Washington Jefferson Hotel

, New York City, United States
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Washington Jefferson Hotel

, New York City
3 star

Rooms: 160

318 West 51st Street - New York City - New York - 10019 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 246 7550
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1/10
This place sucks
Submitted by: Rebecca in 27/09/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
This is the worst hotel I've ever stayed in. The room -- and I paid extra for a 'delux' was teeny; could barely fit the bed, no closet, no room for luggage; it was dirty, the wall paper was stained and torn, the carpet was so nasty I didn't want to walk on it. No closet. No air conditioning. The bed was like a rock. There was an outdated swamp cooler in the window, so the window had to stay open at all hours, which was great given there is a night club across the street. The maid didn't even make up the room one of the days. When we arrived, the valet refused to park our car and instead walked down the street, apparently to hang out with a friend. I would not recommend anyone stay here, and I certainly never will again. What a waste of money.
3/10
Do not stay in room 202 !!!!
Submitted by: Carol Speed in 23/08/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I have never seen such a small hotel room in my life and I have travelled quite a bit. There was no closet and the room we got backed up to a closet where they kept the garbage!! The smell was terrible, the air conditioner was not working (it was 98 degrees outside) and the blinds to the window would not open. When the staff was advised of the situation -- they did nothing and for two days kept telling me that the "manager" was on duty but he mysteriously was never around when I asked to speak to him. The location was good but I would definitely not stay here again.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Washington Jefferson Hotel

make your own mind up!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My partner and I stayed here in Dec 2002. The hotel is in a good location although the street does look rather dodgy! The staff were friendly enough, what you might expect from this class of accomodation.
Yes, our room was small but nicely kitted out. If you are going to NYC for a shopping trip like we were, there isnt enough space for all the bags. I think if we had shopped about abit more we could have got more for our money at another hotel.

Tricked by Washington Jefferson

from A TripAdvisor Member
The washigton jefferson hotel is horrible. My wife and I had booked a room back in July 03, and also paid for it July, booking #14515824, we went to check in on 12/13/03, and were told the pipes broke in our room. I asked the manager if I could see the room as I did not believe him. He said I could not see the room. What they did was booked our room to someone else for Fri and Sat night not just our Sat night. My wife is on Chemo and has not been out for over a year, we had been looking forward to this trip. What a way to make her feel even wrost.
These people that run this hotel are all about making money, and don't care about the guest. Please don't stay there, they may do this to you.

VERY SMALL ROOM! my room smelled like puke

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed as one person in the WJ. I had a single bed and the room was so hot and smelled like someone threw up on the floor. It's in a good location though so it's fine if you won't be staying there long. My room was so small and very hot and I coudn't control the heat. The sink is tiny.

ve ever seen!

from ramchalice
I've stayed in some small hotel rooms but this one is in a league of its own! Hotel is well decorated, clean and wonderfully located, but the room was so small as to be comical. We're talkin' tiny. You can do better for the price.

The hotel from hell

from jeromeoconnor
Only a prison cell (and my room came close) has smaller accommodations. Examples: SO SMALL that the tiny TV hangs from the ceiling. SO SMALL that there is no place even for a night stand (never mind a closet, or chest of drawers.) I left clothes on the bed or on the door hook. And no chairs and no table. All that the room had was an uncomfortable and very narrow bed - nothing else. SO SMALL that that the "bath" (there's no tub, of course) was only 6X8ft. The "room", really cell, was only slightly larger at 8X12'. By golly, that is the size of a prison cell, so I was close in the initial summary. The owners greatly mis-represent beds by referring to a very very tiny single bed as a "double." Thinking that the place must have been a flophouse at one time, and in fairness about half the house had been renovated as of May 2003, I inspected the UN-renovated half, and, indeed it IS a flophouse, or has all the appearances of one. How about floors with linoleum, scarred and pitted wooden doors, and one bath on each floor in the unrenovated part. Also, odd loking people walking about at times. The cheap prices don't merit the torture and humiliation of being confined in this house of horrors in the city that never sleeps.

Nice staff, nice lobby, but wait until you get upstairs!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The staff was nice. The lobby was lovely. That's about all I can say for the WJ.I was quoted one price, and charged a higher one.They put me on the unrenovated side of the hotel -- roughly translated "The side that's still tenement".Community bathrooms for the permanent residents, awful odors, writing on the walls.The room itself was TINY -- and didn't smell all that great from the other rooms on the floor.I don't recommend it unless you just need a place to crash for a few hours, because the location is fabulous.

