The fact of the matter is, Whitehouse is exactly what it claims to be. If you look at the website, they state up front that most rooms have no outlets, that the ceilings are open and sound WILL carry, that most guests are young so the place can be loud, and that it's a former lodging house (aka cage hotel). You're also getting a room for about 1/3 of anything else in Manhattan. I know, I've stayed in other hostels that cost 2-3 times as much and while they provided more space, I wasn't planning to spend my time in NYC admiring my hotel room walls. I'll be the first to admit that this place is bare bones, but their website includes photos and a detailed FAQ making it incredibly clear that the room with be tiny and open. That said, it's also an amazing place to stay if you have any interest in the history of American skid rows and turn of the 20th century working class quarters. Places like this hostel used to exist all along the Bowery area for the working poor and unemployed to rent a place to stay and while this place is much cleaner than those places of old, it does give you a chance to see a part of that important lower class history that's disappearing today.
- 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