head up to NYC for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade every June. Usually share accommodations with a friend, but this year found myself bunking solo. so my mission began to find affordable lodging in manhattan! what started as a daunting task, ended with a gem of a property. i reserved a single room for two nights at Hotel 17
. arrived in NYC, took the subway to the union square station, and walked from the station to the hotel. easy walk, in a cute section, with lots going on. check in was a bit busy, but when it was my turn at the desk, it went smoothly with no complications. i was given a room on the 6th floor. i believe the hotel has 8 floors. i walked down the narrow hallway, past the two bathrooms, and found my room. immediately ran back to the bathrooms and pleasantly found out that although they were for everyone's use, they were quite private. one toilet and one shower in one. a shower, sink, and toilet in the other. i was afraid that there would be multiple toilets in each, taking away from privacy. the whole two nights i was there, i never had to wait for the bathroom. my only complaint is that the bathrooms did not have soap or paper towels. so, remember to carry some soap with you when you go.
my room was small. one twin bed, a night stand with lamp, small window with AC unit, small tv within a narrow entertainment console, lockable safe, a chair and vanity, and some hangers for clothes. was concerned about the small space upon initial viewing, but it was more than sufficient. the AC unit is noisy, but kept the room cool, and sleeping was easy. the bed was comfortable, although short and the pillow could have seen better days. the room was quiet and i was never awoken by hallway or outside noise. i think if you had a room across from the bathroom, it could be noisy with people in and out of the bathroom at all times.
the hotel attracts a wide variety of guests. i'm 35 and a professional, there were parents with school age children, college age americans, and many european backpackers. great international feel.
check out time is 12 noon, which is a bit later than i am used to. you can also leave your luggage in the secure luggage room at check out, go explore the city, and return for your luggage prior to your bus/plane/train departure. as long as you pick up the luggage by 10pm, you are set.
i am so happy to have found hotel 17. it is clean, safe, with an exciting feel. walkable to many subway stations. bordering 2nd avenue which has a plentitude of bars, restaurants, etc. i will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its old-world charm marked by European style, Hotel 17 is designed to attract international tourists from near and far to visit and explore our Great City of New York. Our hotel in lower Midtown Manhattan places you in the center of convenience and visiting New York City attractions are accessible by walking or by public transportation. As Manhattan's best neighborhood city hotel, Hotel 17 is also the best reviewed hotel. New York Magazine and the New York Times articles defined the beauty and history of our New York City landmark building. Hotel 17 fame also appeared in the 1993 Woody Allen film 'Manhattan Murder Mystery' and was the site for photo shoots in Madonna's Sex book. Fashion magazine, such as GQ, Elle, and Vogue, favored our hotel setting for fashion shoots. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 17 Hotel New York City
- Hotel 17 New York
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