Work, Sleep, Chill
These days, hotels are not only where people sleep, it’s also a place for everyone in the city to hang out— even if you aren’t a hotel guest. Nearly every hotel around the globe now has an open-door policy, inviting everyone to do whatever they want and to stay as long as the like. Whether you need a place to work, sleep, or just chill, here are some good hotels for you to check out and check in now that Superfine! NYC is wrapped up…
231 Hudson Street (Soho)
This place is the cutest and their stellar customer service makes for a welcoming atmosphere. The guest rooms at Arlo Soho are exceptionally quaint, everything you need in a tiny space. On the lobby level is a coffee stand, a full-service restaurant, a couple of nice bars, and a 24-hour pantry that has some of the best chia-seed pudding in the city. They really want anyone who enters their doors here to feel at home, so even if you just need to pop in and sit down for a quick minute, there are no questions asked. A great experience every time.
20 West 29th Street (NoMad)
Opened in 2009, the Ace Hotel NYC is essentially the dwelling that started the boutique hotel movement. Full disclosure, I helped open this property with a three-year DJ residency, so it has always felt like my home away from home. By day, it’s laptop central, where guests and others take advantage of the giant library tables and focused atmosphere. By night, it’s a lively cocktail vibe, with DJ’s and the occasional live band. Roman and Williams designed, April Bloomfield chef-ed, the Ace NYC is still a place to be.
23 Lexington Avenue (Flatiron)
This NYC version of the Freehand offers a more relaxed atmosphere, while still catering to the hipster-chic. Designed by Roman and Williams, the eclectic community spaces are comfortable and slightly cavernous, which is a good thing. There’s an outpost of Smile To Go here, a very collegiate-feeling George Washington Bar, two restaurants, and a bright and cheery main room for you to sip on coffee, work on your laptop, and take a meeting.
97 Wythe Avenue (Williamsburg)
Originating in Shoreditch, London, The Hoxton hotel landed in Brooklyn last year and it’s a perfect addition to the neighborhood. The brand calls itself “a series of open house hotels” and the vibe here in Williamsburg is just that. A lobby replete with laptoppers and tasteful furnishings welcomes guests, where you can also order off of the hotel’s elegant café menu while you work.
29 Norman Ave (Greenpoint)
This isn’t a hotel, but a really great communal workspace open to the public. Owned by BMW’s MINI division, the self-described Atrium space inside A/D/O is inviting to all visitors. The exceptional Sunday Hospitality Group (Sunday In Brooklyn) just took over food & beverage here with “Provisions by Sunday.” You can order coffee, breakfast, burgers, and salads directly from your phone and it’s all magically delivered to a number on your table. Additionally, they recently added ROOM sound-proof booths to the space if you need to make a call, and with a wireless printer situated in the middle of the workspace connected to an email address, this is also a good place to print things. ;)
215 Chrystie Street (Lower East Side)
The chic PUBLIC Hotel by Ian Schrager (Studio 54) is fun to visit morning, noon, and night. A modern living-room vibe awaits you atop two Instagram-worthy escalators with tables and couches set out for working or conversing. I always see people having business meetings here. The Jean-Georges restaurant Public Kitchen serves up New American dishes downstairs, an open-air rooftop offers an ideal sunset cocktail experience with stunning views of NYC, and a club in the basement delivers beats into the night.
701 7th Avenue (Midtown)
The highly-anticipated Times Square addition to the EDITION line of Ian Schrager hotels just opened and it is already generating major buzz. Billed as the next generation of modern luxury, Schrager’s new spaces strive for inclusivity and this location hits the mark. In collaboration with Brooklyn’s famed House of Yes performance artists, The Paradise Club at Times Square EDITION has been helmed as the rebirth of Studio 54.
105 West 28th Street (Chelsea)
Marriott’s bid at millennial dollars could be exactly what it sounds like, but surprisingly, the potentially faux hipster-chic at Moxy Chelsea actually works. First impressions are lasting, so the fact that the first thing you see before entering the hotel is a retail outlet of gay married couple Putnam & Putnam’s flower shop, makes this queer blog-writer very happy. There isn’t much of a main lobby on the ground floor, but there is a sizable café and very nice indoor rooftop bar with a front-row view of the Empire State Building.
60 Furman Street (DUMBO)
Serenity is key at this Brooklyn outpost of the 1 Hotel, a collective so-named because of its attempt at single-source, eco-conscious sustainability. The expansive lobby can be an incredibly peaceful place to work, meet, and have a beverage. There’s a lovely café, restaurant, and rooftop bar. And who can resist the unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge. If you need a little respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is your place.