You won't find conference rooms or a health club, but you will find that this family-owned hotel has been thriving for over a century right in the heart of downtown New Haven. The hotel is situated just steps from Yale University and the thriving dining and shopping located on Chapel Street. Don't ... More
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You won't find conference rooms or a health club, but you will find that this family-owned hotel has been thriving for over a century right in the heart of downtown New Haven. The hotel is situated just steps from Yale University and the thriving dining and shopping located on Chapel Street. Don't expect to find trendy comforts here other than cable TV, because the hotel boasts more character than luxury, but it is a steadfast favorite with those who truly want to escape the harried rush of today and enjoy the comforts of yesteryear.
with the price of ~$50 you can not find better. the hotel was old but nice the elevator man was so funny, he kept tilling me that the elevator is old for the 5 days I stayed in the hotel.
Not bad but make sure you arrange early reservation for a good room.
Would recommend it for low budget guys like myself...
Ami, NY traveler....
As a young couple travelling the States we arrived at New Haven exhausted and just wanting to put our heads down. Lucky, we thought, due to the good location that we came across the Duncan. The receptionist was pleasant enough (but perhaps a little bit too helpful!). When we saw the bell 'boy' (?) we began to have doubts, especially because we seemed to be the only people other than those two in the whole place. Our room resembled something out of Psycho. The interior was musty, dark and grotty. The polite but slightly creepy manner in which we were treated meant that as soon as we had said thank you we checked that the coast was clear and ran back to the car and sped off without asking for a refund!!! I never have before felt as scared as I was that day, I felt like I was in a horror movie.
I loved the location. The lobby is very pretty, too. However, the room we had was so ugly...I expected period wallpaper and floor treatments and got trashy 1960"s paneling and carpeting. Also, the fan in the bathroom was full of gunk...can't be good for athsma sufferers. The bed was creaky and uneven.
This hotel is over 100 years old and shows it, but in a very quaint way. We stayed in a suite that had a good-sized sitting room with a microwave & refridgerator, a bedroom with a phone and cable tv, a bathroom, and a huge walk-in closet. The bed was super comfortable!
Also has an old-fashioned, hand-powered elevator. It's smoother than most modern models!
The only "down" sides are having to wait a while for the shower water to get hot, and no parking (You will have to park on one of the streets or in a parking deck, so don't bring a big SUV or truck! It won't fit!)
Restaurants & shops close by, four short blocks to Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
Hotel Duncan is one of the most interesting hotels I have been staying in - and I know what i am talking about, I used to write about hotels. I stayed there for two weeks in September 2005 and I am looking forward to my next stay. The hotel is old and used, but has an atmosphere that cannot be found in modern luxury hotels. The staff is friendly, considerate and discreet, the cleaning is excellent, the location is better than great. And the elevator is the only one of it's kind in the whole of USA.
The people at the front desk at night are generally not nice. Further, there are not much communication between the people in the day time shift and night time shift and weekend shift. So whatever the things we asked the reception, the other shifts do a bad job.
Made a reservation off the internet information I gathered. When we got there, we had to walk up to the 4th floor,(famous elevator had not worked for quite a while) it was about 100 degrees and the room had no air conditioning as advertised on the web. Could not stay there under those conditions and had to leave. They cheerfully refunded our money, saying that they understood completely, and we were on our way to another hotel. They informed me that only about 5-6 of their rooms have air conditioning, the rest don't work. Too bad. It was a nice room, just too hot and humid to try and sleep.
This was my first time staying at the Duncan, and will stay again in the future. When you consider what you are paying, and receive in return, comfortable room, great location, etc., I highly recommend a stay at the Duncan. Its worth it for the elevator alone, and the two phone booths in the lobby, it sure is a "blast from the past".
everything was fine and the people were friendly. The location is close to Yale and the train station. There are plenty of interesting things within walking distance. But the street noise made it almost impossible to sleep. The 2nd night we turned the box fan to the wall and shut the window and slept much better.
Perfect location and a very nice hotel. Didn't like the staff's approach (nonchalant OR overfriendly). Though, the price is good ($56 for a single room from Sat to Sun). Clean rooms, nice bathrooms, cool interiors (old style), cable TV. Would have liked it to be closer to the sea, but that's my bad..
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