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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As much as I wanted to like "The Jane" I can't. Although the history behind it is interesting and although the double rooms come with en-suite, it is just not enough.
When we first went to our room, a huge pile of bin liners full with garbage awaited us as we made our way from the lift to the room. The smell indicated that although it is a non smoking hotel and has smoke detectors, smoking indoors is still a habit with some of the guests.
The room itself was what we expected it to be in size and decoration, but... The amount of dust everywhere was amazing. The glasses above the minibar had such a thick layer of dust, that i doubt anyone has ever used them since they were put there. The smell in the room was an odd mixture and not very pleasant, but better than the one in the corridor (garbage, remember?). The windows are not well sealed and the noise from West street is very loud.
The staff were OK, however in the 2 nights we stayed there we witnessed a guest complaining that things were stolen from his room (and the reception man saying he can do nothing as the house maintenance team are off at 5PM and suggested the guest will come back the next day) and another guest complaining about racial comments and leaving while commenting that he will never come back.
The restaurant and bar are lovely (although pricey, but this is NY).
So although this is consider a cheap stay in NY in a good location, I would not come back.
The Jane was at one time a place where sailors and merchant marine officers could stay. It still has that decor. That means that the average room is quite small. But if you feel ok about a room tha makes you feel a bit like you are on a ship then this is an excellent place for you to stay.
My first trip to NYC and first shared bathroom experience. The bunk cabin was small, but we were rarely there, so no problem. The location can't be equaled -what a find! The bathroom was always very clean. The front desk was the greatest team! Not enough praise to give it, you should stay there.