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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The two-star SoHotel is a fabulous 96-room hotel in Nolita, a tiny 'hood between SoHo and the Lower East Side. It's a splashy place, especially so following its flashy façade and lobby revamp a few years back.
Pros: Hip downtown location. Good value. Friendly staff. Cool décor.
Cons: Small rooms. Some street noise. No elevator.
Rooms, spread out over four floors, repeat the lobby's exposed brick motif. Walls are a vibrant yellow and hold large flat-panel televisions, while tall dark-wood chests of drawers sit on hardwood floors. Beds sport thirteen-inch thick Therapedic mattresses and are topped with quilted duvets.
Many rooms face Broome Street, which, let’s face it, can get a bit noisy. We’d recommend asking for a room on a higher floor (although this will require climbing the stairs, as the hotel does not have an elevator).
Marble bathrooms are standard fare. Another perk is the in-house line of toiletries, created for the hotel by La Bottega.
Rooms offer air conditioning, and some also include iPod docks. Wi-Fi is free downstairs in public areas.
History buffs should note that the landmark building in which the SoHotel resides bears the distinction of being the oldest running hotel in New York. The current incarnation certainly takes things up a modern notch— as evidenced by the lobby, with its exposed brick and animal-print chairs and couches—but the SoHotel is still proud of its storied history.
The crowd at SoHotel includes lots of Europeans and tourists (and not a lot of business travelers).
The SoHotel is located at the rather busy corner of Broome and Bowery in “Nolita,” the area “north of Little Italy.” This is a very trendy corner of downtown and would make a great base for travelers taking advantage of New York’s nightlife and downtown restaurant and bar scene.
This neighborhood may not be an ideal match for first-time visitors to New York who are looking for a more standard tourist experience. Midtown’s attractions, theaters and Central Park are all about 20-30 minutes away by subway.
Guest reviews in brief
The SoHotel is generally well-reviewed by guests. Most agree that the hotel represents a good value for New York, and an especially good value for staying downtown. Many found the the staff to be helpful and friendly and the rooms to be clean. Most enjoyed the hotel’s location, too, given its proximity to Soho, shops, restaurants and NYU.
Many of the negative reviews are focused on the size of the Sohotel’s rooms (which is the same cry heard in other budget hotels all over town). Others complained about the street noise, especially on the Broome Street side. There were several complaints about the hotel’s lack of elevator. And not everyone appreciated the hotel's location (getting to Midtown, after all, requires a subway ride).
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Subways: The SoHotel is located a quick two-minute walk to the Grand Street B/D stop and about five minutes to the 6 train Spring Street stop.
JFK: To get here from JFK, take the Air Train to the Howard Beach Station, then the A train toward Manhattan to West 4th Street. Transfer to the Downtown B or D train, and take it two stops to Grand Street. Walk to the hotel (about two minutes).
LaGuardia: From LaGuardia, we'd recommend taking the New York Airport Service bus to Grand Central Station, and then take the Downtown 6 train to Spring Street and walk to the hotel. Or you could just take a taxi from the airport.
Newark: From Newark, take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station and then any NJ Transit train into Pennsylvania Station. From there, take the Downtown A/C/E train to West 4th Street Station, then transfer to the Downtown B/D train to Grand Street. Walk 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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
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About the SoHotel 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.