I travel to NYC several times a year on business, and always choose one of several less-expensive hotels, of which there are several very good ones. This time, I decided to try Hotel 91 to see if I might want to add it to the roster. Sadly, I will not be coming back.
If there is one great review I can give it, it's the very friendly staff. Close on their heels are the beds - I had a great night's sleep. (Of course, one person's great bed is another's backache.) They have free wireless that's supposedly in the lobby, but I had no problem getting it in my room. Where this hotel fell short was on location and maintenance.
Unless you are willing to walk a long way, particularly in a New York winter, there is only one nearby line (F). It's not a bad one, but it's not always a quick jaunt to a connection with more options. There aren't a lot of good food choices in the immediate vicinity, either, particularly late-night. But the worst thing about this hotel, the deal killer for me, is the stench. Whether you're in the elevator or in a room, you're in a constant nose-curdling stink like someone dumped a bottle of cheap men's cologne on the rug to cover other smells. Those other smells are the usual musty sort you get in older New York hotels - mildly unpleasant, but not stinky like whatever they're using to try to cover it up. I also had a lot of trouble with the electrical plugs in the room, half of which didn't work.
By the way, you may see photos of the rooms or lobby on some travel sites. They are not accurate to what you're getting. The rooms are quite small and (except for the beds) much dimmer and more run down. I would not call the lobby welcoming.
It's probably a much nicer hotel in the summer, when you can open the window to air a room out and it's no big deal to walk to another neighborhood or subway line. But given that there are better options you can get for a similar price most of the time, I just don't see a reason to give this one a second shot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new 70 room smoke free hotel in Manhattan’s vibrant Lower East Side. Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, Wall Street, and other major NYC attractions are only steps away. The Hotel is easily accessible by car, taxi, and public transportation. Hotel 91 is the perfect synergy between luxurious downtown boutique and outstanding value; offering reasonably sized guest rooms and room accommodations in a bargain for business and leisure travelers alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 91 Hotel New York City
- Hotel 91