The Jane Hotel
What We Love
- The straight-out-of-a-Wes-Anderson-movie decor
- 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
- Free WiFi
- 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
- Free WiFi
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.
How to Get There
This hotel is a great place for people wanting a base for their sightseeing trip to New York. The hotel is a 5 minute walk to the subway and the Hudson River is across the road. Yes the rooms are small but they're more than adequate for sleeping and dressing in and have the essential conveniences and great character. The shared bathrooms are kept clean. If your in New York to be out and about, this hotel is perfect. As with most in-house restaurants The Jane's is slightly more expensive than the normal but that's to be expected. The staff are friendly and helpful. I enjoyed my stay here. Its not perfect, but then I wasn't looking for perfect. If you want clean, warm and inviting for a good price, you can't go far wrong.
I stayed here for one week in February of 2016 (ignore the official time period). It was a period of transition for me in my life, and I'm kind of a cat trapped in a human body, so being cocooned in what used to be a sailor's apartment was so perfect for me. The Jane is great for introverts/ambiverts who come to New York City to be out and about, to have a place to crash, to be focused and streamlined in travel. The staff was helpful and friendly, the downstairs bar and restaurant are fabulous, and I hope I have cause to stay there again!
We were charmed by the pictures of an old world hotel with an inviting lounge. Our room (a Captain's room) was great, private bathroom and a great terrace but it was not much use in the cold and rain. It was comfortable but really why is there not an in room coffee maker? At this price it's the least they could do. The beautiful lounge was off limits as it's some sort of nightclub now, so really there is no casual cocktail area to sit so we went around the corner to the Standard High Line for that (highly recommend, great service). The location is great but for the price there really should be better hotel amenities and one really big downside is the sound of the nightclub which basically pounds through the whole building until the wee hours. I could sleep through it but my partner couldn't so no light sleepers (unless you bring earplugs). The location is great but for the price of the captain's room I'd probably go elsewhere as I was let down by the lack of actual hotel facilities (and that isn't made clear by the pictures on their website). Lots of dining options in the area but I think next time I'd try the Standard High Line, they might have in room coffee makers.
This place is horrible. I go there because they have a restaurant and a bar. This was closed because a privat party. Rooms are altso small and terrible. If you go to New York dont waste time on this..
Feel like getting back in 1910
in West Village. Another authentic yet unconventional way to stay in West Village. Superb ball room. Small rooms but got everything you need. Shared bathroom always clean and tidy. Very friendly team working there..