Price From $69
'Hood Union Square is a few blocks from the hotel, as are countless museums, restaurants, and other diversions.
The Vibe In a neighborhood stocked with corporate hotels, this family-run operation feels casual and personable. Modern furnishings—along the lines of an upscale Urban Outfitters—call to mind a stylish bachelor pad.
Rooms Of the 166 rooms, 54 rely on shared bathrooms in the hallway. All are done up in contemporary fashion, with checked carpets, platform beds, sleek light fixtures, and flat-screen TVs.
Plus A recording studio, where guests can reserve time to produce their own CDs with the help of a professional engineer (a two-hour session starts at $169). Free access to the pool and gym at the Marriott across the street.
Minus Smallish rooms, and what might be the world's slowest elevator.
Free Wi-Fi? No; cost is $10 a day in rooms and public spaces.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details Doubles with shared baths from $69, doubles with private baths from $89, a suite from $229, including continental breakfast.