It's always an adventure and fun to drive into Manhattan, especially in the rain. Particularly true, when you place your trust into a GPS rather than rely on long-term memory. The GPS took us from NJ through Staten Island to Brookly and over the Brooklyn Bridge rather than under through the Holland Tunnel (long-term memory). So we save a half-hour on traffic and drove through 3 of the 5 boroughs only to find a street fair along Waverly Place in front of the hotel. So, we found our intended parking garage two blocks away and jettisoned the SUV to the street smart guy who was happy to park it deep and forget about for a few days. Only two blocks and we had packed light so we strolled over with suitcases through the food vendors and artists along Waverly. Hotel staff happily greeted us a little before 3 PM, heard at least 3 different languages immediately which confirmed WSH as a European traveler favorite, and ushered us to our comfortable room with a large bath, comfy beds/pillows, free wi-fi, and continental breakfast. Rooms are not large but adequate and well-maintained. Remember, it's location, location, location! We went for a walk in Washington Square Park (built for the100th anniversary of honoring our first elected president) and found a great place for fresh Italian hot chocolate with double expresso) and got re-oriented to the habits and culture of the CITY. Located between 6th (Ave. of Americas) and 7th, WSH is a great base to explore the Village or hale a taxi for downtown (financial district or the place where all our money got lost) or mid-town and fan out shop, search for food, clothes, fabrics (check out West 40th near NY Times building and the foodie places along 7th Ave or the high-end shops over on 5th Ave. Every block east-west or north-south is an adventure as the pulse of the city grabs you. Have fun! Oh, yea! NYC water (by aqueduct from upstate NY) is better than bottled, so fill up before you hit the streets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Washington Square Hotel has provided a haven for writers, artists and visitors to Greenwich Village for more than a century. Today, savvy travelers enjoy stylish accommodations, warm service, fine dining and easy access to the best of lower Manhattan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Washington Square
- Washington Square Hotel New York