$80/night in the center of New Haven, steps from the Yale Campus, museums, great restaurants. You could pay $280/night to stay at The Study next door. So don't make your reservation at The Duncan if you really want The Study, and don't think you're going to get $280 center-city accommodations at $80. Be realistic. Second, some reviews say it reminds them of a haunted house from the 1970s. Not quite: the Duncan was built in 1894 and has probably not been renovated in a substantial way since the 1930s. So you're getting *old* facilities. The reason The Study costs over 3x as much is because it has been renovated to the 21st century. The Duncan's facilities are what they are, and you will be stepping back in time to stay here. The floors are not level, the lintels are not level, the ceilings are high, the windows huge, the elevator, human-operated (it only runs 8am-10:45pm, but the single night watchman closed the front-doors of the hotel to take us up when we arrived at 11:30pm. Yes: like that movie where the guy is the mayor, gas station attendant, sheriff, etc). All part of the history of the building and its lack of serious renovation and need for influx of capital. Again: if you want the Omni or the New Haven Hotel book there, and your price will reflect your experience. Third, ask for a non-smoking room. The fact that they still even HAVE smoking rooms should tell you that your room will smell if you don't ask for a non-smoking room. As another reviewer wrote, your stay will really depend on what room you are in. The non-smoking room we stayed in most recently *has* been updated: new mattress (very comfortable), new carpet, new paint job, new mini-fridge (very clean). But there is also a claw-foot tub for a shower (you have to step in), the pipes "sing" when they're turned on, no wireless amenities, and no AC (they should put in a small window unit). Until a new owner invests multi-millions in this hotel to restore it to its glory-days (and I hope someone does, cause that's what it will cost), it will remain what it is; and you can bet that if/when the necessary renovations happen, the price will triple, as it should. Last: I stayed here in the 1980s as a college student, in the early 2000s as a nostalgic look back, and just last week to save money on a weekend trip with my family. So I have a fondness for the place, but I'm not blind either: I think the bad Internet reviews are finally helping the owners/staff to understand that to stay open, they need to be more service-oriented, and they need to clean the place up. The staff were all *very* helpful and kind, provided a Graco pack-and-play (we brought our own baby-mattress/sheets) that had a roughed-up cover from where it was stored, but was perfectly fine unpacked. The room was clean, neat, dusted, comfortable, $80/night high-season college-town accommodations; and it still felt like a time-warp combo of the 19th and early 20th centuries. If you don't want this experience, stay elsewhere. If you want to save money, and you want to create a memory, then book at the Hotel Duncan. Caveat emptor: be realistic and remember that *you* are living in the 21st century even if the Hotel Duncan is not. You get what you pay, and ask, for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clean, Quiet, Comfortable.Conveniently located on the edge of the Yale campus and within walking distance of theaters, museums, boutiques, restaurants and more. The Duncan Hotel has been in business for over 100 years. Rooms are always available for daily or weekly rental. On-street metered parking is available. There is also a parking garage just around the corner on York St between Crown St & Chapel St. The hotel now has free wi-fi, there are also many wifi networks available in the area. Remember - Clean, Quiet, Comfortable. We look forward to your visit. Hotel Duncan ... more less
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