Fodor's Expert Review Duane Street Hotel

130 Duane St., New York, New York 10013, USA See on Map

Julie Baumgardner

In an area sparse with hotels, this tiny boutique hotel (with 43 rooms) takes on the feel of a proper Tribeca residence—even if the rooms are a bit snugger than the homes which surround The Duane Street Hotel. Thoughtfully designed spaces for an accessible price-point for the neighborhood, the Duane Street Hotel is all about its location. Short by way of amenities, although rentable bikes and complimentary iPads for guest stays are an attractive lure to this small-scale property.


Boxy and snug, the rooms are mostly taken up by the bed—but desks and storage systems set into the wall make for modern living. 11-foot high ceilings, however, balance the narrowness of the room. Simply designed with a black accent wall, the rooms are rather clean across the board.


Sandstone spa shower are nothing special, but wood vertical shelves provide storage space where the sink vanity lacks. L'Occitane bath products await!


This small lobby is mostly a reception and a couch for impending travel.


Passes to Equinox a few blocks are available.


Graffiti Earth occupies the restaurant space, an Indo-Persian upscale take on sustainable ingredients from Jehangir Mehta that despite having quality ingredients has never really taken off. In the lobby there’s also the Duane Street Lounge, which serves breakfast in the morning and opens as a bar with small snacks in the evening. There’s no room service at this time.


The Duane Street Lounge provides limited cocktails and snacks in the evening.


Getting Around

The closest subway is the A/C/E and 2/3 at Chambers Street.


Tribeca is home to Michelin stars and crappy bars, but everything has a bit of edge and coolness around here. In the space that once housed Montrachet and Cortón is Bâtard (6-minutes walk), a minimalist French nouveau tasting menu awarded a star. Odeon (2-minutes walk) is the perennially hotspot by Keith McNally that’s seen a resurgence of famous friends lately. One would also be remiss to not head to Locanda Verde (6-minutes) in the Greenwich Hotel, not just for a sighting of Robert DeNiro but for the brilliant Italian cooking.


Cocktail haven Weather-Up (2-minutes) shares the same street at the hotel, while the wine list at Little Park is expansive and interesting (although one the steep side) for an early evening apertivo.


TriBeCA is a helluva neighborhood—it’s inspiring on so many levels. Without an abundance of hotel options, the Duane Street Hotel bridges the gap as an accessible option in a landscape of haute-luxury.


Business, Trendy
41 rooms, 2 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner Yes
Bar No
Cafe Yes
Room Service No


Phones: 212-964–4600

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