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!
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