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
While the hotel offers very modern amenities and great views do not expect the sweet relaxation you desire when traveling especially for an anniversary weekend. Paying upwards of $400 a night you would at least expect valet parking. They offer a discount for parking at the garage down the street but BEWARE you must use a credit card to receive the rate, pay cash it costs $30 more. The check in process is rather confusing, up the escalator tucked away in the corner. The view from the room is gorgeous the room in a whole is extremely small prepare to be in the way of whomever you are with the entire time. It makes you feel as though you are in a trailer. The street noise is very disturbing, neither of us were well rested. There is no room service, you can preorder from the café downstairs but my $8 bagel was burnt and I wasn't satisfied with the customer service. I had really been looking forward to staying at this hotel but it definitely wasn't up to standards.
I live very close to Public, and have been to the rooftop lounge, restaurant, and my in-laws stayed at the hotel. With respect to the bar and restaurant, the food is average by NYC standards, the bar has nice views but nothing else to set it apart. The escalator up is the coolest part about this hotel. And we were very disappointed with the hotel rooms - my in-laws had a suite, and it was very small. For a "luxury" hotel, the finishes were cheaply done and the room lacked some basics, like a mat for the shower and hooks for towels. Also, free coffee is only offered between 5:30 and 6:30am - who is up that early in NYC on a weekend?? Service, however, is excellent, so that gives a boost to this place. Next time they visit we'll put them up elsewhere!
My husband and I love this place. Great architect. Although rooms are small they are smartly designed. Great light. Great memories! Edwin, who fixed our drapes on first day, was a joy! He made us live our experience even more. Josh helped with checkout and was really sweet and helpful.
We will be back.
I spent in this hotel an amazing weekend. Very polite and well trained personnel...composed by all young and smiling people. My room was quite basic and small but at the same time cosy and with a great view. Highly recommended for young people who love to experience innovative/high-tech places. The rooftop is just amazing. Can’t complain about food too. Well done!
Well we booked this hotel for 6 nights for my wife's 30th birthday, we stayed for 3 then went to the ludlow a few minutes walk away which is a traditional hotel. Rather than rant about our stay and receive an obligatory reply from Dan Daley about how the guests are the most important thing. I know from our experience they aren't, the droves of party goers and event attendees are. Don't get me wrong excellently designed hotel, but all style and no substance. For 350 dollars a night I'd expect a lot more than what we received so look around first as there are plenty of other hotels which will save you enough to visit a michelin star restaurant and visit Public for drink only. That way you get the best service here and dine somewhere very nice and pay no extra.
No reply needed DD ;)