Duane Street Hotel Tribeca
What We Love
- Free iPad for use during your stay
- Bring Fido; pet-friendly rooms available
- Free WiFi
- READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY
What To Know
- Relaxed vibe — not for those looking for a scenester stay
- No gym, but guests get free passes to the swank Equinox Tribeca gym nearby
- Doors are a bit thin; you can sometimes hear noise in the hallways
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Bachelor pad pied-à-terre. Leather headboards, blond wood floors and Midcentury-inspired furniture reigns in the guestrooms. A tree slab forms a communal table and reclaimed tin ceiling tiles line the bar in the small lobby.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms feel serene, with towering ceilings and a monochromatic palette. Rich textures — leather, bouclé, antiqued mirrors — lend a luxe feel to the clean-lined design. Use free WiFi on your own computer or on one of the iPads the hotel loans out for free during your stay. The bathrooms have rainfall showers, marble vanities and L’Occitane bath products.
There’s no on-site gym, but the hotel offers free passes to the celeb fave Equinox gym nearby. The hotel currently serves a limited breakfast and happy hour cocktails, but a full restaurant is in the works for later this year. In the meantime you’re well placed to explore the best of Tribeca.
In the Area
Celebs pack the area’s legendary eateries, from Nobu to Bouley to chef Andrew Carmellini’s Locanda Verde Italian taverna. After dinner taste your way through the vintages on offer at the buzzy Terroir Tribeca, a 65-seat wine bar, or catch a performance at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. During the day browse the boutiques, including cult accessories shop Edon Manor, designer vintage emporium What Goes Around Comes Around and retro interiors store Schoolhouse Electric Co. Also be sure to check out the restored beauty of the area’s Harrison Street row houses (once occupied by the architect who designed City Hall) and take a photo outside the fire station at 14 N. Moore Street, where Ghostbusters was filmed.
How to Get There
I've waited a bit before I wrote this review in order to sort out my feelings about this place. It's complicated. Ideal lower Manhattan location (and the area doesn't really have a great choice of hotels), but still, there has to be a more professional, smoother, competent hotel experience in the area than the Duane.
So at the risk of being considered illiberal, the Duane is not a place for solo American women travelers. If you're over 50, I'm not sure you'll feel comfortable. OK, enough said.
Most important, as another reviewer pointed out, this is an amateur hotel. It's supposedly 4 stars (according to whom?) but there is a low bar of customary hotel standards. My room was large enough (I chose for size), BUT... the AC was wonky (freezing cold or unexpectedly hot), the cable TV was on and often OFF, the pillows were Third World lumpy -- horrible, actually, the key card failed to function daily, the mini-bar drinks and snacks were NEVER replaced, the amenities were no-tell motel quality (teensy soaps, etc.) and the Wi-Fi was feeble at best.
The good, even great was the lobby bar staff... the estimable young ladies in the evening and in the morning, as well as the evening manager, Nate. Wow, they deserve a real hotel. Also fine was the higher end Costco-like Happy Hour munchies.
I would rather not have the manager, who hid herself away behind a caged barrier, reply to this. I indicated all of these issues to staff during my stay and they were only dealt with to the best of the hotel's very limited capabilities. She indicated she spoke "at length" to me during check out. Uh, no, we spoke for barely two minutes.
I didn't feel taken care of or rankly very safe here. Not because of fear of theft, but because if, God forbid, I was in the midst of a true emergency, I could rely on staff to act on my behalf.
That's it. If you're young and coupled, and coming from other parts of the globe, this might be your place. If not, reconsider.
The location is grate, good access to everywhere in NYC.
Small hotel, with grate potential but all the furnitures are little old and small rooms.
The service is very good and the stuff try to help.
Perfect hotel. Just the perfect size, boutique hotel so it felt personal. There are amazing staff - from the bar people who made lovely cocktails to the front desk receptionists. It’s so stylish, clean and comfortable. An amazing location too- can not fault this hotel - will definitely be back!