Single, $89-$249; double, $129-$299
N, Q, R at 57th St.-Seventh Ave.; 1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle; B, D, E at Seventh Ave.
Parking garage across the street; $28 for 24 hours.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
For years, Da Vinci Hotel owner Giuseppe Galvano ran a pizzeria called Da Valentino’s next door to the Ed Sullivan Theater, even making frequent appearances on the Late Show. Forced out by rising rents in 2000, he turned his business savvy to this budget hotel just a few blocks north in the shadow of the glass-paned Hearst Tower. With its narrow façade and tiny maroon sign, the five-story, 24-room hotel is easy to miss, but it’s nonetheless popular with cost-conscious business travelers. With black leather benches and candle sconces, the dark-wood lobby is tastefully decorated—unlike the yellow walls and green carpeting in the narrow hallways upstairs. Rooms are tiny but clean, with barely enough space for a writing table and mini closet, and amenities (single-use packets of shampoo, large-print alarm clocks) are bare-bones; marble bathroom counters and floors add a touch of class, and the wall-mounted LCD televisions infuse a hint of modernity. Guests can pick up complimentary doughnuts and coffee in the lobby, or head downstairs for inexpensive pizza, pasta, and panini in Galvano’s spacious Joe G restaurant—named after his moniker on Letterman, which he still visits each year to crown the show’s Christmas tree with a pizza.Pros
Rates are low considering the central location, Wi-Fi capability, and free breakfast.
The small, rather spartan rooms are lacking in character and views.