Gershwin Hotel

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

7 East 27th Street, New York City, New York, 10016, United States

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Rated 13% higher but also costs 26% more than other 2.5 star hotels

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  • erikute3534's Profile Photo



    like most of us, we had a situation there too. We did like the hotel, but every time when returned to hotel to find problems wasn't fun at all. Will I stay there again? maybe, maybe not..We were lucky that e stayed with kids and off peak season, so we got upgraded to lovely suite which definetely gave us a good memory!

    Unique Quality: LOCATION and weird decor :)

    Directions: perfect, arrived from airport by train to Madisson garden station and walked to the hotel and everywhere else after.

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    My daughter, myself and two friends stayed here April 2007. We picked the hotel on the basis of the really fabulous website. Please, please don't be fooled by that. The outside of the hotel is indeed spectacular....even the lobby is quite cool. The staff were really unhelpful. When we checked in at 2 o' clock we were told that one of the rooms wasn't ready for another hour, so we came back in one hour only to be told that it wouldn't be ready until 5 o'clock. What on earth were they doing to it?
    When we did finally get to our room, no one showed us to the lift or offered to carry our luggage, we were horrified. The rooms were tiny. The bathrooms were disgusting. YUK! It was grimy and dingy.
    We were struggling at one point to find the bus stop for the Hampton Jytny. So we asked the desk clerk to help us, he just told us that there was a pay phone at the end of the street. Well thanks. I thought that the reception staff in hotels were there to help make your stay a pleasant one and to be helpful, silly me.
    I would never, ever stay here again, it was one of the worst hotel experiences of my life. I will be in New York City again this September, I hope that I have better luck this time.

    Unique Quality: Absolutely nothing!

  • Probably not again...


    This place wasn't in the best location and although it is advertised as hip, yet affordable, my memories aren't positive ones. There is a club? downstairs in the lower level of the hotel (or else it's next door, I'm not sure) but if you are on a lower floor, it will be LOUD. I also am very comfortable staying in NYC and walking throughout the city but I can honestly say going to and from that hotel, even during the day, made me a bit uncomfortable. The room though was fine and was clean but I def. wouldn't stay there again.

  • Lady_Disdain's Profile Photo

    Depends on what you want


    Where do I begin? This is surely a case of a mixed review: the good, the bad, the ugly and the cliche (sorry!).

    The good: location, location, location: a few blocks from the Empire State Building, next to 5th avenue, Flatiron, Madison Square Garden. I was able to see everything on foot - it is, in fact, right next to the Museum of Sex, a fact that I "forgot" to mention to my grandparents! It is also cheap and has free internet.

    The bad: it looks dodgy. I had no problems during my stay, but I nearly changed to another hotel when I first checked in. The bar next door has very loud music, clearly heard at night. It also had its share of the bedbugs that have run over NYC.

    The ugly: the decorating (think college dorms, with weird colours and bad posters). the outside has weird sculptures.

    Would I stay there again? Perhaps - I needed a place to crash, but if you plan on staying in your room for anything more than sleeping and showering, then stay somewhere else! A lot of students made for an interesting atmosphere.

  • Either you like it or hate it...


    I stayed in Hotel Gershwin for 7 nights. Our room on the 7th floor was small and shabby. It was hard to get upstairs because there was only one cramped elevator. We had big difficulties to get into the room because the lock didn't work properly.

    The room was quite tidy. There was a narrow doublebed, an armchair, a small table, a chair, a chest of drawers and two bedsidetables in a colorful room. There was a safetybox, an iron and an ironing board in a small closet. TV didn't work. Every time you opened it, it worked maybe 5 minutes. Fortunately, there was a clock radio on the bedsidetable so you could listen to it in the morning.

    The bathroom was clean, but the towels were like handkerchiefs. First there was a soap/shampoo dispenser on the wall, but suddenly it disappeared. One day somebody had installed a new soap bottle which was never filled. Hot water was available if you waited long enough.

