Hotel 31

, New York City, United States
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Hotel 31

, New York City
3 star

Rooms: 60

120 East 31st Street - New York City - New York - 10016 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 685 3060
1127 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel 31

7/10
Pleasant and good value
Submitted by: Barbara & Eric Nagy in 21/11/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
It's been a couple of years, but I thought I would just like to say, we found Hotel 31 clean, friendly (remember to tip Ziggy - sorry Ziggy, we're not used to tipping in Australia) - next time mate!! Also cosy, close to everything, pleasant decor etc. On the whole, very nice. Well done!
6/10
Nicer than it has to be!
Submitted by: Sarah Eson in 29/06/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Hotel 31 is a great deal for people who dont need a lot of extra frills. it is in a very convenient location. We didnt plan to spend much time in our room anyway (except to sleep) so it worked out great. Rooms are small and bathrooms are shared but it is a beautiful building and a great deal!
9/10
Nice & Quiet location
Submitted by: Shinsuke Uchida in 23/06/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Japan
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
It is located in a quiet and relaxing area closed to the center by walking access. A nice bagle cafe nearby pleased us every morning. A hotel itself is also fair enough for economical staying, so this place is evaluated in very good shape.
9/10
Cheap and Cheerful
Submitted by: Ryan in 23/06/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
I was on a student budget so I didn't want to spend huge amount on accommodation, but I also wanted to be in the heart of the city – hotel 31 was perfect for both.
9/10
Excellent Value
Submitted by: Philip Merikle in 20/05/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Hotel 31 is the best hotel value we have found in NYC. We always stay in a room with a shared bath. The rooms have always been clean and the shared baths are both clean and easily accessed. The hotel has a good location near a station on the Lexington Avenue subway line, which allows easy travel uptown, downtown, anc cross-town. Hotel 31 is always our first-choice hotel when travelling to NYC. If you want luxury, Hotel 31 is not the hotel for you. But if you want great value, Hotel 31 is an excellent choice.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel 31

Just the ticket

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent 5 nights July 2003 here, the room was small but extremely functional.

We had a shared bath room, which was always clean and there were plenty, so we rarely waited.

The staff were really helpful with advice, transport etc, and there's a launderette just around the corner!

The location meant that Time Square was approx. 5-10 minute walk away, it was a perfect base.

For the little money we paid it is a brilliant hotel.

Great value for NYC.

from figoed
Turned up to Hotel 31 which we had already checked out using the Trip Advisor service to find out that our room had been sold on to someone else despite booking months in advance.... and we were not the only ones in this situation!! Not a good start when we had been travelling for over 18hrs. The staff offered us another room which was sufficient if not really acceptable for our first night in the US but we soldiered on. We should really have been offered some form of compensation for our inconvenience but we weren't.....never mind things did get better from then. For the price we paid we stayed in a basic room, with a view of the Empire State Building which although small was always clean and very functional, oh and the shared bathrooms were cleaned constantly.
We always felt completely safe and secure. The hotel was located in a very central location, had a dry cleaners/ laundrette, gym and 24hr deli across the street, a fantastic Japanese restaurant next door and a very friendly Irish bar just around the corner on 3rd Avenue (Kavanaghs). For $69 a night and tax we really could not have asked for more. I would have given it 5 stars if they could have sorted out their reservation and booking procedures prior to our arrival. Not for the pretentious in our society, just those wishing to travel in comfort on a budget.

Did the job

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel 31 was great. The staff was very helpful and courteous.Yeah, the space was small, but we didn't go to New York to stay in a hotel. The room was clean and not noisy. I loved the location, since we could jump on the subway which was only a block or two away. The safety was not even a concern since the hotel is in a pretty decent neighborhood.
Overall, I would definitely stay here again. Great value.

