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
I arrived after midnight on an international flight but was able to get checked in and settled down smoothly, and had a great night's sleep here. In the morning a memorable shower with fluffy robe & towels, exploration of the hotel's fascinating layout, easy checkout and friendly recommendations from staff for nearby restaurants that were exactly right for my purposes. Yay!
The last time I stayed here was 2013, and my first three reviews of the place were pretty good. But now I see some of the faults a bit more clearly.
What is great about The Jane is that it's quite clean. I'm not one for shared washrooms, but they are really meticulous in keeping them clean. And you can't beat the location. The beds are actually quite comfortable. The rooms are very small, but that's assumed -- they're up front about this. The staff are pleasant.
The problem for me is the doors. Since many, many rooms are packed into each floor, there are many, many doors at close quarters, and they all slam. Naturally, you want your door to close tight and properly. I get it. But you'd think that The Jane would invest in hydraulic arms for the doors. (This place has to be making money hand over fist.) If it were not for the AC and fan making ambient white noise, there'd be no way I'd stay in this place. (And I've never stayed here in the winter, so I can only imagine what it'd be like without that noise.) What I noticed too is that there's a faint drift of pot smoke, so I imagine that some people are indulging. You get these cloth slippers to wear, but they're useless for the showers. They should instead supply guests with rubber slip-ons.
What The Jane is, really, is a glorified hostel. If you don't mind that idea, then this place could work for you. Me, not so much any more.
This hotel has good prices, but you have to fit in a small cabin, where you just lay your body on the bed and put your luggage beside you. My room was extremely small, but the biggest problem was that it was so hot during the night (July) and when I turned on the vent it was so noisy I couldn't sleep. Even though, I would come to this hotel again, but probably not during the summer :) Why? It has a very nice location just few meters from the Hudson river. The hotel staff is very friendly, helpful and the atmosphere in the hotel is very welcoming. I used also their bikes, which are for the hotel guests available free of charge, but bikes are not in a very good condition, so you better be careful while using them. Anyway, I have enjoyed a short ride by the Hudson river.
I love this hotel for what it is and the price. Rooms with shared bathroom are indeed small, but they are super comfortable and have all you need. Bathrooms are squeaky clean and have a good size.
It's your best option for a fair priced downtown hotel.
I agree with all the other positive reviews, but I don't think I would stay here again. The first room I was given reeked of cigarette smoke, as did the hallway I was on. I asked for another room, but they could not change the room the first night. Fortunately, they switched me to another floor on my second night and the smoke odor was much less.
The hotel says that it is a non-smoking building, but there seems to be a problem with tenants who are holdovers from before the building was a hotel. But, whatever the reason, if people are smoking in the room/apartment next to you, and the whole floor reeks of cigarette smoke, the hotel is not a non-smoking hotel. There also are no notices/signs for the hotel guests informing that it is a non-smoking hotel and I can see how hotel guests may assume that smoking is fine if they are in a room or on a floor that reeks of cigarette smoke.