120 East 31 Street, New York, United States
Doubles from: $90 to $350
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated in busy Midtown East, the two-star Hotel 31 offers simple, clean rooms and is a dependably inexpensive alternative to the pricier hotels crowding the neighborhood.
Visitors looking for boutique style should look elsewhere, as the Hotel 31 skips any pretense of being trendy. Fortunately for us, we find any hotel that still offers clean rooms with shared baths in Manhattan to be quite cool, indeed.
Pros: Great value. Friendly staff. Convenient location. Rooms and shared baths very clean.
Cons: No lobby. Small rooms. Shared baths. Old-fashioned décor.
The property’s 60 rooms are on the small side and many share toilets and showers. The small reception area’s fancy Victorian spirit is carried over in room aesthetics, albeit in a less grandiose key. Floors have dark wall-to-wall carpets, floral wallpaper, maroon-and-white bedspreads and old-school office phones.
Rooms feature wall-length shelving units, safes and sinks. All are equipped with television and air conditioning, and Wi-Fi is offered for free throughout the hotel. All rooms (and public spaces) are non-smoking.
The Hotel 31’s cheapest rooms share bathrooms, which are equipped with showers and hairdryers. Free toiletries are provided to guests.
Hotel 31 relies on the same cutesy, old-time New York motif of its sister property (and fellow-EuroCheapo pick), Hotel 17. You can expect the same warren-like hallways, the identical bellhop uniforms and caps among hotel staff and the same ornate reception.
The hotel is eight stories tall and equipped with an elevator. Although 31st street isn’t particularly busy, light sleepers may want to ask for a room on a higher floor to minimize any street noise.
The Hotel 31 is located, quite appropriately, on East 31st Street between Park and Lexington Avenue. This puts you within a 10-minute walk of Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building.
The Midtown East location makes it convenient for shoppers, who will find no shortage of shops along nearby Lexington and 5th Avenues.
Guest reviews in brief
Almost all guests comment on the hotel’s value--it truly offers unbeatably low rates given its Midtown location (and this is made possible largely through small rooms and shared baths). Most guests also find the Hotel 31’s location to be convenient, especially for those visiting Midtown sights, and passing through nearby Grand Central Station.
Interestingly, the shared baths received more positive comments than negative--mostly because they were found to be quite clean (and kept so throughout the day), and because there are two bathrooms for eight rooms, which seems adequate.
Complaints mostly focused on the small size of the guest rooms and even the compact bathrooms. A few guests mentioned the rather dated décor and furnishings, as well (although most didn’t seem to mind).
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Subways: The Hotel 31 is located one block away from the 33rd Street 6 Train station on Lexington Avenue.
JFK: To reach the Hotel 31 from JFK, take the AirTrain to the Howard Beach Station, then take the A train toward Manhattan to Pennsylvania Station (34th Street). Walk to the hotel (about 10-15 minutes). Conversely, take the New York Airport Service bus to Grand Central Station and walk to the hotel.
LaGuardia: From LaGuardia, we’d recommend taking the New York Airport Service bus to Grand Central Station, then walking to the hotel (about 10 minutes). Or you could simply take a taxi from the airport.
Newark: From Newark Airport, take the AirTrain to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into Penn Station. From there walk to the hotel (about 10-15 minutes).
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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
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel 31 neighborhood
Midtown East begins at Fifth Avenue and works east toward the water, encompassing the residential Murray Hill neighborhood on its way. More business-oriented than Midtown West, Midtown East is home to many noteworthy sights, including Grand Central Terminal, the United Nations, the Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral. This area is also great for shopping, with Saks Fifth Avenue, Takashimaya, Chanel, Burberry, Calvin Klein … Basically, if it isn't in Midtown East, then it's a few blocks north in the Upper East Side.