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Kristin Booker • January 15, 2012

Travel With Style: Stay At New York’s The Jane Hotel

Exterior of The Jane Hotel. Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

I had occasion right before Christmas to do a little staycation adventure in my own town. I think it’s a fun little adventure to stay in a hotel in your own city, become a tourist of your own town and see things from a different perspective. I’m incredibly glad that I did this because I am now a huge fan of The Jane Hotel. Depending on your desired arrangements, this is one of my top recommendations.

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

The Jane is a historic hotel right on the back end of the Meatpacking District that has all sorts of old-fashioned charm combined with some rather chic new amenities. This stylish six-floor, red-brick building was housing for sailors in the early 20th century and actually housed survivors of The Titanic in 1912. Refurbished by hoteliers Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson (they of the Maritime and Bowery hotels), they’re now comprised of  podlike hotel rooms created to mimic luxury train cabins. Reopened in 2008, it’s incredibly charming and worth a look for a brief stay in the Big Apple.

Captain's Room in The Jane Hotel. Photo courtesy of the NY Times.

The building still has its original charm (carved wood accents, the original brass hardware on the elevators, a check-in desk with old mail slots and brass accents) but with some new amenities that make it perfect for a quick stay. The charm of the old school meets hipster-approved touches, such as electronic brass door keys, flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks.  My corner room had a view of the Hudson River, which was incredibly charming the next morning. Surprisingly not that noisy considering it’s right on the West Side Highway for this New York apartment dweller, but if you’re used to hearing crickets at night, I would request an interior room.

Cafe Gitane. Photo courtesy of Socialista.

You can wander into the Meatpacking District, stroll The High Line Park, or explore the city with one of their complimentary bikes. However, if you just want to hole in and relax, the hotel’s Cafe Gitane is more than capable of handling meals from breakfast through dinner, with great French-Moroccan fare and a sexy, continental vibe. I had Salmon Pot Pie for dinner along with an Hibiscus Iced Tea for dinner along with the Moroccan couscous, a dish I’ve heard people rave about for years, which didn’t disappoint at all.

The Jane Ballroom. Photo courtesy of NY Mag.

Those desiring a cocktail can live in old world elegance with a stylish new vibe (think beautifully-crafted cocktails in a historic setting) in the Jane Ballroom, the bar establishment in the hotel.

A bathroom in The Jane Hotel. Photo courtesy of QuikTrips.com

Now, here’s the interesting thing. If you’re not completely nervous about sharing loo facilities with others (they are immaculately maintained,) you can get a Captain’s style room and live a la’ old time ocean liner. I did that as a change of pace and honestly, I thought it was kind of fun and made a couple of new friends I wound up having breakfast with the next morning. I’d just recommend you bring a robe and something for your feet. Oh, and maybe brush your hair before you forage out for your first bathroom trip of the day.

I booked my trip using Travelocity, so my room for one night was only – ready for this? – a rate of $125.

So, for all of you looking for a place to stay during Fashion Week or a quick jaunt into New York City, I’d recommend checking out The Jane Hotel for stylish amenities, a comfortable stay and a fun, client-friendly experience.

Next time, I’ll bring my own camera to do these things justice. 🙂 It was SUCH a fun night!

The Jane Hotel, 113 Jane Street, New York, NY 10014. Call 212-924-6700 for reservations or visit their website.

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