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Sohotel
Ranked #251 of 478 Hotels in New York City
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35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Convenient and affordable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The hotel is value for money esp in the peak season.
Main points - convenient location, near 2 main subway lines, CLEAN modern new bathrooms, comfy bed. I liked the toiletries and toothpaste PLUS complimentary bottled water.
Friendly staff. NO lifts, small rooms. The linen was clean but there were minor stains. The room was serviced daily but maybe with the construction going on downstairs - there was dust ++. Free Wifi was good. I would recommend this place for the price, location and bathrooms. MAKE SURE u try to get top floor and Broome st side rooms, i reckon the lower floor and Bowery side would be a lot noisier.

Room Tip: Top floor. Broome st side.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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sohotel, Public Relations Manager at Sohotel, responded to this review, May 16, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

It is great to hear that you had a pleasant stay with us. Our value and location is definitely the best in town and we are happy you shared this with others.

We are glad to report that our efforts to improve our product will be completed within the next weeks. We are almost complete with installing brand new high grade sound resistant windows in every room. They really do the job! As you know, NYC is quite loud but this will reduce the outside hustle and bustle immensely!

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel! We hope you will come back and visit us soon.

Warm Regards,

The Sohotel
info@thesohotel.com
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Manchester, England
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

My wife and I stayed at this Hotel in April 2014 over the Easter period. We choose it based on price ($1200 for 5 nights ) its location bordering on Little Italy and Chinatown and being reasonably close to subways.

We were initially disappointed upon arrival due to being put in a long and narrow 6 ft wide room with two single beds, despite having booked and paid for a standard room with two twin beds thinking we would have a larger room as shown on the website. The font desk staff however were sympathetic and after a chat with the manager we were moved to the correct room, which, whilst suffering some street noise, was satisfactory and had a good bathroom and the most comfortable beds and pillows.

This is a boutique style Hotel and is tastefully decorated, but do not expect too much in the way of amenities. The lobby and lounge areas are basic and there are no breakfast facilities, but there are plenty of good local restaurants so no problem there. There is no bar in the Hotel but there is The Randolph right next door, but it doesn't open until late afternoon. The free Wi Fi was OK and the flat screen TV was good.

A point to note is that there are no lifts or elevators so beware if you are on the upper floors and there are no safes in the rooms.

In generally it was a cheerful Hotel with helpful and friendly staff, and is centrally located for lower Manhattan.

Would I stay here again? - yes I guess I would.

Room Tip: Make sure you understand what room you are getting and note that the back rooms are the quietest.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Hamilton, Hamilton, Bermuda
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The good:

The price of this hotel was quite good and we were excited when they offered a triple room as there was three of us. The hotel is well-located. Staff are helpful and pleasant. There is free coffee in the morning and free wifi (which is quite slow).

The bad:

When we arrived they were doing construction in the lobby but we couldn't hear it from our room. The room was extremely small (I'm talking even with NYC standards) and the room had no window, save for a skylight, which had no blind. So at sunrise every morning, the room became so unbearably bright you wouldn't be ablet to sleep anymore. Also, the setup of the light switches is ridiculous. The bathroom light is operated by the master switch which powers the entire room (outlets and all). So if you want to charge your phone overnight or turn on the AC you have to leave on the bathroom light. There's no elevator so be prepared to walk a lot of stairs.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Karen P
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I was staying at the Sohotel NYC in early March, with my husband and daughter. It's a lovely little boutique hotel conveniently located between Little Italy and Chinatown. Subways are located just minutes walk away, making transportation to Uptown very convenient. Food is not an issue as there are many decent and very reasonably-priced restaurants nearby.

There were many good reviews about that little Italian restaurant just next to the hotel (I think it was Piacere). But, don't go there. They have very few choices on the menu, food was expensive and comes in very small portion and a little tasteless, unfortunately. Walk a little further and explore Little Italy for more choices, cheaper and better food, if you want Italian.

We love the quaint set-up of the hotel. They gave us a room just behind the reception which was convenient, clean and very cosy. I would have given this hotel a 5-star rating except that 3 days out of the 5 days we stayed there, they did not replenish the lotion and shower gel even when we asked repeatedly. One of the beds were a little slanted, so it gave an uneven feeling when sleeping but comfortable, nonetheless.

