Union Square Inn Hotel

, New York City, United States
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Union Square Inn Hotel

, New York City
1 star

Rooms: 40

209 East 14th Street - New York City - New York - 10003 - United States Hotel Website | 212)5450879
4 Traveller

Reviews - Union Square Inn Hotel

Submitted by: monica in 24/03/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I stayed at this hotel for four nights in what will be the first and last time. The room appeared clean with new wooden floors. The shower is unpredictable, there is no elevator and it's noisy. It is fairly well located, near multiple subway lines. I thought the price was good for NYC these days. Not so! I awoke the morning of check out with numerous welts on my face that I didn't connect with insect bites. By the following day I was literally covered with itchy welts, bedbug bites, on mostly my upper body. About a hundred or slightly more. When I called to report this to the hotel manager, he denied having a problem there.
I've had to take preventative measures since my return home in hopes that I didn't bring this problem with me. Don't stay here!
Submitted by: Laura in 03/11/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
We had a reservation but actually checked in & immediately checked out! I was traveling with my girlfriend & had requested 2 beds. The first room they brought us to had 1 bed. I showed the bellman my copy of the reservation that clearly said 2 beds were requested. He made a quick call to the front desk & said they had another room with 2 beds on another floor. This surprised me, as this hotel has no elevator & upon realizing this, I had requested a room on a lower floor because my friend has difficulty climbing stairs. I was told there were no other room available. So after climbing up 4 flights of stairs, we were being taken downstairs to another floor. The second room was so small that there was barely room to walk around the beds. It was so dark & dingy that cavern-like is the only way to describe it. We immediately took the phone book out of the drawer & began calling other hotels. Luckily we were able to find one, albeit in another area of the city. When we went down to the desk to tell them the accommodations were unacceptable, the girl at the desk said we may still be charged as it was an internet reservation & not subject to cancellation. (I contacted my credit card company immediately & was not charged). This "hotel" is basically a converted tenement building on 14th Street, with narrow, dark halls & NO ELEVATOR. This hotel was worth no more then $50/night & at best it's a place to sleep & take a shower. P.S. Both my friend & I grew up in Manhattan & never expected a dump like this from the description given on-line.
Clean, And Quiet
Submitted by: Nona Christiansen in 03/11/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
The accommodations are small but clean and adequate for two people who want to be out in the city rather than in a hotel room. The free bagel and coffee breakfast really made this a bargain. I would stay here again.
Room Unavailable - Sold Out
Submitted by: Glenn in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
We had a reservation but when we arrived after a 2 hour ride we learned that there were no rooms available. The hotel paid our cab fare to another hotel and we had to pay an additional $40.00 for that room. A very bad experience

Historical Traveller Reviews of Union Square Inn Hotel

Value for money

from clarky
We stayed at the Union Square Inn for 5 nights in Nov 2004 on a trip from Sydney Australia. Our room was on Level 3 and I must say it was probably the smallest room in which I have ever stayed. Bathroom likewise, but tastefully renovated. However NY was such an exciting city that we spent very little time in the hotel. The bagel with cream cheese and coffee in the cafe was a welcome start to the day.

Only good thing was the location

from linda789
We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights (arrived home yesterday). The first night (Thursday) was a nightmare. They put us in room 109 which did not even look like a hotel room, it was so bad - scruffy, filthy carpet, tatty huge fridge. As if this wasn't bad enough, it was right next to the boiler and washer/dryer rooms which were so noisy we got no sleep at all the first night. As soon as we saw the room we had asked to be moved but they had no rooms with two beds available til next day. The next day we were told no rooms with two beds available until Saturday but we could have a room with a double bed for that Friday night and move the next day. That evening we were told no twin bed rooms available for the rest of our stay but we would have to move to another room with a double bed as ours had been booked to someone else. This we refused to do and ended up staying in there. I have to say this room was very clean and warm but there was nowhere to hang our clothes. Only stay at this hotel if you really have to. There's a great little bar along the street - the Beauty Bar - definitely recommend it.

It was drafty, not as great as what I am used to

from A TripAdvisor Member
First of all, I knew it would small, but the hallways are very tight, as it was an old rowhouse. That is to be expected with old architecture. What I did not expect was that one would have to lug huge baggage up the tight narrow stairs without an elevator. Apparently, not having elevators is VERY common in all of NYC, so I guess that was not too unusual for them. Room was small, European style, with older furniture and bedspread. There was a small TV. Sheets and towels were very clean, and an updated bathroom was VERY clean, no mold at all, unlike some more expensive name brand hotels I hae been to. No tub, naturally, that wwould take up too much room. Watch out for the water temperature on the showers, though. It was either kind of cold or scalding. Radiators in the room do not allow the patrons to adjust heat, which was a huge shocker for me. We had to call the front desk to ask them to turn on the heat, as it was 57 degrees (had a pocket weather thermometer) and we woke up in the middle of the night literally teeth chattering. The floor to ceiling windows may have been original to the century old structure, and very very drafty. They told us too many people complained about it being too hot , so they turned off the heat!! It was 25 degrees outside! The heat was turned on for a little while, then the next night was on a little bit. They weren't rude, but also did not go out of their way to have good customer service. There was a free continental breakfast in the morning in the adjoining cafe. Very very noisy, as we were right in front of a subway entrance and active street. I loved my NYC experience and it was in the neighborhood of what we wanted to see, but the heat situation made it iffy as to whether I could ever stay there again. I am also not used to such overwhelming noise, that I slept very badly. Price was good, $135 for each weekend night, but still, I am tossed up as to if I would ever go back.

