What a shame! We just stayed at what was The Cooper Square Hotel in NYC recently bought by The Standard and renovated to well, I guess, their Standard, which unfortunately is not a very high one. The Cooper Square hotel really understood the groovy architectural building they were in and built their design in harmony. A beautiful lobby that was spacious and served as a perfect entrance to the hotel, has now been replaced by a claustrophobic narrow space with a boring reception desk right in front of you. Despite having small rooms, the hotel as it was before understood through design, how to make them feel light and airy, even cosy. The Standard? Well, they managed to make some of the dumbest design moves imaginable. Why would I want to climb high-up into my shower when I could walk in as I did before? Because they thought everyone needed a tub? Ok, but why a high tub that you have to risk your life to leap in and out of? And painting all the rooms a cool blue was somewhat soothing I suppose, but also felt sterile (not in a good way). Shoving the writing desk into a dark corner when it used to be near the window, now replaced with a closet? Why? How about the closet in a dark corner and leaving the desk where it was?! What a waste of money, time and energy. I'll give the hotel some time to iron-out their kinks (like the terrible room service, sure, ok, just opened, so who knows. Or losing one of our reservations, hey sh-- happens), but I can't forgive its truly bad design making it boring and sub-standard. Oh yeah, and the penthouse lounge playing loud music on our heads late at night wasn't welcome either. There just isn't a good reason to stay here when there are hundreds of hotels in NYC making better decisions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cooper Square Hotel has recently been acquired by hotelier Andre Balazs to become the 5th addition to The Standard group of hotels in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Located on the corner of East 5th Street and Bowery, the 21 story building offers 145 spacious rooms and suites with sweeping views of Manhattan, thoughtful comforts and stellar service in one of New York’s most exciting neighborhoods. The Standard, East Village provides a more intimate, residential alternative to The Standard on the High Line, on the West Side. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Standard, East Village Hotel New York City
- Hotel Cooper Square