2.  You Stay in a ‘Cabin’ Not a Room

Photo courtesy The Jane Hotel

The Jane Hotel is only six floors but has 200 rooms. That’s because it’s designed with “micro rooms” that feel like those on the interior of a ship. Even the brass signs that denote the room numbers have a nautical feel. The affordability that was provided to sailors (who originally paid 25 cents per night, 50 to 75 cents for officers), has continued to this day with $99 rooms (depending on season and availability). There are 130 Standard Cabin rooms and 40 Bunk Bed Cabin rooms, where guests share European-style communal bathrooms. These bathrooms are nicely appointed with marble countertops, white subway tiles, and chrome finishings.

The design of the rooms was inspired by luxury train cabins, and come packed with amenities, including radio/alarm clock/iPod dock, in-room safe, flat-screen LCD television with cable and DVD, 300 thread count cotton sheets, and of course, internet and telephone. For maximum use of space, the beds have built-in drawers and other storage spaces.

The Captain’s Cabin. Photo courtesy The Jane Hotel

For a higher price, you can stay in a Captain’s Cabin room on a floor that was completely redesigned in the renovation to offer rooms that have their own bathrooms and either a private terrace or unobstructed river views.  The bathrooms in the Captain’s Cabin have deep marble tubs and sinks, rainfall showerheads, and C.O. Bigelow toiletries.