The Lower East Side has become New York's most exciting with a mix of one of a kind and boutiques and restaurants and ethnic options that keep it feeling authentic (Little Italy and Chinatown are a stone’s throw away). The property itself is on a relatively quiet street but very close to the action.
The higher the floor the better the view especially the corner options above the tenth floor, so ask for one of these. Inside the simple clean lined India Mahdavi-designed rooms are Japanese soaking tubs big enough for two, which I loved, showers that hug the glass walls (not for the prudish), comfy velvet sofas, and huge incredibly comfy Swedish Tempur-pedic mattresses that face the fantastic panoramas. The rooms are huge by Manhattan standards too.
Looking a bit grungy, they need a bit of a makeover.
Eating and drinking
Thor, the Marcel Wenders-designed restaurant opened to great fanfare a few years back but the results were disappointing. Do stop in for a drink but head out to the excellent local restaurants for the main event. On the weekends the on site club gets very busy with lines outside.
State-of-the-art gym and in-room beauty treatments like massage and haircuts on offer.
Quite professional though things slow down on busy weekends.
Who stays there
Hipsters, European travelers, mainly Brits, looking for a different side of the city.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Huge rooms