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Hotel 17
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   225 East 17th Street, New York City, NY 10003 (Gramercy Park)   |  
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Ranked #297 of 451 hotels in New York City
Boston, MA
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“exceeded my expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

head up to NYC for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade every June. Usually share accommodations with a friend, but this year found myself bunking solo. so my mission began to find affordable lodging in manhattan! what started as a daunting task, ended with a gem of a property. i reserved a single room for two nights at Hotel 17

. arrived in NYC, took the subway to the union square station, and walked from the station to the hotel. easy walk, in a cute section, with lots going on. check in was a bit busy, but when it was my turn at the desk, it went smoothly with no complications. i was given a room on the 6th floor. i believe the hotel has 8 floors. i walked down the narrow hallway, past the two bathrooms, and found my room. immediately ran back to the bathrooms and pleasantly found out that although they were for everyone's use, they were quite private. one toilet and one shower in one. a shower, sink, and toilet in the other. i was afraid that there would be multiple toilets in each, taking away from privacy. the whole two nights i was there, i never had to wait for the bathroom. my only complaint is that the bathrooms did not have soap or paper towels. so, remember to carry some soap with you when you go.

my room was small. one twin bed, a night stand with lamp, small window with AC unit, small tv within a narrow entertainment console, lockable safe, a chair and vanity, and some hangers for clothes. was concerned about the small space upon initial viewing, but it was more than sufficient. the AC unit is noisy, but kept the room cool, and sleeping was easy. the bed was comfortable, although short and the pillow could have seen better days. the room was quiet and i was never awoken by hallway or outside noise. i think if you had a room across from the bathroom, it could be noisy with people in and out of the bathroom at all times.

the hotel attracts a wide variety of guests. i'm 35 and a professional, there were parents with school age children, college age americans, and many european backpackers. great international feel.

check out time is 12 noon, which is a bit later than i am used to. you can also leave your luggage in the secure luggage room at check out, go explore the city, and return for your luggage prior to your bus/plane/train departure. as long as you pick up the luggage by 10pm, you are set.

i am so happy to have found hotel 17. it is clean, safe, with an exciting feel. walkable to many subway stations. bordering 2nd avenue which has a plentitude of bars, restaurants, etc. i will be back!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

This is the first time I've stayed here having previously stayed at their sister hotel, Hotel 31. The hotels have very similar look and feel. There's free wifi that's reasonably fast, very clean rooms and equally clean shared bathrooms that are never further away than a couple doors down the corridor. It's a reasonably central location and a good bus service that takes you up to the UN on 1st Avenue in about 20 mins. It's got a very old fashioned feel but I think that just adds to the character. My personal highlight is an elevator/lift that seems to 'sing' to you as its approaching with the radio playing Lady Gaga or Michael Jackson, which always makes me chuckle.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

With the white stone façade, deep registration desk, vintage elevator, and dark wood paneling, the hotel has a cozy old-fashioned vibe. The rooms aren't large but they are nicely appointed. There’s no surcharge for Wi-Fi and the signal’s decent. The mattress passed our bedbug inspection, which we’re careful to perform everywhere but especially in NYC. There’s a sink in the room and bathroom down the hall. The bathroom on our floor seemed clean (nothing smelled) and its only sign of use was hair in the drain (guest discourtesy). The location—17th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues—is terrific: lots of restaurants, very close to the L line (at 3rd and 14th), and safe. We had just arrived from Paris, so it was a real plus that we could reach the hotel from JFK by a simple combination of E and L trains. 17th Street is quiet for NYC, so once you drift off you should be able to stay asleep. If there are two of you and you mostly want to sleep, ask for twin beds as the queen (if it’s like ours) may have a center dip.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I was extremely pleased with this hotel. The location is fantastic. Close to Union Square, shopping, & restaurants. Three different lines run through the Union Square Subway station, connecting you to all parts of the city, and a lot of major sites are just a few stops away. I found the hotel itself rather charming. My single room was small (but not the smallest I've stayed in!) and well appointed with a sink, towels, shampoo/soap, TV. I had no issues with the free WiFi during my stay. If the noise of air conditioners bothers you, bring ear plugs. I never travel without them - i always anticipate a little bit of noise. Cleanliness is usually a key factor for me when booking a hostel or hotel and Hotel 17 more than met my expectations. Yes the bathrooms are shared, but they are regularly attended to. I only had to wait once for a shower, and it wasn't for more than 5 minutes. If you're used to 5 star amenities, this hotel probably isn't for you. But if you want a clean, quiet, safe hotel, then this one is worth considering. For backpackers used to hostels, who might want to take things up a notch, this will feel like luxury. For a solo traveler, the price is hard to beat in a place like NYC (not sure if it's the same for couples or small groups), where your choices are limited outside of single rooms in hostels, which quite frankly, aren't much cheaper. I will definitely stay there again on my next trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Exasperated, hostile, and angry welcome at the front desk by infamous John, poster guy for the "I-hate-my-job" type. Could not find my reservation, and seem to doubt one was ever made, in spite of my showing the confirmation page on my phone.

Then, with the vintage decor, it's like stepping into an old film-noir. But the whole thing gets old very, very fast. Corridors on 3rd floor reeked of cigarette smoke at one end, and cat urine at the other. Ventilation's only purpose was to produce the noise of a small plane at take-off. Room and shared bathroom were clean. No bugs. Window, which could not be opened for fresh air, offered glorious view on a brick wall four feet away.

Best avoided.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Trinidad
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by this Hotel. On arriving, it was a tall building and looked clean. I was checked in very quickly. I missed the elevator because it doesn't ring or open when it's on your floor, as it is a very old one. This happened a few more times during my stay. My room was cosy and plesant, with a TV that I never turned on. It had AC and provided loads of soaps and gels, as well as cups. There were hangers and drawers to put all your stuff for those who like to unpack. I have never booked into hotel which had a shared shower before, but it was ok as the floor had 2 bathrooms, although one of them did not have a sink and the water did not heat up. There were about 10 rooms on that floor. Breakfast is not provided and it's not a problem as there are so many cafés and fast food outlets around. It is located 5min away from Union Square Park (and station), which made travelling on the subway easier. At 130$ a night, it isn't really cheap but it's the cheapest I found in Manhattan.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Excellent location, you can have good restaurant around and Subway to go anywhere and nice place to, the service was the good and basic, hotel doesn't have regular facilities like other big hotel but is on perfect location for exploring!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 225 East 17th Street, New York City, NY 10003
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Gramercy Park , Manhattan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel 17 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its old-world charm marked by European style, Hotel 17 is designed to attract international tourists from near and far to visit and explore our Great City of New York. Our hotel in lower Midtown Manhattan places you in the center of convenience and visiting New York City attractions are accessible by walking or by public transportation. As Manhattan's best neighborhood city hotel, Hotel 17 is also the best reviewed hotel. New York Magazine and the New York Times articles defined the beauty and history of our New York City landmark building. Hotel 17 fame also appeared in the 1993 Woody Allen film 'Manhattan Murder Mystery' and was the site for photo shoots in Madonna's Sex book. Fashion magazine, such as GQ, Elle, and Vogue, favored our hotel setting for fashion shoots. ... more   less 
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