    During the first night we were freezing in the room. Next evening the room was hot and humid like a sauna: the radiator released water vapour.The radiator kept us awake every single night. It didn't matter whether it was on or off, the noise was still horrible. The hotel itself seemed to be quiet or then we didn't have any neighbours next to us or above us. Downstairs there was a club and those who had a room at the street-side couldn't sleep at all. Our room was back room. Yes!

    More problems... It was almost impossible to use wall sockets in the room. They were so loose that if you wanted to use a hot brush or mobile phone charger you had to keep the plug with your hand.

    Anyway, we didn't let the hotel room spoil our holidays. It was after all only for resting and washing. I can't criticize the staff, we didn't associate with them. They greeted every day and helped if needed. That's ok. Check-out time was at 11 am which in my opinion is quite early. After check-out they kept luggage safe for a buck per a bag until you left for good... The location of Gershwin was fine, we liked it.

  • raraavis's Profile Photo

    Ten hotels under $250/night in NYC


    I saw this article in the New York Times that listed ten budget hotels in New York City. I've stayed at one of the hotels mentioned and didn't think it was all that jazz. It just goes to show how expensive NYC hotels are. A good place to start if you are looking for comparatively cheaper accomodations. Good luck

    Affinia Dumont, 150 East 34th Street (Lexington and Third Avenues), 212-481-7600; From $199. A business and pet-friendly spot with gym and spa.

    Chelsea Hotel, 222 West 23rd Street (Seventh and Eighth Avenues), 212-243-3700; From $195. The storied bohemian landmark.

    Doubletree Metropolitan, 569 Lexington Avenue (51st Street), 212-752-7000; From $159. A recently renovated Morris Lapidus landmark.

    Excelsior Hotel, 45 West 81st Street (Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), 212-362-9200; From $229. Cozy Upper West Side elegance, steps from Central Park.

    Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street (Fifth and Madison Avenues), 212-545-8000; From $119. Hotel-cum-hostel popular with young Europeans.

    Hotel QT, 125 West 45th Street (Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue), 212-354-2323; From $125. A cheap chic hotel by Andr? Balazs.

    Hotel Stanford, 43 West 32nd Street (Broadway and Fifth Avenue), 800-365-1114; From $189. The staff at this Koreatown hotel speaks Korean and English (and Spanish).

    Hudson Hotel, 356 West 58th Street (Eighth and Ninth Avenues), 212-554-6000; From $199. A former Y.W.C.A. redesigned by Philippe Starck.

    Off SoHo Suites Hotel, 11 Rivington Street (Bowery and Chrystie Streets), 800-633-7646; Economy rooms from $199 (sharing kitchen and bath with another room); suites from $189. Euro-style suites between SoHo and the Lower East Side.

    The Time, 224 West 49th Street (Broadway and Eighth Avenue), 877-846-3692; From $189. Another hip, high-concept hotel in Times Square.

  • raraavis's Profile Photo

    Don't be fooled by its website


    The Gershwin Hotel has a superb website, but that's about it. Depending on your price range, you can have a higher end room or share a room with others hostel style. The room is small with old furniture. The bathroom is small too. Sometimes you get soaps, sometimes you don't. The bed is squishy. Essentially, all facilities are bare minimum. We didn't see any significant artworks in the hotel as claimed on the website. We were disappointed by this accomodation. However, this hotel is a little cheaper than the others we considered. So price makes a big difference in the city.

    We had a medium range room with private bathroom for $180.

    Unique Quality: Great location for exploring the city.
    Newly opened Museum of Sex is next door. We didn't go in, so can't really comment.

  • YolandaC's Profile Photo

    Funky and affordable


    The Gershwin is located mid town - within walking distance to most things. The room was basic but clean, sporting a great print of picasso looking startled. The staff was knowledgable and friendly. There was a nightclub next door called the gallery but we couldn't hear it.

