My two nights at the West Side Inn stand out as the worst travel experience of my life. It has been a while since I stayed there, but I just stumbled across the trip advisor listing and see that apparently it has not improved. I have stayed at cheap hostels in Europe and plenty of cheap roadside motels in the US. I am REALLY not picky. But this was way beyond anything I have seen before. Every surface of the halls, bedroom, communal bathroom, and kitchen area were filthy in addition to being tiny, old, and broken down. I made the mistake of leaving my shower shoes at home, so I tied plastic grocery bags around my feet so that they didn't come in contact with anything when I was showering and getting dressed -- it was that bad. Maybe I was there on a bad day or something, but I just can't even convey how grimy everything was. There also weren't nearly enough bathrooms, so you had to fight a crowd just to get to the shower. Half the lights didn't seem to be working, so everything was just barely lit -- which I guess just helped to camouflage the dirt. I know you get what you pay for, and it was super cheap by NYC standards, but I still blame the West Side Inn for having a totally misleading web site. If you are desperate for something really cheap, then I guess maybe I can see staying there -- just know that what you're getting looks like a crack house from out of the movies.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Century Gothic, elegant European lobby design - Close to Central Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Side Hotel New York City
- West Side Inn New York
- Hotel West Side