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 liked the Jane Hotel so much five years ago that I decided to stay there again on my latest trip and I wasn’t disappointed. Just as I can’t imagine going to Manhattan and not setting up my base camp in the Meatpacking District (MPD), I also can’t imagine setting up in the MPD, and not staying at The Jane. In my mind, The Jane Hotel is a perfect reflection of what the MPD is all about. It was opened as a hotel for sailors back in 1908 and was completely restored on its centennial in 2008. This hotel is quirky, eclectic, charming and cool, all at the same time. The rooms and hallways are all built/decorated like the inside of a ship. It has a large ship-style ballroom right off of the bar. It offers sailor-style bunkbed rooms/cabins with shared bathrooms for those on a tight budget, or you can stay in a Captain’s Room with a full bath like I did. The rooms are small but comfortable, and very quaint. They even have a few Captain’s Rooms with private terraces. The other guests that I noticed were creative types and young start-up entrepreneurs. As far as I could tell, there were no button-down-suit-folks staying at The Jane. If you like hotel accommodations that are quirky, quaint, and cool, for a very reasonable price, I have no doubt that you’ll like The Jane Hotel in Manhattan’s Meat Packing District.
This hotel has a soul, one day I would like to come back. The staff has some spirit from the Tarantino's film Four Rooms but the story of staying at that hotel is not like that, don't worry. The design is completely unique and very very detailed, that's why I picked it up for staying. The rooms look like a cabin of the Titanic ship, as they say because of taking care of people in that building after they were brought to NYC. Jane arranged nice breakfast lobby with the great views on the Hudson River, so don't skip tasty croassans and good coffee to enjoy the hotel better.
Tiny single and double rooms decorated as cabins, small and a bit old and worn but comfortable. Situated in a trendy neighborhood and round the corner from the Whitney Museum, and the High Line.
Terrace with a great happy hour and beautiful views of the river.