We've been to NYC several times and have done our fair share of time at the Hiltons, Holiday Inns, Wyndhams, Dream, Parker Meridian etc. They've all been fine - did what they were supposed to do - provide a bed to use while rushing from tourist attraction to tourist attraction. Now that we've seen many of the sights - we were looking for a different sort of experience to accommodate at trip that was about theatre, food and culture. We couldn't have had a better experience at the Greenwich Village Habitue.
We did a 7 day - 8 show and 2 food tour holiday - and loved having the opportunity to explore the Village in greater detail than we ever have before. This location is PERFECT. It's only a block from the Highline - and we often used this park to wander uptown at a quick pace. The subway is fairly near. Cabs are plentiful. Great, great eating in the village.
The river is only a couple of blocks away - great for runners/joggers.
The hosts, Kevin, Matt and Rey are low key - very hospitable - and are not in-your-face - available if you need them. We pride ourselves on being low maintenance guests, so it was a perfect fit for all of us. They have a lot of information - and are very accommodating if your flight arrives late.
The suites are so roomy compared to even the most expensive places we've stayed. Having a kitchenette took all the pressure off of the mornings - as we could toast a bagel, make coffee and relax before starting the day. Although the website does not promise daily cleaning service, it was provided - and we came home to a spotless suite every day.
This building was built in the 1830s - so a suburban McMansion it is not. The floors are a little uneven, they creak - and the stairs are steep. It has character - and it is charmingly decorated - you feel like you're staying with a friend. There is a dining alcove where I set up my laptop. The bed was reasonably comfortable - I've had better and worse as a traveller.
A lot of reviews say that this is a place where you feel that you are "living like a New Yorker" and I have to agree that this is part of the charm - we intend on returning. We stayed in #3, which made arriving and leaving a little painful with heavy luggage - but the in between part was lovely - maybe if I book earlier next time I will request the suite on the lower floor, (or I'll bring lighter stuff!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Owner occupied 1830's Federal style Brownstone has 2 completely private, self-contained, fully appointed apartments for rent - single or double occupancy ONLY - 7 night minimum stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- a Greenwich Village Habitue Hotel New York City