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“No-Frills Perfect Location For An Affordable Price! Get Rid Of The Bedspreads!” 4 of 5 stars
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Seafarers & International House
123 E. 15th St., New York City, NY 10003 (Gramercy Park)   |  
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Ranked #335 of 468 Hotels in New York City
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
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“No-Frills Perfect Location For An Affordable Price! Get Rid Of The Bedspreads!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We have stayed at this facility many times in the past. There are two options: Share-a-bathroom which affords one single bed and an uncomfortable roll-away, or private bath which provides two single beds. The price, I believe, for the first option is less than $100/night. The price goes up a bit during weekends. The second option with private bath is around $130/night, slightly more on weekends. There are 11 floors, a coin-laundry in the basement, along with 2 vending machines for beverages + snacks, + an ice machine.

We have done the share-a-bath option on several occasions, which never posed a problem. I believe there are enough baths/showers (4?) on each floor to serve the small number of rooms within that floor. The one thing that always annoys us during hours of sleep are the loud door-stops anchoring the bathroom doors open (everyone kicks them up + down), as well as so many guests slamming their doors at night (thin walls and close quarters between each room). After many stays,we feel It would be kind of the staff to ask their guests to respect others and close their doors quietly, or to post a note in each room, advising the same. An easy fix.

Linen changes/housekeeping is not available on weekends or on a daily basis. Perhaps twice a week...I cannot recall exactly. No toiletries are provided. There is an old television in each room as well as a telephone. There is a small single sink in the rooms where you share a bathroom. Also a table/chair for a desk in both types of rooms. Coat rack and hangers are provided. There is a window a/c or heat unit in each room. Keep the fan on for better sleeping due to street noise.

Though the price per night is right, we would like to see Seafarers RID THE BEDS of the horrifying old motel burgandy-and-blue creepy polyester bedspreads! Who knows what might be lurking within these unsightly spreads...when a tidy white sheet and blanket nearly tucked in would look worlds better and be far more welcoming and sanitary for the guests!

One floor above the lobby is the Mezzanine where there are books, chairs for lounging and two computers (at no cost). We found the staff to be a bit more helpful this year...one in particular, was quite cheerful, smiling and accommodating - - others somewhat indifferent.

The location can't be beat - - one block off the ever-popular Union Square where there's pretty much anything you could want: Whole Foods (where we ate breakfast every morning and some late-night 'dinners' from their second-floor sit-down-and-eat area, overlooking Union Square. Also on the 'Square are Walgreen's Drug Store, DSW, Trader Joe's (1 block off), Barnes + Noble, Burlington, Sephora, several inexpensive restaurants (we ate salads + falafel sandwiches at Maoz), Starbucks, and Panera, among many others. Another not-to-miss is the local Farmer's Market held within the square on certain days of the week, with organics, flowers, cheeses, greens, fruits, jams, meats, soaps, and bakery items.

The Metro is conveniently-located within the Square, so not much walking to public underground transportation. There's even a small dog park within the 'Square where locals allow their pups to socialize and run with other dogs.

All-in-all, Seafarers is a safe and convenient location while staying in the Big Apple, for a good price. We hope to find that the 1970's very-creepy bedspreads are retired the next time we check in!

Room Tip: Ask for a quieter, higher room off the main street!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I stayed at this hotel about 20 years ago on a visit to NYC and decided to return for economic reasons. It is one block from Union Square, easy to find, right on the corner of East 15th street and Irving Place. Neighborhood is very safe. My 13 year old daughter and I stayed in a single room for $87 - unbeatable price for NYC, and no additional hotel tax. It reminded me very much of a college dorm room - a single bed (comfortable), bedside table and lamp, a shelf and chair to serve as a desk, a tv cabinet with two drawers and a rack to hang your coat and a sink with wash cloth and towel. There was a fold out mattress in the room, slightly bigger than my single bed, for my daughter to sleep on. The cot was a little bit droopy in the middle, but fine. The linens and blankets were clean and the room was plenty warm for a cold December day - there are heat controls in the room. A single person WC / lavatory room was literally right across the hall from our room, and with a small shower room right next to it. The floors are small, so it's not like you are going to have to walk very far if you need to use the bathroom during the night, or for shower use. The folks at the front desk were very kind. We were able to check into our room about three hours early, and they let us check our bags at the counter after we checked out the next day so that we could do some sightseeing sans luggage before we had to get our train home. There is wifi in the lobby and in the small lounge just above the lobby, but I had no trouble getting internet on my phone from our room. Location is not ideal if you are mainly going to be in the Times Square / theatre district, but a $10 cab ride or a long walk up 5th Avenue will get you there. We had no trouble catching a cab outside the hotel on Irving Place. If you are just looking for a room to drop your things in and to get a decent night's sleep, Seafarer's is an unbeatable bargain.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a wonderful alternative to high-priced hotels in NYC. Basic, but clean, comfortable and safe...and right in Union Square. I had a room with a private bath, but you can get a single room with a shared bath for less than $100 a night which is almost unheard of in NYC. Rooms had a TV, mini-fridge, plenty of towels and light. Note: no toiletries were provided. This is NOT a luxury hotel by any means, but why spend your money on a huge hotel room when you are in New York?

