NPR recenty reported on The Jane micro-hotel (and several others) in New York:
If $89 a night is still too high for your hotel budget, you can have a remarkably different experience at The Jane in Greenwich Village. The 5-by-7 rooms, former digs for sailors, offer the same level of technology as the accommodations at the Pod – including flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.
But the atmosphere at The Jane, housed in a building more than a century old, is straight out of Jules Verne: old-fashioned bellhops, huge keys, a backward clock, moose heads on the wall – and long-term tenants, 60 of them, who pay less than $700 a month.
“I call it the hotel at the end of the world,” says Samuel Gaedke, who has lived at The Jane for four years. “If you want to disappear off the face of the Earth for a little while, it is a good place to come to.”
The Jane’s single hotel rooms are $75 a night.
Sean McPherson, one of the owners of the hotel, has said he drew inspiration for the decor from the films Darjeeling Limited and The Royal Tenenbaums. He calls the rooms micro-chic.
“They’re very small,” he says. “They’re the size of a train cabin.”
McPherson says the hotel harkens back to the New York of the 1980s: grittier, more exotic, more adventurous – “a place for travelers with more dash than cash,” he says.