Hotel 17

, New York City, United States
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Hotel 17

, New York City
3 star

Rooms: 120

225 East 17th Street - New York City - New York - 10003 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 475 2845
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Reviews - Hotel 17

Loads of surprises at Hotel 17
Submitted by: Rachel in 01/01/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From:
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
When my mother, my sister and myself arrived at the Hotel 17 for our 4-day family vacation, we were thrilled by the looks of it from the outside. When we walked in, it was just as quaint. It has a 1920's feel and makes you feel like you're a part of NYC's history. We arrived too early and our room was still being occupied. Having taken a red-eye flight and being exhausted, the front desk clerk kindly allowed us to sleep in another room until our room was ready. The floor had a destinct smell, like an old version of cleaning detergent from the 20th Century. We got into the temporary room and found one full-sized bed, a vanity and a sink. We were kind of baffled that there wasn't a bathroom included (we're used to the required necessities of life, being from Orange County, California). But we figured our room would definitely have one. No big deal. At 12:00 we checked into our room and found there wasn't a bathroom. What the f#$*!? I went downstairs and the clerk explained the whole concept of a "shared bathroom" to me. It was kind of annoying, but it's amazing how quickly you can get over something like that. The bathrooms were always kept emaculate and I never felt like I was going to walk in and find a dead rat or something.

During the course of our stay, we consistently heard 1940's jazz music coming from the room next to us. Although it was loud, it was soothing. One day while coming out of the restroom, I saw the door to the room nextdoor opened, and immediately noticed it wasn't just any old room. It was decorated with deep red cutains and had a personal touch to it. Clearly, someone was living in it.

The next day, I went to shower and found hair dye in the sink. The only people on the floor were us and the resident nextdoor. Very late that night, my sister was in the hallway, talking on her cellphone and saw the girl next door. She said she looked like a clown. She had a silver wig on with loads of makeup. We all decided she was a Broadway actress or entertainer of some sort.

The next day I asked the hotel clerk if someone lived in the room next to us. He smirked and revealed that the person did in fact live there, and was a transvestite nude model for European magazines. Wow. He told me how people always complain about the scent on that floor. It's her perfume. He told how she was famous worldwide and had friends like Pam Anderson and Madonna coming to visit her often.

Since I'm a dork, I googled the history behind Hotel 17 and found that the lady nextdoor was Amanda Lepore (and she has her own perfume line...).

Hotel 17 has an interesting entertainemnt history. Woody Allen shot his film, Manhattan murder mystery there, and many people such as Matt LeBlanc, Madonna and others have all lived there before making it big.

