Washington Square Hotel

, New York City, United States
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Washington Square Hotel

, New York City

Rooms: 150

103 Waverly Place - New York City - New York - 10011 9194 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 777 9515
461 Traveller

Reviews - Washington Square Hotel

8/10
Charming Little Hotel
Submitted by: Jane Yost in 12/02/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Can't beat the location, if you want charm, ambience, restaurants, night life, eclectic shopping ... foyer is gorgeous ... restaurant cozy, nice atmosphere, good service & can dine alone without feeling odd ... rooms are basic but adequate ... i've stayed there twice, once alone, in a single-bed room, once with friend in 2 double-bed room ... small, but adequate enough for those who aren't staying too long AND who travel reasonably light with compactly styled baggage. Wash. Sq. itself is a wonderful backyard ... it's NYC in a nutshell. If you're looking for Trump style glitz, go uptown to the giant hotels.
1/10
Pathetic & abhorrent customer service
Submitted by: Darryl Richardson in 16/10/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type:
I write this review on behalf of my son & daughter-in-law who, unfortunately, stayed at this establishment. My review stems from the fact that on several occasions, I sent emails to their reservations department advising that I would pay my son & daughter-in-law's stay at the hotel. This I thought would be a rather simple request (how foolish of me to think that). My request, in short, was that they cancel the credit card details of my daughter-in-law supplied to them three weeks prior to their arrival on 06 October 2006 and debit my credit card. A very simple request. WRONG! I have had the misfortune of communicating with a person of whom I can only describe as an illiterate moron with a very, very limited grasp of the English language with an even greater limitation in spelling and grammar. How this person could hold her position with this hotel beggars belief. To end this review I can say that the moron has not only charged my daughter-in-law's credit card but also mine. Their response to this problem when it was brought to their attention this morning? We'll pay it back in six weeks. Little comfort to my son & daughter-in-law as their credit card had been wiped out. Unfortunately, your rating only goes to 1 (worst). Perhaps it would be prudent to add -10 which would then adequately describe this flea bitten hotel.
5/10
Good location.....disappointing rooms...not a bargain!
Submitted by: Cerian Jones in 29/06/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
The hotel is well located close opposite one of the few green spaces in NYC (Washington Sq), in Greenwich Village, which has a friendly and human scale amongst the high rise anonymity of New York.
The entrance lobby is well appointed with a cosy tea room at the rear. The rooms are on the small side, and the closets are totally inadequate. We ended up not being able to unpack one suitcase, and had to hang clothes from the shower rail in the bathroom. We asked if any of the other rooms had bigger closets and were told they were all the same size!
The dining room is also small and we had to stand in line for breakfast every morning for 5 - 10 minutes. It is open to non-residents, and this causes even more congestion. The greeter was particularly rude to us. Breakfast is very basic: a bagel, fruit and coffee.
We ate there one evening and the food was excellent but expensive.
Overall we were expecting much better for the price, and we would not return to this establishment, but would search out a better deal in the same neigbourhood (with a bigger closet and a friendlier restaurant staff!).
7/10
Enjoyed this hotel
Submitted by: Henry Behr in 27/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Pleasure Seeker
We enjoyed this hotel and it was close to where out daughter goes to college.
5/10
Convenient for the Village
Submitted by: William Knight in 27/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The two good things about this hotel are its location and its restaurant. For the rest, it is somewhat unappealing. Hideous decor and unless one books a large room, cubby holes to sleep in. The restaurant staff are very friendly and the breakfasts good.
8/10
Great Location - Great Simple Accommodation
Submitted by: Maureen Cronin in 22/06/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
You can't do better than the Washington Square Hotel for location, reasonable pricing, pleasant staff, nice breakfast (lovely waiters - one of whom wrote us a poem). The only downside is you have to book in advance because they fill up quickly.
9/10
Quaint, quiet with an international flavour
Submitted by: David Sting in 20/05/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Washington Square Hotel is in an excellent location, especially if you enjoy Greenwich Village. The staff is polite and accommodating. The clientele are of an international origins which makes for a very unique experience. I always enjoy my stay at the hotel and the room rates are reasonable for New York.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Washington Square Hotel

