Among the ghosts of the literary salons and speakeasies of Greenwich Village, this boutique hotel with an Art Deco sensibility is set on a peaceful tree-lined street. Gas lamps and an inconspicuous façade blend the new property with the old character of the neighborhood. Rooms are very small, but a brick-lined lobby and cozy café provide wonderfully appealing common areas--so hang out there instead of your room.
Reflective of the narrow buildings in Greenwich Village, rooms here are tight on space (even by New York City standards, so they're really small) but do have nice touches like a retro rotary phone, Frette linens, and Art Deco-inspired artwork.
Rooms can be selected by extras—some have terraces and others have separate soaking tubs and stall showers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The smallest rooms here can feel quite cramped; consider an upgrade if you are easily claustrophobic.
The small bathrooms contain nods to New York City with black-and-white subway tiles and bath products from C.O. Bigelow, the oldest apothecary in New York.
The exposed-brick, sunken lobby has plush couches and a fireplace for relaxing with one of the New York-themed books that line the shelves. Guests are encouraged to pull down a book and relax over coffee or cocktails.
The quiet Greenwich Village location is ideal for exploring the leafy streets of lower Manhattan on foot. Subway access is also varied, with the 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, and W trains at Union Square and the A, C, E, B, D, F, and M trains at West 4th Street. Taxis and Uber are also widely available in the area.
The classic New York breakfast of a bagel with cream cheese is on offer around the corner at Murray’s Bagels (1-minute walk); this shop is famous for never toasting their fresh bagels. For dinner or afternoon drinks in an under-the-radar neighborhood staple, cross 6th Avenue and step down into Spain (2-minute walk), an unfussy restaurant with a bar upfront. Free tapas are served with drinks at the bar; this is one of the best deals in the neighborhood. If you're feeling super fancy, Gotham Bar and Grill (5-minute walk) is a fine-dining classic, with an elegant dining room and excellent service.
Ring the bell to enter Raines Law Room (6-minute walk), a popular cocktail bar with plush seating and a Prohibition-inspired atmosphere. For a glass of wine in a candlelit space, there's Vin Sur Vingt (7-minute walk), a French-themed wine bar.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A sense of place and a charming location on a quiet Brownstone-lined block set this lovely hotel apart. We love the sunken lobby with plush couches, serving as extra living space beyond the rooms to kick back with a book. Art Deco touches give the interiors lots of character and the Society Café is the type of all-day eatery that conveniently serves several purposes.