Owned by Sean MacPherson, the hotelier behind the Jane and the Bowery Hotel, among others, the Marlton has the same swellegant, if miniaturist, sensibility. Its rooms look like they were airlifted from one of the Grand Dame hotels of Paris . . . and shrunk. Sadly, as with MacPherson’s other properties, the rooms are Lilliputian (150 square feet is the standard size). But if you’re not claustrophobic, they offer a good dose of old-fashioned glamor, with aqua-blue velvet headboards, fake fur throws at the end of the beds, crown moldings on the ceilings (a nice contrast to the chandeliers, which look like Calder mobiles), and coy brass hands holding up the sconces that serve as reading lights. Plus the lobby, which looks like the anteroom of a British men’s club, is a charming place for lounging and dining (there’s an on-site coffee bar and restaurant). You won’t be the first to have squeezed yourself into one of these tiny rooms: The building started as a hotel in 1900, and in the course of its many iterations was home to Jack Kerouac, who wrote a few novellas here.
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The Marlton Hotel
5 West 8th St. (near Fifth Ave.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Greenwich Village Transportation Subway: A, C, D, E, N, or R to 8th St. Phone 212/321-0100 Prices $205–$364 double Units 107 units Amenities Amenities: Restaurant, lounge and coffee bar, free Wi-Fi Web site Marlton Hotel Other Continental breakfast included in nightly room rate