Back in February, New York Magazine announced that the famed Jane Hotel was sold to hotelier, Jeff Klein (owner of NYC’s Monkey Bar and City Club). But before you freak out about losing your nighttime hotspot forever, apparently Klein plans to transform the West Village hotel into an East Coast outpost for his San Vicente Bungalows club. The catch: it’ll be members only.
The original San Vicente Bungalows club first opened in West Hollywood. Operating as a private members club, a current SVB member must nominate any newcomers trying to apply. Memberships are evaluated on a monthly basis.
According to a public liquor license application reported back in February, Klein is “requesting a transfer of an existing license for the Jane Hotel to the Jane St. Social Club Inc, a members-only establishment to be located in the same building.” This would carry over the exclusive membership system from West Hollywood all the way to the West Village.
Though the Jane Hotel & Ballroom was known as a celebrity hangout in its glory days, the hotel’s history actually dates all the way back to 1908. The building was originally constructed as the American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailors’ Home and Institute, as a hotel for sailors.
The building’s distinct design comes from the same architect who built Ellis Island’s immigrant station, William A. Boring. Interestingly enough, Titanic survivors were even housed in the hotel in 1912 during the American Inquiry into the tragedy. It wasn’t until a century later from its original construction that the landmarked building got restored.
New Yorkers can dance under the disco ball for a final time before November 20th when the doors to the Jane Hotel will officially close. Until then, stay up to date on their Instagram here.
When: Closing on November 20th
Where: 113 Jane St, New York