The Jane Ballroom is one of the hottest clubs in New York, from postwork wine by the massive fireplace to 3 a.m. dancing on the velvet settees
The Captain’s Cabins all have delightful private terraces, a rarity in New York, especially at this price point
Morning breakfasts of avocado toast or baked eggs in the French-Moroccan Café Gitane
Afternoon drinks at the rooftop bar
What To Know
Standard rooms are teeny, at 50 square feet, but they’re well designed, with underbed storage and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, as well as 300-thread-count sheets and iPod docks
Standard rooms share bathrooms (but the hotel does provide flip-flops and swank C.O. Bigelow toiletries)
The Captain’s Cabins have private bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and marble sinks
Request a room on a higher floor to avoid noise from the club downstairs
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Nautically inspired budget design digs with a famous bar, a rooftop hang space and a French-Moroccan restaurant
This quirky Georgian building started life as seafarer lodgings (it housed surviving crew members of the Titanic) before becoming a flophouse (RuPaul shacked up in the penthouse in the 1980s). In 2008 It hoteliers Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode converted it into the hippest budget hotel in the city. Standard cabins clock in at a teeny 50 square feet and feel more like sleeper train bunks, but they’re well configured, with underbed storage, wall-mounted TVs and DVD players. However, we suggest upgrading to a still very wallet-friendly Captain’s Cabin; the throwback decor makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a Wes Anderson movie (think peacock print walls, minty wainscoting and velvet drapes, with old-fashioned lighting operated by a large copper key). Upstairs you’ll find an indoor-outdoor bar (in RuPaul’s former abode) and downstairs the always packed Jane Ballroom, where a disco ball sparkles above towering portraits of maharajas and taxidermy pheasants, and a fashion crowd dances on leather chesterfields and zebra ottomans. Recover the next day with avocado toast and baked eggs at the transportive Café Gitane, the hotel’s delightful French-Moroccan restaurant.
In the Area
This is the perfect place to stay if you’re in New York to eat and drink. Head north and you’re smack in the middle of the models-and-bottles Meatpacking District. Continue farther north to grab picnic provisions at Chelsea Market to enjoy on the High Line, an elevated park on old railway tracks that floats above the city from Gansevoort to 24th Street. Head south and you can sample some of New York’s top tables, from the innovative Middle Eastern fare at Bar Bolonat to perennial celeb-fave gastropub The Spotted Pig. You’re also ideally placed for an afternoon at the glittery new home of the Whitney Museum, where the Renzo Piano–designed digs invite in postcard views of the city.