It had been a few years since my hostel days and I honestly thought they were over, but when I came across the amazing pricing of this cabin at the Jane (70 USD/night), in the heart of the meatpacking district, I couldn't resist
The hotel had amazing reviews, also helped by its bar and restaurant which I have come to understand are particularly hot spots for the new 20s generation. I have tried both and can confirm cocktails are properly done, and served in a retro / baroque charming ambience, and café Gitane is really good, a sort of a sofisticated diner with a decent wine list
So, coming to the review of the hotel, here are the key elements I was concerned about:
- Shared bathroom (no wonder). Nowhere I had found how many rooms actually share the bathroom, this is an important factor not just for cleanliness (which, confirming other reviews, was no issue at all) of the facilities, but to have an idea of how busy it will be typically in the morning. So for the 6th floor I can say there were 14 rooms (some of which with bunk beds) sharing a bathroom made of 2 toilets, 1 shower and a small basin which would give you only hot water. It was not too bad, I felt that given the shared nature of the facility no one abused of his/her time in the shower or in the toilet, and I very rarely had to queue
- Noise. After all those raving reviewes on bar and restaurant, I was quite worried the music would keep me awake, but there was not even an hint of that in the room. On the other hand, the heating system is really old and has got a personality, so the first night I was woken up in the middle of the night by some heavy banging on metal, and the second night I simply went to sleep with wax ear plugs as it was all a gurgle of water through the pipes, plus banging of metal every now and then. It was not particualrly upsetting, quite fascinating in a way, but bring your earplugs if you are a light sleeper
- Patrons. From the look of some of the patrons I met in the lift, in the lobby or on my floor, this is not just an hotel where you can hang out for a couple of days, this is also very affordable (value for money) accomodation in an amazing neighbourood of Manhattan. So you won't just find the young crowd you would normally see in a hostel, sometimes it is middle age men and women with a street outfit (ie. might have slept in the park if it was not so cold). Nothing harmful, if any quite interesting for me but if you don't like such things better stay away
Having said that, the cabin is very small but well organised, not sure how a claustrophobic would feel but I quite enjoyed its cosiness. Unless you have a trunk for luggage you should be able to fit it on the floor or under the bed I had no view but being on the 6th floor I got a lot of daylight, which was very nice. Cherry on the icing, the staff is incredibly friendly - not just for New York standards.
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- Also Known As:
- The Jane Hotel New York City
- Jane New York City
- Jane Hotel New York City