We stayed at hotel Azure for a weekend in New York, and overall had a great time. We'd stay there again.
First, the good things:
The price can't be beat, around $100/night is remarkable for a clean, private hotel room in a fun neighbourhood in New York.
The location is great, technically SOHO, but really it's in Chinatown. Either way you're walking distance from some of the best of lower manhattan, and literally steps from the subway to get anywhere else. Keep in mind, if this is your first time in New York many individuals prefer midtown, close to Times Square, central park and the "main" tourist attractions. Having travelled to New York dozens of times, we try to stay as far way from Times Square as possible, and much prefer downtown. For tourists downtown is close to battery park, statute of liberty and Ellis Island, and the 6 train by the hotel gets you to central park in 20 minutes.
The rooms were small, but well-adorned, clean, and comfortable. Bathrooms had sufficient hot water, good pressure, and were clean. Bed was comfortable and had decent bedding. Many other reviews note the size of the rooms, -- yes, they're small, it's New York and it's $100/night. I've stayed at far more expensive hotels with similarly small rooms. If you're spending a lot of time in the hotel room in New York, you're doing something wrong. If you're in NY on business and need a space to work, this hotel probably isn't for you (or find a nice coffee shop to work at instead).
We did not find it loud (for New York), but we are heavy sleepers. On the second floor you hear the rumble of the train below the building, but not on the 3rd floor.
The staff were helpful and responded to problems we had. They weren't overly friendly, but got the job done.
Appreciated the free wifi, and we were not charged the $2/bag fee for holding our bags after we checked out.
Next, the bad things:
We were initially put in room on the second floor which was absolutely freezing. Granted it was one of the coldest New York weekends, but it was unbearably cold. The heater was left on for four hours while we were out, and on our return the room was still freezing. I don't mean chilly, I mean freezing, we had to wear coats or stay under the blanket to keep warm. The heater was insufficient to heat the room (for whatever reason, the cold seemed to be coming from the floor not the windows). We complained late at night and were quickly brought a space heater, which made the room perfectly comfortable. Had the space heater been in the room from the beginning I would have no complaints. However, no one should have been put in this room in the first place, I can't imagine we were the first to complain. The next day we were moved to the 3rd floor, and once the heater was turned on the room warmed up in less than 20 minutes. Kudos to the staff for moving us to another room (without us asking), but we should never have been in an improperly heated room (without the space heater) in the first place.
In sum, we'd stay here again, requesting a room on a higher floor in the winter. For $100/night you're not going to get much better than this in New York, but the hotel should be considered on the standards of New York rather than what $100/night would get you elsewhere. Would have given 4 stars had it not been for the cold room issue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for a hotel near Downtown Manhattan? The Hotel Azure, a SoHo Boutique Hotel is located in close proximity to Downtown Manhattan. Downtown Manhattan holds some of the world's best shopping and largest businesses. When visiting Downtown Manhattan, make the Hotel Azure, a SoHo Boutique Hotel your choice for lodging. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Azure Hotel New York City