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A family-run budget hotel located within a stone’s throw from the heart of Times Square, the two-star Hotel St. James offers a central location at a hard-to-beat rate.
Pros: Super-central location. Affordable rates. Friendly, courteous staff.
Cons: A bit worn. Few in-room amenities. Weak Wi-Fi signal. Street noise and noisy A/C.
The 148 guest rooms at the Hotel St. James are plain-Jane predictable, with dark patterned bedspreads and wall-to-wall carpets. Furnishings are wooden and simple, clearly picked for their ability to withstand high-volume use over their propensity to charm. Your run-of-the-mill hotel borders and framed landscape prints are standard here, but some rooms add a little flair with a colorful accent wall or mock-colonial headboard.
All rooms have a telephone, cable TV, (which can be noisy) and free Wi-Fi. Air conditioning, available in the summer months, is of the wall unit variety, which can get noisy.
Most rooms at the St. James are interior, which means they can feel a little dim but are oh-so-quiet. Street-facing rooms offer more light, but will pick up street noise.
The tiled bathrooms are simple and sparklingly, and many boast good-sized bathtubs (ask ahead). Pedestal sinks and mosaic tiles framing the mirrors add a little pretty. A hair dryer is available upon request, but toiletries are not provided.
The Hotel St. James is well and efficiently run, and, despite its rather unexciting décor, is absolutely not a dive. We liked the direct simplicity of the place, mostly because it’s one of the least expensive hotels this close to Times Square. It’s a straightforward tourist hotel in an in-demand location, and it gets points for relatively inexpensive rates.
And lest you imagine there are no hidden corners of charm at the St. James, note that there’s a nice lounge in the back of the hotel, done up with sofas, chairs and books lining the built-in shelves.The lobby has an old-fashioned European air, with green marble floors, antique-looking armchairs and framed oil paintings. When we visited it was bustling—a stream of guests dropped off and picked up their keys a the desk as they went and came, and others sat reading in overstuffed chairs.
No breakfast or room service is offered, but guests like the deli next door. There is an elevator, but (as is often the case in historic buildings) it is a bit slow. We liked the old marble staircase anyway.
This Midtown hotel is truly in the middle of town, just a block away from the spectacles and sounds of Times Square. Other major attractions near the Hotel St. James include the Broadway theaters, Bryant Park and the New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Museum of Modern Art and the shops Fifth Avenue.
Central Park and Grand Central Station are each about a 15- to 20-minute walk, and there are trains aplenty nearby to take you everywhere else. Plus, while the immediate area is not booming with restaurants, New York’s famous Restaurant Row—packed with just about every type of cuisine you might fancy—is close enough (46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) that you can roll home after you’ve stuffed yourself.
Subways: The hotel is convenient to a number of subway stations. The nearest are 47-50th Streets-Rockefeller Center (B/D/F/M lines) and 49th Street (N/Q/R lines). The nearest entrance to the B/D/F/M lines is on 6th Avenue and 47th Street, and the nearest entrance to the N/Q/R lines is on 7th Avenue and 47th Street. The 42nd Street-Times Square Station (1/2/3/7/N/Q/R/S) is also close by.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue Station and then take a Manhattan-bound E subway train. At Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue, transfer to a Manhattan/Brooklyn-bound F train to 47-50th Streets-Rockefeller Center Station. Ride in the front car for the exit closest to the hotel.
LaGuardia: We recommend an airport bus service to Grand Central, where you can take advantage of the free midtown hotel transfer service. Or pick up the Q33 bus from outside the airport terminal and take it to Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights where you can catch a Manhattan-bound F train to 47-50th Streets-Rockefeller Center Station.
Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station. From here, it’s a short cab ride to the St. James. Alternatively, walk one long block east to 6th Avenue at 34th Street and take the M5 or M7 bus that drops off on 6th Avenue between 45th and 46th 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
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel St. James neighborhood
Midtown West is packed with tourists sights... and tourist-class hotels. Working west from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, the Theater District is home not only to all the Broadway babies, but to Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. Not to mention Times Square—an entity within itself. Although most New Yorkers steer clear of this congested (and now pedestrianized) area, the neon lights, larger-than-life billboards, and wise-talking street vendors keep the visitors coming. And coming. And coming.