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A stylish boutique with an intimate vibe and tasteful rooms
The dimly lit art deco lobby, with its heavy dark drapes, working fireplace, and intimate nooks creates a sexy first impression. There’s a lounge area in the lobby with a drinks and small bites menu from the restaurant, and guests and non-guests mingle there during the day and well into the night. A curated library with art and fashion books, and a hidden alcove adjacent to the stairs, help create an atmosphere that’s generally more hushed than lively.
Off the lobby is the hotel’s restaurant and bar, Grape & Vine. It has two separate areas -- one with a long wooden bar serving good cocktails, and a dining room with a skylight and a tasty French- and Italian-inspired menu. It’s a good place for after-work drinks, with dark polished woods and red velvet booths that create an appealing speakeasy atmosphere.
The building was constructed from scratch to house the hotel, and there was a lot of thought put into the layout. One of the most important features is that there are no rooms facing a brick wall -- they all overlook the street, and the top floors with south orientation have views of downtown Manhattan and the Freedom Tower. However, some guests complain about thin walls, and a few rooms are a little small. Still, they all come with great amenities, attractive decor, and nice extras, such as free bottled water and upscale Bigelow toiletries.
The hotel’s central location in the northern Village offers easy access to public transportation, attractions and nightlife.
The hotel is located on W 13th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues. It is a little busier than other streets south of the hotel, but it is lined by four-story buildings and trees, so it is still relatively quiet. Right across the street is one of the buildings that make up The New School for Design, and many of the restaurants in the area cater to students. There are cafes, small restaurants, and bars lining the streets around the hotel, and a wide array of stores can be found within walking distance. The 14th Street subway stop (served by five subway lines and the PATH) is just a block away, and Union Square, with many more subway lines and a great farmer’s market, is just a few minutes east of The Jade.
The Village is a mostly residential neighborhood known for housing most of NYU’s buildings. There’s a lot of foot traffic day and night, and lively bars and restaurants line the streets. The best streets for shopping are located a few blocks south of Washington Square Park, which is just a short stroll from the hotel. Walk a few blocks southwest for some of the best small restaurants in town.
Stylish and inviting, with high-end amenities and vintage touches
The Jade offers several room types, all featuring the same upscale amenities and vintage tiled bathrooms. Some units are a tad small, but most are quite spacious by NYC standards, and have large windows overlooking the street. All feature large headboards painted directly on the wall, sliding panels that hide the TV when closed, and closet doors with geometric patterns. Bathrooms, while not big, have a stylish vintage look, with New York subway-style white tiles on walls and a black-and-white mosaic floor.
Small fitness center with modern machines
The hotel’s fitness center is located in the basement and feels a little dark, but it has several high-end machines, a punching bag, and yoga mats.
A lively restaurant and bar with great cocktails and a solid menu
Grape & Vine is a sexy restaurant from restaurateur Frederick Lesort (of Buddha Bar fame) located off the lobby in the back of the building. It has a small bar area serving great cocktails, and a dining room with a French- and Italian-inspired menu by Executive Chef Vincent Ricciardelli. With red velvet booths, lots of wood accents, and a golden ceiling, the space is reminiscent of the old New York speakeasies. The candlelit tables and the dimly lit space make is a great pick for a romantic dinner, but it's casual enough to also appeal to groups of friends.
All the standard services of a hotel in this price range, but nothing too boutique-y
From the curated library to the retro rotary phones in every room, no detail has been left out at this sexy boutique. Its 113 stylish rooms have tasteful decor inspired by the Paris of the 1920s, and feature top-notch amenities, including high-definition TVs, Tivoli radios with iPod hookups, and free Wi-Fi. Grape & Vine, a bar and restaurant reminiscent of the old New York speakeasies, attracts a varied clientele with its intimate yet casual vibe and French-inspired menu. The Jade is a great pick for couples and business travelers, but those with kids in tow might find some rooms to be too small and the walls too thin.