This was the first boutique hotel in this part of the city, the Lower East Side, which despite all the hype still remains a neighborhood that is slightly run down, dirty, and not very convenient in terms of access to and from other parts of NYC. Oh, but it is, for some mysterious reason, achingly hip. So if you're young and want to be feel you're at the epicenter of cool, this is just about the only upscal lodging option available to you in this area.
The hotel was, and to some extent still is, a little glittering gem rising from the gloomy tenement buildings surrounding it. Stayed here for a week in a high corner floor king with balcony. At the time something like $500 a night, which isn't cheap, especially for this part of town. The room isn't large in square footage, but because of the wraparound, floor-to-ceiling windows, it feels airy. The decor is downtown modern chic, but I imagine susceptible to becoming dated pretty quickly as all trendy things are.
Judged by conventional measures, the hotel rarely rises above the merely adequate in terms of service, professionalism, the quality of the accommodations (though the Tempurepedic beds—I was skeptical of the foamy mattress at first—are incredibly sleep-inducing and comfortable). And at night, the bar/restaurant on the first floor becomes a velvet-roped mob scene. It becomes a strange combination glam/sordid bling on those nights. But it's an experience. I'm in my forties now, so this all feels a bit nostalgic and probably soon just strange and awkward.
Would I return again to THOR? Maybe, but as some reviewers have pointed out, the hotel has to maintain guest loyalty as a hotel and less as a nightspot or merely a hip destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historic district of the Lower East Side, Hotel on Rivington offers 108 guest rooms and suites. Constructed of floor-to-ceiling glass, most rooms feature 180 degree city views overlooking Midtown Manhattan, the World Trade Center, Brooklyn, Queens and the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges. Centrally located in downtown NYC, Hotel on Rivington is walking distance to landmark neighborhoods such as SoHo, Tribeca, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Bowery and the East Village. All guest rooms feature Tempur-Pedic beds, Frette linens, feather duvets and Italian bath amenities by Davines. Guests can select a variety of room features and amenities such as balconies, steam showers and/or Japanese inspired deep-soaking tubs. IPod/iHome stereos, HD televisions, electronic programmable safes and complimentary WiFi are all standard features in the guest rooms. Additionally, Hotel on Rivington is home to Juice Press! Juice Press serves organic and cold-pressed juices and raw foods catering to Vegetarian and Vegan guests located on the ground floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- On Rivington Hotel
- Hotel Rivington
- Rivington Hotel