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
This is for you
If you want a hotel with almost no human beings as staff this is for you.
If you want to be surrounded in all the public places by people dressed up as 16 year olds on their laptops or phones this is for you.
If you want to be spoken to in a very condisending way by the staff this is for you.
If you want to be charged $25 a day for snacks when most times this consists of an orange and an apple this is for you
If you want to sleep in a bed that has only a 6” gap between the bed and the wall this is for you.
If you want to sit in the lounge and be surrounded by guests who bring their food in from outside and unwrap it and eat it in front of you without the staff saying a word this is definitely for you.
If you want a hotel experience that is similar to being in an Apple store this is for you
This hotel was definitely not for us but it could be for you!
Stayed here for 12 nights and really enjoyed the hotel. I had a Queen room to start with but upgraded as they are pretty small. Maybe if you're only there for a couple of days the size would be ok, but for a long stay not really enough room to unpack and really settle in. The king I moved to was perfect and had a very large and deep bath tub. Room is well appointed, a clever control panel takes care of all the lighting, temperature and curtains. Well thought out tech and easy to stream to TV from laptop. Around the hotel the cafe downstairs and the restaurant both do great food and the rooftop bar worth a visit for the views alone. Staff very helpful. My only criticism was drinks prices. I had dinner by the bar one night and the $15 pizza was great. But then getting a bill for over $70 because I'd had two drinks was a bit of a shocker. I know booze has a big mark up in restaurants and hotels, but that's way too much and out of proportion to the food prices. Over all though, great hotel and will happily come back next time I'm working in town.
We stayed November 1 to the 3rd for a get away weekend. (mainly to eat pizza). The Public Hotel was highly recommended by a friend, so I booked it. Other than passing the entrance to the hotel, we were pleasantly pleased with the facility. It is sleek and beautiful. Wonderful bartenders and servers. Valet parking was a perk for us. The room was small, but impressive floor to ceiling windows, and everything was conveniently placed. Oh.. the room service was super fast and delicious! Perfect location for everything you would like to do in NYC! We will most definitely stay at Public when we visit the city.