Oh, the things one has to endure to find a decently priced hotel in Manhattan! Hotel 91 is an immaculately clean property, with good-quality beds and a genuinely helpful and friendly staff. It’s set in the heart of Chinatown, so the eats nearby are delicious and affordable. So why the dire first sentence? The reason prices are low here is that the hotel sits right next to the Manhattan Bridge, meaning subway trains thunder past every 10 minutes, day and night. Double-paned windows reduce the roar to a rumble, but light sleepers will be disturbed. Still, the prices are quite good, so if you’re the type who hits the pillow hard (or if you have a good white-noise app on your smartphone), this could be a smart pick. Note that the “double double-bedded” rooms that face the street are slightly quieter than the others.
- Pauline Frommer