Washington Square Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Washington Square Hotel New York City
Squirrels ran through my pajamas
Things were going okay here at first. The lobby is small and old fashioned but rather grand, with a marble floor--all very clean. I didn't see any squirrels. The staff was friendly, and the restaurant was first rate. If you eat there, though, I would not order anything with nuts. I'm guessing it was the nuts that attracted them, because shortly after I had gone to bed a squirrel (or two squirrels, it was hard to tell) ran through my pajamas. This is not the kind of thing I expect to happen in a first rate hotel in any major city, let alone in New York.
We were afraid of what we would find in this hotel after reading some very negative reviews here. This is not a bad hotel. The location is good, especially if you have business at NYU. The park nearby is great for people watching. walking dogs, and for eating breakfast or lunch sitting on a bench. And speaking of eating, Babbos, across the street, is a highly-rated and very popular restaurant. There are numerous eating establishments of every sort within a few blocks of the hotel.
The lobby, lounge and restaurant facilities are very attractive and comfortable. We found the staff to be pleasant. There were receptionists at the desk, security person, and bellman in the lobby area every time we passed through.
Once we passed the lobby, however, we did find some less attractive aspects. The hallways were narrow, sinuous, and ours had a heavy firedoor that was awkward to negociate while carrying things. The room was about 10 by 12 feet, recently wallpapered (with a dismal choice of indistinct pattern and color), with a single window that looked out into an air shaft. The bathroom was tiny. Because the door opened into the bathroom, it was necessary to squeeze around the door in order to close it only to realize that the light switch was outside and so we re-squeezed around the door a couple more times to turn the light on and reclose the door. The TV was located so close to the corner of the bed that one of us banged his shin on the bedpost several times during our two night stay in the summer of 2004.
Offsetting these vexations, we found the room, bedding and towels to be clean. The plumbing was well-designed and in good working order. And the bed was very comfortable - as good as any we have slept on anywhere, even at home.
In sum, we found a clean comfortable bed in a clean small room without a view in a well-located hotel at a reasonable price.
I stayed here with my daughter in Nov 2003 when she was visiting NYU. The hotel has a great location and price. The staff were pleasant. The room was clean and small with 2 twin beds, but it was not a problem for us. The restaurant downstairs was fantastic. I would definitely plan on staying here again.
Washington Square Hotel a great 'command central' for your NYC excursions
If you are planning to spend a lot of time in your hotel room during your visit to NYC, this is not the hotel for you. If your room is simply a rest stop between all the excitment that awaits you in the city, this hotel will suit you to a "t". We found the location to be ideal for our "command central" and scoured Manhattan from bottom to top (and back again). Our room was a bit frayed around the edges, but we have never stayed in a more quiet spot anywhere. The housekeeping staff was efficient and we never had to worry about the room being made up for our afternoon nap or a good night's sleep. We chose an ecomomy room with a single double bed. The window looked out to an air shaft. But, as I mentioned, we weren't there to sit around and look out an hotel window. The overall decor was charming, if a bit gauche. The staff was distant but efficient. When traveling to NYC to see the sites and enjoy the city, choose this hotel for a relatively low cost resting place.
Like a European Small Hotel
I was here for one night April 17-18, 2004. If you are looking for super-sized American luxury, don't stay here. If you are looking for a charming, clean, comfortable and fantastically-located hotel for a decent rate, the Washington Square fills the bill. It reminded me of smaller European hotels. I don't know if some of these reviewers understand the hotel situation in NYC. Space is at a premium. Rooms can be small. I've stayed at the Park Lane-a Helmsley hotel, and although "luxe," the room was tiny. The rooms are tiny here, too, but totally functional and comfortable. I had a single, which was a twin bed, but the bed had snow-white cotton sheets, and a down comforter with a snow-white cotton duvet. Comfy! The bathroom was white tile, clean, with copious hot water. Yes, there's a big window air conditioner sticking into the room, but I bet in August you'd be glad of it. Yes, the room walls are painted a kind of fake marble pattern which is sort of ugly, but you've got cable TV and cozy pillows. They have a nice complimentary continental breakfast at the attached restaurant, North Square, which is fabulous for dinner. My brother is a long-time NYC resident, and it's his favorite in the City. Delicious, imaginative, and not overpriced. The location can't be beat if you want to be in the Village and near Soho. This is the artsier, unique, fun part of New York, with some of the best restaurants and shopping in the city. I was there 20 minutes and strolling through the Village when Will Smith and Jada Pinkett walked by dressed like they'd been cleaning a garage, BUT without ball cap and sunglasses like some celebs. Finally, the rate blows away most NYC hotels. I paid $149 on a Saturday night; granted, this was a single, but most above-average places run $350. Just check. Bottom line, it all depends on the kind of getaway you want to have. Plaza Hotel, Palm Court, and horse and carriage through Central Park? This isn't it. What this is, is a true taste of the interesting part of the City. A great deal for the money.
Horrible, Horrible Hotel
This hotel is the worst, service is non-existent and it advertises air-conditioning, which is a window unit that doesn't work and blocks the view. The bed is a piece of foam on top of a plywood platform. I would never stay in this hotel, it isn't fit to be a kennel for animals.
I'll never go back to this hotel....
I stayed in this hotel in Sept 2003. It looked great on the web & the price was reasonable. Maybe my standards were unrealistic...I thought it was really poor. Didn't realise that we were in a room directly above the main delivery hatch, so spent the whole night wondering what the hell was going on! Moving room was no problem to staff, though.
Considering rooms were advertised as recently refurbished, the carpet tiles were peeling up & the smoke detector was hanging off the wall.Rooms were very clean, but very basic.Security staff presence made us feel safe. Restaraunt was closed for a private party both nights we were there, which was disappointing considering it was for 1 table only each night. Village location was great, but next time, I'll stay in midtown & use the subway!
Winter Wonderland !
Have just returned from a 5 night break in the Washington Square Hotel.
We thought the location was superb - Greenwich is a beautiful place and the choice of bars and restaurants in the evening was exceptional. A subway close to the hotel was great for sightseeing uptown during the day. The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast which is great and the staff were all very friendly. Our room could have done with a spruce up but was clean and had a view of the skyline. The heating must have been on full because we had to sleep outside the bedclothes (but maybe this was not a bad thing given that there was 2 feet of snow outside during our trip!)
Great for the price
We stayed at the Washington Square after seeing a show at the Orpheum.
The staff was friendly, room was very clean and modern, hotel was safe & secure into the late evening hours. No parking though and the bar/restaurant on the premises closes early. Still, nice and close to a great mexican place.
My sister and I stayed at the Washton Square Hotel after we had seen it on the Holiday programme in the UK. It was a very pleasant hotel, being refurbished when we stayed there in July 2001 - two months before 9/11. It was in a nice location in Greenwich Village, but I must say that after dark the village gets to be quite a seedy place with a lot of drug dealing going on in Washington Square which is just across the street. If I were to visit again I would stay in one of the more centally located hotels.