Many New York hotels have style, but not all have character—the Marlton is a fine example of a property where the two are powerfully present. Originally built in 1900 as a cheap place to stay (and attracting the likes of writers including Jack Kerouac) this nine-story property was taken under the wing of hotelier Sean MacPherson (the Bowery Hotel, the Jane) and transformed into a downtown hot spot where no one seems to care that the rooms are tight on space, even according to New York standards. What square footage the rooms lack, the common spaces make up for—there’s a fire burning in the lovely lobby, complete with an espresso bar, along with a cocktail bar and French-feeling restaurant, Margaux, at the back, with a gorgeous, sunny solarium (a charming feature that has inspired many return guests). Rooms are thoughtfully designed, with inviting bathrooms. Striking the right balance between hip but not too fancy, the Marlton is a comfortable property that provides much more than just a place to sleep.
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In the heart of Greenwich Village, the Marlton sits one block north of Washington Square Park. This stretch of West 8th Street is leafy and peaceful, but also convenient for transportation. The subway hub of West 4th Street is a short walk away. There are lots of NYU students and the affordable, casual restaurants they live by in this neighborhood, but some of New York’s best dining is also a short stroll away, including Mario Batali’s Babbo and Minetta Tavern—reservations are essential for both. This location is a central, safe, clean section of New York that will deliver a true downtown experience.
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Rooms: 107 rooms, 2 penthouse suites. From $250. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The lobby is home to an espresso bar and a separate cocktail bar. In the back of the property, Margaux is a cozy bistro with a striking solarium in the rear. Dishes are refined and yet familiar, including lamb meatballs with saffron yogurt, a decadent cheese plate, red wine braised short ribs, and a rotisserie Amish chicken with smashed sweet potato. Spa and gym details: No spa, no gym.
Who’s it best for: Stylish travelers seeking the downtown scene who don’t require lots of space. Francophile travelers looking for a taste of Paris in design. Our favorite rooms: The Queen Deluxe has the most space of the regular rooms; we love the textured throw and herringbone wood floors; some have bathtubs. The Penthouse Suite has a 450-square-foot private rooftop balcony. The most important meal: Complimentary breakfast is included here, a rare treat among downtown properties.