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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The three-star Cosmopolitan Hotel, our only Editor’s Pick in Tribeca, is a good, solid choice that is easily accessible to the sightseeing-packed downtown area.
SoHo and Tribeca are terribly dear for hotels—and just about everything else, to be fully forthcoming. Reliable midrange options are very rare in these parts. The Cosmopolitan fills that gap, offering simple yet affordable accommodations and friendly service.
Pros: Convenient location. Pleasant staff.
Cons: Small rooms. Street noise. Loud air conditioning units.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel’s 105 rooms aren’t quite characterless, but they do have an identikit feel. Brown, neutral tones and wall-to-wall carpets are common in most rooms. Room size is par for the course, although visitors new to the New York hotel market may find them to be on the small size.
Loft rooms, which are among some of the cheapest on offer, feature rather steep stairs that lead up to the lofted bed. This is fine for many, but some guests won’t like the low ceiling in the bed area (it’s fine for sitting up but you can’t stand without ducking).
Most televisions are kicky flat-panel numbers. Beyond that, frills are few, but all rooms feature a safe, air conditioning (some guests complain of noise from these wall units) and free Wi-Fi.
Note that, as is the norm in New York, front-facing rooms can pick up quite a bit of street noise. Light sleepers should pack earplugs or request a room in the back.
A few new bathrooms sport lovely blue glass wall tiles and modern sinks, but most bathrooms are small and more traditional (read: dated) in aesthetic. All provide a hair dryer and toiletries.
The building’s ground-level businesses include the pleasant European-style Cosmopolitan Café, a diner, a nail salon and a men’s barber shop. The Cosmopolitan Hotel’s clientele base consists of many Europeans, with plenty of savvy domestic budget-hunters as well.
The hotel does offer an elevator (not always a given in New York budget hotels), however it is quite small and can be rather slow.
Although still somewhat artsy, Tribeca (or the “Triangle Below Canal Street”) is now the territory of the rich and famous—and the designer stores and swank restaurants they patronize. This vibe makes Tribeca similar to nearby Soho (South of Houston Street, another neighborhood acronym), but without the hordes of tourists clogging the sidewalks with shopping bags. Tribeca is quieter and more secluded than its northern neighbor, and it lends a fabulous and exclusive feel.
Although it provides a bit of space from the throngs, the Cosmopolitan Hotel is well positioned, within easy exploring distance of Chinatown, the Brooklyn Bridge, World Trade Center site and Wall Street Financial District. Several nearby subway lines provide quick access to everything else.
Subways: The 1/2/3 trains stop at the Chambers Street station on the same block as the Cosmopolitan, while the A/C trains stop at a separate Chambers Street station one block away. The N/R lines are also within easy reach, at the City Hall stop a short walk from the hotel.
JFK: To reach the Cosmopolitan from JFK, take the Air Train to Howard Beach Station, then the A train to Chambers Street. Ride in the front of the train so that the exit will put you out one block from the hotel.
LaGuardia: From LaGuardia, take an airport bus service to Penn Station, where you can catch a downtown 1/2/3/A/C train from 34th Street-Penn Station to Chambers Street. The 2 and 3 trains will be the fastest and most convenient to the hotel.
Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station. Transfer to a downtown 2 or 3 subway train at 34th Street-Penn Station and get off at Chambers Street.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Cosmopolitan Hotel neighborhood
SoHo. "South Of HOuston", once associated with bohemian artists, is now the territory of the wealthy and hip, as well as the designer stores and swank restaurants they patronize. Tour buses and tourists pack the area. Tribeca, the Triangle Below Canal, is still somewhat arty but increasingly filled with financial types who work in nearby Wall Street.