Holiday Inn Manhattan Downtown

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

138 Lafayette Street, New York City, New York, 10013, United States

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  • Robin922's Profile Photo

    Older building, but does the job


    First you must remember this isn't a new building! Like many older hotels, the rooms are much smaller. To give you an idea how small... the desk is at the foot of the bed, and with the chair pushed in there is less than a foot clearance to walk through. If you have ever taken a cruise, think of it as a cabin on land, with a lot less storage. An open rod to hang your clothing, two very small drawers under each night table and the TV cabinet.
    While the bath room is small it does have a tub, and a very small granite vanity.

    Bed is comfy, water is hot, and while not plush isn't bad overall if don't mind cracked floor tile, chipped tub, wall paper peeling off the wall.

    The hallways to the rooms are showing their age. You can hear the wooden floor creek, as you walk down the hallways. In many areas you need to watch out for loose carpeting, the buckling is bad enough to trip you.

    As for the staff, most have been great. Front desk, was polite and helpful, housekeeping does a great job. Much to my surprise the maid even wrote me a little Thank You note for the tip. That is a first, for me and I've stayed in hundreds of hotels.

    The only person who appeared to be lazy was the concierge. I had boxed up my shopping and was wanting to mail it home. I've done this dozens of times from other hotels, but I got the 'not my job' attitude from him, and was told to go down the street to a UPS/Fedex shipping store.

    The onsite restaurant is modest, but staff was friendly and the one meal I ate there was good. (I didn't come to NYC to eat in a hotel)

    When you arrive, there is one little desk on the main floor. You can give them your luggage, and then go to the 2nd floor to check in.

    While the hotel isn't perfect, and can appear to be expensive. Just remember everything is this part of town is $$$$, and you most likely won't be speeding that much time in your room.

    Unique Quality: As for location, that is one of the best reasons to stay here. Subway is just round block and Canal Street (cheap shopping) is only a block away. Shop dump the bags and go sightseeing. You are also an easy walk (or you can take the subway) to any of the attractions in the downtown area. (Ground Zero, Battery Park, Staten Island Ferry, and dock for Stature of Liberty. If you like to eat, Chinatown and Little Italy are only a 5 minute walk.

    Using the subway, you are only minutes from midtown and an hour from the Bronx Zoo.

    If you like to keep in touch online and have a laptop, each room offers free wireless connection.

  • ravelinks's Profile Photo

    good location for Soho shopping


    I've been to this location 3 times so far, and will continue to go to this location every time I visit NYC because of its close proximity to Soho. Soho is within walking distance (downstairs, turn right outside the entrance, and make an immediate right at the street corner, walk a couple blocks, and you will be in the district, towards the right). Shop til you drop, then walk back to the hotel and drop your bags and do more shopping. Also, train stop is just outside the hotel, at the same corner, making your connection to the entire city within footsteps and within minutes of the subway. I especially liked the sushi restaurant, which was within 2 blocks from the hotel. Hotel amenities are pretty much the same as all the Holiday Inn hotels, and that's why I usually book Holiday Inn wherever I go. It's not too expensive or overpriced like the "5 star" hotels are. Also, there is free wifi at this hotel, so if you have a laptop , u can access the web right from your room. I will definitely return again on my next NYC trip (prolly this summer). Oh yeah, the location is considered "downtown NYC" but it can also be referred to as "chinatown". Chinatown is downstairs, walk to the left and the district is to the right. I havent really checked out chinatown district, nor downtown, I really refer to this location as "holiday inn soho"

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decent but the Beekman Tower was better

by A TripAdvisor Member

First, I don't think this hotel should be listed as Downtown/Soho. I think this is rather deceptive since it is more in Chinatown than Soho. To get pretty much anywhere walking, you definitely have to go through part of Chinatown. The hotel is decent. The staff were extremely hospitable and helpful. The room was small. It was me, my sister and mom in a room with 2 double beds and even that seemed a little cramped. It is convenient to the subway. Actually the subway runs right underneath the hotel so if you are a light sleeper you are sure to hear it (my mom did). We visited the weekend of Nov 11, 2004 and think this must've been the beginning of the peak season because the room was $200/night and definitely not worth that much especially after having stayed at the Beekman Towers for about $50 less and feeling like we had a lot more room.


by TripAdvisor Member inenbasket

I stayed at the Holiday Inn downtown/soho for several nights in january.

Staff were friendly and helpful. Check in is from 3pm, and having a speedy passage through customs etc meant i arrived early at midday, but I did not have to wait around for 3 hours- i was given my room straight away. Very useful after a long haul flight.
Place is clean and tidy, and the concierge/security are friendly and helpful if you ever need some local knowledge or assistance, be it the nearest bar (check out puck fair about 3 blocks higher up on lafayette) or somewhere to eat.

Room was an adequate size, and both the room and bathroom were both cleaned daily and to a high standard. The air con in the room was rather noisy, but a quick blast of it for a few minutes kept the room warm for ages.
It could get a bit cold with the air con off- but with the wind chill outside being -20 degrees and it snowing, that was hardly surprising!
There is so much to do in the city that you will probably not be spending much time in the hotel room anyway.
Normal Tv (plus pay per view if you feel the need), a cd player, desk and a hair drier are all in the room too.

