While on a mission to find inexpensive but safe and central lodgings for friends coming to NYC next Spring, I inadvertently found some excellent accommodation that just happens to be a mission. Inadvertently because I was on my way to a beekeepers meeting, and the mission being a Lutheran Mission for seafarers and sojourners. With such a wonderful name, inspiring thoughts of wind-in-the-hair adventurers on the sea of discovery, the House had to be good. It was. The receptionist cheerfully gave me a tag to access one of their 11th floor double rooms with a private bath. It was immaculately clean, and my boarding school eye could not but admire the perfectly made bed. Tight as a drum, it not only would be impossible for a bedbug to take up residence, but a quarter bounced clear and high without any encouragement. While the room is not sexy, at $136 for a weekday ( $145 on Friday & Saturday nights ) it doesn’t need to be, and the location on east 15th street easily makes up the points. So if you are setting sail for the Big Apple, and are looking for some cheerful accommodation, consider the Mission accomplished.
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