Lobby Layout: When you walk into the Jade, you actually walk down a flight of stairs into the lobby. In front of you is a warm sitting area complete with that purple velvet sofa along with a fireplace and a fully stocked bookshelf to the left. Off to the right, almost tucked behind the stairwell, is the nondescript check-in desk.
Checking In: Since we booked on HotelTonight, our credit card had already been charged and all we needed to do was show our ID and pick up our room keys. But we were actually running late for a lunch, so instead of heading up to our room, we asked the bellman to take our bags up so we could return from lunch and head straight to our room. Of course, this was no problem. We should also note that we were able to check in early at 1pm.
Room Reaction: We were given a room with two beds, even though it was just one of us, but we didn't mind. The beds not only looked good but felt good. We also liked how they were a bit lower to the ground than normal. Then we had fun exploring the rest of the room. We loved the cabinet that hid the flat-screen TV and inside the mirrored armoire we found a robe and slippers. In the white-tiled bathroom, we found C.O. Bigelow toiletries (nice!) but no bathtub, just a shower with one of those glass partitions halfway. There was also a small, tufted bench next to the desk for our suitcase (or to sit down) and at night at turndown, BK brownies were placed on the pillow. And we totally dug the operational rotary phones. But only for in-house calls. Otherwise, it's too much work.
Internet Connect: Sadly, the internet, while free, had issues during our stay. After we tried several times to log in with our last name and room number, we had to call the front desk. Eventually, the clerk came up to our room to help us get online but even he got an error message. Then randomly, he went to a website and it worked. So that's how we connected to the internet for the rest of the day. In the morning, however, the internet was truly not working. We called the front desk and they admitted it was out. Grrr.
Dining In/Out: The Jade Hotel has their room service run by the Grape & Vine restaurant downstairs. We ordered up a breakfast frittata , an iced latte and a green monster smoothie (strawberries, cucumber, bananas, kale and vanilla almond milk.) Service was prompt; food was delicious.
Location, Location, Location: We already told you why the location is awesome but if you need more identifiers, it's across from the New School and a block north near the subway is a big Urban Outfitters. There's also a Rite-Aid close by but no Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks.
Liked: We didn't just like the Jade, we loved every inch of our hotel room. We didn't have much time to check out the rest of the spot, not that there's much more to see aside from the rooms, the lobby and the restaurant but we would definitely stay here again for more than just one night. Also, after checking out, we asked for a car or taxi to Newark airport. The front desk made a call and within five minutes, in the rain, a town car was outside for us offering the same rate as a yellow cab to the airport.
Didn't Like: The internet problems, of course. The best the hotel could do for us was make a note in our file for our next stay so perhaps we'll get a free drink or appetizer next time.
Bottom Line: As we mentioned, we paid $260 on HotelTonight. Absolutely worth it.
[Photos: Juliana for HotelChatter]