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The James New York - SoHo
Ranked #183 of 469 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stayed here for five nights and could not be more pleased with our choice. The SOHO location was convenient for shopping and eating, and there was an excellent playground four blocks away for our four year old. The Canal St. subway station is just a block away.

Rooms are clean, new, nicely designed, and a decent size for NYC. It's not a large hotel, but there's a beautiful lobby with a useful business center and a small gym with a killer view. It's really nice when hotels offer free wifi in the rooms and in public areas!

What really made our stay enjoyable was the excellent staff who were always friendly, professional, and went out of their way to help us with transportation and logistics. Their service compares favorably to any of the five star hotels I've stayed at in the states and abroad, but with the intimacy of a boutique hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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TheJames_NY, General Manager at The James New York - SoHo, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2013

Dear khc425,

Thank you for taking time to share about your recent stay. It is when we receive feedback as positive as yours that our team’s hard work comes into fruition. It is wonderful that you were able to appreciate the warmly modern guestrooms and our prime Soho location. However, I am most proud of our team for providing genuine service that left you feeling welcomed and cared for. We truly appreciate the humbling remarks and hope to welcome you back the next time you travel to New York.

Sincerely,
Jeff Hentze

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

CHIC - the interior designers get high marks for coming up with a contemporary ambiance that is both chic and comfortable. (Yes, the rooms are quite small but the space is used so well that they are very comfortable) Super convenient for so many fun neighborhoods. Very welcoming and helpful staff. No suggestions for improvement (and I often do have suggestions!) - the whole experience was impeccable for us - absolutely delightful. Highly recommended and we will be back.

Room Tip: We paid extra for a higher floor room and would do so again - great view!
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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TheJames_NY, General Manager at The James New York - SoHo, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2013

Dear mickmacs007,

I wanted to personally thank you for the rave review. It means a lot to our team that you felt welcomed. The James strives to provide the ultimate luxury liberated experience with residentially-inspired rooms that exude the vibrancy and warmth of Tribeca and Soho. We are lucky to be located in a major art, culture, fashion, architecture, and gastronomy hub.Your recommendation means a lot to us. We are constantly improving so please feel free to share feedback. We look forward to having you as our guest again the next time you find yourself in Soho.

Warmly,
Jeff Hentze

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I cannot really fault The James, although I must confess that I did not come away with a feeling that the level of comfort was always commensurate with the cost. Our family of 3 adults and 1 teenager stayed for 6 nights in what is marketed as a “family suite”, being two adjacent rooms (a “corner king studio” and a queen standard guestroom) which are not inter-connecting but which have (a rather flimsy) outside door which closes off the two rooms from the public corridor thus allowing some privacy moving between the two adjacent rooms. We have had similar arrangements elsewhere (Paris, Rome), which worked well because the internal doors could be left open when needed, but at The James this is not possible because the internal doors cannot be held open. Tying the door handle to the cupboard handle with a sock in order to hold it open was hardly the sort of solution I expected to have to use in a “luxury boutique hotel” (although it worked quite effectively).

Taking into consideration the cost per night, the rooms are very small – the standard queen even qualifies as minute – although we got used to it eventually. There is a paucity of cupboard space, no carpets, and the bathrooms are functional if not overly large or aesthetic. On the whole, rather a spartan décor - but the beds were definitely comfortable and the rooms are well maintained and spotlessly clean. Quite a bit of noise from the corridor at night. A welcome plus is free WIFI throughout the hotel, a pleasant change from the daily rates charged in most hotels.

Service was courteous, efficient and responsive. All our requests were handled promptly. The Concierge was helpful and friendly, and a special thanks must go to Eric the Doorman, who acted swiftly to avert disaster and very quickly arranged alternative transport when our car service failed to arrive to take us to a show (Book of Mormon, no less).

Public facilities are rather meager, the lobby lounge is a bit nondescript, but the gym is well equipped and located on the 17th floor giving a great view. The lounge/bar on the top floor was packed every time we ventured up there, it seems like a popular evening venue. Unfortunately the weather was still rather chilly so we did not get to enjoy the outdoor facilities, although the “plunge pool” on the roof is precisely what it says it is.

Location is good, somewhat on the edge of Soho’s shopping district, but still within easy walking distance, as is Greenwich Village nearby. Proximity to the entrance to Holland Tunnel causes quite severe traffic congestion in the area during peak hours. There are a lot of excellent restaurants in the vicinity, and the concierge was very helpful in that regard. The David Burke Kitchen which is in the basement of the hotel (a “partner” venture), offers meals to house guests including breakfast. It was not really to my personal liking, but the cuisine was certainly of good quality.

In conclusion, what the James lacks in space and comfort, it makes up in excellent service. However, the overall experience somehow lacks the “wow” factor that I believe one is entitled to expect from a facility which markets itself as a luxury hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Stayed there over the Christmas and NYE in a Corner Room. The room was a decent size for New York and we did have a great view as it was a Corner Room. We didn't have any problems with sounds form the bar (I suspect as it is Winter and hardly anyone is up there).

