Do JourneyWomen Sleep in New York City?
The White House...
used to be a scary Bowery flophouse is now a hip resting place
for international travelers of all ages. The rooms are safe and
clean and there is access to anything one might need right outside
the doors - ethnic and innovative cheap food, free and inexpensive
music, shopping for one of a kind beauty and fashion items. Within
easy walking distance are a variety of 24 hour services: drugstores,
restaurants, internet cafes, fruit and vegetable stands, etc.,
as well as late-night galleries - perfect for travelers on a different
clock. The area is a mixture of residential and commercial buildings,
including The Cooper Union and New York University. As a New Yorker
and 40 year resident of the neighborhood (East Village), this
is the place to be to really experience New York City. Website:
Sheila, New York City, USA
The Melrose Hotel...
Upper East Side hotel that I stayed in many years ago when I was
in New York was called the Barbizon Hotel at 140 E. 63rd St at
Lexington Avenue. It's now called The Melrose.
Built in 1926 it has a lot of the original architecture –
a real mix of Italian renaissance, Gothic, and Islamic style.
I thought it was in a safe location with a secure feeling. It
was a ‘women’s only’ hotel until it admitted
men in 1981. Some of their famous guests included: Joan Crawford,
Grace Kelly, and Candice Bergen. Although I had a single which
included a double bed it was a small sized room and would have
felt a bit claustrophobic if I had a roommate with me. The room
was certainly well kept, with enough light, and all the basic
amenities. I don’t know what I paid for it because it was
part of my Qantas recommended hotel ticketing package. It remember
it being walking distance to most of the major sites.
Barbra, Sydney Australia
The Pod Hotel...
am a freelance writer and review food in NYC. The Pod
Hotel formally 'Pickwick Arms Hotel' is trendy, clean,
funky and affordable. I am on my own dime, so this is perfect.
Check out the funky web site too! This is how they describe their
pods (rooms). 'There’s a Pod for every person, and an endless
range of possibilities. You
can set your music and your mood with our iPod docking stations
and our dimmer control lighting system, plug into the Internet
with free WiFi access, and catch your favorite shows on LCD TVs.
Each Pod is climate controlled and equipped with efficient, stylish
furniture that’s designed to maximize your comfort and your
living space'. Website: http://www.thepodhotel.com
Lisa, North Carolina, USA
first trip to NYC from Norway was just recently, and it’s
definitely not going to be the last. I have no experience with
different accommodations in NYC, but I would like to recommend
the one my daughter and I stayed five nights in. Its name is POD
Hotel. It was very clean; new towels every day. We shared
bathroom and toilet with others, and we didn't ever have to wait
to use the facilities. Very central, and easy to go around from
there. Best regards to other JourneyWomen.
Solveig, Tromsø, Norway
The Library Hotel...
feel that the Library Hotel (60 rooms) located
in midtown Manhattan (299 Madison Avenue at 41st Street) is perfect
for the woman traveller. It feels very safe, convenient and has
single accommodation rooms which they call petite rooms. The library
theme really gives it an edge - every room has a name based on
the Dewey system. Staff is welcoming - it has all amenities including
the 2nd floor Reading Room which has complimentary wine, cheese,
coffee and cappucino's through-out the day. Website: www.libraryhotel.com
Jan, Adelaide, Australia
Marriott Financial Center...
stayed at the Marriott (85 West Street) on a
friend's recommendation and we really liked it. I guess I am a
sucker for elegant staircases with red carpet. the staff was friendly
and rooms were very clean. It was close to everything and we walked
heaps. You wouldn't believe it but out of our window was the Statue
of Liberty! We enjoyed a swim in the pool (as Aussies we are keen
swimmers) and went up to the restaurant on the top floors for
a meal. It also had great views. I happily recommend this for
a weekend 'getaway.'
Catherine, New South Wales, Australia
Union Square Inn...
love this boutique hotel in NY’s Union Square
because it’s in a terrific location (209 East 14th Street),
a few blocks from Union Square, which is a major subway hub, so
you can easily hop a train to another part of the city. Plus,
there are plenty of restaurants and shops in the area around the
hotel, so you can easily have a leisurely evening in that neighborhood.
The rooms may be small but they are clean and comfortable and
besides, who stays in their room when they are in NYC? Website:
Tel: (212) 614-0500
Erika, Burbank, USA
Bonus! French bistro in
New York City...
is a neighborhood restaurant located on the 1st floor of a brownstone
at 347 E. 54th between 1st and 2nd Avenues. It offers delicious
French bistro fare, including mussels (the house specialty), steak
frites (the French fries are by far the best I have ever tasted),
fresh fish dishes, pate, tuna tartare, salads, etc. Many locals
frequent Jubilee every week and are always warmly greeted by the
staff. I have eaten here at least 4 dozen times (both with others
and by myself) and have never had a poor experience or meal. Reservations
are strongly encouraged since this welcoming spot fills up each
night. Casual dress (including jeans) is acceptable. Live jazz
is a bonus on Thursday evenings. Tel: 212-888-3569
Julie, New York City, USA