Fans of Charles Dickens will feel right at home at this very old-fashioned and spotless if somewhat cheerless hotel (think “Bleak House”). The rooms are done in Edwardian fashion, the beds tend to squeak, and most rooms share a bathroom. But when all is said and done, this is a very well-located, affordable place to stay in a city that has few such options. Along with doubles are single and triple rooms. And the crowd who stay here—mostly young European backpackers—seem to be having a fine time, despite the dismal decor. The hotel’s sister property, Hotel 30, is identical in pricing and decor.
- Pauline Frommer