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“Second visit even better than first.”
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Hotel 31
Ranked #217 of 473 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We stayed in Hotel 31 for 6 nights on a return visit to NYC. Again we booked a single room (sleeps 2) with a shared bathroom. This time we booked from the hotel's website - the rates were actually cheaper here than on booking.com so look before booking!

The room we were given looked as though it had been renovated (newer than the one last year), and the old wool blankets had been swapped over for fleece? polyfiber? which is probably more hygenic. The heating was a little overdone as per the last time, but we could sleep with our window open/ aircon fan switched on and so it was not a problem. The room was larger than we were expecting (larger than our other single; might be the layout), and near the loo (not next to it, nor in the corridor from the lift, which is good as those rooms look like they would be small and noisier). Room was beautifully clean, and the bathrooms were spotless as well. Decent wifi signal on the 3rd floor. Comfortable mattress and pillows. The hotel was fully booked out part of the time we were there, but we had never any problems with noise, or with getting to use a clean bathroom.

*Note on room size: We are used to travelling in Europe where hotel rooms are on the smaller side. When we stayed in SF, our hotel room was larger than this, and the hotel room in Orlando was enormous, so by American standards the rooms would probably be considered small. For Western Europe travellers, this would probably be a decent room size. Also, remember I have the cheapest room in the hotel!

Reception staff are friendly - not sure why some people complain about the service, as I found them very pleasant every time I saw them. When I rang about shopping online with delivery to the hotel, they said it would be okay - but for both politeness and confirmation, I would ring to confirm this before you do so, as you wouldn't have a room number at the time of shopping.

Location - obviously we think the location is fine as we returned here. From JFK, take the E from Jamaica Centre to Lex/53rd and then the 6 downtown to 33rd (less than an hour if you manage to catch all your connections). Yes, you would probably have to take the subway to most places, but then again the weekly subway card costs $29! And with a little study of the subway map, you could catch express trains to shorten your journey. You could walk to various tourist attractions, but in winter, I don't particularly want to. While we have never eaten anywhere near the hotel ourselves, there are a number of diners/ cafes/ restaurants nearby (check tripadvisor).

Would recommend Hotel 31 to budget travellers or anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a hotel room!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I was pleased with the hotel at such a reasonable rate for midtown NYC. I had a private bath but not all rooms do. The hotel is kept very clean though, so shared bathrooms may be manageable. Staff were very friendly and professional.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I budgeted too tightly for New York and ended up with this hotel. Part way through my three night stay I almost considered skipping the last night and heading further north.

Firstly the hotel rooms are quite small. That's part of the budget. You get what you pay for.
The second element in reducing the price is certainly location. Some here have remarked that it's close to X. I know have walked from the hotel to various locations around downtown, it's actually not well located at all. You'll find that you're either heading north (hotels north 38th would be more suitable), or south (and there are bargains to be had as far south as battery park).

The saving grace are the staff. They're helpful, friendly and they're keen to help.
They're making the most of what their location and facilities.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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4  Thank Glenn S
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

This is a very "no frills" hotel but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Everyone was friendly and it was very quiet. The room was clean and smelled nice. We opted for the room with private bath but all of the shared bathrooms looked immaculate. Older building with a very cool charm. I'll stay here everytime I'm in Manhattan.

Room Tip: We were on the 7th floor and it was very quiet.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Christie Z
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Confortable hotel, quite (winter) and well situated. One stop of Grand Central.
The only black point was the bathroom outside the bedroom, but still very clean.
The room was done every day. Next to subway.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank LeilaN
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Linda B
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

I was so happy to find this small hotel in NY - with a distinctive old-world cham ! Although no fancy service, the room and the shared bathroom were very clean. The staff was very friendly and professional.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank anonymous-visitor
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Additional Information about Hotel 31

Address: 120 East 31 Street, New York City, NY 10016-6809
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#225 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $81 - $256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel 31 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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