Stay in New York on the Cheap

Hotels & Resorts, United States — By on November 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm

The Jane HotelFor those of us on a backpackers’ budget but who want to stay within walking distance of New York’s trendiest neighborhoods, The Jane Hotel opened its doors this fall. The restored waterfront building has rooms for just $99 a night and is next to the legendary Meatpacking District, West Village, and Chelsea.

Granted, these rooms-modeled after luxury train or ship cabins-are only 50 square feet and have communal bathrooms down the hall. Still, what they lack in space they make up for in character (the building was once a sailors’ stomping ground, after all). Plus, each room comes equipped with free Internet, air conditioning, and flat-screen televisions.

There’s another upside to the meager room size: Guests are more likely to get out and mingle in the lobby. More upscale than the hostel scene, the space was once a ballroom before being converted into the Jane Street Theater. The owners, who also created the chic Bowery and Maritime Hotels, are replacing the lobby’s wall of windows with a French-door lined terrace, as well as adding a sauna to the tiled pool in the basement. And for those who crave a little more sleeping space, you can opt for one of the 50 rooms at 250 square feet with private bathrooms-for about double the price tag.

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