Loved The WJ Hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our first time to NY and we loved the Washington Jefferson Hotel. It was a great location, right in the heart of everything. The staff was very helpful and friendly and even though the rooms are small (like all NY hotels!) it was very comfortable and modern and had everything you could ever need. The bed was great with a down comforter! It is also located right next to a GREAT Irish Pub (B&B Doyles) that is perfect for the beginning or ending of your evening! We would definitely stay there again!

t judge the book by its cover, the main phrase here.

from JoshThePilot
"Don't judge the book but its cover", the main focus of this review.

When looking at the hotel outside and lobby you right away think it seems like a good place to stay. WRONG. The hotel may have a fancy looking outside, a stylish lobby and a nice website, but the rooms are small and poorly designed.

My room was on the 2nd floor. Getting off the elevator (which looks like it was from 30 years ago, with a wooden door after the main metal door) you can turn to the left or right. On the right you see a nicer looking hallway with nice red carpet and doors. If you turn to the left (where my room was) you see a cheap looking hallway with old doors, 2 shared washrooms and maybe 4 or 5 regular hotel doors. (The ugly wooden ones are for the people who live in the building as permanent residents).

Going into my room I saw 2 twin beds which had maybe 1 foot between them, maybe even less. A small cramped work desk with nice looking hotel branded papers and a pen (no chair though) and a little armour with a safe and some hangers. No drawers for clothes. The room was the smallest I ever saw. The view from my room was terrible, I looked out to window to see a dirty dindgy building.

One of the beds was positioned up against the wall right near the air conditioner. Of course, I had to open the blinds to get the cool air to enter (it's an in-window air conditioner unit) and the air blew across my bed, making it dificult to sleep after waking up at 3am.

The next morning I took my stuff and checked into the Novotel on West 52nd street where my friend was going to be staying. I had a great time at the Novotel and will never be returning to th WJ again.

The only thing this hotel is good for is for people wanting to stay 1 night, have a little nap and leave. If you want a good hotel around that location, stay at the Novotel on West 52nd or the Sheraton around that area.

As I returned to the hotel the first and last night I stayed there, I saw the crew of El Al (Israel Airlines) loading their baggage into a van. Maybe they didn't like it too! Pretty lousy place for a great airline crew of El Al to stay!

had a great time, will definitely go back

from A TripAdvisor Member
spent 3 nights (fri/sat/sun) at the wj this past weekend and quite enjoyed the stay. i stayed in 680 (twin room) at a rate of $99 a night and for that money it was well worth it. the room was spotless, the bathroom was equipped with modern fixtures and stand-up shower which I actually preferred, rather than a tub with curtain that always gets in the way (who takes a bath at a hotel anyway?).the reception staff was helpful and polite, but chad the doorman definitely surpassed my doorman expectations. he was very helpful and friendly and was always ready to give me advice and directions every time i left the hotel, and wish me well on my way. thanks chad, you're the best!back to the room - yes it was tiny, but being only 5"2, a big room would just be a waste anyway. truth be known, i didnt spend much time in there anyway - its new york city! the bed was very comfortable with a goosedown duvet, the furniture and deco was tasteful and the air conditioner worked properly (although it got a bit noisy at night). the view wasn't anything great (the room looked onto the adjoining building) although i did happen to get a nice good look at an attractive young man getting out of the shower.anyway, i would give this hotel an overall rating of 4/5, partly due to the fact that I could never seem to reach housekeeping, and they didnt have any bottle openers available to me. luckily the bathroom doorjamb opened my corona bottles just fine.i will definitely be staying there next time i am back in nyc.

Surprisingly pleased

from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked the wj hotel sight unseen. In fact..I had never been to new york before. I was a little sceptical of the area from things that I have heard. I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I was. the area is everything that you imagine New York to be. We were right in the center of the theater district, walking distance to central park, time square, and many other sights. We arrived during the first real cold spell of the winter. The room, although very small, was very comfortable. The down comforter was worth the stay alone! The staff was very friendly and helpful. When I return to New York, I will definately stay at the WJ.

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  • Address: 318 West 51st Street - New York City - New York - 10019 - United States
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