Based on the mixed reviews, and the fact that it was the cheapest hotel in the area, I wasn't expecting much. I knew it would have smallish rooms (it's New York City) and expected it to be antiquated. Sure, the room was on the small side (expected), but the decor and ambiance leaned more toward quaint than antiquated.
The window unit air conditioner did a fine job of cooling the room, the queen bed was comfortable (the other option I had was 2 twin beds), and the bathroom was simple, but clean. The television was definitely too small, but I didn't spend much time in the room, so it wasn't an issue. My room had a couple of windows, but they faced a sort of interior courtyard that really only served to bring natural light to the rooms. There are probably only a couple of rooms per floor that face Waverly Place, so don't expect much of a view unless you get one of these.
The staff was friendly, especially Ronnie and the other gentleman that served as bellman. The location was outstanding for anyone visiting the Washington Square area, including NYU and Greenwich Village. There are many close restaurants and the W. 4th St subway station is less than a block away with direct service to the A, B, C, D, E, F, and M lines allowing you to travel to such locations as One World Trade Center (E), Chinatown and Little Italy (B, D) in lower Manhattan, all the way into Midtown and to the Upper West Side (A, B, C) without changing trains.
My room included free wifi internet (which was snappy) and a continental breakfast. For the breakfast, you have choice of a self service buffet right off the lobby, or a restaurant setting where the staff offers juice/coffee/tea, fruit, and pastries. if you choose, there is also a limited a la carte menu from which items may be purchased.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Washington Square
- Washington Square Hotel New York