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Hotel Deauville 2.5

Gramercy and Murray Hill, New York City, New York

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  • In the vibrant NoMad district, a block from the subway
  • Charming 1901 building with piano lounge 
  • Walking distance to the Flatiron Building and Empire State Building
  • Simple rooms with flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers; suites have kitchenettes
  • Manually operated vintage elevator with its own operator
  • Nearby restaurant offers discount to guests
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 


  • Rooms can be small, dark, or lack views
  • Some rooms share bathrooms
  • Dated room decor, with floral bedspreads 
  • No on-site restaurant, bar, or breakfast service 
  • Ambient street noise can be disturbing

Bottom Line

Located in the middle of the vibrant NoMad neighborhood, Hotel Deauville is a budget hotel with character. Built in 1901, the hotel has a Beaux Arts facade and has retained some of the features of that epoch, including a quirky vintage elevator (with its own operator!), an exposed red-brick decorative fireplace, and a piano lounge. The Flatiron Building and the Empire State Building are within walking distance, and there's a subway station a block away. The 54 guest rooms, which range from Singles with shared baths to a Junior Suite with a living area and kitchenette, are spotlessly clean and well-equipped with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi, but some can be cramped and dark. Travelers could compare rates with nearby Hotel 31, which has views of the Empire State Building from some rooms. 

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Housed inside a 1901 building with a vintage elevator

Located on a busy New York street, Hotel Deauville is in an attractive seven-story building dating back to 1901. The building, like many of its type in New York, was previously a single-occupancy hotel. An interesting period detail is the vintage hand-operated elevator, complete with an elevator operator manning the controls. The wood-paneled reception area, with its mosaic floor and exposed red-brick decorative fireplace, has an Old World ambience, and is decorated with vintage posters. The adjacent lounge area has a jazz theme, featuring a piano, leather sofas, and framed photos of famous jazz musicians who stayed at the hotel in decades past. The hotel is popular with tourists seeking centrally located budget lodging.


In New York's vibrant NoMad district, a 10-minute walk to the Empire State Building

Hotel Deauville is in the center of New York's vibrant NoMad district, known for its cultural scene and many trendy restaurants and bars. The nearest subway station is at 28th Street, about a five-minute walk from the hotel. 

  • Five-minute walk to N/R subway station
  • 10-minute walk to the Empire State Building
  • 10-minute walk to the Flatiron Building
  • 12-minute walk to Madison Square Garden
  • 14-minute walk to Macy's department store
  • 15-minute walk to Chrysler Building
  • 14 minutes to Times Square by public transportation
  • 17 minutes to Museum of Modern art by public transportation
  • 24 minutes to Central Park by public transportation
  • 30-minute drive to LaGuardia Airport
  • 45-minute drive to John F. Kennedy Airport


Clean rooms but a bit dated in decor; some share bathrooms

The 54 rooms at Hotel Deauville are clean and well-maintained but can vary widely in size, from Singles to Junior Suites, and some can be quite cramped. Not all have private bathrooms either. All the rooms are air-conditioned, and have flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Junior Suites have kitchenettes, which come with mini-fridges, coffeemakers, electric kettles, two burners, and microwaves -- these are also available on request. Each Junior Suite also includes a living room with a sofa, dining table and chairs. These rooms can accommodate up to five people, and they're a good choice for families and friends traveling together.

The rooms are decorated in a simple style, with white walls and dark-brown carpeting, but there are a few old-fashioned details, such as the floral bedspreads and tacky watercolor paintings on the walls, which are eyesores. Some of the rooms have antique-style furniture, which adds a tasteful touch. Many of the bathrooms are decked out in very dated tones of pink or lilac, but others feature more modern white tiling with black-and-white checked floor tiles. Bathrooms have shower stalls or shower/tub combos, and hairdryers are provided.

Street-facing rooms get more light and are more pleasant than those located at the back of the building, which do not have views and can be quite dark, but they get more street noise.


Piano lounge, luggage storage, free Wi-Fi

Like most budget properties, the Hotel Deauville is short on extras. The piano lounge provides a space where guests can gather and mingle, and browse the few books available. There is no on-site restaurant or breakfast service, but the hotel does have an arrangement with a nearby restaurant offering special discounts to guests. Luggage storage space is available. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

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103 E 29th St, New York City, New York 10016-8001, United States

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