A good Hotel for those on a budget

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Hotel 31 March 11 for 2 nights and overall I would have to say it wasn't a bad experience. If you don't like old hotels with small rooms and shared baths this would probably not be a good hotel for you. The elevator was a bit small fitting only about 2 people at a time comfortably; the stairs and hallway were somewhat narrow, this could be a problem when many people stay at the hotel. That being said if you are just looking for a nice room with the basics such as TV, in room sink, towels, soap, shampoo, and a semi comfortable bed this just might be the hotel you are looking for. The room was cleaned everyday and I had no problems with the staff. The shared bath was also clean and had hot water when I needed it. The hotel was within walking distance from the Empire State building. The subway was but a short hike from the hotel. The area seem to be safe and out of the way of the major traffic. I stayed on the 3rd floor and the room had a window AC for the summer and room was comfortably warm. The window had a nice view of a brickwall if that matters. Overall, given the area and price of nearby hotels this hotel is a good value for the money for those on a budget

good enough for me

from A TripAdvisor Member
Well, I was very apprehensive at first. The staff was nice, I had never been in a little elevator that you had to pull this metal gate first!
And my room was small, but I rather liked it. THe hallways are narrow, but everything was clean. It looked like I had a new bedspread on the bed, the carpet was tattered somewhat and the tv reception was poor, only a few channels could I get. But the bathroom was clean, and I didn't have to share one! The second day I was there, I was in my room and someone knocked on the door saying "room service". Since I hadn't ordered room service I said I didn't need anything. I went out later and returned thinking housekeeping would have changed the sheets, which I really don't care about , and it was not done. So now I know room service is considered housekeeping! The hotel is close to everything, and I would stay there again if I did not want to spend a lot of $. The roomsa re heated with a steam radiator, which I really liked, the air wasn't so dry. If you want cheap, it is a good place.

Better than nothing, but shabby and unclean.

from A TripAdvisor Member
As I had an appointment in midtown, we opted to stay here. From the other comments, I expected better than we got. We went for a room with a private bath and got a good price from Orbitz ($85), but our first room (615, facing the street) had a large crack in the door--you could see right into the room from the hallway. So we switched, and the second room on the same floor at least had an intact door, but it just wasn't up to standard: no mattress pad, just sheets over the mattress.
There was a blood stain on the comforter. It's certainly better than nothing, but we're not staying here again.

Fine value for the money

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel 31 was my 3rd attempt to stay in NYC for under $100 per night, and by far the most successful.

They've done a nice job with the renovation. Everything was in working order. The maids were never seen, yet our room was always made upon our return from town. The staff was helpful and friendly.

On the negative side, there were some cobwebs along the ceiling that the staff should have seen and removed. Little things like that can make a big impression. It's all about detail. Also, east 31st Street is rather noisy, so beware if your room overlooks the street.

In short, Hotel 31 is a real bargain. I would not hesitate to stay there again.

Good location, good price

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel was in a great location for strolling to sites or catching a metro. Services nearby were decent. The price was 65 per night with a bathroom down the hallway. The room was very small, but hey, we are only in there to rest! The place was clean and they delivered pillows and towels promptly upon request. There was one cold morning (where's the heat?) but otherwise it was a comfortable temperature. There was a noisy room down the hall, but we were exhausted from enjoying the Big Apple so we slept anyway! This is a good backpacker/bargain traveller hotel. Beats a crowded hostel, but it is no Ritz!! Go for it.

Cozy stay

from DaisyBelle
Well I don't really want to give you a play by play of my stay at Hotel 31 but I will address the concerns that most travellers seems to encounter along the way and see if I can relieve any needless worries about this hotel. If you have any extra questions then please contact me and I will be as helpful as possible. First of all, I booked through the Hotel 31 website. I know that in this day of cheap websites offering such incredible deals that probably seems quite silly but after reading so many reviews of people who showed up at their hotel to find no reservation in their name I was taking no chances.

