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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

Celeb playpen with a Miami-meets-Ibiza pool scene and a models-and-bottles rooftop bar

The Lowdown

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

Dream Downtown
355 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011-5902 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 4114 Reviews
Amazing Service
Reviewed 15 hours ago

My daughter was getting engaged, and I wanted to send champagne to their room. I called the conceriege and spoke with Joseph. He was extremely helpful and very efficient. He emailed me my options, took my order over the telephone. He called to confirm that it was completed. I was so impressed with the care he took to make this happen. Thank you again, Joseph.

Too much work!
Reviewed 17 hours ago

I stayed at Dream downtown this past weekend. Staff members are very nice. I only gave stars for the staff. I was told I would be called when my room is ready. That didn’t happen. I waited a few hours and then went back and they told me the room was ready. They couldn’t find our luggage. I went into the room with the bellhop and found it and asked for it to be sent up. It took almost an hour, probably because of the elevators. I have gone there other times but not always stayed there. The elevators are always broken. You wait about 20 to 30 minutes just to get in the ONE that works. The elevator key takes another 10/15 minutes. Also, we were told at desk all 4 rooms were close. One room was in a different tower. It’s entirely too much work. I want to feel relaxed and have fun at a girls getaway.

Trashy, Trap Hotel
Reviewed 1 day ago

This hotel was beneath standard for a professional business traveler. If you are traveling with a group of friends wanting to party and turn up, this is the hotel for you. If you need a quality space to spread out, get work done while in a pleasant environment, this hotel is not for you. It's super noisy, super annoying, the service is sub-standard, and the rooms are trash. The music goes in all day from the pool and all night from the club. I'm a business traveler who decided to bring my 12yr son who's out of school and staying here was a HUGE Mistake!!! Half naked girls running around screaming, he couldn't go to the pool because its "adult only". The bathroom is a joke, the bed is like a college dorm room bed that is super uncomfortable. In short, this is more like a trashy MOTEL with a pretty face. It appears to be a chic and modern hotel but, but it's super underwhelming and basically a loser of a hotel on this inside. I feel like if I were to describe this hotel, I would use the phrase, "Douche Bag".

Above & Beyond
Reviewed 2 days ago

Blown away by the service I received from Alicia in reservations. Helpful, knowledgeable, thorough and genuinely cared about helping me to book the right room. She was also genuinely excited for us to stay in the hotel. First impression A+. Thanks Alicia!

Wonderful Boutique Hotel + Excellent Service
Reviewed 7 days ago

I've stayed at the Dream a few times now for work and each experience has been better than the last.

For starters, you can't beat the location in the heart of Chelsea, and right across the street from Chelsea Market.There's a number of popular bars and restaurants in the area, including a nightclub on the top floor of the hotel. The Dream also has a very modern feel to it and has a number of wonderful and convenient amenities (on-site gym, pool, bar, breakfast/lunch cafe, evening restaurants, etc).

The room size is fairly standard, but it's the polish within the livable spaces that really sets them apart. The rooms have ample space for the bed as well as assorted furniture pieces to really make it a cozy experience. My favorite part is the bathroom. Each restroom has a large mirror, ample space and a walk-in shower with a giant waterfall shower-head. The shower is the crown jewel. Highly recommend.

But above all else, what really sets the Dream apart is their client service. Every time I've checked in, had an issue or needed help, the staff has gone well out of their way to be accommodate me.

Ex: During my recent stay, I was in a rush for a business meeting and I forgot to call ahead to request early check-in. When I spoke with Amanda at the front desk, she not only made arrangements so that I could get checked in to my room sooner, but she also personally called me to let me know as soon as my room was ready. Thanks for her help, I was able to make it to my meeting in the knick of time. She even gave me a complimentary umbrella so I wouldn't be soaked on my way into the city (it was pouring last week). Huge thanks to Amanda!

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the front desk manager, Lauren. She and her staff are always incredibly polite and greet me by name when I stay at this hotel. They've saved me from numerous hassles and headaches that I generally experience when traveling for work and they're always very warm and friendly. This is the kind of service I've come to really appreciate when coming to NYC on business.

Whether for business or leisure, I highly recommend the Dream if you're looking to stay in Chelsea (which you should). A+