NYC's Hotels and Boarding Houses 1916 Part II

C) Downtown Hotels—the Battery to 14th Street

The hotels in New York are following the general migratory movement toward the upper part of Manhattan. Practically none are left in the extreme Downtown section below Canal street, and those of the upper section between Canal st. and 14th st. are either unpretentious, somewhat old-fashioned houses or else family hotels. They offer quieter surroundings and lower rates than the Midtown and Uptown houses.


103 Waverley Place. Quiet moderate prices. (R. Single with B. $1.50. Double with B. $2.50. Weekly rates on application American plan rates on application.)


53 Washington Square. Small family hotel, permanent and transient. (R. Single $1. With B. $1.50. Suites, rates on application. American plan, $2.50. Weekly rates on application.)


Washington Square West. Recently enlarged. Small family hotel, permanent and transient. (R. Single with B. $1.50.Suite $3. Weekly rates on application. American plan, rates on application.)


5th ave. and 8th st.French. Formerly fashionable; now one of the most liked small hotels in the city. Much patronized by foreigners, artists, and journalists of distinction. Quiet, Unostentatious, satisfactory. Good food. (R. Single $1.50. With B. $2.50. Double $3.00. , With B. $3.50.)

Hotel Albert.

University PIace and 11th st. Small commercial hotel, much patronized bv traveling men. (R.Single $1. With B. $1.50. Double $2. With B. $3.)

Van Rensselaer.
17 E. 11th st.  Small family hotel. (R. Single $1. With B. $1.50. Double $1.50. With B. $2.50. American rates on application.)

St. Denis.

Broadway and 11th st. A long-established house. Popular with small conventions. Good food (R. Single $1. With B. $1.50. Double $2. With B. $3.)

(D) Midtown Hotels—14th Street to 59th 8treet

The greatest number of hotels are on or directly north of 42d st. between Madison ave. and Broadway. They are convenient to the Pennsylvania station and the Grand Central Terminal, the theatrical district, and the new shopping section. They vary in price and character from the modest side-street houses to huge, high-priced hostelries. The houses here given further downtown have the advantage of being somewhat more economical.

Hotel Irving.

26 Gramercy Park. Family hotel, permanent and transient. (R. Single $1. With B. $1.50. Double $1.0o. With B. $2.50. American rates $3 a day.)


224 W. 23rd st. Old hotel, somewhat off the main travel road. (R. Single $1.50. With B. $2. Double $2.50. With B. $3.)

Prince George.

14 E. 28th. An extremely comfortable and popular hotel with average prices. One of the largest of the "side-street" hotels. (R. Single with B. $2. Double with B. $4.)


4 E. 28th st. Quiet family hotel. (R. Single $1.50. With B. $2. Double $2.50. With B. $3.)


Madison ave. and 20th st. Pleasant hotel with average rates. (R. Single $1.50. With B. $2.50. Double $2.50. With B. $3.)


Broadway and 2oth st. An excellent medium-sized hotel, much patronized by people who come regularly to the city. (R. Single $1.50. With B. $2.50. Double $3. With B, $4.Suite $8.)

Holland House.

5th ave. and 30th st. An old and established house, recently renovated. (R. Single $2. With B. $3. Double $3. With B. $4. Suite $7.)

Grand Hotel.

Broadway and 31st st. Much patronized by traveling men. Prices low. (R. Single $1. With B. $1.50. Double $2. With B. $3.)

La Marquise.

12 E. 31st st. Apartment hotel with a few single rooms. (R. Single $1.50. With B. $2.50. Suites: winter rate $5, summer rate $3. American rates upon application.)


31st st. betw. 5th ave. and Broadway. Specializes in personal service and attentions. (R. Single $2. With B. $2.50. Double with B. $5. Suite $6.)

Park Avenue. 4th ave. and 32nd st. Quiet old-fashioned, delightful palm court. Much patronized by women traveling alone. (R. Single $1.50. With B. $3. Double $2.00. With B. $4. Suite $7.)


11 E. 32nd st. Small, quiet, unpretentious, comfortable. ( R. Single with B. $2.50. R. Double with B. $3.50. Two connecting with B. $4. Suites $5. American plan $2.50 extra per day.) No charge for service of breakfast in rooms.


17 W. 32d st. Small, catering to the traveler of moderate means, especially women traveling alone. (R. Single with B. $2. Suites $4.)


43 W. 32nd st., near Broadway. Small, moderate prices. (R. Single with running water $1. Double with B. $2. Suites $2.50.)


Broadway and 32nd st. Medium-sized hotel. (R. Single $1.50. With B. $2. Double $3. With B. $4. Additional person in room $1. Suite $5.)


Broadway and 33rd st. Large hotel, special department for facilitating railway and steamship travel, representative will meet steamers and attend to baggage, and rooms will be reserved upon request by telegram or wireless from steamer.' (R. Single $2. With B. $2.50. Double $2.50. With B. $3.50.)


Broadway and 34th at. (R. Single with running water $1.50. With B. $2. Double $3. With B. $3.50. Suites $5.)

