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“Value for Money”
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Hotel 31
Ranked #230 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Value for Money”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

I agree with previous reviews about this hotel being value for money. This is a budget hotel that tries hard and offers good prices. I would use it again if travelling alone. But I wouldn't take my wife or kid. Its a modestly large step up from a backpackers. If this had been more expensive it would have got a lower rating.

The good....1) price 2) location 3) service

The bad... 1) The decor (think tartan, paisley and old school elevator with brass double doors) 2) My room was too hot, the air conditioner worked but was too loud to sleep with it on and without earplugs.

The ok (but not great)...1) Shared bathroom was fine. Its literally a single bathroom there is more than one on each floor, and only a few rooms each floor. I never waited. I barely saw other guests. 2) The TV's were a bit temperamental.

The need to fix...1) the elevator smelled weird (chemical smell) 2) The cards to open your room kept demagnetizing meaning a trip back to reception. 3) The free wifi kept cutting out and making you sign back in.

All in all its a good pick for a budget NY holiday and you aren't going to be hanging at the hotel.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Hotel 31 is a simple hotel in a very convenient location. Nothing fancy, but very good value for your money, especially if compared to other NYC hotels. There is no restraurant, but there are plenty of options nearby.
We stayed in a 2 Queen Room with shared bath (there is a sink in the room itself). We were a little bit anxious beforehand about the bath, but i was no problem at all. We literally never had to wait and the baths (there were two on our floor) were always clean. The rooms are not that big, but provide enough room for 2. A little bit worn, but clean and with good beds.
One has to point out the quality of the housekeeping - everything was always spot-on. In my opinion this is the big difference to similar priced hotels.

In summary, this is a very good budget choice. After all you are in New York, so who stays in the hotel that much. Better spend your saved money on different things.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

My 16 year old son and I just returned after a four night stay at Hotel 31. We booked the two single bed room with shared bathrooms and I had requested a room with a view of the Empire State building. It was absolutely wonderful. The shared bathrooms were no problem as I never waited to use one or shower and they were kept very clean and neat. The hotel itself has Old World charm and the room was comfortable. The location was perfect because we walked everywhere. It was a 10 minute walk to the 34th St. Ferry, 15 minute walk to Times Square, and about 30 minutes to Central Park. There are good restaurants on every corner, especially Vezzo's Italian restaurant just steps away on the corner of 31st and Lexington. The WiFi worked great in the hotel. The staff were friendly and helpful. I will definately stay again. Also, if you are a smoker, rejoice!, everyone in NYC smokes. The rooms are smoke free but you can smoke on the fire escape anytime day or night, just don't make a mess.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We picked this hotel based on price, but it was much better than expected.
It was very clean, and not as small as some of the reviews had stated.
Our room had it's own bathroom, but we did take a peek at the bathroom along the hall. They were very clean!
Great value for money, perfect location for sightseeing! Would recommend!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Baltimore, MD
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is a great hotel for the price. Most rooms in NYC are much smaller than equivalent hotels located outside of the city, so the 15x10' room was not a surprise. I elected a "European" shared bath option for the most cost savings, but was pleased that my room included a generous sink, mirror, hairdryer and towels. The shared bath, which housed a toilet, bathtub-shower and sink, was clean and there was never a line.
The room offered free WiFi, an LCD TV, and the bed was moderately comfortable. My only pause was regarding the incredibly tiny elevator with a manual door slide. It worked well, but it was clearly original and confusing to operate if you're not already familiar.
Great for a quick overnight stay and it's well located on a relatively quiet street.

Room Tip: Opting for two twin beds makes the room feel larger.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel 31
Address: 120 East 31 Street, New York City, NY 10016-6809
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#229 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel 31 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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