Hotel on Rivington
107 Rivington St., between Ludlow and Essex Sts., New York, New York 10002, USA
A pioneer when it opened back in 2004, this glass-walled hotel on the Lower East Side remains an excellent choice for being right in the middle of the neighborhood’s dining and nightlife scene. The gorgeous views are a big draw here—floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city skyline are the focal point of the super comfy rooms.
Rooms are minimalist, neutral-toned refuges; the sweeping view through floor-to-ceiling windows is all the adornment needed. You will most likely want to just sit there and stare out your window for elongated periods of time. Also, space is on the generous side by New York City standards, so that's another plus.
Some rooms in this glass tower have large balconies that are ideal during the warmer months.
Large, luxurious bathrooms have either Japanese-inspired deep soaking tubs or oversized steam showers--either way, you can't go wrong.
Located on the mezzanine level, the lobby is the living room of this hotel, with complimentary coffee and wine, plush couches, and a billiard table.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The lobby lounge can have a clubby feel and weekend crowds can at times be bothersome.
Flavors of the Mediterranean are served in a colorful space for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Café Medi, the hotel’s ground floor restaurant. Organic, cold-pressed juices are available at the Juice Press.
Some of the best watering holes in the Lower East Side are hidden in plain sight. Behind a red door with graffiti on Rivington Street, Jia is an underground cocktail lounge with a 1930s Shanghai theme. DJs are announced regularly on Jia's Instagram feed.
This boutique hotel is in the thick of the action of the Lower East Side, with every surrounding block lined with fun restaurants, bars, and shops; the best way to explore is on foot. To venture beyond the neighborhood, subway access is nearby with the F train at Delancey Street and the J, M, and Z trains at Essex Street, though in general, subway service in this part of the city is a bit limited. Taxis and Uber are widely available.
For a taste of the Lower East Side, join the locals at Russ & Daughters Café (2-minute walk), a sit-down restaurant inspired by the legendary LES appetizing shop, Russ & Daughters; try any of the smoked fish - all great. For Japanese fare with a New York spin, make a reservation at SakaMai (2-minute walk) a sleek spot with excellent cocktails. Nightlife and dinner overlap at Dirty French (3-minute walk), a rowdy restaurant with loud music, a dressed up crowd, and exceptional French bistro-style food.
From the outside it looks like an old pub, but inside Suffolk Arms (6-minute walk) is one of the neighborhood’s more upscale cocktail bars. For craft beer on tap, relax in Marshall Stack (3-minute walk), an unfussy bar with a jukebox.
WHY WE LIKE IT
In a traditionally low-rise neighborhood, the Hotel on Rivington climbs above the surrounding buildings, showcasing incredible views in all directions, through floor-to-ceiling glass. The serene rooms are a welcome counterpoint from the energy of the streets below; we love the big bathrooms and the soaking tubs alone make a stay worthwhile.
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