A historic hotel with fascinating musical and literary DNA; Hemingway and Bo Diddley were past guests
Set right opposite iconic Washington Square Park and an easy walk to restaurants and bars
Clean rooms with coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and bathtubs; some park views
Free continental breakfast with granola, bagels, and fruit
Long-standing North Square restaurant serves all meals and Sunday jazz brunch
Gorgeous Art-Deco influenced lobby and lounge bar with daily happy hours
Fitness center with Cybex cardio equipment and weight machines
Small spa room offering a range of services
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Some small rooms
Interior rooms are slightly dark
Some complaints of wear and tear
More than a century old, the once-bohemian, mid-range Washington Square Hotel now mostly attracts NYU parents and tourists with its prime Greenwich Village location (across the street and on the corner from Washington Square Park) and stunning Art-Deco-style decor. The cozy restaurant and Sunday jazz brunch are a hit with guests and locals alike, as is the lounge bar with daily happy hours. Most of the 149 rooms don't have the same pizazz found in common spaces, but higher level rooms have scenic neighborhood views. The Washington Square Hotel is a lovely base for anyone craving charm and easy access to lower New York, but those who need lots of space should upgrade to more expensive rooms. Travelers seeking a more hip downtown vibe could try The Standard, East Village.
Boutique hotel with a bohemian past and current clientele of NYU parents and tourists
Built in 1902, the Washington Square Hotel has a fascinating past. In its previous incarnation it was Hotel Earle, a rundown resident hotel offering cheap shelter for famous writers and musicians during their struggling-artist years. Dylan Thomas was a frequent guest, and former occupant Bo Diddley even returned to play at the opening of the new lobby. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez briefly lived in Room 305, back when bohemian Greenwich Village was home to beatnik coffeehouses. The Paul family purchased the hotel in 1973 and changed the name in the '80s. Over the past several decades, the family has updated and beautified the 149-room hotel with a series of timely renovations. The Art Deco-inspired lobby remains the hotel’s showpiece. A striking white and green marble floor and a mural of actors from the golden age of cinema greets guests as they walk up to the polished-wood reception desk. Beyond that, a reproduction of a famous John Singer Sargent painting sits between two couches upholstered in a geometric pattern. Hand-painted murals and tile paintings done by the owner's artist mother give the hotel add a funky, homespun charm.
Since Greenwich Village turned from budget bohemian to one of NYC’s most upscale neighborhoods, the artists of the past have been replaced by parents of NYU students and tourists who want to be away from Midtown chaos. Guests and locals fill the underground lounge bar at happy hour -- the bar’s mosaic tile floor and Parisian wrought-iron gate plays on the romance of a bygone era. The North Square restaurant out front comes alive at mealtimes, observing all of the street action rushing past right outside.
In residential Greenwich Village, almost overlooking Washington Square Park
The hotel is on the street opposite of the northwest corner of Manhattan’s iconic Washington Square Park. It sits on a particularly charming block, lined with a cluster of traditional brownstone houses and businesses. The iconic farm-to-table Blue Hill restaurant is just a block away and there are several jazz and comedy clubs within a 10-minute walk. Still, this is a quieter block for the area since most of the NYU and tourist traffic is situated in the park or around Bleecker Street, about a six-minute walk away. The hotel is one block west (about a two-minute walk) of the West 4th Street subway stop (Waverly Place and Sixth Avenue). The West 4th Street subway stop has both express lines (A/B/D) and local lines (C/E/F). It’s easy to access both the west side of Manhattan and the East Village from here, where New York’s best nightlife can be found.
New York City has three main airports: J.F.K., LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Generally speaking, it should take around an hour from JFK, 30 minutes from LaGuardia, and about 60 minutes from Newark depending on traffic.
Pleasant rooms equipped with coffeemakers, C.O. Bigelow toiletries, and free Wi-Fi
Washington Square Hotel has 149 guest rooms and while they're perfectly lovely, they're not as intriguing as the public spaces. Decor is mostly simple with hardwood floors and a neutral color scheme. Maroon velvet drapes and pop art above the beds are the only interesting aspects. Most rooms are small, the most affordable units are around 143 square feet. The closets are also on the narrow side and offer just enough space for a few shirts or a coat since two bathrobes and an umbrella are already crammed inside. The other side of the closet is taken up by shelves stocked with a safe, iron, and slippers. There is, however, ample drawer and shelf space for folded garments. All rooms offer cable flat-screen TVs, clock radios with iPod docks, Keurig coffee machines, and free Wi-Fi.
Bathrooms are pristine and white-tiled with shower/tub combos. Hairdryers and a selection of C.O. Bigelow toiletries are provided. Rooms on higher levels can have lovely views of the park, though some rooms have interior or partial interior views and are a bit dark. Note that past guests have reported minor maintenance issues and wear.
A lounge bar, North Square restaurant, free continental breakfast, a small gym, spa, and free Wi-Fi
Features here are mostly straightforward, since guests tend to spend their time exploring New York. The free continental breakfast includes granola and muffins, plus fresh fruit, bagels, and even gluten-free toast (plus wheat toast). The hotel restaurant, North Square, is an American bistro serving simple but elegant dishes for breakfast (not included), lunch, and dinner daily, and hosts a legendary Sunday jazz brunch. The adjoining North Square Lounge hosts popular daily happy hours. Serenity Suite is the small spa space which offers a decent range of face and massage treatments, plus waxing services and sunless tanning. The small fitness center provides Cybex cardio and weight machines. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel.
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