Loved our stay here!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here over New Year this year and had a wonderful experience. The room was well sized and very clean as was the bathroom. Hallways are no indication of how the rooms look. Decor is really cute and foyer looks great too. No real concierge or door service but that means no tipping required which was more than fine with us. Complimentary breakfast is great .. bagel, muffin, small bowl of fruit with yoghurt and juice/tea/coffe ....a bit samey after 10days but free so no complaints. The area is an absolute winner. So close to great restaurants/bakery's and the subway is 2min down the road. Only complaint was that our room got terribly hot when sleeping at night and no-one could seem to turn off the heat. Recommend asking for a room where the window opens onto the street so as to get air flow if this is a problem. Would definately stay here again!!

Good Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent 5 nights at the Washington Square over New Year and had a great time.
The location is good as has been mentioned before, as well as being in walkable distance of loads of places the hotel is also 1 minute from the Subway.
The room was very clean and well maintained and probably as small as most other New York hotel rooms, and definitely worth paying slightly more for the better rooms.
Breakfast was okay - unless you fancy a huge fry up every morning there was a good amount as well, and we didn't have to queue at all!
The staff were helpful and I was very impressed that when we reported our toilet was blocked at 8:30 on New Year's morning the problem was fixed within 2 minutes!

This place blows

from A TripAdvisor Member
Very narrow hallways, small rooms. Window had view of a wall 5 feet away. Radiator heat way too load at night and room way too hot. Steam from heat in bathroom created pool of water on floor. Not worth the $150 to stay the night. Would have rather stayed at a Motel 8 or the like. Never again.

Perfect Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Washington Square Hotel for 4 nights in Dec 2004. We thought it was perfect and very good value for money. The location was excellent, just off Washington Square between 5th and 6th Ave, in Grenwich Village. Lots of good local shops and restaurants and everything is within walking distance whilst at the same time you are staying somewhere with more of a village atmosphere. The rooms are fairly small and compact but clean and tidy, the staff are helpful but not overly friendly and we did have to queue to get a table for breakfast - so decided not the bother. I would certainly recommend this hotel, and would not consider staying anywhere else.

Served its purpose, good location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just back from 4 nights in the Washington Square HOtel. I was there with an old school pal and we wanted to shop and see New York. We had a renovated twin room which was adequate. It was clean and fresh and the beds were comfortable. The bathroom was also clean. We were on the 8th floor so no noise problems and after reading some reviews on this site were actually relieved by the size and condition of the room. So pay the extra $15 per night and get a renovated room!

Location was good for dinners and drinks in the evening and also shopping in SoHO.

Breakfast filled a gap but not a highlight.

Would stay there again as would not want to pay more than $200.00 per night for a hotel room.

tinpot establishment

from rippedoffman
we have 'roughed it' in motel rooms across USA but found conditions at this hotel easily the poorest.
We were given a room just off the lobby area behind the reception. Outside was a skip full of dirty linen and vacuum cleaners were lined up. We assumed this was a storage area for janitor as time was 7pm. Condition of decor was appalling and it became clear the vacuums had seen no action in that room for some time.
Room had many problems. faulty hissing radiator, buzzing lightbulbs, excessive dust, dirty cupboards, old sweetwrappers and alarmingly a broken insecure window (room was ground floor)
NO apology offered. they were more concerned that we might have disturbed the 'clean' room! They were keen for us to take this particular room and it occured to us that they wanted to isolate us as a family with kids.
Requested another room which was better, but insufficient space. however could not fault daily room service.
Unacceptable service on last day as denied half of 'complimentary' breakfast. they claimed they had run out of food, but continued to serve 'paying' guests exactly what we usually had. Bizarre & outrageous......

