Incentra Village House
32 Eighth Ave. (between 12th and Jane streets), New York, United States
Doubles from: $219 to $249
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Incentra Village House occupies a 19th-century Victorian residence on a lovely West Village street. The inn is brimming with bookish charm. The Victorian parlor-cum-lobby, with its grand piano, satin-covered couches and cozy fireplace, transported us to another era.
Pros: Hospitable staff. Cozy rooms. Charming neighborhood.
Cons: Small showers. No online booking. Not "budget-friendly."
The Incentra Village offers 11 attractive studios, 10 with functioning fireplaces. All studios have air conditioning, television and coffeemakers. (Many are also equipped with a kitchenette.) En suite bathrooms are standard, and some have bathtubs.
One apartment, the “Bishop's Suite,” is larger, on two levels, and has private access to a back garden.
We scaled a cramped, old staircase to a gorgeous room with a sleigh bed draped in burgundy sheets. Here, a bookshelf of fine literature overshadowed the small television. And the delicate tables, immense dressers and tall candleholders on the mantle were typical of décor throughout the property.
Free Wi-Fi reaches all rooms. Note that the Incentra Village House is an adult-only guest house, and cannot accommodate children under the age of 10.
The property is non-smoking, but the Garden Room has access to the outdoors.
With doubles ranging from $219-$249 per night, the Incentra Village cannot be considered a budget hotel. Because of this we've refrained from making it an "Editor's Pick." However, in a city where two-star hotels can hike their rates up to comparable levels, we find that the Incentra, a charming Inn with small kitchenettes in a great location, represents a solid value.
An affluent suburban vibe characterizes Greenwich Village, a welcome retreat from the city bustle. The area’s intimacy is enjoyed at small restaurants, cafes and shops. This residential neighborhood is for those looking to experience city living in a picturesque corner.
New York’s trendiest dining and after-dark neighborhood – the Meatpacking District – is within walking distance of the Inn, as is Chelsea Market, the High Line elevated park, and art galleries in Chelsea.
Guest reviews in brief
A charming inn in a charming neighborhood with hospitable staff sums up the Incentra experience. Unique rooms are outfitted with quaint furnishings. As one guest put it, “Every room is different but equally comfortable.” The intimate property is characteristic of the neighborhood as a whole.
Street noise from Eighth Avenue, while usually not a problem, can potentially be disruptive. Small showers and in-room heating that can’t be regulated were also mentioned, however reviewers were overwhelmingly positive.
Subways: The 14th Street Station for the 1/2/3/A/C/E/L trains is within a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Howard Beach Station, then the A train toward Manhattan to 14th Street. The Incentra Village is a 5-minute walk south from the station.
LaGuardia: We recommend an airport bus service to Penn Station and then taking a downtown 1/2/3 train from 34th Street-Penn Station to 14th Street. The property is a 5-minute walk west of the station. 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. Transfer to a downtown 1/2/3 subway train at 34th Street-Penn Station and get off at 14th Street. The property is a 5-minute walk west of the station.
Reviewed by: Kari Hoerchler, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
32 Eighth Ave. (between 12th and Jane streets)
Greenwich Village & West Village, New York, United States
About the Incentra Village House neighborhood
Running west from Lafayette Street and north to 14th Street, Greenwich Village is, in many ways, classic New York—brimming with history, culture, and lively characters. It's home to New York University, Washington Square Park, sidewalk cafes, used book shops, and cheap restaurants. On weekend nights, the neighborhood's comedy, jazz, and live music bars spill into the streets. The West Village, which begins after Seventh Avenue, is one of the most charming places in Manhattan, with smaller apartment buildings and brownstones along leafy streets. It's also (no surprise), quite expensive.