Let me first off say I can imagine this place isn't going to be for everyone. If you like your little luxuries then I don't think this is for you. If you've not got a good sense of adventure, then, again - this may not be for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for somewhere cheap to put your head down for the night, clean, & pretty close to the sights, then consider this.
We had a room with private bathroom (most rooms don't have a private bathroom). We had room 1D. It was quite a hike up the stairs with the bags. The decor is crazy (like the whole hotel) but that is its charm. Mind the stairs cos they are a bit worn away. The room isn't huge but I did a lot of research before booking and realised that there doesn't seem to be any such thing as a big room for a budget price.
Our room faced East 25th Street. I understand this was quieter then being on 3rd Avenue. It didn't really matter because we were that tired from sight seeing every night I'd of slept through anything.
Closet space is a little limited but I guess most people, like us, will only be doing a short break, so it didn't matter too much.
The location is handy. There is a cafe place opposite but we went for brekkie at the Sunflower diner on 3rd Avenue (take a left from East 25th Street on 3rd Avenue and cross the road). It's a great diner and the staff are great. There is also a great Indian on 3rd Avenue (take a right from East 25th) called Baluchi's. It's small, intimate and serves some damn fine spicy dishes!
The area felt quite safe to us. I say this because we saw the area where another hotel was that we had considered booking and I was glad I had booked here.
There is a hotel cat by the way! She spends most the day asleep on her throne chair in the reception area. You have to make sure she doesn't go into your room!
Just a quick note on the booking process. I did it direct with the hotel, via the website. I couldn't reserve the room I wanted (piccies are on the website of all rooms) but they said they would reserve a room with bathroom. I could see all available rooms on arrival (which in our case there was only 1 due to the time of arrival). I get the impression they have no shortage of bookings so you need to make sure you keep good email contact so they know you are still coming.
All in all, I would recommend this hotel provided that you are not too fussy. It's good fun to stay somewhere with a bit of character and it added to the fun our our New York stay.
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