B, D, F, M, N, Q, R at 34th St.-Herald Sq.
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Surrounded by late-night karaoke joints and Korean BBQ restaurants, the 14-story La Quinta Inn is a well-priced sanctum in midtown. The Beaux-Arts façade dates back to 1904 when the place was called the Aberdeen. Today you’ll find out-of-towners and in-the-know locals passing through the checker-floored lobby on their way to its laidback bar Mé. For those considering spending the night, about a dozen north-facing rooms afford decent views of the Empire State Building (though you’ll have to crane to see its signature spire). Rooms are clean and modestly sized. If light’s an issue, request a corner with lots of windows. As to the aforementioned rooftop bar, the cheery, multi-colored tables are enclosed by a picket fence. It’s the illusion of privacy since skyscrapers look down from all sides.Pros
A short walk to a number of midtown attractions; charming rooftop bar.
Except for a handful of rooms, the views are mostly of brick walls or midtown office windows.
A complimentary continental breakfast runs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; kids under 13 are free if rooming with an adult.