History

Born the Hotel Earle in 1902 as a small 8 story residential hotel in New York’s fashionable Greenwich Village – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City Of New York

By 1907 we had a new twin sister – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City of New York

Another growth spurt took us to nine stories in 1910 – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City of New York

Our restaurant circa 1910 – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City of New York

All grown up… We reached our current size in 1917 with the addition of a 3 story building on the corner of Waverly and MacDougal – Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City of New York

Albert King stayed with us when he played the local clubs in Greenwich Village. An extraordinary talent, “The Velvet Bulldozer” influenced the likes of Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Joe Walsh and Mick Taylor.

In April, 1918 a young and dashing Ernest Hemingway arrived in Greenwich Village  and stayed with us for 3 weeks prior to his WWI service as an ambulance driver.

Long time Washington Square Hotel regular, Bo Diddley stayed with us every time he played in NYC. He even did a live set in the the lobby for our 100th anniversary.

The Washington Square Hotel is humbled to have played host to Rock & Roll icon, Chuck Berry.

1964 – The Rolling Stones landed in New York for their first U.S. tour and Washington Square Hotel was their home base.

1979 – The Godfather of Punk, Dee Dee Ramone checks into the Washington Square Hotel.

Bob Dylan took up residence at the Washington Square Hotel twice. Once, in 1961 and again in 1964 when he shared room 305 with Joan Baez.