We spent a long weekend in New York for the New Yorker festival and to visit our niece who lives on the lower east side. Since we didn’t want to spend a fortune, our choices were limited to The Hotel East Houston and the Gem.
First, the not so good:
We stayed in a Queen room and it was really small. I had to sidle around the bed to get to my side. The hotel has some King rooms but, according to the woman at the front desk, the rooms aren’t really larger.
There are seven floors. Floors two through six have guest rooms and the 7th floor is a roof deck. All of the guest room floors have the same configuration – rooms ending in 4 are directly across from the elevator. We were originally put in one of these (they called it a “4-line” room). I had my husband stand by the elevator and talk and I could hear him clearly so we asked to have our room changed.
Our second room was a “3-line” – room 203. It was a corner room with windows on both sides. Close to the elevator but, because of the configuration, elevator noise was not a problem.
Be prepared for very little closet space. There is a peg that holds 4 hangers and a tiny shelf for clothes. Fortunately, there are deep windowsills and we used those for storage.
Now, the good:
Location, Location, Location. There’s a subway stop half a block away and lots of restaurants within a few blocks. It’s also an easy walk to SOHO shopping and restaurants as well as the New Museum.
The hotel staff couldn’t be nicer. They were helpful and friendly. They really wanted to make sure we were having a good stay.
The large roof top deck with beautiful city views is GREAT!!!!! It almost made up for the small room size. Take elevator to 7th floor and be prepared to be charmed. We had it to ourselves most of the time. We brought coffee up in morning (free coffee and tea on the lower level of the hotel) and wine from the great-find September Wine store (front desk will give you directions - just a few blocks away).
The room was surprisingly quiet. We were concerned about hearing street noise from our second-floor room but it wasn’t a problem.
The bottom line.
If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive hotel on the lower east side for a long weekend, The Hotel East Houston is a great choice – probably the best choice. Our niece’s parents stayed at the Gem and she said the Hotel East Houston was much nicer – the Gem didn’t have the rooftop deck and the rooms were just as small or smaller.
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