On the far western edge of the West Village near the new Highline Park and most of downtown. The neighborhood is very residential, which is nice because you feel like you're a local.
Tiny tiny tiny...a single bed option with a shared bathroom looks and feels like a train compartment plucked out of the 19th century. But if you are willing to pay $250 for a “Captain’s Cabin” it comes with a double bed and its own ensuite bathroom. All units come with air conditioning, iPod dock/clock radio, free wireless internet access and 26-inch flat screen LCD televisions with built-in DVD players, a modern touch to a decor that feels more turn of the century.
Imagine the living room of a favorite eccentric great aunt and you'll get the picture- potted palms, upholstered sofas, wood floors and printed wallpaper. Even the bellmen look they were plucked from another century.
Eating and drinking
An outpost of Le Gitane, one of the city's favorite French cafes, has opened here, and gives the property a Parisian feel - I love the cafe au lait. The hotel's Jane Ballroom was one of New York's hotspots before angry neighbors shut it down (there are rumors that it will re-open soon though).
There is no spa or gym but the property provides free bikes to explore the area. The West Side Highway is also perfect for running and strolling with great sweeping views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River.
Hit and miss: some of the staff couldn't be nicer or more helpful, others don't seem to be interested in their guests' experience.
Who stays there
Budget travellers, 20-somethings looking for a deal, or those who want a great address, a funky vibe and don't mind a cramped guestroom.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Cramped rooms
- Too quirky for some