There’s a new future in store for Manhattan’s Jane Hotel, though specifics regarding the plans brought some confusion this week.
The hotel itself will remain open, but its ballroom and select other public spaces are soon set to become members-only hangouts.
The Jane’s sale to hotelier Jeff Klein is impending — and the historic West Village building will become a hybrid lodge and lounge, with anyone able to book a room. But only club members and their guests will be allowed in certain areas.
This week, a press release was sent out announcing that “The Jane is shutting down slowly,” its closure marking “the end of an era in NYC,” during which time celebrities including “Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst, Mary-Kate Olsen and Jonah Hill” attended “countless infamous parties” in the 114-year-old venue’s ballroom and rooftop.
“An original statement was incorrect,” a flack told The Post.
The ballroom, a 2010s hotspot that currently hosts frequent no-cover shows, is set to become a restaurant reserved for use by members of SVB New York, a branch of Klein’s West Hollywood-based San Vincente Bungalows club. The rooftop bar will be transformed into a landscaped, outdoor lounge. Both will close to the public on Nov. 18.
An insider with knowledge of the sale clarified to The Post that new management has no current plans to shutter the hotel, which will remain open during renovations.
SVB New York will cost $135 a month and members will have access to a screening room for unreleased films, a billiards room, multiple living rooms, a dance room and a separate entrance from hotel guests.
Previously, the 113 Jane St. structure — built in 1908 — was the 25-cents-per-night American Seamen’s Friend Society Sailors’ Home and Institute. Four years later, when the Titanic sank, the ship’s survivors were housed within its red brick walls. The YMCA took over in 1944, and by the 1980s, the Jane West Hotel, as it became, had become a skid row of sorts.
In 2008, developers Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode gave it a chic upgrade into a downtown party destination and comparatively affordable short-term housing.