Hotel 31 is the best budget hotel in Manhattan. We’ve stayed there many times, the last visit a whole week, so we know it pretty well. It reminds us very much of a European pension, complete with a small elevator with an expanding gate, which although slow is ever reliable.
We always take a room with a bath down the hall, and it has never been a problem. None of the baths are far from any room, and there are two on each floor; if both are occupied and you’re desperate, just go to the floor above or below. They are always clean enough for our standards. The beds are sufficiently comfortable, but our one and only complaint about this place is the wallpaper, which looks like it was bought at a closeout sale. Some of the rooms are small, but they all have sinks in them, which is very handy.
The staff are always helpful, even if they don’t always seem approachable. We’ve never asked for anything that we didn’t get quickly, and we’ve gotten lots of good advice from the desk people.
The hotel is conveniently located to a tasty, economical and friendly breakfast spot at the corner of Park and 31st (Guy & Gallard). The location is also terrific for public transportation: buses run uptown 2 blocks over, the 4-5-6 subway line is within a block either way, and the many connections at Herald Square & Penn Station are a short walk past the Empire State building.
Who stays at this budget mecca? Young folks, retired folks, middle-class folks from all over the world who disdain paying $250 a night for an ordinary bed and bath. You’ll be in good company at Hotel 31.
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- Also Known As:
- 31 Hotel New York City
- Hotel 31 New York