What We Love
- Loft-style rooms with private bars
- Near the clubs, restaurants, and shopping of the Meatpacking District and the art galleries of Chelsea
- Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror art installation in the lobby
- Free bike rental (depending on the season)
What To Know
- This is a party hotel, so expect a late night crowd
- Thin guest room walls can lead to involuntary eavesdropping
- Pool Bar & Grill is closed during colder months (while the pool itself remains open year round; is adults-only after 12 p.m.)
- Check out Bodega Negra, their Mexican restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A $270 million renovation transformed this polka-dot 1960s building into a glittering clubhouse for the downtown fashion set. Orange and velvet chesterfields curve below a peep show ceiling that looks into the second-floor pool. Pieces by contemporary It-artists including Avone, LJ Lindhurst and Domingo Zapata pay homage to the hotel’s location near Chelsea’s art galleries and Meatpacking’s design and party scenes. Buttery leather campaign chairs, featherbeds and overdyed kilims add a warm counterpart to the clean lines of the 316 loft-like guest rooms, which are a riot of Jetson-inspired chrome, marble, and silver. Equally futuristic are the tech amenities, from 40-inch LED TVs that connect with your laptop or iPad to Tivoli alarm clocks to recessed speakers in the bathrooms. Some even have teak bars, so you can host your own afterparty. It’s a buzzy scene, from the DJ’d lobby to the French-accented Japanese restaurant Cherry and Côte d’Azur–inspired second-floor pool bar and its see-through bottom, on up to the rooftop PH-D club. PH-D runs a strict door policy, so even guests will have to dress the part for a spot among the A-listers sipping champagne against the panoramic skyline views.
In the Area
Head to Chelsea Market, a block from the hotel, to get picnic provisions before walking the High Line, an urban park built on an abandoned elevated railroad track. You’re also well situated to explore the galleries of Chelsea, from powerhouses like the Gagosian to the cutting-edge Zach Feuer. Score some new duds with the personal shoppers at famed boutique Jeffrey, the glam Diane von Furstenberg flagship or at such of-the-moment stores as Yigal Azrouel and Carlos Miele. Daredevils can learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease at Trapeze School New York, which sits on a pier on the Hudson during the warmer months.
How to Get There
I have been coming to NYC on business for roundly 25 years, and single, affordable hotel rooms for short-term travel seem to be getting more spartan with each passing year. I had never stayed at Dream Downtown before, and I chose it based on price and convenience to my event. The room was spotless and surprisingly roomy, even with the king-sized bed. All the furniture was in good shape. The bathroom was big enough to move around comfortably, the shower stall huge and open, and everything worked just as it was supposed to. Nice to see a boutique-style hotel that still puts robes in the closet. From a design perspective, to the extent that matters, it was cool, too. Overall, a total value proposition, and I would definitely stay here again.
I was in NY for business for just under two weeks and staying at the Dream Downtown. Check-in was seamless and all that I needed during my stay was catered for with ease. The hotel has a fun and friendly atmosphere. The rooms are comfortable and stylish. Room service is delicious too! Overall, a great place to stay given it's proximity to Chelsea Market - Thanks Dream Downtown for a great stay, will see you soon!
It's simply a nice hotel. The rooms are amazingly quiet and the hotel has good amenities and service. I would definitely stay again. For business purposes, there are plenty of nice restaurants and places to entertain. If you are doing anything at Chelsea Piers you will be happy to have stayed here.