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Historical Traveler Reviews Sohotel New York City
I stayed st the Sohotel over new years one year, and it was so exciting. I am not from NYC so being right in the middle of the bustle was so fun. I thought the loud noises, and the slighty rundown look of the hotel added to my experience. I think that being one block from the subway, and right in the middle of chinatown and little italy completely submerged me in what is new york. I really felt like I was a part of the city. The place was basic, bed bath and not much beyond, but in NYC do you really want to sit in your room anyway!! I came home to sleep, and then hit the toen on the subway. If you are on business it may not be the place for ou, but if you are looking to be fully submerged and included in new york...SOHOTEL
A perfect New York experience
I have stayed at the Sohotel twice within the past year: In August of 2003, while visiting New York with a friend, we moved here in the middle of the night after my friend discovered a mutant-sized roach in our room up the street at Bowery's Whitehouse Hotel (I highly recommend that place for a cheap room and funky atmosphere - I would stay again, despite the bug). She insisted we change hotels, and the manager at the Whitehouse suggested the Sohotel "the oldest hotel in New York." We loved it - the rooms are comfortable, the bathrooms are clean (as a general rule, always wear flipflops in the shower), Broome St. is usually quiet at night. The narrow, green hallways are deliciously eerie, oh-so-Noo-Yawk. The staff is not friendly, but not rude either - it's strictly business with them, so get over the idea of being pampered. This is one of those places you only stay in for a bed and shower. I stayed for a second time a few weeks ago while visiting the school I'll be transferring to in September and I had an equally fantastic experience. No frills, no hoopla, just a quiet, quaint place to stay in the grooviest neighborhood imagineable. Give it a shot.
Dirty and uncomfortable
This is the most horrible hotel I've ever stayed at. I really regret not listening to my friends about spending more money for a more safe and clean place to sleep in a city like New York. I am not a picky person. I always stay at motels such as Motel 6. This hotel is really dirty. I found cockroaches in my bathroom. The night staff looked like they were selling drugs behind the counter. There were many guests hanging out in the hallways looking like they were prostitutes. The looks of many of the guests and workers there made me feel like my things would get stolen if I lefted any posessions in my room so I didn't go out that evening. After feeling like I can't leave my room, I felt like my vacation was a waste. I lefted the next day and checked into a more reputive hotel.
I have traveled all around the world and have stayed in motels and never have I felt this uncomfortable. Next time I am in New York I am going to take my friends advice and spend more money for a more clean and safe place to sleep. This hotel in comparison made Motel 6 look like a luxury hotel. At least Motel 6 in bug-free.
Funky Fun and Friendly
SoHotel is the place to stay if you're on a budget, don't mind stairs and don't care about frills. It's your basic bed and shower, not much to look at but has clean towels and linens. The price is right and it has an international flair.
Located on Broome and Bowery walking distance from SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side, near great little cafes and delis on Spring St.
Give it a try on your next NY adventure.
You only sleep here
I was pleasantly surprised with this place after leaving the "crack motel" on 116th st that i had originally booked through expedia, sight unseen. after 3 long nights of partying at the bar next door (highly recommend, cute bartenders, great music), and all over downtown, i loved coming here to crash out. the water pressure and hot water amounts were great considering the age of the hotel and the room was always warm. we were traveling in november so, coming into a warm hotel after a cold rainy walk home was great. yeah, the hotel staff was a little rude, but hey, what do you expect, it's a crappy job to stay up all night and deal with drunk tourists. the sheets were clean and the cleaning ladies always left the pillows i had brought from home, so that's great too. i'm going to NYC in April and i'm gladly staying here.
The room matters
Avoid any rooms on the Bowery-side of the hotel: incredibly noisy garbage trucks go by all night long. I also had a problem with the heat in my room. There was just a bare steam pipe running through the room---no register, no way to control the heat. The staff is not helpful.
