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
My sister and I visited for just one night to see a show. We booked this hotel online as we were interested in staying at an Ian Schrager property. PUBLIC did not disappoint. We were warmly greeted at the door before making our way up to the lobby level. I appreciate the minimalist design - a bit dark and minimalist in some areas. It’s hipster - don’t get me wrong- but the service was incredibly friendly all around. Special kudos to Lucas during check in. We originally booked a double room but none were available for early check in. he worked his magic with an upgraded corner loft king sized room instead. Sleek and modern, the room was plenty spacious for 2, with a couch, sitting area, ample bathroom and panoramic floor to ceiling windows all around. The shades and sheers were perfect for privacy and darkness when needed and could be adjusted easily with the touch of a button. The bed and linens were incredibly comfortable. We were a quick walk or cab/Uber from everything. If you’re considering this hotel, go for it.
I and my partner stayed at Public last week. We love staying at Edition Hotels and wanted to stay at Ian Schrager’s Hotel this time. We enjoyed our 3 nights stay. For the nightly price, you get clean room, great food by Jean George and fun on Rooftop and Public Arts. Hotel has nice design and has feel of New York! Rooms are relatively small but very clean. Beds are freshly made everyday day, I would just suggest to place more water everyday since it’s only 2 bottles. Ate breakfast and dinner at Public Kitchen, had lunch at Whole Food which is around the corner. Our public Advisor Sydney helped us with reservation to nearby restaurant and got us a lyft. Overall great accommodation and service!!!
This hip and modern hotel is after all is said and done a skip. I think there are better choices around this area. The service is mediocre at best, the rooms reminded me of a old cruise ship and the hotel seems more like a party spot than a hotel. The design is good but they miss on the details and certainly miss on the service. This hotel is a pass in my opinion.
Shortened my stay, as the hotel obviously is reluctant to provide service. Upon checkout, I was provided with an email address to one of their Director, I shared the below feedback via email but till this day I have not received a reply.
- Prior to arrival, hotel reservations provide an email address to the concierge that apparently told upon check-in that it was a "no longer regularly checked email address".
- Had a parcel delivered to the hotel before my arrival, at first front desk could not locate it, then after showing the signed-for confirmation tracking record, it took another 30 minutes to be delivered to the room.
- Expressed check-in service did not work, both via email or onsite. The screen just shows - "something went wrong"
- Had to wait for almost 1 hour along with over 5 phone calls being either transferred to other departments, cutoff directly with no response or promised to be called back but never did, simply to have several plates and forks to be delivered to the room for our birthday cake. Over the phone, I have stressed several times the importance of the items that were to be delivered. I was given the following response "I am not sure if we can have these delivered", "Let me transfer you to the restaurant", "Let me check on this and give you a call back", "Let me put you on hold".
In the last two calls, when I asked whether it was faster for me to collect them downstairs I was told: "It will probably be faster, but we are trying to prevent that from happening". To be honest I was shocked and so were the local friends I was with. Clearly it was not a question but more of a statement that I have been waiting for an extended period of time.
But what was more shocking was when the items finally arrived, the forks were DIRTY and there was not even an apology for the delay.
My girlfriend and I needed to get away so we stayed at Public. We were very impressed. The room had a great view and was big and spacious! Nice view as well. We didn’t need to leave the hotel since the restaurant served fabulous food. The staff were very friendly and accommodating! Will definitely be staying there again.