I don’t post about hotels I haven’t stayed at but if I can make an exception it would be for The Jane Hotel in New York. This red brick building on Jane Street in Lower Manhattan was designed by a boring architect, William A. Boring to be precise, and was completed in 1908 as the American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailors’ Home and Institute.

A few years later in In 1912, the survivors of the Titanic stayed at the hotel which was later run by the YMCA in WW2 before becoming a hotel in the 80’s and undergoing an extensive renovation for its centennial in 2008.

This landmarked building overlooks the very busy West Side Highway and is known for its tiny 50 sq. ft. wood panelled ship cabin-like single rooms with shared facilities on each floor. I’ve considered staying here both for the trendy Meatpacking District location as  well as standard room rates of USD$99 per night but despite the low prices I’m not a fan of shared facilities. Despite my reservations, pun intended, as I was literally in the neighborhood I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of this venerable landmark.