I loved this place. But if I were to compare this hotel with just about any other anywhere in the US, I probably wouldn't give it more than three stars. And it has nothing to do with shared bathrooms. Our supposedly non-smoking room reeked of smoke and even my pillow smelled. Fortunately the window could be opened, so by the second night we were able to air it out. On one occasion there was no hot water, on another - the elevator did not work.
But I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to stay here. It is a lot more than just a place to sleep. For a tourist, in my opinion, a hotel like that is a must. I wouldn't quite liken it to, say, visiting Statue of Liberty, but it is kind of like trying to get a cab in a middle of a rush hour and then riding in it across Manhattan, if only for a mile or two. You haven't really been to New York until you've done that.
I walked into Hotel 31 and saw that elevator with two doors - one wooden, one brass, both of which you have to open yourself. I walked the darkish narrow hallway to the door to the fire escape. I looked out the window of my room at those 20 or so story apartment buildings - so old and lived in. And I knew that I couldn't have been anywhere else, but in New York.
It didn't hurt that the staff was friendly, Wi-Fi was free, the street was quiet, yet subway station was only a block and a half away. There is a good sushi place right next door. And it was a very good price for Manhattan.
As for shared bathrooms, just be sure to bring a robe or presentable pajamas, so that you wouldn't have to get dressed if you need to use it in a middle of the night.
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- Also Known As:
- 31 Hotel New York City
- Hotel 31 New York