Search for the reception desk in vain. At Public, you check in on your phone or on one of the lobby's iPads
Stargazing from one of the beds dotted around the rooftop bar
Public Arts, the multi-media performance space in the basement that hosts open mic events, art exhibits and club nights
What To Know
There's no room service
There are more charging ports and outlets than you can use
Rooms, as with nearly all in NYC, are on the small side
Youthful LES hub from Ian Schrager, with a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and buzzy rooftop bar
Sense that party vibe? Public's creator is none other than Ian Schrager (also the creator of Studio 54), so if you pick up on a vintage 1977 devil-may-care attitude, that's why. This addition to the Lower East Side is a hub for today's club kids, thanks in large part to the rooftop bar and the events space in the basement, both of which draw a cool crowd in the evenings. From the moment you step onto one of the neon-lit and mirrored escalators, you know you're in for a good time. Book a Great View room for stellar cityscapes through the floor-to-ceiling windows just by the bed. Still, you won't be spending much time in the rooms, which can be a bit of a squeeze for two, since the hotel's dining options—including one from Jean-Georges Vongerichten—bars and chic lobby-level boutique are all compelling. But if you want to lounge around and enjoy the view in your jammies, call down to Louis—part restaurant, part coffee shop, part grocery store—with your order and just nip down to pick it up a few minutes later.
In the Area
Public's got a fabulous, walk-to-almost-anything location on Manhattan's Lower East Side, and there's a subway stop just around the corner for trips further afield. Pick up lox and bagels at Russ & Daughters, just five minutes away, and settle onto a bench in Sara D. Roosevelt Park for an easy—and very NYC—picnic. For cozy tête-à-têtes over organic wine and a great value oyster happy hour, stroll over to the romantic The Ten Bells bar, ten minutes from the hotel. Meet colleagues for a power breakfast at see-and-be-seen Balthazar…or just come in for a perfectly brewed latte and croissant among the movers and shakers before heading out to the Invisible-Exports gallery to check out what artists we'll all be talking about in a year or two. The excellent New Museum is also handy—come here to see the artists we're already talking about.