    Unique Quality: Great price with a little bit of funk.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo

    New York City's Funkiest Hotel


    Walk to the front doorstep of the Gershwin and discover that it's Andy Warhol meets Louis Armstrong clashing with Madison Avenue. For those with reservations (among the cheapest stays in Manhattan), every floor is awash with memorabilia, artwork, bright splashes of color, and other artistic touches. Rooms can be a bit cramped as they are in many urban centers, but the comfort cannot be denied. During my stay however, calls could not be made from my room and hot water was unavailable in the bathroom (tenants were given $20 at the front desk to shower at a nearby gym!)

    Unique Quality: The Gershwin has no restaurant or gymnasium and not much of a lounge in the lobby, but the staff are well-informed on things to do in the city. Discount tickets for theater performances are available in the lobby, and maps and brochures for city attractions are likewise available.

    Directions: seven blocks south of Empire State Building, just east of Fifth Avenue on E 27th

  • diageva's Profile Photo

    Gershwin Hotel


    I choose this hotel following SirRichard Tip, and it was a good election.

    Gershwin Hotel is a good place to be at NYC. Walking distance from nearly everywhere with a funny decoration.

    The first night I had a suit cause the normal room where full ... room 1043 (I think) wowww it was a great suit ... with such a great decoration !!!! over the bed's head .. the head of a gembok made of paper ... wow ... it was very funny

    The rest of the time I did had a double room that was ok ... but not so funny and nice :)

    Downstairs a music bar.

    Directions: 5th with the 27 Street East

  • sarahandgareth's Profile Photo

    Funky Flatiron pad


    This was our first hotel experience in New York, since we weren't staying with friends on this occasion.

    We had heard good things about the hotel, which has an eye-catching front with protruding fiberglass constructions that might be wafting smoke, or billowing material, or bizarre tusks.

    The building is quite old, and this is very visible in the corridors, which often look less than impressive, despite the jazzed-up walls, which are covered in (often very interesting) modern art. The clientele seemed pretty funky - plenty of artistic types in among the out-of-towners. There's a bar, too, that's supposed to be very hip, but it was closed when we were there.

    Like many NY hotels, you pay for location, and this is very convenient to areas like Times Square, the Empire State, Chelsea and Union Square, all just a short walk away.

    Unique Quality: The artwork is worth lingering over: there are prints, but also many original works, including a soup can signed by Andy Warhol in a whimsical reference to his prints.

    Directions: It's a couple of blocks from the Flatiron building.

  • skullcrusher's Profile Photo

    Cheap dives in Manhattan.


    Like many other great cities on this planet, trying to find an economical place to crash in NYC can be a challenge at times. Here's a list of some decent places in Manhattan:

    Big Apple Hostel - 119 W. 45th Street; (US$35 for a dorm bed / US$85 for a private room)
    This place is very good, very popular, and can fill up quickly.

    Gershwin Hotel - 7 E. 27th Street; (US$35 - 59 for a dorm bed / US$100 - 180 for a private)
    Swanky joint for the "discerning" poor person.

    New York International Hostel - 891 Amsterdam Ave.; (US$28 for a dorm bed / US$75 for a private)
    Big facility with great amenities in a poor location.

    Chelsea International Hostel - 251 W. 20th Street: (US$23 for a dorm bed / US$55 for a private)
    Tight quarters, but in a really hip location.

    If you want cheap, private accomodations and don´t need all the frills of a a fancy hotel then you may want to stay at one of the YMCAs that are spread around Manhatten. Prices vary a bit, but a single room will cost about US$93 per night. At that price you should expect to get a spartan room but one nice perk is that you also get to use the Y´s facilities such as the gymnasium & pool. Check the website: : there you´ll be able to find locations and check for prices.

  • johnsakura's Profile Photo

    Gershwin Hotel


    The Gershwin experience begins as soon as you walk into the Pop Art-bedecked lobby, a museum space unto itself that contains an actual Campbell's Soup Can by Andy Warhol, signed by the artist himself. The welcome continues at the front desk, where our guests are greeted by the friendly, multinational staff, who between them boast a formidable array of languages-and smiles!
    A veritable arts festival unto itself, the Gershwin also boasts The Living Room, a separate performance space that features regular music, comedy, and theater performances.

