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 availed of a 20% RODENT discount by simply:
1) Navigating through a swelteringly hot hotel
2) Maneuvering around the man slopping out his room with a bucket of urine and faeces
3) Entering my "cabin" where the fan and light don’t work and the AC makes the noise of a small tractor without generating cold air.
4) Despite extremely limited natural light, taking a picture of a rodent sharing the room (picture also contains smelly socks from previous occupants)
5) Showing said picture to the front desk and had a “standard rodent discount” of 20% applied to the price of my room (sorry "cabin").
We went to the Jane on the 4th for some drinks. We were told to wait in line which was odd because there was no line and the place did not seem overly busy ( usually you can hear the music and the crowd from the st). We waited for about 10 minutes while the bouncer and his friend (possibly another bouncer) casually chatted.
After about ten minutes they looked at us surprisingly and asked “can we help you,” as if they had just noticed us. When we said we would like to come in, they informed us that to get in tonight you had to be on a “reserve list”
As patrons who frequent the bar and hotel regularly, we called management and asked if reservations were needed and he informed us none were needed and anyone could walk in. We explained to him what had happened and the manager then changed his story and said if there was no reservation, the bouncers could deny entry.
The point being, our issue was not that entry was denied, it was that we were told to wait in line and after wasting our time, they condescendingly informed us we would not be able to go in. I can assure you, it was not due to dress code as we had just come from dinner at the Standard Hotel.
This is my fifth visit to the Jane. The location is great, the staff are friendly and the hotel is well managed. You could not find a hotel of equivalent value and charm in downtown London, Paris or Berlin. Hope to visit Manhattan and stay at the Jane (again) in 2020.