Definitely a One-Time Experience

from ski2dude
Just completed a one night stay at this hotel and I have to say it's one of the poorest properties I've stayed at in a long time. The lobby is beautiful but the rooms are horrible. After navigating down narrow hallways and heavy wooden firedoors, I got to my room which shared a bathroom with the room next to it. I was told the room would most likely remain empty for the night so the bathroom would be just mine, but this made me nervous so I locked my own room each time I used the bathroom.

The room itself was small and cramped with a window air-conditioner, so I wouldn't recommend it for the summer. There was a small tv on a shelf and a nightstand and that was pretty much it. The pictures on their website are the entire room-- don't be fooled. I didn't expect anything huge but just something clean and nice. The bedlinens were clean and in good condition but the bath towels were another story. Of the two handtowels I had (which I guess one was for me and the other for the other room), one had bloodstains and the other had brown marks all over it. Not the most pleasant thing to find out while you're drying you face with it.

All that set aside, we thought we'd get something good out of the hotel with the continential breakfast. Well, I can't actually say what it was like because it doesn't start until 7:30am and we left at 7am for a meeting uptown. Obviously they don't cater to the business crowd often.

All and all, I would strongly advise you to avoid this hotel unless you are only staying for one night and need to be close to Washington Square. It could be nice with a little work but right now it's not worth the money it costs to stay there.

Great Hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just returned from a 3 night stay at the Washington Square Hotel-it was wonderful! I was a bit worried when I read the other reviews, they were unfounded. Request a renovated room. You must set your expectations however--this is an OLD, boutique hotel, no room service, no jaccuzzi tubs, no bell hops, just lots of character in a small, very small space. Fantastic location in the Village, walking distance to great shopping, resturants and clubs. Very reasonable rates at under 200 for New York.

Too Much Money

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was disapointed! The prices were a bit high and the rooms were a let down. Small, weak decor, the windows were made of that "fogged" glass and were very small. It was clean however and the lobby was impressive. The bar is nothing - I left. Beds were comfortable. I would stay here if the price was lower.

Love the Washington Square Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have stayed at the Washington Square Hotel many times in recent years. It is the perfect New York hotel for anyone who is tired of the cookie cutter hotels that all look alike. The hotel has been here for 100 years so anyone looking for new construction should look elsewhere. But, if you are interested in something different and something with a history, this is the place for you. The location is excellent, right on Washington Square and just blocks from SoHo and the subway. The staff is excellent, attentive and not intrusive. The rooms are cozy with very comfortable beds and warm duvets. Hot water is plentiful and there are soft towels and bathrobes to lounge in. The public areas and rooms are imaginatively decorated, a beautiful tile painting of Sargent’s Madame X is in the lobby and there is original art throughout. The North Square restaurant is adjacent to the hotel and is where the continental breakfast that is included with the room is served. It is a warm and inviting space with an eclectic bistro style menu. The restaurant is great and has something for everyone from cioppino to filet mignon, duck and vegetarian offerings. Be sure to leave room for the excellent chocolate cake and lemon tart desserts! All these qualities combine to make Washington Square Hotel an absolute gem in the Big Apple and I can't wait to get back.

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metro card Buy a 25$ unlimited 7 day metro card. we used it on the buses and went as far as queens and coney island with it.

Use the subways! We went everywhere via the buses and subways, getting a Metrocard from the Hudson News stand at Laguardia, and another from the vending machine in the subway station when we used that one up. It is by far the cheapest way to get around, NYC has an extensive transit system, and with taxis you can be sitting in traffic almost wherever you go. We had transit maps we carried with us, and found that contrary to popular opinion, most New Yorkers are extremely helpful with directions (to an extent that surprised us!). We would probably take taxis coming home at night though, if it was late.

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  • Address: 103 Waverly Place - New York City - New York - 10011 9194 - United States
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