Overall, I would recommend this unlikely hotel to anyone. All three of us became very attached to the hotel, our room, and the two pigeons outside our window (we named them Harry & Sally). It's a great place to stay.
Reasonably priced
Submitted by: Christine Pirrung in 29/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
We thought the hotel was fine for the price. Sharing the bathrooms wasn't as bad as it seems, except for some other travelers who weren't very considerate about leaving it clean for the next person (left the shower curtain out and a huge puddle!) We loved the area, though and the many great restaurants and quaint look. Very convenient access although the front stairs to the hotel are quite steep. They had only renovated 2 floors when we were there, but hopefully more are complete now. Perfect for the budget minded traveler.
9/11 at Hotel 17!
Submitted by: Kirsten Clow in 23/06/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Backpacker
Have stayed twice at Hotel 17 and have always found it very clean, central and loved the original old fashioned look. Unfortuantely I was staying here during 9/11 and due their public phone not working, no room phone and the slightly spaced out, but very friendly, receptionist I ended up on the British missing persons list! but would definately stay again. I hope they don't modernise it.
Cheap and Great
Submitted by: Zach Canfield in 27/06/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Really enjoyed my stay at Hotel 17. It's small, but if you're a tourist to NYC, you won't be spending much time in your room.
Location, location, location and price
Submitted by: Connie Sonderegger in 23/05/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
We have stayed at hotel 17 at least 6 times in the past two years, and will be arriving there again on june 1st. We really enjoy staying at this hotel for many reasons. One, the location is great for us. The Gramercy park area of NYC is not only lovely on it's own, but is so convenient to many other wonderful neighborhoods. The east village is to the south, Union Square is to the west, the 3rd Avenue L train station is 3 blocks south at 14th and for us, there is a catholic church 3 blocks north on 2nd Avenue and many great diners where the food is good and so are the prices. Speaking of prices, Hotel 17 is a fantastic value. By staying there, we are able to visit NYC several times a year to visit our son and other family members who live in the area. We wondered at first about the shared bathrooms, but have found no problem at all with them. There are four to each floor and they are always immaculate. The staff at hotel 17 is great, really helpful and kind. So,if you want to stay in a hotel in a lovely area close to everything, in a hotel with great personality and a warm staff, where the price is right, the hotel 17 is it.
I shouldn't tell people!
Submitted by: Carlos VillaroYLassen in 23/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Denmark
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I shouldn't tell people, because now the hotel 17 will be booked all the time. But I am thankful. We slept 9 days at Hotel 17 summer 2004 in one big room with our 3 kids - twins one year old and oldest son 4 years old. It was the perfect Hotel for our vacation I New York. Central, nice hotel, nice people, perfect atmosphere. The Hotel was a very important reason, that our stay I NY for ever will be in our minds.
No Frills & Funky
Submitted by: Helen in 01/05/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
17 is perfect for a trip to the Big Apple where you want to spend your time and money out and about rather on your hotel. 17 is centrally situated with funky but basic rooms. There are no extras but everything you could possibly need - including great coffee - can be bought at any hour around the corner. We had no problems getting into the shared bathroom when we needed it and indeed saw very little of other guests although the hotel was full. The cost was a fraction of what a more 'luxurious' hotel would charge but the hotel's star studded history makes you feel you're doing things how they should be done in Manhattan.
Simply Lovely
Submitted by: Nichole in 28/04/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We loved it! Clean, quaint, cute with a European flare and we felt totally safe. The clientele average 30 something, young & hip, the staff super helpful and friendly. This place totally met our needs and our budget! We have been recommending it to everyone we know back home and plan to stay there the next time we visit. We just hope not too many people know how great it is, so things don't change for us. We wouldn't change a thing!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel 17

Great for the price, good safe location

from f1ape
I stayed here with a friend. The staff was accomodating, and safe location. The rooms were not luxury, clean, iron burn on the carpet, water stains on the ceiling, but they were worth the $65 a night for two beds in NYC. The location is really good, close to Union Sq, and 2nd Ave. I would stay here again if on a budget.

t Disagree More With The Bad Reviews

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was a first for me, my first visit to New York, my first plane ride and certainly my first time booking a hotel online without seeing it first. I absolutley loved it. My three friends and I read some of the reviews prior to leaving and got a little scared, but once we got there we realized how bogus they were. The hotel staff was kind to us and even helpful. The room was plenty warm, and it was freezing outside, the bathrooms were always immaculate and never occupied. I loved that the rooms were "cozy" and the sink in the room was a big help (when you are traveling with two guys). You couldn't find a better location..right smack dab in the middle of union square...and for that price...awesome! I plan on returning, soon, and I would most definitley stay at the Hotel 17 again. So to the staff, and the city of New York, we thank you! See you soon!

A nice place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I think this was a very nice place to stay if you don't care about services in the hotel. Price was cheap, location was great, room was beautiful and different than in standard hotels (not small at all) and although shared bath doesn't sound good, baths were extremely clean and always available. People in reception were friendly, they kept our seven luggages for few hours on the day we left. Only negative thing I can say is that our room was too hot and there was no possibility to adjust the temperature (well there was air conditioning system but the machine was rather noisy).


from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the "Hotel 17" (New york) from the 16th to the 25th of feb 2004. After reading all the reviews (on this site) both good and bad naturally I had some concerns about what the quality would be like.

The hotel is in a fantastic (safe) location close to Union Square. We came as a party of five people three ladies and two guys all the way from Ireland.

"Us" (the girls) shared a small but adequate non smoking room on the 7th floor. Thankfully there is a lift which came in useful after a long hard day of sightseeing. Our room was equiped with a tv, sink, hairdryer and alarm clock. It was clean, warm and very comfortable, maybe a little squashed with three of us but we didn't mind.

As for the Bathroom facilites, although shared they were always spotlessly clean and immaculate. The reception staff were friendly, often going out of their way to make us feel at home. Each morning they made sure to ask us if everything was to our satisfaction. I'm planning to stay here again and I would certainly recommend this small yet friendly hotel to anyone on a budget who doesn't mind sharing bathroom facilites.