If you don't mind minor inconvenience like this, the hotel is a great place to stay. I would go back there again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank sding02
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Connecticut
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I work in Tribeca and live in Connecticut and had an early morning meeting so needed a place to stay without heading home. Budget was an issue so wanted something on the inexpensive side. I've stayed at the Nolitan, which is very nice. It was booked and my travel agent recommended this. The rate was $80 higher than the night before - $319 - before taxes fees. Arrived their around 10:30pm. Lobby area had some construction going on. Receptionist was nice and helpful, and she told me I had been "upgraded." Didn't realize it was a walk-up hotel, but that's fine I suppose. Walked up a few flights, and expected to get a decent room. Room was tiny - I didn't expect big, so that was no big deal. Decor was pretty weak. No thought, and obvious chintzing everywhere, but amazing thing was THERE WAS NO WINDOW!. Just a little skylight. Frankly, I'm surprised it's legal in New York to have a hotel room without a window. All in, it cost me nearly $400 for a bad, walk-up room with no window. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Go to a different hotel. Or at least, ask if your room has a window.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Williston, Vermont
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have not stayed in too many "value priced" boutique hotels so we do not have a lot to compare it to. I had messed up my reservations by choosing the wrong date but they were able to give us a room for the night and adjusted the price accordingly. While we asked for a room towards the back of the hotel, they gave us one on the street front that was quite noisy. The room was very small (about 10 ' X 10') but clean.

The front desk asked me for my passport ??!! Even if I did have it with me I would not have given it to them and then they asked for my wife's I.D. ??!! Which I certainly did not give them. But they were nice about it and the security guard/bell captain was also very friendly as was the cleaning room person, so friendly service all around. It was also good to get a little discount at the parking lot around the corner.

Room Tip: Ask if you can see thee room before they assign it to you and try to get one that is not on the stre...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

First impression was good. You enter a really cute foyer and head up stairs to an equally cute lobby (though they were in the middle of some renovations right outside the font desk). The Bellhops were very nice and helpful, and the maid/cleaning ladies always gave a friendly hello when passing. But...things went down hill after that.


Over the phone, my sister booked a Superior Family room (2 queens and a twin) in Nov. 2013 for an April 2014 bachelorette party. The week before the party she called again to confirm everything. A 2nd Superior Family room was book by another party attendee when our guest list increased. So two rooms booked to accommodate 9 girls. We arrive at Sohotel Saturday April 11th around 4:45pm. We check in and my sister finds out that they canceled her reservation and gave the room away.

Apparently the hotel attempted to run a "confirmation fee" of $30 the day before the reservation, a fee they never once mentioned to her in the multiple conversations they had. There was an issue with my sister's credit card and it was declined. Supposedly the hotel emailed her. (She has yet to receive any email from them and yes, she also checked her junk mail). They never called... only claim to have sent an email. At this point, the gentleman working the desk told my sister there was no manager on duty and was ready to turn us away completely. With a little bit of negotiation they "helped us out" by putting us in a room with 1 queen bed. The room was originally supposed to sleep 5 people, and they put us in a room made for 2 people after giving away the room booked in November.

Imagine my shock to open a door expecting a suite for 5, and finding 1 queen size bed packed into a tiny room. I made my way back to the front desk and asked to speak to a supervisor. And guess what.. the gentleman LIED to my sister, there in fact was a manager on duty. Sadly, she didn't offer much help saying there would have to be an "internal investigation" to see if they could locate this supposed email. In the mean time, I asked how she would accommodate sticking 4 people in a room for 2. In the end, they gave us an extra 2 blankets and a pillow. I took the floor and the other girl squeezed into the larger suit with the rest of the girls.

The next morning, we spoke with another supervisor, who did apologize and seemed genuinely shocked by the entire situation but still offered little help to reconcile. We were told we would have to follow up on Wednesday when the guy who originally made the reservation would return from vacation. (I'm not sure why the managers there lack the ability to check an outbox for an email.)

Needless to say, we were all extremely disappointed in the situation, and their inability to make up for it. I DO NOT understand why a business would relay on one email to confirm. Why wouldn't you pick up the phone and try to talk to someone directly before canceling a reservation that was made 5 months prior??

For people in the hospitality business, they were extremely quick to discard an entire group of people. I have not given up on this situation. I'll call everyone I can until my sister is refunded her money.

IN SUMMARY:
The Suite the 6 other girls squeezed into was perfectly nice, though they had an electrical problem where the bathroom light kept turning on and off by itself.

The Standard room with the Queen bed 3 of us squeezed into was tiny, but probably would have been perfectly fine for a couple just needing a bed for a night. Thin walls though - had to listen to a neighbor retching all Sunday morning. In my opinion, over priced. (They charged her about $345 for 1 Queen bed... to put that in perspective, the 5 person suite was about $360)

Customer Service - inadequate.
The two managers' genuine apologies were appreciated but not enough. Someone on their staff completely dropped the ball with the reservation and the follow up. It's their responsibility to make their guests feel important and cared for, that's the hospitality business. As I told the 2nd manager when she said "I hope this doesn't deter you from staying with us again" -- we'll see what the final resolution turns out to be.

Room Tip: 1. Anticipate a small room (just a bed and just enough room to walk around the bed) Perfectly fine i...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Sohotel
Address: 341 Broome St, New York City, NY 10013-4236
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Chinatown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#171 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sohotel 3*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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