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Larchmont Hotel
Ranked #362 of 469 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 January 2012

I stayed here just after Christmas (2011) and was quite disappointed. Shared bath I knew about; okay, the room doesn't cost much; i made concessions. Unfortunately the toilet stopped working in one of the 2 bathrooms and the staff, nice as they were, couldn't make it work reliably. When I used the other toilet it was so cramped I had to move my legs to the side to close the door.

In my room the window was small and so dirty I could barely see the courtyard below; the bare steam pipe that provide the heat couldn't be turned down so the room was about 85 degrees most of the time. The carpet was really gross.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

5nights, small Double room about US$145 per night after all taxes. (Cheap especially since we were staying leading up to New Years Eve). Other accomodation was absorbently priced!)

Pros
- Small hotel in a quiet neighbourhood. Great location within 5-7mins of Metro lines and great value in New York City.
- Security very good - 3 Keys required to enter (front door, hallway, room key)
- Staff very helpful and friendly
- Complementary continental breakfast - small selection of tea, coffee, juice, pastries, toast and apples. Nothing special but sufficient.
-Shared bathroom/toilet - 2 in hallway always seemed to be available when required and clean.
-Complementary computer and printer in their reception area but wifi connection in our rooms was poor.

Cons
- Very small double room
- We were on 5th floor west next to the hallway door, so a little noisy at times.
-Building had 3 wifi connections but we could not get a good connection from any of them. The lobby had good connection if we went and sat on the 2nd floor steps.
-No tea/coffee facilities.

Overall great location and value in NYC. It tries to provide the extras such as wifi, breakfast, service which is a nice touch but could be better. Then again you dont really stay here for 5 star service. Does the job of a good night sleep and location.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank prozerran
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

This is not a fancy establishment, or a place you'd want to come home to every night forever, but it can't be beaten for its Greenwich Village location. I did a lot of research into the best value for money in New York, since we're on a budget that doesn't go far in this town, and I think the Larchmont is a great compromise as somewhere comfortable, quiet and well-located while remaining a lot more affordable than somewhere with perhaps more up-to-date bedspreads.

Our room was undeniably a touch shabby and utilitarian, but sunny and clean and of a decent size - there was plenty of room to move around the bed even with our large cases open. There was a well-sized chest-of-drawers and wardrobe with robe and slippers. It was very quiet from both inside and out the hotel; there was some noise from the central-heating pipes that sounded weirdly like an animal whimpering at first, until I realised what it was - all part of the New York charm and novelty. I'd specifically asked for a quiet room in the booking submission, and was grateful we'd been granted one at the far end of a corridor on the third floor, with a kitchen no one ever used on our other side.

I'm never overly enthusiastic about the whole negotiating-of-shared-bathrooms thing, but this was offset by the convenient sink and mirror in the room, so traipsing up and down the hallway for every little handwashing or makeup-applying was minimised. In three days, I never once had to wait for the bathroom or toilet to be vacated, and they were kept spotlessly clean. They might have been old and utilitarian and covered in decades of reapplied cream paint, but they fulfilled their task.

There was a breakfast included in the room rate, which was served across a counter in a small room in the basement by a woman not to be messed with - it was like being at boarding school. The breakfast was pretty basic - pastries, packaged juice, apples - and we used it to take the edge off and then strolled over to Greenwich Avenue to Soy Cafe for real coffee most mornings. We only met the staff briefly, but they were all friendly and helpful, especially the man who helped us upstairs with our luggage and then greeted us whenever we came and went. The cleaning women were pleasant whenever we briefly encountered them.

Other reviews have complained about the smell in the stairwell, and I noticed that too, but couldn't really care about it - it's just a characterful old building with over a century's worth of accumulated boiled-cabbage cooking smells. Why are people so picky about unimportant details when they're paying $140 for a double room in Greenwich Village?

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank toscorlando
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

We stayed here for 5 nights and enjoyed it. As everyone else has said it is in such a great location, so convenient to everywhere. Sharing the bathroom was absolutely no problem we hardly saw anyone else on our floor. We were impressed at how well the room was cleaned every day. We did find the central heating too much but managed to turn our room radiator off which was huge for us.
For the money really good value.

Room Tip: We had the Queen bedroom on 5th floor facing the street - it was spacious and quiet.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank gpford
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

This was one of the cheapest hotels we were able to find in New York which worried us a bit however it turned out to be a very good decision! First of all, its in a fantastic location (Greenwich) and within walking distance to the Meat Packing District, the Washington and Union Squares and great restaurants, nightlife and shops! The hotel was very clean, included contintinental breakfast and the shared bathrooms were not a problem once during our 5 day stay. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We will visit again!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Cecylia2345
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

I have just spent two weeks in New York and stayed at this little gem of a Hotel, i would highly recommend this place. Is in a stunning very safe location, close to subways and a very interesting part of NY city, a very artistic area and also just near all the gay bars/scene
I am a single woman and had the best time here in the village.
The hotel is basic, but very clean and comfortable. Great value for money. Includes free wifi, computer and use of printer p
Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank Dee K
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

Stayed here 3 nights and found it very convenient between Union and Washington Squares.
Staff are very friendly and helpful and breakfast is a bonus. We had a room on the ground floor which was very warm and it seemed strange in November to use the air-conditioning to bring it down to comfortable. Staff worked hard at keeping shared facilties clean. Lots of people staying at Larchmont had been coming for years and enthused about it. So give it a go if you want to avoid hyper-expensive Mnhattan hotels.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Larchmont Hotel

Address: 27 W 11th St, New York City, NY 10011
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Greenwich Village , Manhattan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#207 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $114 - $316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 66
Also Known As:
Larchmont Hotel Manhattan
Hotel Larchmont
Larchmont New York City
Larchmont Hotel New York City

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