Today’s Tip: The Jane Hotel
Where to stay in New York? The age old question. Hotels in Manhattan are outrageously expensive. Even crappy ones. Its easy to pay $500 and up for a cramped, noisy, run-of-the-mill room.
Enter The Jane. Situated down quiet Jane street in the West Village, adjacent to the Meatpacking district, the hotel is in a fabulous location. It is surrounded by the many cafes and shops of the West Village, and just a short walk to shopping in Soho and to everyone’s new favorite New York attraction: The Highline.
There are three types of rooms: Captains Cabins, which are spacious hotel rooms, with an en suite bathroom, Standard Cabins, which really are reminiscent of tiny ships cabins measuring just 50 square feet – with very nice shared bathrooms at the end of each hall, and Bunk-bed Cabins, which are just like the Standard Cabin with an extra bunk.
All of the rooms are nicely appointed with vintage touches like lamps and fans, nice bedding, TV, air conditioning, and Wifi.
The small rooms are VERY small. Imagine being in a sleeping carriage on a train, with space under the bed for your luggage. Not everyone’s cup of tea, or idea of a nice vacation, but I find the place cosy, and for $100 / night it is the best deal in the city. This small rooms are great for someone traveling alone, or for for friends traveling together who want to stay in budget while enjoying a bit of privacy at night.
The Captains Cabins are still a bargain at $250 / night.
The hotel is dripping in old-world style, complete with an elevator operator and bellhops dressed in classic uniforms. There is a trendy lounge and music venue – the Jane Ballroom, as well as the delightful Cafe Gitane connected to the hotel lobby.
There are usually Standard Cabins available, but calling in advance is a good idea.