It is right on the edge of chinatown, so if you need a shady rolex or a louis vitton handbag, or pretty much any replica designer item you care to mention, or even just a plain old 'I love NY' t-shirt this stuff is just steps away. Walk in the other direction and you end up in soho/little italy- with its abundance of small cafes, restaurants, bars and designer stores.
Canal street subway station is about 20 seconds walk from the hotel entrance, as is broadway which you will have no problems hailing a cab on at any time.
I found it to be an excellent location, and i did not feel unsafe at night in the area- certainly refreshing and a total contrast after living in london for some years. Its not far from midtown by either cab or subway, and if you go in the other direction, the financial district and across the east river to brooklyn are just as easy to get to.

$10 is about what a cab will cost to get you up to central park- and that was during the day in traffic, the cost was less at night.

I cannot comment on the restaurant or bar in the hotel- as i didnt make use of them, but they looked to be a decent standard.

Check out is at midday- i had an 11pm flight, and the hotel will gladly look after your luggage for however long you need under lock and key- very useful, and this is a free service.

For getting back to JFK/newark,which takes between 45mins/1hr, the hotel provides a decent luxury car service for a flat fee of $45 (the same flat fee it costs from JFK to manhattan). Simply book it a few hours in advance and it will be there waiting for you at your specified time.
Saves the hassle of first hailing, and then paying the metered fair to the airport which is unpredictable!

As a young(er) person, it was ideal- although i cant comment on it from a family or someone travelling with childrens perspective.

Inexpensive (for new york), good location and good service- , it was a pleasant place to stay- certainly no complaints from me!

Andy - Uk

Loved this hotel and staff

by TripAdvisor Member happyshopper

I've been to NYC many times and have stayed in many lower priced hotels and this one was great for the price. The room was spotless. The staff was overly friendly and helpful. When we called for extra pillows and towels, they arrived within minutes. We had to check out hours before our flight was leaving and they kept our luggage safe and secure and had a car waiting for us to take us to the airport (for a nominal fee). The location is excellent, close to shopping, Soho, Little Italy, and Greenwich village. All of these locations were within walking distance. I would definately stay here again! We loved it!

Cant wait to go back

by TripAdvisor Member Elle

Stayed in the hotel over thanksgiving - booked through a travel agent who "forgot" to send our reservation through. This was the busiest weekend of the year and the staff sorted everything out for us with no problem.

Staff were friendly & helpful, location was amazing.

I will be back in New York and I will stay in the Holiday Inn Downtown again

Good Base

by A TripAdvisor Member

Stayed here on our last trip to NY. It's nothing special but a good base too see the island. Plenty of places to eat in the area as is right between Little Italy and Chinatown. The hotel itself is very clean and the staff are all very helpful. The rooms are a little on the small size but this is the usuall for NY. If you are looking for somwhere to put your head down at night thats clean and safe this is the one. The area the hotel is in seems safe at night as we walked around it a few times and never experienced any problems.

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by Stacey99

I was in New York for 4 days and this was definetly not long enough. However I did get to climb the Statue of Liberty, see the fantastic views from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, ride the subway, visit the United Nations Building and have a tour, visit the infamous restaurant used on Seinfeld, walk through Central Park, drive through Harlem, Chinatown, Brooklyn Bridge, New Jersey, Uptown, Downtown, Soho, 5th Avenue, Time Square, had a tour of the Stock Exchange and saw a comedy club show.


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New Holiday Inn Manhattan

by Wesselbaum

HI announced the new HI Manhattan 6.Avenue/West Street is now ready for bookings
Price semms not too bad 171 $ / night
Did anyone know the new Hotel / the sorrounding / the Transport situation .
Is it a safe area ?
We are planning to stay for 6 days in March 2008 .

Re: New Holiday Inn Manhattan

by Intrepidnyc

The area around 6th Ave and 26th St is very safe. A walk along 23rd St will take you to several different Subway lines, so you will be very convenient to public transportation. Enjoy!

Re: New Holiday Inn Manhattan

by nicolaitan

I don't know anything about the hotel but my daugher lived for a year in the area. At that price, all things taken equal, go for it.

Re: New Holiday Inn Manhattan

by bwayand7th

It's not the most beautiful area, but perfectly safe. I lived for a couple years further east on 26th Street and always felt fine walking around that area. You'll find lots of subways nearby. The closest is the 1 train at 23rd and 7th, or at 28th and 7th.

Re: New Holiday Inn Manhattan

by cynalicea

That neighborhood is called Chelsea in Manhattan. You can research that on the net. Many alternative lifestyles live in that area extending down through the Village so the neighborhood is mixed socially. Be careful where you choose to eat or drink as there are many gay and lesbian bars, dance clubs and lounges but Chelsea also has an active nightlife and some of the best music clubs. As far as transportation, you can take a cab or bus along sixth avenue or the subway runs 24 hours a day uptown and downtown.


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 Holiday Inn Manhattan Downtown

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Address: 138 Lafayette Street, New York City, New York, 10013, United States