Pluses and minuses to this place, but overall a hotel I would return to. It was built in 1902 as the Hotel Earle. The hotel is in the heart of Greenwich Village, and it purportedly has hosted the entire beat generation, including Bob Dylan.
Everything here is small; the lobby, restaurant, hallways, elevator and rooms. The elevator can hold about 3 people with 2 people's luggage. If you dont breathe. I dont think I've stayed in a hotel room quite as small as this. The was no view, which I didnt learn until after my booking. None. Look out the window, brick wall. If you want a view, make sure you ask for one, and you'll pay for it. Our room came in at about $250.00. That being said, it was decorated nicely, well-air conditioned, clean and cozy. We didn't trip over each other. It was fairly quiet, although the smallness of the rooms and hallways lend itself to noise. I had uninterrupted sleep, always a plus. We also found street parking, which was a huge bonus.
The included continental breakfast was a good one. Bagels, toast, scones, nutella, lots of fruit choices, good strong coffee and juice.
The staff was borderline rude (except the nice mature woman at the front desk who gave us spot-on directions twice). There was one gentleman who seemed to double as a hotel greeter and bellman as well as staff at the breakfast. When I told him that the coffee was out, he looked at me as though I had stepped on a bunion on his toe. Part of the NYC experience though...if you want hospitality, go south.
All in all, though, a nice stay, and I would return. The location is nice..you have the Village right there, and downtown just a couple stops on the subway away.
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