Between 33d and 34th sts. is the 25-story McAlpin Hotel, one of the largest, newest, and most beautiful of New York hotels (F. M. Andrews and Co., architects). The exterior matrial is brick and terra-cotta and a large part of the ground floor is occupied by shops. Within, the lobby is two stories high and runs from the 33rd st. entrance to the 34th st. The mezzanine lounge contains 26 tapestries (from the Herter looms) illustrating the city's History. The Main Dining Room is in gold; the men's cafe is panelled in Circassian walnut; and the Rathskeller in the basement, with a remarkable vaulted ceiling in tile, entered by heavy iron gates, is decorated with a *series of panels depicting the commercial history of New York City in glazed terra-cotta tiles. The hotel has a special Men's Floor, a Women's Floor, and a "Silent Floor" for night-workers who sleep in the daytime. The building contains 7 m. of heating apparatus and 115 m. of electric wiring. Special features of this hotel include a fully equipped hospital physician and graduate nurse; Turkish, electrical and hydrotherapeutic baths for men under charge of a Carlsbad graduate; and an extensive swimming pool on the upper floor. Couriers, shopping guides, and chaperons are furnished upon request, and transatlantic steamers met by representative. Rooms may be reserved by wireless at expense of the management. The United Service Club has its clubrooms in this hotel.

Herald Square.

34th st., near Broadway. Small, moderate prices. (R. Single $1.50. With B. $2. Double $2.50. With B. $3.) Combination breakfasts, 25c., 35c., 45c., 5oc., 6oc. Meals served in rooms, 25c. extra for each person.


45 W. 35th st.. betw. Broadway and 5th ave. Small, unpretentious, moderate prices. (R. Single $1.50.With B. $2.50. Double $2. With B. $3.)


35 W. 35th st. between 5th ave. and Broadway. Quiet, family hotel, prices moderate. (R. Single with B. $2. Double with B. $3.)


Broadway and 36th st., entrance on 36th st.  Frequented by traveling men. business men and family parties. (R. Single $1. With B. $1.50. Suites $3.)


36th st. and 7th ave. Near Pennsylvania Railroad Terminal. (R. Single. With B. $2. Double $2.5o. With B. $3.)


36th st. and 7th ave. One of the "Mills Hotels" for men of small means. No women admitted 'to Hotel. Women admitted to restaurant.


18th st. and 7th ave. (R with B. $1.50. Large R. with B. $2. $1 extra for each additional person in R.)


Broadway and 38th st. Small, low-priced (R. Single $1. With B. $1.5o. Double $2. 'With B. $3.)

Murray Hill.

Park ave. and 41st st. A large, old-fashioned, quiet hotel in a quiet neighborhood near the Grand Central. Prices reasonable. Very comfortable. (R. Single $2. With B. $3.Double $3. With B. $4.)


Park ave. and 42nd st. Directly opposite the Grand Central Terminal, subway entrance to station and subway. (R. Single $2.50. With B.$3.50. Double $4. With B. $5. Suites $10.)

The Belmont, opposite at the cor. of 42d st. and Park ave., (Warren and Wetmore, architects), is large and well equipped, with pneumatic tubes, electric clocks, vacuum cleaning plant, etc. Especially used by incoming travelers. . It is built of Harvard brick, resting on a limestone base and broken by balconies with terra cotta trim. Interior: The Rotunda is finished in imitation Caen stone and jasper marble; the Main Dining Room has a large panel decoration between the windows by Henri Guillaume and M. Picard; the Palm Garden is finished in Caen stone, with monolithic columns and pilasters of Durance marble; the dome and pendentives are enriched by paintings of Titania's Dance, from the "Mid-summer Night's Dream" (M.Picard, artist).


The Manhattan, at the corner of 42d st. and Madison ave. has recently been entirely renovated. It has mural decorations by well-known painters. (Henry J.Hardenburg, arch.) The house is extremely comfortable. Much patronized by politicians. It contains a number of interesting mural decorations by well known artists. In the lobby are a frieze representing The Triumph of Manhattan, and a panel, The Gods of Greece, both by C. Y. Turner; also lunette by Kenyon Cox, Peace and PIenty. In the restaurant is a landscape frieze, by Frederic Crowninshield. In the bar-room, The Dutch Water Gate, by Charles M. Shean. (R. Single $2.50. With B. $3.50. Double $4. With B. $4. Suites $10.)


42nd st. and Broadway. (R. Single $2.50. With B. $3.50.Double $4. With B. $5. Suites $10.)

At 42d st., S. E. corner, is the Knickerbocker Hotel erected by the late Col. John Jacob Astor at a cost of $4,500,000 (Trowbridge and Livingston, architects). It is an elaborate structure, in the French Renaissance style, and richly decorated with marbles, bronzes, tapestries, carvings, etc. In the basement is an English grill room with fine oak ceiling; the decorations are copies of Rembrandt's paintings, by H. B. Fuller. In the adjoining bar-room is a painting by Frederic Remington. The dining-room on the main floor is finished in Italian marble and Caen stone, with a copper finished ceiling from Fontainebleau, and is hung with tapestries by Streecken and Leefdael. The two electric fountains, gold Cupids poised on balls on black marble, are by MacMonnies. The decorations and mural paintings, notably The Masque of Flora, are by James Wall Finn. The cafe is Louis XVI, in white and gold; and back of it is the bar-room, containing Old King Cole, a mural painting by Maffield Parrish. On the third floor is a huge banquet room ( Henri II style), white, blue and gold, and containing 6oo chairs.Prices high. Much patronized by the wealthy sporting class. This house makes a specialty of caring for steamship travelers; reservations for rooms received by wireless at hotel's expense; representative meets steamers.


Website: The History
Article Name: NYC's Hotels and Boarding Houses 1916 Part II
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


BIBLIOGRAPHY: Rider's New York City: A Guide-Book for Travelers, compiled and edited by Fremont Rider; Henry Holt and Company-New York (1916)
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