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Hotel 31
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   120 East 31 Street, New York City, NY 10016 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #220 of 449 hotels in New York City
Northampton, Massachusetts
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“He wanted a 13...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I loved this place. But if I were to compare this hotel with just about any other anywhere in the US, I probably wouldn't give it more than three stars. And it has nothing to do with shared bathrooms. Our supposedly non-smoking room reeked of smoke and even my pillow smelled. Fortunately the window could be opened, so by the second night we were able to air it out. On one occasion there was no hot water, on another - the elevator did not work.

But I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to stay here. It is a lot more than just a place to sleep. For a tourist, in my opinion, a hotel like that is a must. I wouldn't quite liken it to, say, visiting Statue of Liberty, but it is kind of like trying to get a cab in a middle of a rush hour and then riding in it across Manhattan, if only for a mile or two. You haven't really been to New York until you've done that.

I walked into Hotel 31 and saw that elevator with two doors - one wooden, one brass, both of which you have to open yourself. I walked the darkish narrow hallway to the door to the fire escape. I looked out the window of my room at those 20 or so story apartment buildings - so old and lived in. And I knew that I couldn't have been anywhere else, but in New York.

It didn't hurt that the staff was friendly, Wi-Fi was free, the street was quiet, yet subway station was only a block and a half away. There is a good sushi place right next door. And it was a very good price for Manhattan.

As for shared bathrooms, just be sure to bring a robe or presentable pajamas, so that you wouldn't have to get dressed if you need to use it in a middle of the night.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, MI
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a long weekend and couldn't have been happier. Yes, the rooms are small. Yes, we had a shared bathroom. But it was extremely clean, comfortable, affordable, and was in a great location. The subway is one block down. The staff was friendly and helpful at all hours of the day. Also, the cafe around the corner was fantastic! You get a discount for staying at Hotel 31. I would absolutely recommend this hotel and will stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Good enough budget accomodations. Photos are accurate. Stayed for 7 nights and 5 of them the elevator did not work. Made the eighth floor room difficult to get to. No evidence of bed bugs during first few days but for some reason the last day we were eaten alive.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Houston, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The location of the hotel is pretty nice. Comfortable to walk around, close to the subway station, easy to find restuarant and cvs. Staffs were friendly as well. But the room was small and bath room was seperated. At least I had sink in the room. I felt like I could find cheaper one with this level of facility since I only stayed at the hotel room for sleeping at the night. The building itself seems little old and the elevator was not small, it was tiny. But using small elevator made me feel like I'm in old New York. It was nice though.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ogden, Utah
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

In the city with a Days Inn going for $300 a night this little property is an absolute gem! The hotel's style reminded me of walking into the Hollywood Tower Hotel from Disney's ride Tower of Terror. The location is wonderful - just 5 minute walk to the subway and really about 20 minute walk to everything midtown. Of course the rooms are small - but what they lack in size they make up for in cleanliness. Seriously the best value in town!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 120 East 31 Street, New York City, NY 10016
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#189 Business Hotel in New York City
#219 Family Hotel in New York City
#244 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel 31 2*
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