I spent a night at the Blue Moon in 2009 (6th floor with a view of the Manhatten Bridge ) and 3 nights again in Jan. 2013 (5th floor with a view of the Manhatten Bridge). Much has happened in the neighborhood since last time. Lots of new fun shops (karma popcorn, cigar shop, superb restaurant called The Fat Radish....) and Tenement Museum has a new visitors center and more tours.
My daughter and I shared a room - the room as well as the hotel has lots of character with furniture and artefacts from the turn of the century. Some of the receptionists (2 men) were very service-minded and told us the history of the hotel, showed us around, gave us tips to local takeaways, etc. One female receptionist was less service-minded as private calls on her cell phone had top priority (rather than we guests). I love the location. I appreciate the architecture and many of the choices that have been made at the Blue Moon. But there are also certain things that could be improved. Please, give your guests top priority. Please serve breakfast that is a bit more interesting and healthy (I'm fine with a basic breakfast on bagels and cream cheese as it fits in with the concept - but couldn't there be some small yoguhrts and good cakes rather than those bought by the bag in a supermarket?) Please make the reception area more comfortable to relax in with better chairs that have the same high standard as the rest of the setting - and it would be appreciated if there was always a cup of coffe / tea in the reception for guests:) The otherwise nice reception area would be used more by guests for reading / socializing with other guests.
All in all, I would still recommend the place as is, but it wouldn't take much effort to improve the hotel imensely with these simple suggestions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street welcomes guests to the Lower East Side. This new, boutique Manhattan hotel leads the resurgence of the landmark old New York neighborhood. The hotel is located along cobble stone streets once occupied by push cart vendors, pickle packers, butchers, and bakers. Now, New York City's historic past has come to life in the authentic yet modern and comfortable neighborhood hotel. ... more less
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