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 husband has stayed at this hotel many times. We recently had our anniversary and he chose to stay here. It was definitely easy to get to from LG airport. The check in lobby was up the escalators. There you are greeted by one employee, ushered to one of about 20 iPads kiosks to check in. The surrounding area felt like a hang out spot in a coffee ship. There was a wall of steps for seating the entire lobby. Everywhere people sat with laptops on their knees working. Further along was a cool bar area with communal tables, cordoned of area with couches for guests only.
We paid for an upgraded room (almost $800/night) a view. The first room we were given had a horrible view. We we asked for a change and got room had a much better view. The room had all the necessities but was NOT luxurious. On arriving there is a cooler with 2 bottles of water. We assumed this was refilled everyday since we did pay up for the room - but wrong. Every time prior hubby always had water but not this time. If you needed anything you had to request it. The provide coffee and tea but you have to call in the kettle and everything to go with it. Then they leave a kettle without any ingredients to make anything else. Again not luxurious. No robes, slippers or turn down service. There are several items the in my mind define luxury and these are just some. Overall, the room checked the boxes for comfort. It was more spacious than a lot of the NYC hotel rooms. If you are looking for luxury look elsewhere.
The hotel is incredible, but unfortunately they forgot to make the room!!!!! We arrived at 1:20am and our room wasn’t done. It’s inconceivable how much you pay and they don’t make the room. Really disappointing!!!!
If you want to have a truly memorable stay in NYC go to Public! Gorgeous, clean hotel with very attentive staff. Hotel is located in front of the small park and has 2 gardens as well. Plenty of space for work( as well as power charging stations). Restaurant, lounge with live jazz, rooftop bar with an amazing view of the city and a night club!! It was a girls trip and honestly probably one of our best trips ever! Thank you Public for taking a great care of us! Will be back!