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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Sleeping in Jack Kerouac's Old Digs

Brass human hands jutting out from cream coloured walls add a touch of Surrealism to the 107 small guest rooms at this boutique Greenwich Village hotel. The Marlton is the latest property from hotelier Sean MacPherson of the Bowery Hotel and The Jane, who took inspiration from post-war Paris for the design. In the hotel’s previous incarnation as an SRO that opened in 1900, it was home to Jack Kerouac and Lenny Bruce. Famously Valerie Solanas was staying in room 214 when she shot Andy Warhol. Photo: Karen Gardiner

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