Concierge.com's insider take:
Superlative set design meets the golden age of travel at the Jane Hotel, a 159-room former SRO for sailors (with a few residents still remaining; look for the silver doors) and one-time refuge of Titanic victims in the far West Village. It's the budget alternative to equally mise-en-scène sister properties the Maritime and Bowery hotels, and best for those looking for a stylish base, not space. At 50 square feet, Standard Cabins feel like a faded Orient-Express train car (dark woods, deep red coverlets, vintage fans, water decanters on marble shelves) pimped out with modern comforts (AC, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, robes). Tiny windows overlook the street or a light well, luggage space is minimal, and anyone over 6 feet 2 inches tall might struggle with the beds. But rooms starting at $99 per night and perks like free Wi-Fi, bikes to borrow, High Line adjacency, and an on-property Cafe Gitane tip the value scale. For party hounds, cruising past the queue to enter the mansionlike Jane Ballroom is reason enough to book a room. One catch: shared bathrooms. These separate cubicles with rain showers are constantly cleaned, mind you, but they sit pretty, in retro chrome and white subway tiles, at the end of the hall. If the souped-up hostel vibe isn't for you, the 30 Captain's Cabins (from $325) have en-suite baths, full to king beds, Hudson River views, and space enough to groove.—Justin Ocean
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