We stayed in St Mark's Hotel in February 2007, after a recommendation from friends of ours. This was our first visit to New York and we needed a place to stay for 5 nights, and St Mark's seems to be one of the most affordable ones, yet in a great central location in Manhattan.
The hotel is in a buzzling little area St Marks Place, which has a selection of affordable restaurants, a great bagel/pizza place downstairs and authentic bars.
We stayed in a double room with own bathroom. To get to our room we had to walk up several flights of steps... We are young so it didn't bother us too much! As other reviews on this site will say the rooms are small, but they are kept tidy on a daily basis and soon you'll be fine with the simplicity. Especially we came for a quick five-day city break to NYC so we didn't plan to spend all our time in the room anyway.
Negatives of the room was that ours was facing the inner court yard and the vents + airconditioning pipes made a hell of a racket when the window was open, and the antiquated radiator in the room was on a full heat, and air was leaking from it, so it hissed the first night. The ear plugs we got on the plane came to good use! If we tapped the radiator cap, the hissing would stop for a while but it started again.. However we finally - after turning the nozzle in all directions - managed to turn the radiator off, so the temperature in the room was less of a sauna and no hissing. So, a tip: request a room to the street (although bear in mind the traffic noices) so you'll avoid the vent motor noices. Also the rooms at the front have higher ceilings, which help in
otherwise small room.
Also the shower in our room was very bad. Firstly it took ages to get warm and then it would get hotter, hotter, hotter... Turn cold tap a little bit and the temperature would even out, only to turn freezing cold witih a few seconds from that. It was a real hit and miss every time and we had to have quick showers to optimise the consistency in the water temperature.. Certainly wakes you up in the morning! And finally, our toilet got blocked twice, which they took care of straight away... But nevertheless it is always a hassle.
Staff were mostly very friendly, only the night shift person wasn't so, but all our questions and requests were dealt with upmost professionalism and quickly, so all in all very pleasant.
Do stay in this hotel, if you don't mind simplicity, like affordable accommodation and do not mind lack of breakfast / room service.
Don't stay in this hotel, if you don't want simplicity (i.e. no frills) and want breakfast served - or are planning to spend a lot of time in the room.
I would go again, should I be as much on a budget next time around.
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