My husband and I were looking for a place on the Lower East Side to spend one night and we are very glad we happened upon the listing for the Blue Moon. This is not a cookie-cutter chain establishment; it's a European-style boutique hotel with a lot of charm. We got some of the history of the building from one of the employees; the owner spent five years restoring it while he and his family lived in one of the suites. He used items salvaged from the building to decorate, even down to such small details as the entertainment posters and place cards that are now framed and hung on the walls. Our clean, spacious, and homelike room was on the second floor, on the back side of the building, so there was no street noise. The room did not have a view, but it did have its own private patio with tables and chairs. The location is wonderful; it's in the midst of a vibrant neighborhood with many restaurants, bars, markets, and shops, within easy walking distance of Chinatown and Little Italy. The Tenement Museum, across the street, is a great place to learn about the rich history of the neighborhood, which is at the heart of the immigrant experience of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The subway is very close, making it a good base for visiting other parts of the City. I would recommend the Blue Moon to anyone who is looking for a unique hotel with historic charm, instead of the usual midtown chain-hotel experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street welcomes guests to the Lower East Side. This new, boutique Manhattan hotel leads the resurgence of the landmark old New York neighborhood. The hotel is located along cobble stone streets once occupied by push cart vendors, pickle packers, butchers, and bakers. Now, New York City's historic past has come to life in the authentic yet modern and comfortable neighborhood hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Blue Moon