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Washington Square Hotel
Ranked #162 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Massachusetts
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144 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great location if you're in the village”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

We chose the Washington Square because of its convenient location in the village. A relative had stayed there a few years ago and said it was ok but small. I'm glad we ignored her less than stellar recommendation as the hotel was perfect. True the rooms were small, but nicely done, everything was very nice, especially for the price. We checked-in early without any question. The bell captain was very helpful and convivial. He made us feel very welcome. Another bonus was the North Square restaurant and bar. Had a great time talking to the locals at the bar. Definitely a go-back to place, especially if you have business in the village or Soho or anywhere in lower mid-town Manhattan.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here for 6 nights, after staying for 5 nights in Midtown (at the Library Hotel). We chose this hotel because of its location, away from the more touristy areas, and based o the reviews here.

The location was pretty good - near a couple of train lines, and within walking distance of a lot of fun restaurants that weren't midtown-priced, and had a more relaxed and genuine feel about them. Spending time away from midtown was a welcome relief.

In terms of the accommodation, we stayed in one of the better/larger rooms, which was quite nice. The hotel was clean and bright, and the maid service was very good.

Now - the thing that made this hotel a "do not go back" in my mind, was the restaurant. We had breakfast included in our accommodation, and it was really a sore point for us. It was tiny! 2 days we had to eat elsewhere because we couldn't get a seat! We were offered a seat in their a-la-carte restaurant, but that was even worse! The service we received was appalling.

And the selections available were very poor as well. You had 5 kinds of cereal (all commercial, boxed stuff) and a selection of bagels with 3 condiments. The fruit salad wasn't appealing, and really, just a lack of care and cost-cutting shone through. The restaurant manager was also rude and her staff were ill trained and inattentive. Very, very poor.

I wouldn't say I'd never stay here again - but the whole breakfast saga was jarring enough to try somewhere new, rather than go back here.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

I was giving a talk at the NYU Law School so looked for a nearby hotel. The WSH was well reviewed by everyone who stayed there. The staff was very friendly, although the front desk was not particularly warm or efficient. The rooms are clean but very small. The location is great but i thought a tad expensive for what one gets.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

Stayed for four nights . The hotel was prettily decorated outside with Christmas lights and the lobby had a nice style to it which all gave a good impression. However, the decoration and carpets in the tiny narrow corridors is dreadful - heavy artexed white walls and drab carpet tiles - we were concerned about what we might find in the room. We had a corner room( Deluxe on 8th floor) it had a slight view of the Square from both bedroom and bathroom, although it is rather necessary to keep the blinds down most times due to proximity of other buildings. There was very little street noise and the room was an adequate size for a city hotel as with the bathroom. Decorated in the style of the hotel (a little drab for our taste) the room had good facilities and service was prompt when we thought the coffee machine did not work. It was inexplicably hot in the room given that the original cast iron bathroom radiator was the only one on and we had to keep the windows open (in December). You would need the air con on in the warmer months for sure. Continental breakfast was included in our rate. We found this adequate with a range or cereals, fresh juice, fresh fruit and pastries/bread etc., Waiter service was also available if you preferred in adjacent room - presumably extra. The breakfast room small and a little crowded at times, but comfortable for all that.

We found the staff courteous and helpful with directions and advice. The hotel is well situated for Greenwich Village and Soho and the Metro is just around the corner. There are good restaurants very close by and the hotel restaurant "North Square" is very good too. Welcome respite in pleasant surroundings, an escape when you have had enough of the hustle and bustle of Midtown etc.,.

From the hotel you can walk the length of 5th Avenue to Central Park, approx. 2.5 miles. it is a pleasant stroll with plenty to see on the way, getting steadily busier as you move uptown. Alternatively a lovely walk through the streets of Soho and thence Downtown to Ground Zero and Wall St in a little over 30 minutes. We took advantage of the NY Sightseeing Bus Tours (Blue). $59 for 48 hours (although we got the deal for 72 hours) enabled us to have both Downtown/Midtown and Uptown (around Central Park) tours and a boat tour around the Manhattan shoreline and out to view the Statue of Liberty. It gave us the opportunity to see everything, get our bearings and hop on and off to walk as we pleased. However, whilst some of the tour guides were entertaining, the buses were a disgrace - worn and filthy. Shame on the bus company and shame on the tourists who leave so much rubbish behind!! There are other companies available, whether they are any better or not ??.

Just a Note; Taxi from the airport to the City is a flat rate of $58 in a yellow cab + tip. Our driver had very little English, was unsure of the address and spoke constantly on his phone (handsfree) on the 45 minute journey to the hotel. A hair-raising introduction.. By contrast. our return trip to the airport organised by the hotel reception cost $55 + tip in a comfortable limousine - if they can arrange pick-up I would go for that. If we decide to visit NY again to see it in another Season we would be happy to stay at WSH again.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

Stayed here 3 nights, and we pretty much endorse others' positive comments. We liked the clubby oak walled look in the lobby. The lobby service was attentive and courteous. Our room, a 3rd floor queen with a view, was spacious by local standards. It looked out on the corner of Macdougal with a partial view of the park. There was a little street noise but not too disturbing. Breakfast was only adequate, might have liked a few more options. We stayed in one of the newer rooms with the wall mounted heat/AC. This worked well during a cold week and was very quiet, although even at its lowest setting and with the original radiators turned off the room was sometimes oddly warm. The hotel is a block from multiple subway lines, so easy to get to East or West sides of town. Wifi was reliable and elevators reasonably fast. Between location and comfort, a good choice.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Page, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

My new wife and I stayed at the Hotel after my wedding for a few days, when the staff learned of our recent marriage they went out of they're way to make it special for us. The General Manager, Sonny, was especially kind and made sure we were very well taken care of. I have stayed in a lot of hotels all over the world an this is truly one of the best experiences I have ever had!

Location is great as well!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Excellent location in the "Village", rooms clean, staff friendly,very adequate continental breakfast, but rooms very small with one straight backed chair. High scale restaurant on site, also fitness room available.Premium pricing.

Room Tip: In the midst of the "Village", but don't plan to stay in your room.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Washington Square Hotel
Address: 103 Waverly Place, New York City, NY 10011-9194
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Greenwich Village , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#137 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#149 Family Hotel in New York City
#162 Business Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Washington Square Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Washington Square Hotel has provided a haven for writers, artists and visitors to Greenwich Village for more than a century. Today, savvy travelers enjoy stylish accommodations, warm service, fine dining and easy access to the best of lower Manhattan. ... more   less 
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