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A self-described “boutique-style hotel," the three-star Solita Soho Hotel is a surprisingly pleasant addition to the Chinatown area. But it’s also part of the Choice Hotel chain empire, so don’t expect an independent or mom-and-pop property.
Pros: Comfortable, clean rooms. Helpful, friendly staff. Walking distance to diverse neighborhoods.
Cons: Small rooms. Some street noise.
The Solita Soho’s 42 guest rooms, though small, are ultra-comfortable and very modern, and their minimal furniture is pleasantly arranged so as not to make the space feel cramped. Despite the scant size of the rooms, the Solita does fill in the perks: You get air conditioning, coffee and tea facilities flat-screen satellite television, safe and free Wi-Fi.
Note: the Solita gets a fair amount of noise from the street at night—ask ahead for a room toward the back.
The private bathrooms are adequate, and offer good perks like a dual-massage showerhead and a bathrobe, in addition to a hair dryer (be sure to bring your own toiletries, as they aren’t provided) .
We weren't uber-impressed by the Solita Soho’s lobby, with its electric-blue lighting, stainless steel surfaces and other attempts at a chic, sleek look. But the hotel offers relatively inexpensive rates for this location and level of comfort, making it a good choice for someone who wants a little more style alongside their chain-hotel security.
The Solita Soho sits in the midst of a few neighborhoos, and is named accordingly: “Solita” stands for “South of Little Italy” and Soho, a contraction of “South of Houston Street,” is the trendy neighborhood to the west. All this means that Solita Soho puts you in the center of vibrant ethnic and shopping areas. Chinatown’s ethnic influence predominates the area, while what’s left of Little Italy hangs on along Mulberry Street, a short walk from the hotel.
Shoppers on any budget will find treasures in these parts.Brand names line Broadway from Canal Street north to Houston, and imitation goods that hide out along Canal Street, where it’s fun to accessorize on the cheap.
Guest reviews in brief
The Solita Soho rakes in the positive reviews, thanks not only to its stellar location, within walking distance of Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy, but also because of its friendly, service-oriented staff. Guests report that the modern rooms are “meticulously clean.” They also rave about the high level of comfort—everything from the pillows to the soft sheets and strong showers receive praise, and a few guests even muse that the beds are the most comfortable they’ve ever experienced.
The few minor quibbles guests have about the hotel are unsurprising. Some note that the rooms are small (although not according to New York standards) and that they can get noisy (again, not unusual, especially in this neighborhood).
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Subways: The Solita Soho is well placed exploring the city. Just two blocks south of the hotel is the Canal Street hub, which is serviced by the 6/J/N/Q/R/Z trains.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound J or Z subway train to Canal Street. Note: The Z train operates only during rush hour (traveling express to Manhattan between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. and from Manhattan from 4:55 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.).
LaGuardia: Take an airport bus service to Grand Central and then catch a downtown 6 subway train from Grand Central to Canal Street. Newark: Take an airport bus service to Grand Central and from there you can transfer to a downtown 6 train to Canal Street.
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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.
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About the Solita Soho Hotel neighborhood
SoHo. "South Of HOuston", once associated with bohemian artists, is now the territory of the wealthy and hip, as well as the designer stores and swank restaurants they patronize. Tour buses and tourists pack the area. Tribeca, the Triangle Below Canal, is still somewhat arty but increasingly filled with financial types who work in nearby Wall Street.