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Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:25 AM
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What do you think of East Village Hotel?

This looks like a good deal, albeit free of personal service, but I have not been able to find out anything elsewhere about this hotel.

http://bookit.com/us/new-york/new-yo...village-hotel/

Let me know what you think. I might try to do cheaper on Priceline, but I like the sound of this.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:47 AM
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Have never heard of it. Have you checked tripadvisor?
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 11:18 AM
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It is not listed on Tripadvisor, presumably because it is just opening now.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 11:43 AM
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We live just a few blocks from the hotel, but have no idea of its comfort and cleanliness.

It is the best food value neighborhood in the city and if you like night life this is the area. It is primarily residential with a combination of would be writers, artists, and musicians, old writers, artists, and musicians, a strong Latino community, the remnants of an Eatern Eurpean community and kids who live here as their first stop in NYC.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 12:00 PM
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I did find this thread in the TripAdvir discussion forums.

It is a bit weird, because BookIt seems legitimate and takes credit cards.

http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-..._New_York.html
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 12:01 PM
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This appears to be an apartment building. Do a search for the address and you will get a few hits, including this one:

http://www.urbanedgeny.com/property/...nue-apartments
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 12:59 PM
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Ekscrunchy, I am not sure if there is a real connection between the UrbanEdge site and this address, or if they have just set up a way to trawl search results - I think the latter.

I phoned BookIt, and the agent said the hotel would not be advertised if it weren't real.

It has 4 floors and 18 suites, I was told.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 01:56 PM
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This seems to be the interior designer blogging about this hotel on Tumblr:

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/wileen-pagaduan
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 02:10 PM
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Did you read the posts on the TripAdvisor thread that you linked above? For example:


<6. Re: Grand Opening of The East Village Hotel
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Where is it you are hearing about or reading about The East Village Hotel?

I walk past the corner of 9th Street and 1st Avenue on a regular basis and there is certainly no hotel there. There hasn't been any hotel under construction there...................

I googled the address you gave me to see which corner that is because I am familiar with what is on each of the four corners. Why don't you take a look at maps.google.com and plug in the address and look at the street view. There hasn't been any construction going on there that I've noticed and there certainly isn't a hotel there.>



I found a few things online, like this:
http://evgrieve.com/2011/09/rumors-g...st-avenue.html

I wish I had read your thread here because I passed by that address this morning. It may take a few days before I can return, so if you are not in a big hurry........

I would be leery until you find out more.....there is a good chance that it is an illegal hotel operating inside an apartment house. That might or might not bother you, just be aware of what you are signing up for...
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 02:20 PM
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The hotel is supposed to have its entry on 9th, so the lack of an entry on First Avenue is not necessarily a concern. BookIt describes it as an extended stay hotel.

This link seems to be about the property under construction.


http://evgrieve.com/2011/03/sidewalk...t-ave.html?m=1

I would be somewhat leery of an illegal operation, certainly.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 02:23 PM
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Ekscruchy, I would love to hear your first-person look if and whenever it is convenient.
At this point, it is just a minor mystery that I am investigating.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 02:50 PM
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Do you happen to have a phone number for the hotel? I can call them for you tonight if you like..

I hope I didn't come across like a naysayer. It must be because I've read so many threads here admonishing visitors to beware of illegal hotels! A few months ago, I recommended a brownstone rental in Harlem (great place; owned by friends of mine) to someone here looking for a place to stay. I thought I was doing a good turn for both the visitor and my friends. That thread turned into a big brouhaha with one poster who seemed all but convinced that I was promoting something quite nefarious!
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 02:56 PM
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The lack of an independent phone number, or at least I cannot find one, is definitely a concern.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 03:02 PM
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I live around the corner from this location. Haven't noticed a "hotel" per se, but the ground floor spaces have been empty for years and just recently have been renovated and reoccupied by retail renters. The upper floors seemed to be getting a facelift as well. The corner will soon be occupied by a branch of The Bean, a popular coffee and tea shop that has a very popular branch a few blocks away on Broadway opposite The Strand. I'll be out and be sure to walk by and see if I can see anything official looking for the hotel.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 03:23 PM
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Ellenem: That's great..please report back!!



Apropos of this thread, look what I just found in today's paper--under $100 per night for prime Soho rental!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/02/ny...ime-scene.html
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 03:24 PM
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I am guessing, by the references to codes for entry, that the entrance is rather low-key.
Thanks for the info ellenem and Ekscrunchy.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 05:03 PM
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The odd thing is that there does not appear to be a website or phone number. We must investigate further.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 05:56 PM
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All suites sounds like a failed condo development. If you call 311 in NYC they can give you information on how to find the Certificate of Occupancy for any address - which will tell you if it's actually a hotel or not.

This is not my neighborhood - I'm upper west but there are a number of posters that live/spend a lot of time in the area and look to see if there is a hotel open there. But no phone number or web site is extremely suspicious. (A couple of years aglo a poster paid for an apartment in what sounded like a similar situation - and it was a scam/they lost everything they had paid).

There is no wat I would even consider staying at a place without a 24 hour landline that is answered - even if you call in the middle of the night.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 07:40 PM
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I asked on Flyertalk too, and the existence of a 9th Street entrance has been http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/new-y...age-hotel.html
Apparently it looks better than expected.
I, too, would want a 24-hour number, though.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 08:17 PM
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It appears to be an apartment building that's being sold as a "hotel" and is likely illegal. Extended-stay hotels are generally larger. I'd steer clear of it. It may be beautiful, but it's likely illegal and could be shut down before you are able to stay, and then you'd have no legal recourse to get your money back. It's illegal to rent an apartment in NYC for less than 30 days; these units are obviously apartments.

This has been done many many times in NYC, and these "hotels" are usually closed down within a few months. The last that I know of personally is Hotel Toshi, which was in Little Italy and had to close since it was, of course, completely illegal. It then moved to Williamsburg, and Toshi is still trying to open an actual hotel in the Flatiron district.
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