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The Gatsby Hotel

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135 East Houston Street, New York City, NY 10002 (Formerly The GEM Hotel SoHo)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed one night before a family wedding on Long Island. Location great, pay parking a block away. Had dresses delivered and front desk was very accommodating. Room with queen bed was tiny, hardly room to walk around the mattress. Wooden frame corners of the bed were very dangerous to shins, so watch out. One small window with A/C unit below,... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I originally had reservations at a different hotel, but that property was having some building issues and didn’t have a room for me. As a result, they moved me to one of their affiliated hotels, the Gatsby, which was about 6 blocks away. I was a little suspicious initially (mostly because I’m more familiar with the midtown area) but once... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived at the Gatsby[Gem ] hotel in mid summer. Arrived in NY city by train.got off at Penn Station and took 15 min , 12 buck cab ride. It was that quick and that easy. Gatsby is on Houston[say Howstun] Ave. It is in a great location within walking distance of Little Italy and China Town . Loads of restaurants... More 

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, this hotel has gone downhill. When I made my reservation, I specifically asked not to be put in a basement room, which they nicely agreed to. Upon check-in a month later, I was put in a basement room. These rooms are disappointing to say the least for the price you pay at this hotel. The "window" is literally on... More 

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Huelva, Spain
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose this hotel for its cost and location. It is centrally located and is close to the subway. It is also one of the more budget friendly hotels in New York. Do be warned that the bedrooms are very small. We were in a standard double room, and with three suitcases on the floor, there was no walking room.... More 

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Angela F, General Manager at The Gatsby Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Sarah L, Thank your for taking the time to post a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed many aspects of your stay including the location and cost of the hotel as well as the cleanliness and comfort of the room. We do regret that you found the facilities to be average. This property has just been acquired by... More 

Bucks UK
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Room size is standard for NYC - small! The bed was comfy enough and there was a coffee maker with good complimentary coffee. Whenever I tried to phone the front desk it was busy and we had a few things we needed to address The building is old but without character: the traffic noise is bad, the air conditioner was... More 

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Angela F, General Manager at The Gatsby Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Alcopop, Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We regret to hear that your stay was less than ideal in some areas. I have forwarded your comments to the appropriate departments and we appreciate your candid feedback as we always strive to exceed guest expectations. This property was actually just recently acquired by new ownership and... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The location was great for the wedding we were attending at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho. The room was very small but clean. Beds were relatively comfortable. Staff was very friendly. Prices were reasonable.

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Angela F, General Manager at The Gatsby Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Kaitlyn A, Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we hope you had a wonderful time at the wedding you attended nearby. The staff will also be delighted to hear your compliments on their service. Please reach out to me personally whenever you wish to stay with us again so... More 

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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Did a one night business run into the city. Was only hotel option. Exterior and lobby need work. Room was nyc sized but nice and clean. Pricey as well. But the location was pretty good enjoyed walking Around and checking out all the great eats in the Bowery area

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Angela F, General Manager at The Gatsby Hotel, responded to this review

Dear baronfreya, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us overall. We will actually be undergoing a full renovation soon and would love to welcome you back to see the changes once it is complete. Please reach out to me personally whenever you would like to return. We hope to welcome you... More 

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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We stayed 11 nights at this hotel in May/June 15. Room was clean but very small. Unfortunately our room faced the street which was a main road and the noise from traffic, ambulances and fire trucks was horrendous at all hours of the day and night. To make matters worse they were doing road works outside the hotel and every... More 

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Angela F, General Manager at The Gatsby Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Angela C, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the cleanliness and location of the hotel as well as the attentive staff. However, we regret to hear that the construction noise outside negatively impacted your stay. Unfortunately, the city has been making repairs to one of the streets outside of the property so... More 

howell
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This hotel is gross! When we walked in, the lobby looked nothing like the pictures. There was all this mess stacked in the tiny lobby and more of a mess behind the desk. We decided that maybe the room would be better, but it wasn't. We opened the door, and it hit the bed because the room was so small.... More 

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Angela F, General Manager at The Gatsby Hotel, responded to this review

Dear ann l, Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We deeply regret that you did not enjoy your stay with us. We pride ourselves on providing clean and comfortable accommodations and your comments have been discussed with the appropriate departments. In addition, we would have been happy to move your room upon request as our goal... More 

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