Stayed here for four nights in December of 2012, and had an great experience overall. We stayed in the observatory room, and although the walls are a little thin, we were only there for maybe an hour during the mid-afternoon (to freshen up and whatnot) and to sleep, so it didn't really bother us. There is some street noise, but it didn't bother us at all- after all- you're in New York City- complaining about street noise is like complaining about overcrowded subways or cabs driving a little crazy.
I've stayed in many areas of NYC, and you can't beat the prices here... We paid under $150 a night, and feel it was well worth it.
One thing I was a little worried about was the shared bathrooms, but it turned out to be the least of our concern. I was picturing waiting on line for bathrooms and showers, but our experience couldn't have been more different. For starters, there are three bathrooms with showers, and you can use any of them. Honestly- I never once had to wait for one- we hardly saw any of the other guests at all!
We loved the location, but it's NOT Times Square people- it's definitely more of a residential area, so there's not a million places open at all hours of the night. We usually would head west (through Tomkins Square Park) and find whatever we needed within a few minutes whether it was food / drink / shopping /etc.
Anne- for the most part- was extremely helpful. She has binders of all of the food and drink within walking distance and has no problems recommending places as well. She can also give you passes to get into museums and other attractions for free. I'll admit she's a little spacey at times, but after arriving and getting our first little "tour" of the place, we didn't really need her. Honestly- we were so hungry when we got there, if anything, we wished the tour would've been shorter. Oh- and her "guard" dog is possibly the sweetest and most well-behaved dog I've ever met!
Couple of downsides: We loved the location, but it's not very close to any subway lines at all. The "L" stop on 1st avenue, "Astor Place" and "Delancey Street" stops are all about a 10-15 minute walk-- Delancey might be a little closer to 15-20... We were hoofing it most of the time anyway, but a few times on the way back to EVBC, we'd wished there was a line closer.
Also- the East Village can be a little shady after midnight... We never felt *unsafe*, but if you're a traveller with major safety hangups, or it's your first time in NYC, you may want to stay somewhere a little more busy--- like Times Square I suppose... That's not what we wanted at all, so it worked out well.
Our bed was comfortable, but the Observatory room is in serious need of some new pillows... And possibly a lock on the door.
Only other downside is that, some of the area is still being re-built after the hurricane, so there weren't as many restaurants or bars right there that are open late. Also- catching a cab right outside the place might be kind of hard in the late night hours, but we were usually catching cabs *back* there, so it was no big deal.
Overall- great place to stay if you're a "throw down your bags and hit the street" type of traveller which I am. If you plan on staying in a lot, or need TONS of amenities, you may want to check into some other areas of NYC such as midtown or SoHo.
Thanks, Anne! You were awesome!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- East Village Bed & Coffee offers affordable accommodation in a clean, comfortable environment that feels like "a home away from home" a B&B without the breakfast. Inexpensive cafes, restaurants, and bars abound in the area. Eclectically themed guestrooms reflect my character, history, and the unique neighborhood. This European-style guesthouse with a New York "loft apartment" feel has shared bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, free WiFi, computers with internet access, and a garden available in season. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- East Village Bed And Coffee Hotel New York City