    Unique Quality: Conference Facilities
    2 Bedroom Suite
    Meeting Facilities
    1 Bedroom Suite
    Gift Shop
    Business Or Meeting
    Banquet Facility

    - Preferred Access To Upscale Duomo Gym Club On
    26th Street. Daily Pass 15.00. Guest Id And Room
    Key Requested For Access.
    - Madison Square Park On 26th Street

    Hiking Trails
    Laundry Service
    Sprinklers In Rooms
    Ironing Board
    Federal Express Service
    Baby Sitting
    Cribs Available
    Cable Tv
    Air Conditioned
    Hairdryer In Room
    Alarm Clock
    Concierge Desk
    Luggage Storage
    Fire Safety Certified
    24 Hour Manager On Duty
    In Room Alarm System
    Maid Service
    Safe Deposit Box
    Pc Use Including Internet
    Copy Service
    Doctor On Call
    24-Hour Front Desk
    Baggage Storage
    Audio Visual Equipment
    Color Tv
    Wakeup Service
    Family Plan-Children Allowed
    Tour Desk
    Dry Cleaning
    Ice Machine
    Full Breakfast
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Non-Smoking Room

    -Family Plan- There Is No Room Charge For One Child 10 Years Or Under, When Sharing Accommodation With 2 Paying Adults And Using Existing Beds. Maximum 4 Persons Per Room Allowed
    -Pet Policy- Pets Allowed
    - Travel Agency Commission Policy -
    - Tax Policy - 1. 13.25 Percent Tax Per Room 2. 2.00 Usd Per Room Per Night
    Guarantee Policy: For All Reservations- Guarantee To Valid Form Of Payment Is Required At Booking.
    Cancellation Policy: For All Reservations- Cancel 2 Days Prior To Arrival Date To Avoid Penalty Of 1 Nights Room Charge.

    Directions: -Subway Stations The N R Trains Stops At 28th Street And Broadway, The 6 Train Stops At 28th Street And Park AvenueIs Located on 27th Street Between Madison Fifth Avenue.

  • SNEAKS's Profile Photo

    NYC Best for Budget Travelers


    The Gershwin is everything a budget traveler needs. The rooms start at $99, and that is a bargain for what you get at this hotel. The hotel is located in the Flatiron District, just blocks from the Empire State Building.

    Unique Quality: There is no hotel in NYC quite like this one. The Gershwin is a museum for art lovers. The lobby is filled with Pop Art, including an actual Campbell's Soup Can by Warhol. The staff is multilangual. There is also a performance space called The Living Room, which features music, comedy, and theater performances. Each of it's 13 floors boasts its own original art, and none of the rooms are alike.

    Directions: Flatiron District

  • fatfrednotte's Profile Photo

    Gershwin Hotel


    Current price for a hostel style bed is $29.99!

    Unique Quality: This is the best run hostel in town. Funky and cool. Even has some groovy art with two original Lichtensteins and a Warhol soup can in the lobby. Centrally located in midtown. There used to be a theatre next door and 'Le Trapeze,' a swingers joint, still exists just east of the hostel!

    Directions: Just north of the Flatiron Building off Fifth Avenue.

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The Gershwin Hotel NY

by NealP

Does the Gershwin have private baths and air conditioning?
Thank you very much.

RE: The Gershwin Hotel NY

by raraavis

Depends on what kind of room you get.

We had a standard room with private bath and AC. The Gershwin is a cheapish hotel by NYC standard, so don't expect great things.

RE: RE: The Gershwin Hotel NY

by Bangkokjoe

Was just in it. It was acceptable for a shower, shave and a ......

It was a private shower in my room not a bath. Air con was fine. No frills.

You won't be in the hotel long if you're smart anyway.


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Address: 7 East 27th Street, New York City, New York, 10016, United States