If you'd like a prime West Village location and the charm of one of Manhattan's most historically interesting hotels, The Jane Hotel could be your perfect match. You'll stay in a neighborhood lined with restaurants, bars, and shops. For much of the last century, the West Village was the city's hub for radical art, music, and politics. The Village Vanguard and the Stonewall Inn, both within a 15-minute walk, are 2 of the neighborhood's most famous venues, and still in operation. The High Line, possibly the city's most unique green space, starts 3 blocks from the hotel and winds north, connecting to the Chelsea neighborhood. Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, a 15-minute walk away, features bowling, rock climbing, and golfing. Urban cyclists can explore the area with complimentary bicycles from the hotel. For longer expeditions, the Eighth Avenue subway station, a 10-minute walk away, offers easy access to Midtown, the Theater District, and the Upper West Side, all within 35 minutes by train.
The pleasant surprises go deeper than the hotel's decor--the building and its cabin-style rooms were erected in 1908 as a hotel for sailors; 4 years later these rooms housed survivors of the Titanic wreck following their rescue. A major renovation in 2008 turned this historic site into a modern hotel, while carefully retaining its original charm.
Café Gitane, located off the hotel lobby, serves up tasty French and Moroccan food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with late-night hours on the weekend. The classic diner decor and a menu designed for sharing make this spot a local favorite. The hotel's lounge features a full bar in a warm and unique atmosphere with dim lights, candles, a dark wood bar, leather chairs, and a large fireplace.
The Jane's cabin-style rooms are compact, but considerable upgrades have made them comfortable and tech-equipped. All 208 rooms have flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and wireless Internet access is complimentary. Standard Cabins have access to shared bathrooms on each floor. In the Captain's Cabin, you'll enjoy a larger room with a private bathroom and retro furniture.