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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The three-star Hotel East Houston is a smart boutique hotel at the intersection of several exciting residential neighborhoods. Rooms are tastefully designed with high-end simplicity, and the roof garden is a lofty common space boasting views of the midtown skyline.
Pros: Helpful staff. Subway station on the same block. Roof terrace.
Cons: Undersized rooms. Subpar breakfast. Often not cheap.
The East Houston’s 42 rooms are very well appointed. Our favorite style featured beautiful metallic fern-print wallpaper and velvety headboards. All rooms have hardwood floors in rich cherry, quilted duvets, fluffy pillows and nicely placed bedside lamps. Some rooms have exposed brick walls.
All rooms are equipped with flat-panel televisions, iPod docks, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
Bathrooms are standout smart, with walls tiled in beautiful little green squares of stone, sheer glass shower doors and little towel toiletry bags.
We loved the corner rooms, especially those on the northwest corner, with their views down Houston Street. Light sleepers should request a room on the third floor or higher as street-facing rooms on the second floor may be a bit loud.
The lobby sets a swanky tone. It’s very elegant, with mid-century leather couches and detailing straight out of a contemporary design magazine.
The hotel’s crowning glory is its rooftop, which is a perfect place for catching a sunset. At first glance we began to fantasize about a bar, or even a sauna. The friendly manager giving us a tour quickly dispelled this notion, explaining that the hotel wasn’t at all interested in creating a Lower East Side rooftop hotspot.
A basic continental breakfast is included, as is complimentary Wi-Fi.
East Houston Street is the dividing line between the East Village to the north and Lower East Side to the south. Hotel East Houston is within walking distance to shopping in SoHo and Nolita and affordable restaurants and bars on the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown and East Village.
Katz’s Deli is the city’s oldest and perhaps best deli, while Russ & Daughters and Yonah Schimmel Knishery offer other Old World breakfast experiences almost next door to the hotel. A block-wide Whole Foods Market is a budget traveler’s best friend for restaurant quality food at (organic) supermarket prices.
Guest reviews in brief
Courteous, knowledgeable and helpful staff who “can’t be praised enough” is the prevailing opinion of this well-run property. Guests love being steps from the subway station and the ability to walk to a variety of neighborhoods. The rooftop terrace is a pleasing common space to unwind, although a hotel bar, ice machine or room fridge to keep beverages cold would make the setting even better.
NYC hotel rooms are not generous with space, but in the words of one guest, rooms here are comparable in size to a “postage stamp.” While compactness is the most common complaint, the modern simplicity makes the sacrifice acceptable. The frosted glass room divider for the bathroom is also disliked.
Subways: The F train’s Second Avenue Station has an access point on the same block as the hotel.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Howard Beach Station, then the A train toward Manhattan to West 4th Street and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound F train for two stops until 2nd Avenue. The hotel is one block from the station. Pro tip: Ride in the first car to exit closest to the hotel.
LaGuardia: Take an airport bus service to Grand Central and then a downtown 6 subway train from Grand Central to Bleecker Street. Transfer to a Brooklyn-bound F train at Broadway-Lafayette Station one stop to 2nd Avenue. 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 West 4th Street and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound F train for two stops until 2nd Avenue. The hotel is one block from the station. Pro tip: Ride in the first car to exit closest to the hotel.
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.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
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About the Hotel East Houston neighborhood
Since the 1800s, the Lower East Side, south of the East Village, has been a neighborhood of immigrants. These days, however, the "LES" is known more for its hipster residents, pricey bistros and funky boutiques. But don't be fooled by the facade: Walk a few blocks beyond the bars and you'll find that immigrants still form the bulk of LES residents, only now they come from China, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The ever-expanding Chinatown and ever-shrinking Little Italy form the neighborhood's western border.