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“remodelled brothel” 2 of 5 stars
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340 Bowery, New York City, NY 10012 (Manhattan)   |  
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St. Catharines, Canada
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“remodelled brothel”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

I stayed here a couple of years ago, once on my own and once with my sister. It was completely disgusting both times. I only returned for the second time because I didn't know where to begin with searching for hostels in New York in my price range. At the time we stayed, we found out that the building used to be a brothel, hence the small rooms with room enough for a bed only. I would not be surprised if the beds are the same ones used back in the day! We never had a bedbug problem while we were there, but I can totally see why they have it now. Faulty electricals, disgusting showers, dim lit hallways and creepy staff. The thing that saved this place and gave it a hint of character was its location in NoHo. Loved that about it. Would I go back? Unlikely, seeing as they painted their walls and jacked up the price because of the new 'remodel'.

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Well, i've travelled far and wide in my time on this earth so I know what works for me in terms of accomodation. Generally - it's fine to stay somewhere run down and awful - as long as it's very cheap, easy going and relaxed, the staff are friendly and there's lots of opportunities to meet other travelers. If you stay somewhere expensive, called the "whitehouse" you'd expect it to be good quality.

See where I'm going with this? This place was terrible. First of all it was REALLY expensive, but it felt like a run down warehouse, the "private rooms" were literally cupboards with thin panels so you could hear everything going on in other people's rooms - the bathroom and corridors. This included couples having sex, drunk people being violently ill down the toilet, people farting, singing in the shower, people stumbling in drunk in the middle of the night. As all the rooms were these cupboards there was little opportunity to socialise with other guests. The hotel had some very strict rules - for example you have to pay a large deposit when you arrive to make sure you trash the room - fine but there's nothing to trash in the rooms and they are horrible anyway. Also you MUST leave your key at reception when you go out - or you can be fined. Not much of a problem - if the person working on reception isn't there when you want to get back into your room. We had to wait for half an hour, despite constantly ringing the bell for his attention. His drunk friend was busy telling people that the reception guy wasn't coming back. When he did come back, his eyes were bloodshot, he seemed VERY slow, and he had a strange smell of sweet smoke around him. He said he'd been in the bathroom!

Again, i wouldn't have a problem with somebody working in a hostel disappearing for a smoke, but only in the kind of place where they don't threaten you with fines for not handing in your key when you opo out.

Also there's no electric sockets in the to take he bedrooms. You have to take things you want charging to reception. We did this, but when we went back to collect our camera the reception guy hadn't been able to figure out how to plug it in and by this time he was giggling like a little girl about everything, and his eyes were even more bloodshot.

Good location though.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

I stayed here several years ago, and so my review might be a bit out-dated, but I felt compelled to write here so that I might share my experience.

First things first. As far as I’m concerned, you won’t find a better deal anywhere in the city. I’m a frequent visitor to New York, have stayed in lots of different hotels and hostels, and you’re going to get the most bang for your buck in the White House Hotel.

This is due to two things. One, the hotel’s location. Being right in the middle of the Village, you’re in one of Manhattan’s safest and most accommodating areas of the city.

Second, there is some semblance of privacy at the White House Hotel. I say “some semblance” due to the fact that you won’t be getting complete privacy. It’s pretty much visual privacy only. The ceilings are open and noise carries easily from the surrounding rooms. The halls can sometimes also be noisy. The walls, if I remember correctly, were also very thin.

On the upside, bathrooms were fairly clean and well-maintained. The sheets may not have been perfect, but they were washed and hygienic enough. If you’re picky about this kind of thing, you may consider bringing your own.

Some reports mention bedbugs. I personally didn’t encounter any. This may or may not be the case for you.

Staff were willing to help me in finding important local locations. If you’re reading this review, you’re looking to travel on a budget, which means limiting the number of meals you take in restaurants. There are several grocery stores in the near vicinity, including one Whole Foods.

So bring some ear plugs, be prepared for a very small space, and just don’t spend all that much time in the room. You don’t come to the greatest city in the world to hang around the hotel. If you plan to use it for sleeping and nothing more, you’ll be fine. This is a good bet.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012 via mobile

Great place for a budget holiday, knowing your belongings are safe, your room and bathroom is clean and staff are always helpful!

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

The only good thing about this hostel is the security of having a locked room to store your things. This is where the compliments end. In short, the "room" consists of four walls but no ceiling so you hear EVERYTHING even with earplugs, it is like a dorm room of 50 people on your floor. It is worth paying a little extra to have a decent night's sleep instead of being woken up on the hour every hour throughout the night by people coughing, talking, showering, listening to music etc. The beds were pretty bad- we picked a double bed room but it was single mattresses with single sheets pushed together, one of the beds was ok but the other had loose springs which dug into your back.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

This hostel has some good looking people on the ad but i dont care about that.

i need a place for 3 nights until i catch my flight back home outside the U.S.

i was staying at the YMCA and someone stole my money so i barely have enough to

pay for this place, but as long as they have a spot it will be good enough..

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Hardly a warm welcome. I arrived on Dec 31st and check in was VERY slow. Receptionist seemed in no hurry whatsoever to help me check in. He then preceeded to tell me what a horrible time I would have in times square.
The rooms are small-as described and the doors don't reach all the way up or down. It would be possible to climb in to a room next door-so not that secure.
But, as a cheap place to crash after partying on New Years' Eve in an AMAZING city-was worth it. However, they did hike up the price from the one I was quoted and there was no discount for paying cash. Or if there was, the price was increased by even more then I thought.
The downstairs is open to people from the street too-and some were arguing loudly one day.
All in all though, it's (relatively) cheap 'hotel' or reasonably priced hostel for a new years eve night.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 340 Bowery, New York City, NY 10012
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , NoHo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #140 of 185 Specialty Lodging in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Whitehouse Hotel of NY is one of the most affordable hostels in New York, offering single and double air-conditioned units with the privacy and security you're looking for. Located in New York City's No-Ho district, our New York hostel is the perfect choice for backpackers, students and travelers on a budget. ... more   less 

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