Duane Street Hotel

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Address: 130 Duane Street, New York City, 10013, United States

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.9

An inexpensive yet elegant hotel in the heart of New York City's TriBeCa.

Boutique hotels have become ubiquitous in New York City in recent years but most are part of big chains. Still, a select few are truly unique properties hidden away on side streets. Blink and you may miss them. Duane Street Hotel is one such hotel. Built in 2007 by Gene Kaufman Associates, the five-story hotel is virtually unknown to locals - I asked my travel industry friends in TriBeCa if they had ever heard of the property and not one said they had, which is a shame as it’s one of the area’s finest hotels, offering comfort and class at a reasonable rate.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
1
90%

Location

TriBeCa boasts a plethora of great dining establishments - Nobu, Bouley, Bubby’s - as well as a number of fantastic bars, all of which are within walking distance of the hotel.

Bedrooms

The 45 lofty rooms are divided into five categories, the largest of which is the executive room, the smallest of which is the 300-square-foot standard room. The color scheme is neutral throughout the guestrooms, with pops of pale avocado, mauve and butter yellow on walls, cushions or fur ottomans. Plank flooring, either dark mahogany or pine, covers the entire bedroom and sitting area; the latter features a desk and snack station.

Paul Vega Interiors designed the rooms to emphasize modernity and comfort. Double-bonded windows keep the noise at bay, which makes watching the large flatscreen TV from the king-size beds a relaxing endeavor. The closet space is small but big enough for two people (just as long as you don’t bring too many shoes with you!). Bathrooms have black tiles, Vitra sinks and rainforest showerheads.

Disabled guests are not neglected as several rooms are equipped for wheelchair access. And animal lovers will delight in knowing they can bring their furry friends - cats and dogs only - along for the trip.

Public areas

The hotel doesn’t have a lot of public space. The lobby is narrow and small, with just one check-in desk and clerk on call. Don’t expect porters to help you with your bags as staff are few and far between.

Eating and drinking

’Beca, named after the neighborhood in which it's located, is the hotel’s signature restaurant. ’Beca serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I recommend breakfast since there are so many great dining establishments in the area for lunch and dinner. The vanilla French toast with cinnamon apples is fresh and crispy, with just the right amount of sweetness.

Leisure facilities

The hotel doesn’t have a spa or fitness center but guests are free to use Tribeca Fitness Center around the corner.

Service

There are no glamorous desk clerks in bespoke suits milling about. That said, the desk clerk is friendly and happy to offer you advice on area attractions.

Who stays there

Urban professionals and foreign tourists. It’s small yet funky enough to appeal to a wide swath of young urbanites.

Price advice

Duane Street is affordable year-round.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Travellers with pets
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Affordability
  • Stylish, spacious rooms
  • No leisure activities
  • Restaurant only serves breakfast
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