Rates start at $395
Concierge desk open Mon-Sun, 8am-11pm
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
Valet parking is $55 per night for standard cars
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Since opening in the summer of 2011, Dream Downtown has become a regular fixture in gossip columns and celebrity mags. Formerly a halfway house, the original 1966 building (sister to what's now the Maritime Hotel next door) was iconic for its porthole windows and block-like structure, and Handel Architects have built-upon that base, adding more windows and a stainless steel façade. The vast lobby lounge, with its low-slung seating and glass ceiling looking into the swimming pool above, buzzes with groups chatting over cocktails or huddled around iPads. Like the rest of the interiors, the 316 spacious rooms were inspired by the "gritty-sleek" aesthetic of Andy Warhol's Factory, so you'll find cement floors, chrome headboards, and leather love seats warmed by teak wood bars and patchwork rugs. All rooms have plush bedding, entertainment systems, and Etro amenities, while some also feature Juliet balconies, direct pool access, hot tubs (in the two duplex suites), or cool porthole windows framing city views. The massive PH-D Rooftop Lounge offers floor-to-ceiling skyline views, and the ground level Marble Lane Restaurant packs them in for steaks and gourmet comfort food from Top Chef alum Miguel Trevino. During the day, the guest-only pool deck—complete with cabanas, a lively bar and grill, and a small strip of sandy "beach"—is the place for people-watching.Pros
Buzzing nightlife and dining scenes; prime celeb-spotting; great views from most rooms and the roof lounge; swimming pool and large deck; free Wi-Fi. Take note, though: Hotels guests enjoy access to the PH-D Rooftop Lounge from 5pm-9:30pm if there are no special events; after that, they have to join the snaking line with the rest of the hopefuls.
No full spa (massage services available); more of a scene than an escape, so for maximum privacy, skip the poolside rooms for one in the back building.