Europeans and students know about the chipper, winning attitude of this friendly, no-frills hotel where rooms feature wall murals by a range of artists. While some rooms have private bathrooms, others have access to shared unisex bathrooms, two per floor. Unlike many other New York City hotels, nightly rates remain consistent throughout the year: $160 with a private bathroom or $130 to share.
The hotel website has photos of each and every room; you can choose according to your taste and needs.
The basic rooms are themed, from an English cottage to a math classroom, and all exclude a television. Original artwork gives the rooms individual character, but the bold colors and floor-to-ceiling nature of the art might not suit all guests taste.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no elevator in this property.
Private bathrooms are functional and include shower/tub combos. Rooms with shared bathrooms have a sink in the room, and separate toilet and shower rooms in the hallway.
The small lobby introduces guests to the quirky nature of this hotel with a range of art, artifacts, and sometimes clashing styles. The rooms do not have phones, but phones are available for guests to use in the lobby.
There is no on-site restaurant or bar.
Located on East 25th Street and 3rd Avenue, this hotel is within an easy stroll of several neighborhoods including NoMad, Gramercy, and midtown east. Subway service is limited, with the 6 train at 23rd Street. Taxis and Uber are widely available in the neighborhood.
This hotel is right on the border of Curry Hill, a concentration of affordable Indian restaurants. For a taste of the neighborhood in a fun setting, check out Vatan (4-minute walk), which specializes in vegetarian fare. Maialino (6-minute walk) is a Roman-style restaurant from Danny Meyer; try any of the pastas, especially the malfatti with braised suckling pig and arugula. For quick and tasty bites, check out Daily Provisions (10-minute walk), a bakery and sandwich shop known for pastries, egg sandwiches, and chicken milanese sandwiches (it’s all perfect picnic food).
Gramercy Ale House (4-minute walk) is a brick-lined sports bar and cozy pub with over a dozen beers on tap. Whitman & Bloom (3-minute walk) is a polished bar with a literary theme serving oysters alongside a good variety of cocktails, beer, and wine.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The local character and artistic spirit that is frequently missing from hotels is strongly present in this property. We like the individual art in all of the rooms and you can’t beat the affordable price for the downtown location.