It seems impossible to me now that just a few short months ago, I felt like me and my fiancee Jo were never going to agree on a hotel to stay in for our October trip to NYC. Too expensive, no breakfast, too touristy, too grimy... the search felt never ending. And then... then, Jo found Hotel On Rivington. A boutiquey place about 5 minutes from the Williamsburg Bridge on the Lower East Side.
It was expensive, yes, but not in a way that set it apart from anywhere else on Manhattan Island. And I would say that we more than got what we paid for. When we arrived at the hotel, we nearly walked past it as the only clues to the fact that this building was a hotel were two doormen outside and a "Hotel on Rivington" doormat. Some might find that annoying, but even after 12 hours in transit, I found it rather charming. A word on the doormen- they, Josh especially, were uber friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Sorting out taxis, bringing luggage to your room, they- as with everyone else we came across in the hotel, were so welcoming.
When we got to our room, on a hot, sunny day, we found that we could see the Freedom Tower as well as the Brooklyn Bridge not just from our room, but the shower as well- we got a great sunset one day. I've seen people complain about the fact that the glass isn't frosted which leaves you vulnerable to prying eyes. But, up on the 11th floor, I wasn't too bothered by thoughts of anyone looking up at me. And even if anyone was, I can confirm that the shower cubicle goes from clear to steamed up in about 10 seconds. The bed was very comfortable and- jet lag aside- we slept the sleep of the righteous. As an aside, the day after we checked in, the weather was quite overcast and the Freedom Tower disappeared from view!
We were lucky enough to have complimentary breakfast from the restaurant downstairs, Co-Op. And it was there that we learned that everything you've heard about New York City and their plates of food is true. We staggered out of the restaurant with full bellies more or less every time we ate there, but just as importantly, the food was delicious (my personal favourite, the smoked salmon bagel with scrambled eggs and capers). The guys in the restaurant were a bit more droll than anywhere else, but quite funny if you got chatting to them.
There was free Wi-Fi, free wine in the afternoon (it seemed that some enjoying this service may not have actually been guests of the hotel, reggae music in the lifts and a fairly comprehensive minibar. Just a personal preference, but we loved the black and red interiors. It felt like we were in our own movie whenever we were making an otherwise ordinary journey through the corridors of the hotel. Oh, and the free pool table was a very nice touch. In short, I don't know when we'll return to New York, but when we do, we know where we'll be staying. A great hotel.
I nearly forgot to mention the biggest bathtub I've ever seen, after a day tramping around Manhattan, I didn't want to get out. On that note, some may find the distance between the hotel and the "touristy" bits of NYC a bit of a chore, but we loved being slightly out of the way and, in any case, the F train uptown was only a 5 minute walk away. As was the magnificent Doughnut Plant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historic district of the Lower East Side, Hotel on Rivington offers 108 guest rooms and suites. Constructed of floor-to-ceiling glass, most rooms feature 180 degree city views overlooking Midtown Manhattan, the World Trade Center, Brooklyn, Queens and the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges. Centrally located in downtown NYC, Hotel on Rivington is walking distance to landmark neighborhoods such as SoHo, Tribeca, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Bowery and the East Village. All guest rooms feature Tempur-Pedic beds, Frette linens, feather duvets and Italian bath amenities by Davines. Guests can select a variety of room features and amenities such as balconies, steam showers and/or Japanese inspired deep-soaking tubs. IPod/iHome stereos, HD televisions, electronic programmable safes and complimentary WiFi are all standard features in the guest rooms. Hotel on Rivington's main restaurant is called CO-OP Food & Drink - a modern American brasserie. Also located in the hotel is - Viktor & Spoils - our latenight tequila & mezcal lounge. Additionally, Hotel on Rivington is home to Juice Press! Juice Press serves organic and cold-pressed juices and raw foods catering to Vegetarian and Vegan guests located on the ground floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- On Rivington Hotel
- Hotel Rivington
- Rivington Hotel