My wife and I stayed for 5 nights during the grand opening of the East Village Hotel in NYC. This is the first time I have stayed in a hotel like this concept. I come to NYC four times a year to visit my daughter who studies at NYU and usually stay at hotels like the W or Sheraton... hotels with full service and with amenities. I was blind-sighted when upon my arrival at 11pm, there was no sign of the hotel name (just the address # 147 on the glass door along 9th Street); there was no Bell service to help me with my luggage; and there was no front desk service. In other words, there was absolutely no human being to help you check in. The Hotel will text you a code to open the front door. Once you are in, there is an iPad that you check in, which will then give you the room number and another numeric code on a keypad to open your room. There is no elevator on this 4 story building. All the hotel rooms start on the second floor. Lucky for me I got the second floor room #4. If for whatever reason the iPad check in does not work, there is always a phone number you can call 24 hours a day.
The room itself is very clean with a nice bathroom with shower (no tub). And it also features a complete kitchenette (microwave, stove, fridge, utensils, pots, pans, etc). No carpet, but nice laminated wood floor. Queen size bed, nice lighting, flatscreen tv with cable, and the air conditioning was really strong. I was on the 2nd floor and with the window closed, it was very quiet. The room also featured crown moldings and a nice base board, and the walls had a nice soothing beige color. The room size with my estimate is about 175 square feet (or 17 square meters).
Some of the things I didn't like about the room is that it didn't have a desk. I wish the management would put one because everybody has a laptop or some kind of electronic gadget. Even a small desk would suffice. Another thing is that while you can't hear the outside noise, you can easily hear the other rooms. The walls are very thin. There is also no door sign for the maid that says "Privacy Please" or "Please Clean Room." The maids don't know if you are sleeping through the afternoon, which I did. So the maid just kept on ringing the door bell. (Management: please buy these signs. I'm sure it won't break the bank, but will help your guests communicate with the maid service).
Other things I liked is that if there is something extra you need like pillows or towels, you can just shoot a text or make a phone call and leave a voicemail, and your request will be taken cared of. Also, I liked the ambiance of the whole building. The owners did an excellent job renovating this old building to looking new and classy.
At first I wasn't too crazy about the whole new concept of not having any human beings to service my stay. But on the second day when I realized that I can come and go anytime, security was good with the front door and hotel room with no keys or card to carry, I began to like the whole concept of this new and innovative hotel. It is definitely not for everybody, especially for disabled people who needs an elevator and those who want a pool, tennis courts, restaurants in the hotel, lobby, and all the other big hotel amenities. The other thing is when checking out, there is no free storage for your luggages in case your flight is still several hours away. The hotel has a charge of $25 per hour to store your luggages. I hope management eliminates this charge as an incentive for guests to stay with them again in the future.
The location of this hotel on the corner of 1st Av and 9th St is excellent. It is near all the subways and is only a couple of blocks away from St. Marks, and close to so many other attractions. Taxi drive by every other second. This is a good place to stay. I hope the management can keep their prices low, especially since their overhead is low. I will definitely come to stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the East Village a fun walk to St. Marks on the corner of E 9th St. and 1st Avenue, a cultural hub of the city. We are a small hotel with full-featured rooms that include built-in kitchens (stove top, dishwasher and fridge) and 42" TVs with on-site laundry. There is a park nearby to relax in with an boutique coffee shop, "The Bean," right below. ... more less
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