Facade of Dream Hotel, Chelsea-Meatpacking
Dream Downtown Hotel – NYC’s newest and (I predict) hottest new nightlife destination

If you’re one of those people who loves checking out new hotels – or just likes to hang out in them – make sure to visit the new Dream Downtown hotel.

I passed by today on the way to Chelsea Market, and mustered up the courage to talk my way in. No need – the doorman and the beautiful hostess at the desk inside the entrance were welcoming. No photos, but I was told to feel free to look around. The hostess gave me a quick overview of the public spaces and suggested I take a look at their site for more information.

Marketed as an “urban escape like no other” the hotel certainly seems to be living up to that promise. Coincidentally, when I was checking out Ipad travel apps at the Apple Store yesterday, I noticed the hotel had $250/night rooms available. While I can’t vouch for the rooms, if you can secure one at this rate in the near future, I would say, grab it. The place just looks that good.

According to the site, the rooms are equipped with 40″ Samsung LED TVs with ipod docking stations, Tivoli alarm clocks with ipod docking stations, laptop compatible in-room safes, wireless phones with voicemail and data lines, high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, Etro toiletries. The steak house, Marble Lane and the Pool Lounge & Bar is open. Romera, holistic haute cuisine (I kid you not – and I hope this isn’t a trend) will open soon. Several lounges are located throughout the hotel and will be impossible to get into within weeks. There is 24 hour room service, of course.

For months, I’ve been watching construction, wrongly figuring this was an addition to the Maritime Hotel next door. The round windows carry on the theme of those at the Maritime, creating a congruous look for the 2 adjacent hotels.

The lobby is dark and sleek with gorgeous lighting fixtures and couches that beckon and foster lounging. There is a rather empty looking room with swings on the way down to the restroom level. To the right of the lobby is a cool looking restaurant/bar area.

Pool at Dream Hotel, Meatpacking NYC
Dream Downtown pool and lounge area (stealth photo – sorry!)

In the back of the lobby through a glass doorway is the metal stairway to the pool area. The Pool Lounge and Bar is definitely going to be my hangout for the rest of the summer of 2011, starting tomorrow weather permitting. I’m glad I live close, but not too close. It would suck to live in one of the buildings that overlook the pool area. In fact, unless you’re a real partier, I would probably request a room not facing the pool.

The hotel is in the process of a soft opening and only a fraction of the 316 “loft inspired rooms” are ready. Maybe I shouldn’t be posting about this, but thought people would want a first look at what I predict will be a hot new NYC hotel and a booming nightlife addition to the neighborhood. Book now, while they still have what are pretty ridiculously low rates for the location and level of this hotel.

Dream Downtown, 335 West 16th Street, NY, NY 10011

Check here for great rates on Booking.com

This article was originally posted July 3, 2011



Dream Downtown – NYC’s New Hotel…. Wow!