There was a nice comfortable lounge on the mezzanine and also space to sit downstairs. Free WiFi in public areas and two free computers. Coffee on sale for 25 cents! This place is run by the Lutheran Church, so there is a chapel and Sunday service as well.

I would definitely stay here again...but they are usually booked well in advance, so make your reservations early!

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

You won't find luxury here but you will find a clean room in a safe location just blocks from Union Square. I've stayed twice this year and have been very satisfied both times. You do not have to share a bathroom - can request a room with a private bathroom.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kristiansand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I don´t think people realize how good this place is for the price as of being in the middle of Manhattan. Of course your not gone get luxury, pay $300 a night if you want a "normal" hotel, pay $600 if you want luxury. This place is just amazingly cheap and not bad. I would def stay here again!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

THE BAD
This hotel is totally lacking in color and spirit. Dull paint, dull furnishings, omnipresent odor of cleaning products, old boxy televisions. Feels like purgatory. Pack candle or a string of lights in your first aid kit.
Shared shower and toilets are in TINY tiled cells with no window. Clean and serviceable but claustrophobic.

THE GOOD
If you are a zen monk you will be able to transcend the dull and spartan ambience.
Staying here supports seafarers.
Good location one block from major transportation hub, Union Square, which has trees, farmers market.
Two computers you can use.
Walking distance to East Village and Greenwich Village.
Only one metro stop from East Village for fun delicious inexpensive ethnic dining on St Marks Place.
Utterly safe.


UP TO YOU GOOD OR BAD
Has a chapel off of the lobby. Organ music from chapel spooked me on Sunday.

ALTERNATIVES TO PONDER
I prefer a hotel that is more fun. Next time I would try an air B&b in the East Village or other more intimate neighborhood, or try the Pod hotel on 51st Street, or give up on Manhattan for fun affordable accommodation and try something in Brooklyn.

Room Tip: If you like to sleep cool as I do, bring a desk fan: the room was too hot for me even with window o...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Wow. This property won't be for everyone, but it's perfect for me. Less than 1/3 the cost of a Hampton Inn and a great location. Friendly staff and genial atmosphere.

Here's what to expect: Immaculate cleanliness, plenty of hot water, helpful, friendly front desk staff, slow elevators (but, in characteristic ELCA good humor, acknowledged...you'll have to visit and use the elevator to see what I mean) a sink in your room, a toilet and shower "down the hall," two per floor, towel and washcloth and clean linens.

Also expect a great location 1.5 blocks from Union Square and the MTA station beneath. Two Starbucks within a block or two. Lots of neighborhood restaurants. Plenty of NYU students practicing their filming. Quiet rooms.

I spent two nights here and never was once unable to access the toilet or shower when I needed to.

What not to expect? Your own bathroom, little bottles of shampoo and conditioner, hair dryers, 40 inch HD tv (but you will have a nice small TV that does just fine; besides, you should be out experiencing the city, not watching TV).

While I'm not sure I could talk my wife into staying here, she's more of a Hilton Garden Inn sort of girl, this is a wonderful place to stay and I will definitely return when I next need to come to NYC.

Room Tip: I had a view of 15th Street, which was nice.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 123 E. 15th St., New York City, NY 10003
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Gramercy Park , Manhattan
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