In 1908 if you were a tired seadog taking a well-earned shore leave, you would stay in the Seaman's Relief Centre. Immature snickers aside, the building was built by the famous architect William A Boring and is a fine example of turn-of-the-century neoclassicism.
It once housed the traumatized survivors of the Titanic disaster. In 1944 it was taken over by the YMCA, and in the 1980s, it was a hipster hangout. Nowadays, it is a totally famous and unique place to stay. The rooms are still decorated in homage to the sailor's life while remaining modern.
The top-range rooms even have rainfall showers. The rest of the rooms are designed to be an alternative to New York's budget-destroying prices.
Restored to a selection of single and bunkbed rooms once inhabited by sailors whilst remaining hip to the max, the communal toilets and showers definitely leave this hotel in the boutique hostel hinterland.