I normally stay at normal hotels for business trips, but it was just way outside the budget this time. Because I'm staying for a few days at the end for myself too, I figured I'd just pick one hotel that was reasonably priced. I admit I was nervous as I approached the hotel.
The building's old, and the windows are thin. It's loud sometimes, but not nearly as loud as other posters have said. It's also 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of any other hotel in the area. You get what you pay for -- and here, I think you get a little more.
Breakfast is reasonable, just bagels and muffins. The WiFi is extremely fast -- I've stayed at much more expensive hotels that had WiFi that felt like AOL dial-up circa 1990. Room was extremely clean and simple. Not too small.
The bathroom was only a few steps out the door of my room.
I only have two small complaints -- the elevator is rickety and old I half expected to plunge to my death, and the water pressure on the 5th floor made for mediocre showers. But, for the price, I think it was expected that it wouldn't be luxurious.
TL;DR: It's not a cardboard box under a bridge. Fast WiFi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel des Arts is at the crossroads of Union Square, the Financial District and the Chinatown Gate; perfect for business or pleasure. The Hotel des Arts presents the contemporary work of local artists complemented by the neutral simplicity, modern lightings and clean lines of the hotel furnishings. The result is art as an interactive experience rather than just decoration. Enjoy our complementary continental breakfast or dine in Le Central, a French Brasserie right downstairs. ... more less
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