In the heart of the Lower East Side, near a plethora of nightlife and dining options.
The 141 rooms and suites are lofty and modern. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase downtown and an illuminated headboard hangs over the bed, which is enveloped in 400-thread-count SFERRA Italian linens. Bathrooms have slate showers and frosted glass doors. The two Thompson Suites have king-size beds, living rooms with fireplaces, a kitchenette and a terrace. The Thompson Loft, a popular choice for industry events, is a hit with guests as well. The duplex space has one large bedroom, 24-foot windows and two and a half bathrooms.
The lobby isn't very large but it's as lofty as the rooms. The hotel also has a media room for guests' use.
Eating and drinking
Top Chef Master Susur Lee's serves Chinese cuisine using global ingredients at SHANG restaurant. The SHANG Bar offers wine and cocktails at a leather-topped bar. Above Allen is the hotel's private terrace lounge. Hotel guests and members are the only patrons to be allowed access.
The hotel has a spa and fitness center but much of the action centers around the outdoor pool in the summer. Guests enjoy drinks and tapas from SHANG at the pool.
Service can be spotty at times since the hotel is bustling during high season.
Who stays there
Couples, singles and Europeans. Anyone who wants to be in the thick of things.
Standard rooms are the best deals but the Thompson Loft is a great splurge for a special occasion.
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Great restaurant
- Spotty service
- Too many people bustling about