Fine for a hotel in this area at this price
I lived in the Pioneer for about five weeks in between leases on my apartment and i found it absolutely fine. Considering the hotel's location and price, I think it's very good value. And I have been to a lot worse in the city. Problems: The reception staff are quite unfriendly. Because the hotel is popular, they can afford to mess you around with bookings because there will always be someone to take your place if you decide to go elsewhere. I was in an unusual situation because I didn't know how long I would be staying, so I encountered a lot of problems on this front, like having to move around rooms a lot. But as long as you book and pay in advance, I can't see it being too much of a problem. Having probably stayed in about half of the rooms at the Pioneer at one point or another, I know that they vary in size and quality. I wouldn't reccommend the ones without a window unless you're on a strict budget, cos they are quite depressing after a few nights. There are a few double and twin rooms that are huge, purely by coincidence since they cost the same as the smaller ones, so if you're lucky, or if you make friends with the staff, you could end up with one of these. Try asking for one of them anyway - sorry, can't remember the numbers. Bring ear plugs cos every so often the cleaning staff will talk really loudly and bang things around outside your room at seven in the morning. If you are after a hotel with lots of amenities or a social area to have fun with fellow travellers, this is probably not the place. I didn't spend much time in the hotel - it was really just somewhere to sleep for me. If you're in the same situation, then I can reccommend it.... it's in a great location, the rooms are comparatively clean and comfortable and most of all, the price is good.
Your last Choice...
Availibility and rates are good during the holidays. The hospitality is awful. People are very rude especialy if you are foreign and are not fluent in English. As a student I am not very demanding, BUT the rooms are extreamly small and in poor conditions. But I guess that's the price for $65 a night in New York.
Other than the mentioned above, the location of the hotel was pretty good. Everything was close even if the neighborhood is not very nice.
Do NOT stay here
I found the Pioneer Hotel utterly revolting. I am writing this review in order to help in others in avoiding such a distasteful experience. Here are the bad points: (1) No elevator. And you have to go up a flight of stairs just to ENTER the hotel. There are four floors, so be prepared to carry your luggage up at least four flights of stairs; (2) I stayed in a room with its own washroom. The washroom was disgusting: tiny shower stall; the shower head was basically a pipe with a hole in it; hot water only came after a long while (and was then scorching hot); in the sink in the room, the TAPS are NOT MIXER TAPS: there is a separate tap for hot and cold (like in England); and, worse, the water runs ONLY for as long as YOU hold the tap open: forget washing your face by splashing lukewarm water unless you want to first fill the sink with water, but this is unadvisable because the SINK was pathetic: cracks of various colours (dark blue, lime green), rust around edges; (3) the floor is not carpeted - there is only cheap tiling; (4) all sound comes in, through the windows facing the main streets and from (4) the MAIDS who speak very loud, rough-sounding Spanish; the staff who work at "Reception" are low on words, politeness, and niceties and care just about getting your credit card and key deposit; (5) it's located in a run-down area: you will be surrounded by a surreal plethora of lighting shops and warehouses selling restaurant and butcher supplies/machinery; (6) the blanket they supply for the bed is disgusting--hardly keeps you warm and is stiff as cardboard; (7) I didn't taste the coffee in the foyer, but I suspect it would leave much to be desired. I would imagine one would only stay here because: (1) the price; (2) all other hotels are booked; (3) the location - just a block from subway stations and right in Little Italy and Chinatown if that's what you want. At least one good feature is that it is located just down the street from the Chinese restaurant "Noop", which has very de
, if you are forced to stay here, bring earplugs and eye masks and come in very late -- exhausted so that you immediately fall asleep -- and wake up very early, i.e., spend as little time as possible on the premises. I hope this has been helpful. I am not writing this because I had a run-in with the staff -- I just don't want people to spend their hard-earned money on such a revolting and undeserving 'establishment'.
Tatty but good value..
Situated on the Lower East Side, the Pioneer Hotel is not in the greatest area nor does it look much, either inside or from the street. The staff are pretty surly (although as an Englishman this is probably just normal New York manners..).
The coffee in the "lobby" is pretty much undrinkable and.. well, those are the bad things. I have stayed here about 5 times for a few days each time. It is warm, seems secure and being so closs to Chinatown, Soho and the like is ideally placed for all sorts of up and coming attractions.
I rate it highly and I don't think I am alone as I have noticed the prices starting to edge up lately...
I rate it 3. It isn't luxury but you can get an ensuite room for 2 for under $90, which seems pretty good to me. In addition, it isn't full of back backing students or down and outs...
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