What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
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.
How to Get There
Had a great stay at your hotel, the people, the rooms, the location, the vibe.....all quite excellent.
David (front desk) and David (elevator) very helpful and Chris out front was great.....even the ppl in the gift shop were good (and agreed that your T shirts at price at $65 was mental).
But one thing that wasn’t very good at all was your recommendation of Rintintin.....we took you up on it and it was a POS. But good news was Peasant was absolutely amazing.
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I've been here a few times and really wanted to send a review this time. This stay was exceptional, better than my past visits. The service was excellent, from the Public Advisers in the lobby (a special shout out to Angel who was awesome) to the housekeeping staff. Beautifully appointed rooms with super comfortable beds. A really nice buzz in the restaurants and bars. A fun crowd. I will definitely recommend this hotel to my friends and work colleagues and you can be sure that I will return. My new favorite spot in New York! See you in three weeks!
A very unique room, the design is interesting but comfortable. The sink was outside the bathroom, but it felt as though it makes sense.
Hotel has a restaurant within it, which was very good. It also had a lovely bar.
I'd stay there again.
I was immediately impressed with this hotel from the second I arrived. The hotel is beautiful and has a great vibe. I was greeted by Sasha at check in who made the experience at this hotel even better with her attention details and helping me get the best room and making me feel at home. Well done!
Truly loved my experience at Public! We came for dinner in the outdoor patio and drinks on the rooftop. Demario and Angela were absolutely gracious in making my group feel warm and welcome while at dinner and drinks! Thanks so much, will definitely come back. Amazing service!