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.
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Pros: I rented a cabin for an amazing price. Cool, old world hotel and friendly staff. Everyone really was very nice from concierge to doorman to cleaning staff.
Cons: Didnt pay much, but I would have hoped hot water would be included in the package. Showers were icy cold. Tried calling the front desk multiple times, but lines were jammed (maybe other guests complaining?) had to buy dry shampoo so I wasn’t completely greasy for my conference :(
I've spend a week here in february and enjoyed it very much. Great service at the bar from Gabriel. The only thin I disliked (and it wa my ow fault) was the fact that as a European I didn't know I was supposed to tip the maid as well and the reception at the front desk was suddenly very cold when I came to retreive my bags even though I tipped anyone else. It was an honest mistake!
Enjoy history with a totally clean NY guest room, which includes robe, slippers, and fresh water each night. A top choice! There is an onsite restaurant. I chose to stay in most economical so did the shared bath - dormitory style. Other options are available. Very nice staff and great location.
I was not able to sleep a tall during my stay at the Jane hotel. There is a huge heater in the tiny room, which turns the room into a sauna. Even opening the tiny window and putting the (incredibly noisy( AC on full power could not counteract the heat.
Shared, mixed gender bathrooms
Not enough showers, they are always occupied
Unique, cosy decor
Staff is friendly and tries to help, but can only do so much
Came here to go to the bar and have a good time, but that was ruined by incredibly disrespectful door staff. They told us to wait in line and then when we got to the front they say "no." If you try to ask them why they won't let you in, they refuse to answer. "It's just a no, now leave!" I tried to ask them if they had an event going on or some other valid reason for turning people away. Neither. One guy then tried to tell me that they were at capacity. I then asked if some people left the bar, would we then be able to get in? He then said "no." Makes absolutely no sense! Then I saw them let in numerous people behind us. All of the door men are incredible rude, aggressive, and disrespectful for no reason. I have never been to any other establishment that refused to answer completely normal questions. They clearly have an issue with the way they treat women and should be fired. However, based on all the reviews I've seen, it seems like the jane is not interested in changing any of this.