms and conditions, and a bit inconvenient. Everything else was just fine with the hotel.
The hotel was very nice - the room was clean, excellent wi-fi, free filter coffee from 9 am to 5 pm, a rooftop overlooking Manhattan - great spot for having coffee or quick bite in the evening, not overcrowded. The staff in the hotel was friendly and accommodating. It was about 40 min. walk from Time Square in one direction and 9/11 memorial in the other) but if you prefer going around by subway, there's a subway station 1 min. walking distance from the hotel (2nd avenue stop, F line). Close proximity to Little Italy, Soho, China Town - several fast food joints and restaurants right next to the hotel.