This hotel was just converted over to a Hampton Inn and my fiancee and I stayed there when it was just 2 weeks "old." We were able to get an early check-in and our bags were brought up to our room by the nicest guy ever! We entered our room to find one of the nicest Hampton Inns I've ever encountered (and I've stayed at TONS!!). The breakfast in the morning was great and staffed very well. The lobby is decorated well. The only downsides we experienced were the room was missing some of it's basic items (no clock, no soap). We requested a clock and one never showed up. When we inquired again, they said they could provide one possibly tomorrow (which would have been too late for us).
Overall, I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone going to NYC.