ARRIVAL- The staff was absoloutely wonderful!! Not grumpy like at some hotels that I have heard of. We drove down to the city and had the car parked in front and the gentleman there was delighted to offer advice on parking lots.. and the place that I had planned to park was blocks away and more expensive!! Also we were allowed to check in hours ahead of schedule which was so appreciated.

ROOM- Well I think I have a pretty good grasp on what people generally complain about so let say right now that you cannot do cartwheels in this room. There is more than two feet on either side of the bed and the same at the foot and then you encounter the dresser with the TV on top. Plently of storage space for clothes in the drawers and although there is a coatrack of sorts...with rods for hangers not with hooks....there was a shortage of hangers so packing a few would come in handy. There is no bar fridge but there is an ice machine on the first floor behind the elevator so we just made daily trips down and filled the sink with beer. For $105us a night I stayed in a room with a private bathroom which is one of those comforts that I just can't see doing without. Many of the hotels that I looked at would have had me share a bathroom for the same price so I feel that I lucked out. In brief the bathroom was nicer than I expected with a high shower and nice clean (and not ancient) toilet sink and tub. Again please don't expect to do cartwheels in the space.

MAID SERVICE- hmmnn.. well this is a tough one. See I have very low expectations when it comes to this sort of thing. I have become quite used to cleaning up after myself and I'll be honest and let you know that I do not change my sheets at home every single day so I never really understand when I read one of these reviewers complaing about that. I know that my sheets were changed although I couldn't say for sure how frequently. I would guess at every second night although I could certainly be wrong.

OVERALL- I'm not sure what else is important to know about this hotel.
The shower was hot.. the room was warm enough for winter... it was never noisy. Sure the elevator is tiny but I figure that that's just part of the charm of staying in one of those small NY hotels. Cable television was quite basic but for the amount of time that we spent in the room the 8 or so channels did us fine *hint* unplug to get the first few channels in clearly and plug it back in to watch the rest. A clock radio was nice as were the tiny soaps and shampoos. For the price I was quite happy with my stay and would definitely go back.

Misrepresentation

from A TripAdvisor Member
The price I was quoted was $75.00 per night. I was charged $85.00 per night and was told that they never charged less than that. However, in this article they are quoting $60.00 per night. No where in the information presented by your organization about Hotel 31 was information that the room we were given had no bathroom in the room.
For a male over 60 that becomes a major inconvenience. From the glowing reports given on your web site, we thought we were going to be staying in a nice up-scale hotel, not a flop house!

Top Local Tips for New York City

$27 to get around NYC for a week!! At the airport buy a Metro card ($27 for 7 days unlimited use of subway & bus). Hotel 31 is 2 blocks from the subway & will take you all the way to the US Open in Queens. Then, right across the street, catch a short bus ride to the airport

Watch the world go by on Canal St It is great to sit by the window in the Dunkin Donut's on Canal St with a cup of coffee and, you guessed it, a doughnut. Watch New Yorkers and tourist mingle on busy Canal St, policemen giving information to tourists, street vendors haggling with prospective buyers, watch the guy selling hot dogs, etc. Take in the surroundings with all the huzzle and buzzle, yellow cabs zooming past, see the water tanks on the roof tops. And once you're ready to go again, join that weird and funny crowd out and about on Canal St. You never know, you might make the bargain of your life at one of the stalls.

Don't go to the wrong side in the subway The NY subway system runs 24/7 and is very extensive. It is also quite cheap ($2 a ride, discounts available). But, it has a very annoying drawback that can be quite surprising when you're used to the Paris subway : in most stations, you can't go to the other side of the track after you've passed the barriers and validated your ticket. If you make a mistake (we certainly did), you have to go to the next station that has connections to other lines to be able to change sides. So don't get it wrong in the first place !

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  • Address: 120 East 31st Street - New York City - New York - 10016 - United States
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"Pleasant and good value" - Barbara & Eric Nagy

"Nicer than it has to be!" - Sarah Eson

"Nice & Quiet location" - Shinsuke Uchida

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