But they drew a 31.
If you don't get that late '90s Alternative Rock reference, you may not get my review, but then again, you might.
We usually stay at Hotel 17 in the East Village. My wife and I love it, and have been there 3 times over the past 3 years. As recent as earlier this month, we go with the flow in New York City, and walk all over that glorious neighborhood. On a whim, we tried to come back, but they were already sold out. Fortunately, they also own Hotel 31 (their "Sister Property") as they advertise on their website hotel17ny.com and found a room for a Friday night and the last weekend of summer.
Midtown East isn't quite the same as the East Village. Even though we are only talking about 15 or so blocks difference, the Subways are not as numerous, and you are more likely to make the best of what is at your doorstep. Walking down Lexington and 3rd Street, we usually encounter a ton of cheesy dive bars and a TON of Indian Restaurants ("Curry Hill"). Luckily, the Rodeo Bar is 5 blocks away.
The Hotel? Oh it was fine. The room was on the top floor, and the room was decent sized. Not the biggest we have gotten, but not the smallest either. The cool part is that they let us check in EARLY. We got what we got, which was a clean room with a comfortable, but well worn bed. The bathroom was right next to us, and was almost always vacant, and always clean, the one time I could not use it was when they were cleaning it, so I used the other one. It was pretty much like having our own bathroom. The AC was a little noisy, but efficient.
The elevator was slow, but it was often waiting for us in the lobby. A couple of times, we had to walk down the stairs, and coming back late at night after clubbing, we had to walk up 8 floors. Whatever, I barely remember it.
The small old-school TV set was kind of lame. Remote didn't work, and the picture was fluttery and fuzzy at times. When we came back in at 2AM, we turned it back on to find some kind of soft porn movie playing on one of the regular channels. Not sure what was up with that, but Happy Anniversary, baby!
A small deli-grocer is on the corner, and I was able to grab some coffee and bagels in the morning. The staff was very friendly, something that often doesn't get mentioned at Hotel 17. But in the end, I would grade Hotel 31 on the same level. I felt like I was staying at the same place. Much of the features, lack of extras and old world charm were there, and other than being stuck in between the epic Empire State Building and a bunch of dive bars and colon-blow eateries, waking up felt much the same as our beloved Hotel 17. What was nearby was Grand Central Station (11 Blocks) Thrift Store Ave (E25th Street & 3rd) East River Ferry (E34th Street) and some nice rooftop bars (VU and 320 5th). Change I can live with!
Pros: Price, Ferry, Rooftop Bars, Close to GSS and FREE WIFI
Cons: Any club NOT called the Rodeo Bar, TV Set, and extras of most any kind.
Last note: One of our key cards would only sporadically work, which kind of sucked at 8AM while holding a hot breakfast as my wife was using the shower. Next time, i will ask them for a fresh card.
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- Also Known As:
- 31 Hotel New York City
- Hotel 31 New York