Dream New York

210 W. 55th St., at Broadway, New York, New York, 10019, USA

Part hotel, part Kafkaesque dream, this Midtown spot specializes in style over comfort but is still quite livable, despite some over-the-top design features—and noise from the scenesters headed to the rooftop bar. The dreamscape starts in the lobby, which combines an enormous two-story cylindrical neon-lighted aquarium, a two-story photograph of a tattooed woman, and a copper sculpture of Catherine the Great. Rooms have stark white walls, black furniture, and light-box desks that glow from within. Stay here if you love things modern: plasma TVs, complimentary iPod use, a Deepak Chopra spa, and a velvet-rope rooftop bar scene at AVA Lounge. There's a second Dream Hotel in the Meatpacking District.

PROS

  • AVA Lounge penthouse bar
  • large spa
  • up-to-the-minute electronics

CONS

  • small rooms
  • spotty service
  • might be too sceney for some

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 212-247–2000

HOTEL DETAILS

204 rooms, 12 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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