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 really hate this place. The rooms are supposed to be hip, but they're just annoying. The lighting is terrible. The dimmer switches are maddening. The bed is practically a mattress on the ground and terribly uncomfortable. The nightstands have no place to store anything; no shelves, no drawers. There are no outlets near the bed unless you pull the bed out and probe around with your fingers near the baseboard. The ironing board is useless. There were no washcloths. There's a peephole into the bathroom. The do-not-disturb sign is a light on the doorbell that is so impossible to comprehend that even the housekeeping staff ignore it. The refrigerator is crammed with things to buy but has no room to put any of your own food in it. There's not even a coffee machine. What kind of hotel doesn't provide a coffee maker? (Hint: this one.) There's a speaker in the bathroom to play the sound from the TV--why? The bathroom has a sink that reminds me of a prison. But there's no place to put my toiletries save a teeny glass shelf. There are no reading lights near the bed. But there's a useless purple entry light. One of the outlets on the desk works but the other doesn't. No idea why. There are maybe 2 small drawers, one half the depth of the other, to put clothes in. The only positive thing I can say about it is the water pressure in the shower was good.
My girlfriend and I wanted to stay at a hotel that was hip, nicely decorated, offered a relaxing stay and fun at the same time. We got exactly what we were looking for!
Let me start off by saying that I was a bit concerned because of the mixed reviews recently left here; complaints of noise from the parties being heard from the rooms, elevators smelling like weed, and bad service from staff.
This was far from the truth!
We chose the weekender package directly from their website, highly recommended! It included continental breakfast at Bodega Negra; the best continental breakfast I’ve ever had! Their menu had a nice variety of breakfast options, from a delicious smash avocado toast to a massive stack of pancakes, all fresh made to order. And of course, breakfast isn’t complete without mimosas, but if spicy is more to your liking, they had bloody Mary’s to kick start your morning! We only had a chance to try the carrots off their lunch menu, very tasteful by the way, but there was an option for every palette.
All of the staff was very accommodating! Check-in was smooth. The staff addressed our questions and helped us with recommendations on local sites to check out and try. We got the bronze king room without balcony and were situated the ninth floor. It was plenty of space for the two of us on our 3 night stay. Besides, you don’t visit NYC to be trapped in a room all day, get out there and take in the sights????. The service requests we had (one of the light fixtures weren’t working) were addressed immediately. Best of all, in my opinion, is that they message you directly to your phone after check in should you have any questions or concerns. This is where we addressed the lighting fixture, and they fixed it while we were out and about.
The 12th floor rooftop venue called PHD came with great music and drinks. Whether your thing is to sit back and sip on your manhattan or show off your freshest dance moves, there’s plenty of space for both with the views and decor to add that finishing touch for your next night photo selfie. We already had plans for Saturday night, but we had some serious FOMO when we saw the crowds start to arrive for PHD.
We didn’t come prepared, but they also have a heated pool with beach beds, cabanas, and a bar just steps away. Definitely something to consider for our return during warmer weather.
Needless to say, I recommend this place to anyone who is looking to be centrally located with shopping dining and leisure all within walking distance.
The hotel is for young people. Room size is good but the beds are very low to the floor. Not for people with hip or knee problems. They charge an extra resort fee per person and then have the audacity to charge you for a bucket of ice. I’ve stayed all over the world and never been charged for ice. Wouldn’t stay there again ????