My husband and I love boutique hotels and this hotel was divine. There is lots of artwork all over the hotel which we loved. The staff uniforms are very different and all staff were very helpful too. Location was very good with 2 nearby subway stations and easily walkable around SoHo. Loved their toiletries too.

The rooftop bar was good unfortunately was too cold for us to properly enjoy.

We did have a meal downstairs, I wouldn't recommend it. Much better places to eat at in New York, but was convenient for us.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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TheJames_NY, General Manager at The James New York - SoHo, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Cloudy J,

We truly appreciate you sharing your experience with us. I apologize for any oversights you encountered in the restaurant. I am very happy, however, that your general impression was so positive. The James is driven by three core values; we strive to be Environmentally Thoughtful, Locally Inspired, and Community Focused. Your attention to the details of our property is greatly appreciated. I would be delighted to welcome you back to enjoy JIMMY as the weather warms up and back to the hotel the next time you find yourself in Soho. Thank you again.

Warmest regards,
Jeff Hentze

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We just got back from a 3 day weekend getaway at The James. The Hotel was very clean, well kept and the staff extremely helpful and friendly. The self serve coffee in the Lobby in the morning was wonderful,as was the free Wifi..
Morgan at the concierge desk was very knowledgeable and recommended great restaurants nearby, taking care of the reservations which were confirmed by email to us. This was very appreciated.
We did not try the Hotel restaurant but did go to Jimmie's for a drink on 2 occasions...we found it a bit young for our age (53 & 57), so we did not linger very long.
A special thank you to Erik the doorman, who made the Taxi hunt a bit more bearable for us who were new at this "law of the jungle" and were taught to be more assertive.
Overall a very nice and clean Hotel which we would not hesitate to recommend in the Soho area.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Linda_Peter2
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TheJames_NY, General Manager at The James New York - SoHo, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Linda_Peter2,

Thank you for staying with us. I am very appreciative for the positive review; it’s such a pleasure when guests have so many wonderful experiences to share. Details like our luxury liberated approach to service, our stylish yet comfortable rooms, JIMMY rooftop bar, and prime location in vibrant Soho. Also, thank you for recognizing and mentioning the work of our team members. Morgan and Eric will appreciate the special mentions. We hope to see you back very soon.

Sincerely,
Jeff Hentze

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

I stayed for 5 nights with my family and enjoyed the location. We were able to walk to many great restaurants and shops. The rooms are small, even for New York standards, but nicely decorated and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom had a great shower and intelligent nutrients toiletries which I loved. The only setback is that you can hear a lot of the noise from the rooms next door. The doormen Eric and Michael were very sweet and helpful.

Room Tip: Choose a high floor so you get a better view.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Ana715
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TheJames_NY, General Manager at The James New York - SoHo, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Ana715,

I wanted to personally thank you for sharing about your stay – I am very proud of our team for leaving you with a positive impression, especially Eric and Michael. Thank you for noticing the Environmentally Thoughtful bath amenities, The James strives to prioritize that core value in all ways possible. I apologize for any noise disturbances you experienced. We welcome other opportunities to endear you to the hotel and thank you for your consideration. Until your next visit.

Warm regards,
Jeff Hentze

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Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Friday night and the bar was packed with workers and tourists alike creating a good atmosphere. The drinks were spot on; gin and tonic had a generous splash of gin. Tip: Go to waitress at side of bar to avoid the wait for the barman.

Best part was the view at Sunset on deck around pool making it an excellent but brief experience.

Thank Danroslyn
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TheJames_NY, General Manager at The James New York - SoHo, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Danroslyn,\

JIMMY rooftop bar is one of the great features that make The James truly special, it’s 360 degree unobstructed views of Lower Manhattan, craft cocktails, and vibrant ambiance makes it a local gem. Our Urban Garden is officially open for the season as well; hope you can stop by for a relaxed afternoon cocktail as the weather picks up. I sincerely appreciate you sharing your experience.

Sincerely,
Jeff Hentze

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Address: 27 Grand St., New York City, NY 10013-1618
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > SoHo , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#46 Business Hotel in New York City
#110 Family Hotel in New York City
#134 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#137 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $304 - $652 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The James New York - SoHo 4.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anchoring Soho's southwest corner, The James New York - SoHo is an ideally situated, warmly modern, residential styled luxury hotel that delivers an artful blend of exquisitely hand-crafted design, intuitive service and personalized comfort. Unique features include all-glass Sky Lobby, rooftop deck and pool with river-to-river Manhattan views. The lush Urban Garden is an outdoor escape, offering seasonal entertainment, cultural events and fine cuisine. With activities including Tribeca Film Festival screenings, yoga, spa services, croquet and more, the Urban Garden is a hub for creative communities to gather and interact. Guests are invited to dine at David Burke Kitchen which offers wholesome and hearty modern American food, locally sourced and presented in the creative and whimsical style that is Burke's trademark. Enjoy cocktails at JIMMY, our rooftop bar which boasts a sexy social atmosphere, with an enclosed bar and lounge set against 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline. ... more   less 
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