Hampton Inn Manhattan-SoHo Rating: 3.0 Pearls
SoHo, Manhattan, New York City

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Cons

  • No minibar
  • No room service
  • Noisy due to tunnel traffic

Bottom Line

While it might try to look like SoHo's trendier boutique hotels, its inflated rates often near those of much swankier hotels in more desirable areas -- or, at least areas that suffer from less traffic and noise -- like the Smyth Hotel. Still, the Hampton Inn is comfortable, and has free breakfast, wireless, and easy access around the city.

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 Location

Though engulfed by traffic and office buildings, the Hampton Inn is a short walk from SoHo's shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Located on Watts Street, which feeds directly into the Holland Tunnel, the Hampton Inn is situated in an industrial, yet highly trafficked area of SoHo. For the more fashionable cafes, lounges, and boutiques that SoHo is best known for, you'll have to walk about five to 10 minutes north or east.

Once industrial and warehousing districts, then gritty, underutilized areas where starving artists flocked to set up cheap loft and studio spaces, SoHo and Tribeca have since been transformed into two of New York's premier neighborhoods -- characterized as much by destination shopping (SoHo), luxury loft apartments (TriBeCa), and fine dining (both) as by the well-preserved cast-iron architecture and cobblestoned streets that evoke their industrial past. Though these abutting neighborhoods have lost much of their edge since the days when only the artists appreciated their gritty beauty, both still draw the young, hip, beautiful, and moneyed in droves -- and together they embody New York's haute bohemian downtown shopping and nightlife scene.

  • Two blocks from the C, E and 1 subway lines; six blocks from the A line -- easy access to Manhattan's westside but no express trains nearby and at least 9 blocks to access subways to the eastside
  • 30-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • 20-minute subway ride to Times Square
  • 15-minute subway ride to the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center
  • 15-minute walk to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 25-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 35-minute subway ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") and a 25-minute subway ride to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMA")

 Rooms

Clean, contemporary, and comfortable -- but potentially noisy from all the nearby traffic

The Standard King room
The Standard King room
  • Standard rooms start at 225 square feet -- about average for a hotel room in New York.
  • Three Penthouse Suites, each 450 square feet (tiny by "penthouse" standards), offer the same basic amenities but contain large living spaces.
  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Large woodesn desks and lap desks
  • Coffeemaker
  • Basic neutral decor

 Food

The hotel offers free breakfast and has a sports bar lounge, Artifakt Bar.

Free continental breakfast at the Hampton Inn Manhattan-Soho
Free continental breakfast at the Hampton Inn Manhattan-Soho

The hotel doesn't offer room service, but a complimentary continental breakfast is available every morning. Artifakt Bar, the hotel's sports bar and lounge, opens at 5 p.m. daily and serves drinks and small plates; it closes at midnight.

 Airport Transportation

About 30 to 90 minutes from three airports

New York has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting to town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than getting there from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls) and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.

Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.

For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.

 Bottom Line

While it might try to look like SoHo's trendier boutique hotels, its inflated rates often near those of much swankier hotels in more desirable areas -- or, at least areas that suffer from less traffic and noise -- like the Smyth Hotel. Still, the Hampton Inn is comfortable, and has free breakfast, wireless, and easy access around the city.

Things You Should Know About Hampton Inn Manhattan-SoHo

Address

  • 54 Watts Street, New York City, NY 10013

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Hampton Inn Manhattan Soho
  • Manhattan Soho Hampton Inn

Room Types

  • One King Bed City View Room
  • One King Bed City View Room with Private Terrace
  • One King Bed Room
  • Two Double Beds City View Room
  • Two Double Beds Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 160
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: SoHo, Manhattan
Address: 54 Watts Street, New York City, NY 10013
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