225 East 17 Street, New York, United States
Doubles from: $79 to $300
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
There's something just slightly precious about the two-star, well-located Hotel 17. Could it be the dark warren-like lobby and hallways? The receptionist's uniform? The old-fashioned signage out front?
Whatever it is, Hotel 17 offers comfortable accommodations with shared baths at quite reasonable rates given its Gramercy Park location.
Pros: Convenient and quiet location. Cleanliness of rooms and shared bathrooms.
Cons: Basic for the rates. No private bathrooms. Wi-Fi spotty.
The 120 guest rooms are small, even miniscule, and continue the Gothic mahogany aesthetic on display in the reception area and feature all-purpose desk/entertainment system wall units in dark wood. Floors are done in wall-to-wall carpet.
All rooms feature cable televisions and in-room safes, and all are equipped with air conditioning. Although rooms share hallway bathrooms, doubles and triple rooms are equipped with sinks (sadly, singles are left dry).
Shared bathrooms have tiny bathtubs and are otherwise quite unremarkable.
Wi-Fi is free in the public areas and available for an additional charge in the rooms. The hotel is equipped with an elevator.
Situated within spitting distance of Union Square, Hotel 17 benefits from a great location. There are not many mid-range hotels in the immediate area.
East 17th Street is 2.5 blocks east of Union Square, a subway hub for seven lines, that buzzes more quietly than do Herald and Times Square further north. Located in the upscale Gramercy neighborhood, Hotel 17 is surrounded by elegant Victorian-style townhouses and is a five-minute walk to private Gramercy Park, built in 1831.
The hotel is also a quick walk to the trendy East Village, home to countless small restaurants, bars and shops.
Guest reviews in brief
Guests gush about the convenient location within walking distance of the East Village, Greenwich Village and SoHo. East 17th Street is just off the beaten path enough to feel “quiet” – an invaluable amenity when staying in Manhattan. Hotel 17 gets good marks on cleanliness, friendliness and safety. Although the toilets and showers are shared, nobody complains about having to wait for them.
“Basic” rooms with shared bathrooms, however, are “a bit pricey for the value.” Visitors acknowledge that the location compensated for that and would return again. The poor quality of Wi-Fi is also a common complaint, and one guest laments that there is no common area to meet other travelers.
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Subways: Union Square-14th Street station offers excellent access across Manhattan with service for the 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R trains. The L train also has a closer stop at 3rd Avenue.
JFK: Take the AirTrain to Howard Beach Station, then the A train toward Manhattan to 14th Street and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound L train. Get off at 3rd Avenue and walk 3 blocks north along 3rd Avenue to the hotel at 17th Street.
LaGuardia: We recommend an airport bus service to Grand Central and then taking a downtown 6 train from Grand Central to 14th Street. Or simply take a taxi to the hotel.
Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station,and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station. From there, take a downtown A/C/E train to 14th Street and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound L train. Get off at 3rd Avenue and walk 3 blocks north along 3rd Avenue to 17th Street.
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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 Hotel 17 neighborhood
Once the provenance of political rallies and drug pushers, Union Square underwent a complete overhaul in the '80s and is now lined by trendy restaurants and giant chain stores, and hosts its own farmers' market four days a week. Gramercy is an upscale area lined with elegant Victorian-style townhouses, and is home to the serene Gramercy Park, built in 1831. From here, it's an easy walk to the East Village, Greenwich Village, and the Garment District.