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The Gem Hotel Soho

135 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002 40.723368 -73.990243
at Forsyth St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-358-8844 | Fax: 212-473-3500 Send to Phone

  • Price Range: Moderate
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  • Type of Hotel: Good for Business Travelers

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Queen, $229-$469; double, $249-$509; king, $239-$519

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.


  • Nearby Parking Lots

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Express Checkout
  • Fax Services
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry
  • Pets Allowed
  • WiFi Service

Room Amenities

  • Bathrobe
  • Fax Services
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Jacuzzi
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • TV
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • WiFi service


After a renovation and re-branding, this former Howard Johnson now has a decidedly modern feel as the 45-room Gem Hotel. The guest rooms have a crisp, clean look, with a color scheme of chocolate browns, bright whites, and the occasional yellow accent. In addition to common amenities like flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, and Wi-Fi, the Gem ups the ante with Gilchrist & Soames bath products, an iPod docking station, and complimentary Wolfgang Puck coffee in every room. The platform beds offering drawers for storage beneath them are a nice touch, too, though this space-saving feature is hardly needed in the good-size rooms. Downstairs, a small lobby looks a bit like a West Elm catalogue, with cube tables and a sleek black reception banquet. The hotel’s location makes it popular with tourists looking to shop Soho rather than sightsee in Times Square, and it also has a loyal following of musicians in town for gigs at nearby spots like the Living Room. And what the property lacks in facilities it has found within the neighborhood: In place of a gym, the local YMCA offers guests a $10 day pass, while a binder in the lobby full of takeout menus stands in for room service.


Stylish rooms, friendly service, and reasonable rates steps away from shopping and dining.

There’s no bar, restaurant, conference room, or gym on siteóbut, then again, you’re not in New York to hit the treadmill.