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“Great value at a safe and interesting neighborhood” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Seafarers & International House
Ranked #363 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Gothenburg, Sweden
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36 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great value at a safe and interesting neighborhood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

Returning to Seafarers nothing much has changed except the reception desk has moved and the mezzanine has been updated. There is also a workable WiFi in the lobby and a couple of computers if you need to pick up Emails or print your boarding cards. The rooms are very basic but kept clean. The elevator is slow and busy in the morning, but never let me down. Buy a dough nut on the street and the 25 c coffee in the lobby for a quick breakfast or get the New York Times and sit down for a full breakfast at one of many eating places in the area.
This is a bargain place in the interesting Union square area, but not for you looking for luxury. Good enough for me and would be happy to return.

Room Tip: Higher floors, less street noice
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Henrik L
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Peaks Island, Maine
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93 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

We wanted an inexpensive place to stay close to East 20th Street -- and the Seafarers & International House was perfect. Our double room with shared bath cost only $108, and because the hotel is a non-profit there were no taxes added on.

Positives: Everything was spotlessly clean. Staff were friendly and helpful. The neighborhood (close to Union Square) is great. And the price -- certainly a deal.

Considerations: The second bed was a rollaway, but still perfectly comfortable. It's not a full-service place, and there's no breakfast. But you'll find breakfast at any price point within a block or two. And, while clean, it's not especially charming. None of these detracted from our experience.

Room Tip: Note: There was some outside noise from night life on 15th Street. That didn't bother me at al...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank ArthurFink
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

For a safe and affordable place to stay in NYC nothing beats it. And the location is superb. The rooms are spartan. But if you plan on not spending your vacation in your hotel room then this is the place for you!!
There are no taxes because it is run by a nonprofit. You can save money and feel good about it!! Recommend a room on a higher level to lessen street noise. Elevators are slow, fine for going up but best to just walk down if you are able.

Stayed July 2013
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74 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

On the plus side: friendly, excellent location, and affordable prices (both en suite and not). Especially in terms of the affordability, I know that one isn't really entitled to ask for much. You get what you pay for! But the tidy if somewhat characterless lobby and mezzanine promised too much. Our small room was outrageously dated. It was clean but in desperate need of some renovation. The same can be said of the corridor toilets and bathrooms. But I guess that postponing renovations indefinitely is a way to keep your prices affordable. So in the end you are left wondering whether this was as good a deal as you originally thought. Probably was. The downstairs public wifi is also much too weak to do what it's supposed to do although the two computers seem to be in good use.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Henderson, Nevada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

Very friendly staff and management. Excellent location, simple rooms and very clean.
The prices are unbeatable in New York area. Metro station is around the corner and you can quickly go to any place in New York.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Alina K
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Oslo, Norway
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96 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

I stayed only for one night here, and it was a good deal for a short stay. Had shared bathroom and toilet with 4-5 other rooms on the floor. It is a very basic place, comfortable enough, but preferably for people who aren't planning to stay in much. People there are very friendly, and you probably feel most comfortable there if you are of Christian denomination. Not much to say about the place except that it's a decent place to crash. Don't get your expectations up.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Heidi3030
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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
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300 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

We have stayed at this facility many times in the past. There are two options: Share-a-bathroom which affords one single bed and an uncomfortable roll-away, or private bath which provides two single beds. The price, I believe, for the first option is less than $100/night. The price goes up a bit during weekends. The second option with private bath is around $130/night, slightly more on weekends. There are 11 floors, a coin-laundry in the basement, along with 2 vending machines for beverages + snacks, + an ice machine.

We have done the share-a-bath option on several occasions, which never posed a problem. I believe there are enough baths/showers (4?) on each floor to serve the small number of rooms within that floor. The one thing that always annoys us during hours of sleep are the loud door-stops anchoring the bathroom doors open (everyone kicks them up + down), as well as so many guests slamming their doors at night (thin walls and close quarters between each room). After many stays,we feel It would be kind of the staff to ask their guests to respect others and close their doors quietly, or to post a note in each room, advising the same. An easy fix.

Linen changes/housekeeping is not available on weekends or on a daily basis. Perhaps twice a week...I cannot recall exactly. No toiletries are provided. There is an old television in each room as well as a telephone. There is a small single sink in the rooms where you share a bathroom. Also a table/chair for a desk in both types of rooms. Coat rack and hangers are provided. There is a window a/c or heat unit in each room. Keep the fan on for better sleeping due to street noise.

Though the price per night is right, we would like to see Seafarers RID THE BEDS of the horrifying old motel burgandy-and-blue creepy polyester bedspreads! Who knows what might be lurking within these unsightly spreads...when a tidy white sheet and blanket nearly tucked in would look worlds better and be far more welcoming and sanitary for the guests!

One floor above the lobby is the Mezzanine where there are books, chairs for lounging and two computers (at no cost). We found the staff to be a bit more helpful this year...one in particular, was quite cheerful, smiling and accommodating - - others somewhat indifferent.

The location can't be beat - - one block off the ever-popular Union Square where there's pretty much anything you could want: Whole Foods (where we ate breakfast every morning and some late-night 'dinners' from their second-floor sit-down-and-eat area, overlooking Union Square. Also on the 'Square are Walgreen's Drug Store, DSW, Trader Joe's (1 block off), Barnes + Noble, Burlington, Sephora, several inexpensive restaurants (we ate salads + falafel sandwiches at Maoz), Starbucks, and Panera, among many others. Another not-to-miss is the local Farmer's Market held within the square on certain days of the week, with organics, flowers, cheeses, greens, fruits, jams, meats, soaps, and bakery items.

The Metro is conveniently-located within the Square, so not much walking to public underground transportation. There's even a small dog park within the 'Square where locals allow their pups to socialize and run with other dogs.

All-in-all, Seafarers is a safe and convenient location while staying in the Big Apple, for a good price. We hope to find that the 1970's very-creepy bedspreads are retired the next time we check in!

Room Tip: Ask for a quieter, higher room off the main street!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Seafarers & International House
Address: 123 E 15th St, New York City, NY 10003-3594
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Gramercy Park , Manhattan
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#2 Best Value Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Seafarers & International House 2*
Number of rooms: 84
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