I'm from Greenwich Village in New York and I recently brought my mother in law and a family friend of hers to New York from Italy for the first time. It was their first time in the United States and my husband and I stayed 2 blocks nearby with my mother. My mother passes the Incentra on her way to work each morning and picked up a brochure for me. We were looking primarily for something close to my mom's apartment since each morning we would be picking them up to take them around New York. The photos made it seem to be the perfect place for them: location wise, cost wise and size/ammenties wise. (Since they were staying for a week it was extra handy that they had a little kitchen as well.)
Initially the only room available (I booked only a month ahead of time) was the Castelwood room. While the bed was a bit small for two people - I booked it primarily because of the location. Beware that the photos must have been taken after a restoration years ago. We were taken into the Castelwood room which is not in a "modern building next door" as they decribed it but just a basic brick apartment building next door. After fiddling with the locks we arrived in the room and unfortunately the pictures were not similar to the condition of the room. It appeared to have not been maintained. The windows were dirty as were the shades and the kitchen and bathroom were old and their overall 'condition' at first impact were not particularly welcoming. Paint was chipping off and the overall condition was a bit grimy.
While they were getting settled the reception called to say that they had indeed a larger room available with two beds (which I requested if one opened up) and so we moved them to the Tabor room. In comparison to the Castelwood which was right on the ground floor with the windows on the street this was a happy surprise... it was on the 3rd floor (a very steep walkup staircase) and had two beds and a 'newer' kitchen and facilities in general. I found it odd the the prices for all of these rooms were the same.
This would've fine until the next day when someone from the hotel approached me on the street in front of the building to ask me if I was with the people in that room (they didn't speak English.) He explained to me that the room was available only until Wednesday and after Wednesday the only availability was the small ground floor Castelwood room. And furthermore that (this was Monday) they would maintain the 3 day cancellation policy if I wanted to move them on Wednesday. So I had to run around to find another accomodation for them right away.
So in a nutshell after Wednesday I moved them to the Chelsea Savoy hotel on 23rd and 7th Avenue. For the same 190 Dollars a night they got a nice big clean room with two queen beds and while it didn't have the charm of being in Greenwich Village it was a fine alternative.
I would say overall if you are a young couple or two friends looking for location - and and just want to be in the Village and don't care too much about the condition of your room then go ahead. It would have been fine for me and my husband and I'd reccomend it to any young couples who are on a budget and going to NY. But for my mother in law and her friend on their first trip to the US ... who I wanted to make sure were comfortable and 'impressed' I was fairly disappointed. If you have difficulty doing stairs make sure that you understand what floor your room is on because the staircases are tiny and steep.
Hope this is helpful to someone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Incentra Village Hotel, an Historic Inn, was built in 1841, and occupies two brick landmark townhouses in New York City's Greenwich Village Historic District. As an attractive alternative to Midtown's steel and glass, the Village House offers our guests a warm welcome in our cozy front office featuring a fireplace, antique furnishings and artwork. All of our guests are welcome to relax with our supply of newspapers, magazines, and books. To get to your room you'll wander down narrow halls and up charming old stairways to one of 12 unique rooms. ... more less
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