St. Marks Hotel
Historical Traveler Reviews Kinkisou Tsu
Loved the stay and the location. Cannot beat the price.
The hotel's location was awsome. Great private room with shower for low price. Excellent value for money.
It's ok, considering the price
As cheap as it gets for a room w/ private bath in NYC, so don't expect anything special. It is very basic, but it's clean, and if you don't bother that some guests might pay their room by hours, it is a fair choice if you're on a budget. It is centrally located in the East Village, but be aware that, since the windows and the AC have large gaps, the street noise inside the room is enormous, it's like sleeping on the sidewalk.
If you prefer something quieter, and a better resp. different neighbourhood: try the riverside tower hotel at the UWS. Comparable price, same standard.
Okay for the price
We stayed at the St Marks based on prior reviews on Trip Advisor. They were pretty much right on. Great location!!! Close to bus lines and not too expensive to take a taxi to most places in Manhattan since it is centrally located. But be careful if you have children, there are 2 adult tv stations! Room is very basic, no clock/radio, no tv remote, very small bathroom. People were very nice. Can't beat the price. We would probably stay there again.
If you like "---", come here
This is the most disgusting hotel that I ever had in my entire life, and believe me I have stayed in a lot of budget hotels around the world (India, Cuba, Guatemala, etc.)
We could hear our neighbours like they were in a bed in the same room. The problem was that they didn't come to the hotel to sleep!
1) There was hair on the wall of the shower.
2) Furniture full of cigarette burn marks
3) Unfresh smelling
I definitely want to pay 20 USD extra for another budget hotel, but where you can sleep at least!!
Great Place to Stay for the Money
I completely disagree with those that rated this place very low. First of all, there is an ice machine on the third floor, you can pick up a remote at the front desk, and vending machines are made available just next to the ice machines. What more can you ask for when only paying $110/night in New York City???
The hotel's in a glowing environment with lots of fun to offer. I don't understand how the previous person who rated this hotel can use the word "invaded" when describing the clientele in the area!?! If you are someone who would associate that word with people having fun, then perhaps you shouldn't stay in such a lively area. Additionally, perhaps you should look to spend a little more money - you can't be cheap and greedy at the same time.
As far as I'm concerned, the hotel was a place to drop off my bags, shower, and sleep. I had a great time spending the money that I saved.
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It's difficult to choose a matter to start.
The neighborhood: The hotel is placed is a very good place. Sant Marks place is a liveful street plenty of bars, restaurants and is only a very short stroll to B'way (a lot of shops) and Union Sq. The nearest underground station is Astor Place, just a minute away.
The hotel: Small and a litlle chaotic. All narrow wood stairs (no lift). You can hear the stairs crushing under every guest.
They also have "transient rooms" at 50$ per hour. Do you guess what does it mean?
The room: For all tastes. The twin ones have a decent size, but the doubles are quite small (the bathrooms seems to keep the same rule). The carpet on my room was the dirtyiest I've ever seen in my life. I even find a sock under my bed and some contact-lenses used packages on the window. On the phone and behind the bathroom door were more dust than in the desert. The noise was something incredible. From people just talking on the street at late night to a truck on the street, everything seemed being inside the room. Sheets are shorter than the bed.There is only a small rack and shelve to put your belongins. Uh, and the heaviest! You can open the room's door whith the "do not disturb" banner.
The bathroom: Appart from the dust behind the door, was the cleanest place in the room. The rule seems to be: "the bathroom is clean because the guests clean it every day when use". A lot of soap and very clean and crisp towels. In our case, our WC flooded a couple of times.
The only positives things were the helpful and kind staff and not finding nothing "alive" in our room.
Do not recommend staying at the St. Mark's Hotel
Stayed at the St. Mark's with spouse for 2 nights to visit daughter at NYU for parents' weekend. Like to try different hotels. Will not be staying at the St. Mark's hotel in the future. The place needs a serious cleaning and new furniture! The hallway floors and walls were dirty, the walls in our room were filthy. Surprisingly, the toilet & shower stall in the tiny bathroom were clean, but I was afraid to touch the walls. The beds were not very comfortable. Our room had a small desk and wooden chair that was full of what looked like cigarette burn marks. The young college crowd invades the neighborhood at night and it becomes very loud and rowdy. (Have you ever seen the movie "Animal House"?) I tried putting the air conditioner fan on high to drown out the street noise, but to no avail! Also be aware that there is a porno station on the TV, and no remote control. No ice machines. No coffee.
Cheap and cheerful!
Ok, so this is not a beautiful hotel for honeymooners.
It's very noisy and you can hear your neighbours cough (get earplugs if you are a light sleeper, there is a drugstore 3 mins away).
Also, the porno stations on the telly and saucy pictures on the walls in the rooms are a bit weird...
BUT! the location is great, right in the middle of the cool, edgy East Village in a very safe corner - 1 minute from the subway and buses!
The rooms are TINY, but very clean and you get fresh towels each day.
I stayed here for 6 nights with my boyfriend in a double room WITH bathroom for $100 per night icl. tax, which for New York is unbeatable as this is not a Youth Hostel but a cheap hotel.
The staff is extremely friendly and they held our bags for free on the day we checked out. I booked via email and the communication was great!
The St Marks was great value for money and we will definitely stay here again as we would rather spend our money on shopping and food in this wonderful town!
Grows on you
When I arrived at St Mark's Hotel, a woman stopped me on the street to ask if I had the time. Not thinking, I told her I wasn't wearing my watch. It was a DUH moment, as I realized she really wasn't looking for the time. Thus began my weekend stay at St. Mark's Hotel, a simple place with high steps that only accepts cash and traveler's cheques. A few of the questionable amenities: there is no door to buzz you in, you just walk up the steps and to your room. I had the dickens of a time adjusting the shower handles to make the water not hot. Also, the two complementary porno stations on the television were startling. However, I was equally surprised to see parents at the hotel with their children, the staff was always helpful and friendly, and my small dorm like room was cleaned and cared for each day. The hotel grew on me, I absolutely loved the location and this area connecting the village to Chelsea, and I would stay there again. Though I was apprehensive on the first day, the place grew on me. Plus the price- $110.00- tax included -is impressive.
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