I stayed recently at the Duane Street Hotel for a week while I was in NYC on business. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading all of the reviews, but I was very pleasantly surprised. To break down my stay a bit:
--Check-in--very easy and quick. The whole thing took less than five minutes, and was probably the simplest thing I had to do after my day of traveling.
--The room--small, but very cool, and spotless. I really enjoyed staying in it, and for one person just there on business and not really there to party it up, it was perfect. The decor was cool, and the comforter on the bed was very soft. I spent most of my days working late, and was pleasantly surprised each day to come home to a turned down bed, and fresh ice in the ice bucket. It was a very nice touch. I really like when things just happen without my even requesting them. Also, there's free wi-fi in the rooms, so enjoy. It's amazing that hotels charge for it.
--Location--I was working in the Financial District, and this hotel is about a 10-15 minute walk to it. This was perfect for me, because I like to walk, and it was a good chance to people watch. Plus there are several coffee shops along the way.
I'll speak to the noise, as it's a big issue for me when I'm somewhere on business instead of pleasure. This hotel sits on top of several different train lines, so you can feel the room shake whenever one of them passes. I had asked for a quiet room, so they put me on the 5th floor, and though I'm sure it's possible that you might hear a rattling from the trains if you're on a lower floor, I really just heard a slight hum every few minutes. It really didn't bother me, and after a while I didn't even notice it. However, I will say that the street noise was audible, even with the double windows, but I never heard a human voice, and I'll take bus noise and taxi noise versus people screaming in the street any day.
Overall, I had a really nice stay in this boutique hotel. Even with the street/train noise, I'd stay again. I wasn't looking for some giant chain, or a party hotel. This hotel was perfect for what I needed, which was location, low noise, an "at home in my condo" feel versus a standard hotel room feel, and cleanliness/service. Definitely recommend.
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