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 place was perfect for us! We were in a neighborhood location. Near where we needed to be. Not far from subway, many restaurants, grocer, etc. Our room was very old, spacious, and clean. We could not hear our neighbors. The busy street nearby was white noise as no sirens. We had a fabulous view of Hudson to west and sunset. Air conditioning worked fine, but outside temperature was mild. No coffee pot or microwave in our room, unfortunately. Refrigerator was full of mini bar (?) Pricey stuff, unfortunately. Elevator slow, people nice, limited cafe on main floor. Priced very well for Manhattan. We shall return.
I picked the hotel due to its location and cute cabin style rooms- I didn’t expect a huge room as it’s advertised and pictured as a rather small accommodation (if you reserve single cabin). I arrived fairly early in morning and was told there was no room available to check in. Fair enough. I went for breakfast and came back. I sat in lobby and saw multiple people checking out however no room seemed to become clean for me to check in. Hours passed by and suddenly the lobby got flooded by a leak originating from the lobby bathroom. At this point I got up again asking for an update on my room. As I came of red eye flight I was super exhausted and therefore suggested to change the bedding myself to be able to check in. The rooms are super small and to get it turned around 10 mins is a good estimate. Only when I brought up I’d be willing to clean the room myself, another employee got involved stating a room just became available. Elevator is tiny and takes forever (only one on property). Bathrooms are unisex and this wasn’t advertised on website. It merely stated ‘shared’ bathroom - in a city like New York I would expect male and female shower facilities to be separate. The situation made me unconformable. Furthermore, people were coming in to was their cooking equipment which seemed off and strange. Bedding and terry in room were in poor condition - see pics attached. Overall no genuine guest interaction. I shared my experience at check out and agent simply handed me an email address to write to. I did a couple of days later and have not received a response to date. Poor experience overall. Room also became very hot throughout the night.
This is one of the more difficult reviews I have done. The description which the hotel puts out to the world is completely accurate. The rooms are small but the bed is comfortable and clean, there is air conditioning and most amenities you would expect from a 2 star hotel. The staff were helpful and professional. My major gripe is the bathroom facilities, there simply are not enough - there are three showers for an entire floor and this is not acceptable, it means queues and cold water, this is a shame as the rest of the hotel is fine.
By the looks and location, you can tell why this is a popular hotel. (The bar can get pretty crowded).
Great bar, really nice restaurant.
Not the best but if you’re okay walking around, you’ll find that its close to really nice restaurants and cafes. Just a bit of a walk from the subway. But hey, if you love to run, you can just cross over to the other side of the road by the Hudson river.
Service was nice. They are not so quick to respond though. But once they knew there was something up, they are quick to apologize and fix it.
Special mentions to Jeff by the bellman and Mohamed by the engineering dept.
A very nice hotel in West Village, small and cozy. Very good location to all kinds of shopping and nice restaurants. No breakfast at the hotel and much noise from the road, but anyway a great place to stay. 😃