A balancing act

from hope1979
When I rate the Union Square Inn as 'above average' I'm simply balancing the location and the price with the quality of the place. No, it's definitely not luxury. In fact, I've stayed in cleaner youth hostels in Europe and Australia before. However, it IS New York City, and while most of the hotels at this FANTASTIC location are priced closer to $200 rather than the $100 that Union Square Inn is, the value here is fantastic. The staff was helpful and polite and the cafe attached is quite nice. The room was pretty small, ours was in the basement, and it on the spartan side, although there was a television. Basically, Union Square is a great place to crash in Manhattan if you're not planning on spending much time in the hotel. It accomplishes its goal of providing adequate accomodation at a good price and in a fantastic location. Those who find it distateful should think if they can find better value in the same area.

Clean, affordable, superlative staff

from geekling
Unbeknownst to me, the hotel is a walk up. The clerk saw my needs and got me a first floor room. The staff was as cheerful, pleasant, and as knowledgeable as that of any more upscale inn. I had preplotted my itinerary so I didn't miss a concierge.

The tiny (jail cell size with high ceilings and a renovated bath on one end) room was adequate and clean and kept clean during my 4 day stay.

I was able to get herb tea and a piece of fruit for my 'continental breakfast'.

To my surprize, I loved NYC. Clean and great energy. I have always loved the architecture. Everybody I met was friendly and as considerate as they were able to be. Most of the small shopkeepers were friendly and helpful and more than willing to chatter and assist. I happily blew my budget.

The two shopkeeper exceptions didn't get any business from me.

I would go back there in a New York minute. Until I get richer, I would stay at the Union Square Inn again.


from A TripAdvisor Member
I was looking for an affordable, clean room w/ air conditioning for one night in NY. We needed to be close to a subway station, in a decent part of town, & were only going to be in the room essentially to sleep & to shower. For under $100, you get clean, quiet, small, simple breakfast & subway in front of the hotel. This was what we were looking for & I was completely satisfied. My husband made fun of our "view" (in between two buildings), BUT no window access to the busy street equalled VERY QUIET! We both had a great nights rest and we weren't in NY to look out our window anyway! Would stay there again.
NOTE: If you have a lot of luggage and are not looking for a work out, try requesting a room on a lower level, close to stairway.

Good hotel for the price and location

from callt
This hotel is very clean and well kept.
It's just a couple of blocks to the subway station where most of the lines run.
Good continental breakfast deal as well.
I felt very safe staying here. I paid $79 during the week which I thought was an excellent deal for New York.

Now for the downside. The room I had was very, very small. But I only slept and bathed there. If you're not planning on being in the room much, this is an excellent place.

Decent affordable hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Last summer we stayed at this small hotel offering small but clean rooms for affordable prices.
Compared to the average New York prices this hotel is quite cheap; the rooms are small but decent with small private bathrooms. The main inconvenient is that there is no elevator and the web-site did not warn the clients, which could be a big problem for people that cannot climb the steep narrow stairs.
The breakfast is simple and served in the tiny but charmy cafe attached to the Hotel. The location is good and you can easily catch the subway or walk downtown. Good if you plan to spend a few days in NY without spending too much.

Graet Value

from A TripAdvisor Member
Found this place after a few days in New York. It is clean, friendly, well located and tremendous value - ONLY drawback is the lack of an elevator. Front rooms have interesting views over 14th Street

Not bad for the price

from Paul_Fisher
Having read the mixed reviews on this property I was unsure what to expect. For the price, I have no complaints. The room was indeed very small, but was clean, and had airconditioner, TV, toilet & shower as well as a pretty good bed.

It is true that there is no lift, and it's a long way up the stairs, especially with your luggage. (I was able to rustle up a porter to help be at check-out).

The included breakfast is extremely basic, being less than a normal continental.

For the price, I have no complaints.

Top Local Tips for New York City

cost saving check with the concierge for vouchers for food attractions - we saved a bundle

Street eats The fruit from the fruit vendors on the street is cheap and delicious. A great way to eat on the run and stay healthy.

Need easy access to Williamsburg? Shopping in Williamsburg/seeing a concert at McCarren pool? Cheap, convenient accommodations can be found along the L train - the 3rd Ave subway stop is a mere 2 stations from Williamsburg.


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  • Address: 209 East 14th Street - New York City - New York - 10003 - United States
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