The downtown area in New York City is comprised of Greenwich Village, East Village, Soho, Little Italy, and Lower East Side neighborhoods. These neighborhoods in New York City are mixed with residential and commercial areas, and are popular spots for shopping, eating out, and of course downtown hotels. Downtown Manhattan is also known for its bohemian and alternative culture, with funky coffee shops, theaters, and for the many musicians to have emerged from here, like Bob Dylan. Fantastic night life can also be found among downtown hotels in New York City.
The Neighborhoods of Downtown NYC
(Aka The West Village) hotels are close to New York University, The New School, Cooper Union, and Washington Square Park, a New York City landmark and the heart of Greenwich Village. The West Village is part of Greenwich Village, a residential area and home to a number of bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops. The Village Halloween Parade travels through Greenwich Village in downtown New York City, and the oldest off-Broadway theater can be found here, Cherry Lane Theatre. Housing in Greenwich Village has grown expensive, forcing artists out and becoming a popular neighborhood for the wealthy to move in.
The East Village
The East Village has several smaller neighborhoods within it: The Bowery, Alphabet City, and Stuyvesant Town. Also succumbing to gentrification, the East Village is known for having artists, hippies, and punks as residents and as the site of artistic movements over the years. Places to visit near East Village hotels in New York City include Tompkins Square Park, the site of where CBGB music club was (and is still preserved in a John Varvatos store), St. Mark’s Place, Bowery Ballroom, and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Soho is named for being the downtown neighborhood “south of Houston (Street),” Soho hotels are among 19th century cast-iron architecture with large-windowed buildings and plenty of trendy shops along Broadway, which runs down its center, and on the streets beyond. Tables are set up along sidewalks in Soho with people selling their art and homemade jewelry. This area has many lofts, cobblestone streets, galleries, and is a tourist destination for expensive boutiques and a taste of the “real” New York City away from Times Square.
Little Italy is home to a large population of Italians, though many have left downtown New York City due to rising housing costs. A portion of the neighborhood that lost its Italian residents and character has since become known as Nolita, leaving Little Italy fairly small. Little Italy hotels are among its famous Italian restaurants, pasta stores, and bakeries. The Feast of San Gennaro is an 11-day religious street festival that occurs every September celebrating Italian heritage, culture, and food.
The Lower East Side
The Lower East Side used to be an immigrant-populated working class area in New York City, though its tenement buildings and Jewish culture have endured. Examples of this include attractions near Lower East Side hotels, like the Jewish kosher style delicatessen Katz’s Deli, famous pickle vendor Guss’ Pickles, the oldest bialy bakery Kossar’s Bialys, as well as a number of synagogues.
Hotels in Downtown NYC
Cooper Square Hotel Downtown
The 21-story Cooper Square Hotel is located in Greenwich Village just several blocks from Washington Square Park and NYU in downtown New York City. Table 8 offers seasonal, market-driven cuisine. There is free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, a library with fireplace, and business services. The 145 guestrooms come with an extensive DVD library, flat-panel LCD TVs, and in-room spa services are available.
Hampton Inn Downtown
The Hampton Inn Soho is a downtown hotel in New York City about two blocks from Canal Street. This hotel offers a lounge area, business center, exercise room, complimentary beverages and breakfasts, as well as healthy bagged breakfasts for those in a rush. The 160 guestrooms of various sizes feature free high-speed Internet access, cable TV, and clock radios with MP3 connections.
The Gem Hotel Downtown
The Gem Hotel is an Ascend Collection boutique downtown hotel in the Soho neighborhood in New York City. Newspapers and coffee are available in the lobby, a free shoe shine service is available, and dry cleaning and 24-hour concierge services are provided. The 46 guestrooms feature cable TV, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and refrigerators and microwave ovens are available upon request.
East Houston Hotel Downtown
The East Houston Hotel is located in the Lower East Side one block from the Tenement Museum. This boutique downtown hotel offers complimentary continental breakfasts, Internet access throughout the hotel, a movie library, and rooftop sundeck and lounge. Guestrooms feature marble bathrooms, iPod docking stations, and select rooms feature computers and entertainment systems.
Windsor Hotel Downtown
The Windsor Hotel is a downtown hotel in the Lower East Side of New York City. The guestrooms and public areas have contemporary decor, and the hotel is a modern brick building with six floors across the street from Forsythe Park and Chinatown. Standard, double deluxe, and luxury deluxe guestrooms feature cable TV, a miniature refrigerator, and other standard amenities.
Best Western Bowery Hanbee
Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel is a Little Italy hotel in the heart of downtown New York City. Complimentary continental breakfasts are offered, and business and fitness centers are on site. Throughout the eight floors are 102 guestrooms, five suites, and seven rooms for the physically challenged. Rooms have complimentary in-room HBO movies, cable and satellite television, and microwaves are available by request.
Hotel Azure is a downtown Soho hotel located on the corner of Lafayette and Canal Streets in New York City. The modern European-style downtown hotel offers complimentary beverages and pastries in the lobby for breakfasts. King, queen, and double twin guestrooms offer complimentary high-speed Internet connections, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, and miniature refrigerators.
Soho Grand Hotel Downtown
Soho Grand Hotel is a boutique downtown hotel in New York City. Grand Bar & Lounge serves American cuisine, The Yard is open May to September and serves summer barbeque fare, and contemporary art line the walls at The Gallery, serving American fare. Onsite are 24-hour business and fitness centers, and Prive Salon. The 363 guestrooms and penthouse lofts have Internet access and flat-screen TVs.
The Solita Soho Hotel
The Solita Soho Hotel is a downtown hotel two blocks from great shopping on Broadway in New York City. This small Soho hotel offers a multi-lingual staff, free newspapers, and guest laundry services. The 42 guestrooms have complimentary high-speed Internet access, plasma TVs with cable, dark wood furniture, and marble bathtubs. No pets are allowed.
Four Points By Sheraton
Four Points By Sheraton Manhattan Soho Village is a boutique-style downtown hotel in New York City. A full-service restaurant is onsite serving American cuisine, and a lounge serves cocktails; a sidewalk patio provides al fresco dining. There are fitness and business centers, and complimentary wireless Internet throughout the hotel. The 150 guestrooms and suites have 32-inch flat panel TVs and complimentary bottled water.