Stayed at the Dream recently and was pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and atmosphere at the hotel. Very hip and cool with a perpetual buzz around the hotel especially in the evenings. The food at the Marble Lane in the lobby was great and so were the drinks. The rooms are modern, with a cool view to the pool, which incidentally has a glass bottom looking down into the lobby !!
Another feature of the hotel is the popular rooftop lounge called PHD,- now this is a tricky one, hotel guests are allowed until 10pm, then the lounge is shut and cleaned and entry back into the lounge is at the discretion of the Door Manger only. So you could be staying here but not enter PHD ever !! I don't really have a problem with that as long as you are "polite" about your entrance policy, being in hospitality i assume that would be a priority criteria, however that's not the case here. The Door Managers are unnecessarily rude and have a laughable attitude, that probably comes from the lack of global travel,exposure,ignorance,instruction or simply just trying too hard to maintain "exclusivity".
I have stayed at similar hotels in NYC, Gansevoort, Mercer, Standard etc and have been to the finest clubs bars lounges all over the world and in NYC, including the Boom Boom Room or The Box in the UK, people have "always" been courteous and respectful can't say the same for the Dream.
All in all it was a good stay and happy to stay there again! Do check out the Sliders in the lobby bar !!
P.S. i did get up to PHD post midnight (using some VIP muscle) and it was an eventful night, the NYC skyline from PHD is magnificent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carrying on an exciting and imaginative new concept in inventive, full-service luxury travel brought by its predecessors Dream Midtown and Dream South Beach, Dream Downtown is the latest jewel in the impressive Vikram Chatwal Hotel portfolio. Situated between the hip, cool Meatpacking District and chic, charming Chelsea, Dream Downtown's loft-style accommodations and innovative atmosphere breathe new life into the New York hotel scene. Our Downtown Manhattan hotel offers the best location for travelers aching for the interesting in New York City travel. Dream Downtown is within walking distance to The Highline, superior shopping, numerous Chelsea art galleries, Milk Studio, Union Square, and the famous neighborhoods of SoHo, Chelsea, and the West Village. ... more less
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