Staff and Hotel Highly Recommended

from AlisonCoghlan
As I was doing my trip to New York on a tight budget with some of my friends, I decided to check on the net for a cheap hotel. After finding Hotel 17 I checked trip advisor for reviews and found that 70% of the reviews for the hotel were favourable.I decided to take the chance.All I can say is that I'm thrilled I did.The staff were so nice and friendly to us, always asking us if everything was to our liking.The room and shared bathroom were spotless and heated to an agreeable temperature (kind of tropical which was really welcome after minus 11 degrees celsius outside).The room was small but not cramped with a TV, alarm clock, washbasin, hairdryer etc. -everything you'd need. The hotel is 2 blocks from subway (14th st Union Sq) in a really safe area, and there is a great cafe nearby for breakfast.We stayed 8 nights in this hotel, and had such a good time we're planning to go back in August for another week - we've even been invited to the manager's birthday party!! top notch A+++ - it's not the Waldorf Astoria, but who cares for this price and friendliness.

If you do not want to spend too much to sleep....

from A TripAdvisor Member
When I'm going to NYC, I come to spend money for shopping and party!!!
So The Hotel 17 is a good place to stay if you do not want to spend too much to rest and take a shower. The room that I was find for me and my friend. It was not noisy at all and our room was clean (a bit small I have to say). Except for the shared bath. I had to take a quick shower and runaway 'cause it was not cool at all. At least, I never had to wait, there were no line up. Well located. I had a good experience 'cause when you are in the city for a few days only (like a week-end) you do not have the time to stay in your room for a long period, the action is outside anyway....


from A TripAdvisor Member
This place was scary. Maybe I'm just not "used to NY", but I have been there enough times, and never have i felt so dirty in a hotel. I didn't even take the bedspread off the bed; rather I put a towel on top of it before I went to sleep. I suppose the shared bathrooms were relatively clean for what they were, but not something that I enjoyed. The whole hotel smelled really stale and musty, and the staff wasn't very friendly. I suppose the only thing that was good was the price. But in this case, you definitely get what you pay for.

Stay Away From the Hotel 17

from Escape_From_SF
I love funky, quirky, cheap, historic hotels and I am not terribly hard to please but the Hotel 17 was a huge disappointment in every aspect except one--the shared baths were nicely remodeled, super clean and always available. I booked a room for two nights over New Years. The queen bed I booked on Orbitz turned out to be just a double (although I had confirmed this by phone knowing I was sharing the bed with my brother), the room itself was teenie weenie (think cabin on a cruise ship), the furniture and in-room sink were cheap and run down, there were no bed side lights and even the overhead lighting was not good enough to read by. And the front desk staff... look, I can wait a few minutes while you round up your personal call but don't make me wait 10 minutes, not once, not twice, but three times. I chose the Hotel 17 for its location AND price. I could have gotten the same price in several other much better hotels a little further uptown and next time I will.

s staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was there back in 2001, totally the best stay I ever had in New York.
Jamie was more than a Hotel Manager, he was the "ULTIMATE PR DIRECTOR" he and Manny took us to the trendiest places NYC offers!!!Revisit NYC September 2003, Jamie and Company are gone. Hotel 17 is no longer fun, fab, and a flat out RIP OFF!!!! The allure of 17 is not the Hotel its Jamie and his awesome "goodlooking" Desk staff. Try the Gershwin these days!!

Great value, not the Hilton

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is a very good deal. I stayed twice in 2003, and felt that I was gettig good value for the money, considering that it is New York City. The location is fantastic - Union Square/Gramercy is a great area with good restaurants, and has fantastic subway connnections. The hotel is kept very clean. The shared bathrooms are fine - almost never anyone there, and almost always very clean. The rooms are nicely decorated and range in size from adequate to good sized, and have sinks in them. The 8 permanent residents can be a bit of a problem: one of them has his TV on day and night quite loudly. If you encounter this, ask to be moved, they are sympathetic to this problem since there is nothing they can do to move these people out. You're not getting the Hilton for this price, but you are getting something clean, comfortable and well-located. I would not hesitate to return to 17.

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  • Address: 225 East 17th Street - New York City - New York - 10003 - United States
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