After reading a few reviews on the Duncan, it didn't seem that bad. It certainly is a 50's style hotel with a 120 year old hand operated elevator. I am thinking "cute and quaint", and right next to Yale. It also looks like you've stepped into a horror movie. The lobby is the only nice thing about the place.
After a rude, front desk person pushed a piece of paper over to me to fill out, our kindly elevator operator took us to our second floor room. We were guided to our room, which smelled like stale cigarettes. The door did not lock. In fact, I screwed in the loose deadbolt screw and then propped a chair up under the doorknob for "added security"
The mattress was flat. The furniture were all mismatched pieces that looked like they were from the 70s. But the best part -- the bathroom was really something else. I don't think they bleached or cleaned the tile in years. The toilet rocked on its base when you sat on it. There was no garbage can, no alarm clock, no hair dryer, no iron. Nothing you'd expect to get a hotel.
We went to sleep to the sound of the elevator and our noisy neighbor next door. Later that night, the steam radiator kicked off and we woke to a cold room.
Guess you really get what you paid for: $84 for two people to stay overnight at the Duncan. If you need a budget room and you don't really need much more than a bed and shut eye. This is the place. Otherwise there are two other properties within the same distance of the University.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clean, Quiet, Comfortable.Conveniently located on the edge of the Yale campus and within walking distance of theaters, museums, boutiques, restaurants and more.Hotel Duncan has been in business for over 100 years. Rooms are always available for daily or weekly rental. On-street metered parking is available. There is also a parking garage just around the corner on York St between Crown St & Chapel St. The hotel does not have its own internet wifi, however there are many wifi networks available in the area, some inside the building. Remember - Clean, Quiet, Comfortable.We look forward to your visit.Hotel Duncan ... more less