The Jane Hotel: New York Neo-Victorian

The first time I visited Europe in 2000, I took an overnight train from Copenhagen to Paris. My tiny, beautiful, old-fashioned cabin had wood paneling and bunk beds, and it was the first thing that came to mind when the uniformed bellhop opened the door to my itty bitty room last week at The Jane Hotel in New York City. Which makes sense, because until the YMCA bought the building in 1944, it was called the Seaman’s Relief Center and meant to house sailors. (Interestingly, according to The Jane website, the survivor’s of the Titanic were housed there in 1912. I might have selected a place with less cabin-y rooms, but society was less sensitive back then). Even though I knew what to expect, I still gasped out loud at the room’s 50 square feet (my dream closet is larger). But there’s ample storage above and below the bed, and once I stored my belongings, the room felt cozy and comfortable. Even sharing a bathroom posed no problems, although there are larger rooms with private baths for those so inclined.

Restored in 2008 (the building’s centennial), The Jane’s lobby features wood paneling, period wallpaper and lots of taxidermy. There’s also a spectacularly opulent onsite bar that ensures a lobby full of hipsters most evenings, and the excellent Cafe Gitane, where I ate several meals. (I highly recommend the avocado toast with red pepper flakes, a delicious, filling and healthy breakfast)(and they make a mean americano). All in all, my experience was equal or better to that of most hotels and I’m sure I’ll stay at The Jane again next time I visit Manhattan. In fact, at less than $100 per night for a room in the very cool West Village neighborhood, The Jane Hotel practically ensures I’ll be visiting the Big Apple more often. Although I must admit, when I spent a couple nights at my friend’s place after checking out of The Jane, his 170 (ish) square foot guest bedroom seemed positively palatial. What do you think? Is 50 square foot enough room for you? And how about that Neo-Victorian decor in the hotel lobby?

The Jane Hotel. 113 Jane St., New York, NY. 212.924.6700

White marble adds an elegant touch.

Room #2 (bunk bed room – $115).

Anaglypta wallpaper in the stairwells adds to the Jane’s Neo-Victorian vibe.

The bellboy was very speedy.

Guests have access to the hotel’s fleet of bicycles for getting around Manhattan.

Cafe Gitane.


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13 Responses to “The Jane Hotel: New York Neo-Victorian”

  1. Frenchee le Trip 02. Aug, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Great report! I’m linking this from my Facebook page.

    Bon voyage.

  2. What a gorgeous building! But those rooms – I think I might have an attack of claustrophobia, but it would be kind of fun to see if I’m up to the challenge.

  3. I think the room looks amazing and as for the 50 sq ft, I think I’d have to be in it before I could tell if I would go insane or not. But 50 sq ft or not just looking around that lobby makes me want to stay there plus it’s not to hard on the wallet. How did you find out about this place?

  4. Hey Mike, I must credit my good friend (and sometimes Strange Closets contributor) Albert Tanquero for the suggestion. Albert visits NYC frequently for his stationary business The Found, and he recommended The Jane.

  5. I have heard people talk about this place. Thanks for giving me an insider’s view.

  6. Perri Collins 06. Aug, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Loved all the pics. I may have to stay here next time I’m in New York. Maybe. :-)

  7. Tate, friends are definitely the best when it comes to finding cool hidden gems like that. And I just checked out The Found, looks pretty awesome. Thinking about grabbing a few of those matchbox cards he has.

  8. I love The Jane! Their website is equally unique. Let me know if you need other NYC suggestions for your next trip! xo

  9. Carol the Intrepid Traveller 03. Sep, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Loved your room at The Jane. I think it is larger than the $100/night hall closet I crashed in for 4 nights in Tokyo in 1996. I’d have to check with a tape measure to be sure. The decor at The Jane is palatial compared to the Tokyo hotel (which shall remain nameless). Cozy and warm, I’d have been thrilled to be there as a Titanic survivor… Good recommendation, send my thanks to Albert T. I will try The Jane the next time I happen to be going to New York City.