Public Hotel by famous hotelier Ian Schrager, is a new, chic and edgy hotel located on the
Lower East Side of New York City, one block from the New Museum. Schrager is the co-founder of the legendary Studio 54 in N.Y.C. and innovator of the boutique hotel model, which began in 1984 with Morgans Hotel, and followed with a re-fit and re-branding of the famous Paramount in 1990 and lastly The Hudson in 1991.
A four-year labour of love for Schrager has culminated with the creation of a truly unique hotel that boasts rooms that are minimal and modern, with floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, smart TVs, Wi-Fi, USB ports and Bluetooth speakers. The upgraded rooms feature spectacular city views and pull-out sofas. Luxury suites provide separate living and dining spaces.
One part of the Public Hotel model that is practical (rooms start at $150 per night) with a self-check-in and zero room service. Schrager believes it could possibly be his best effort to date at delivering affordable luxury.
Public Hotel is host to 2 restaurants and 3 bars and a multimedia art space. Louis is an all in one coffee shop, luncheonette, market, and grocery with reasonable pricing, where both counter service and take out are available. Public Kitchen, the main restaurant by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten specialises in the very best of “New York” food, complete with a smoker, a wood burning oven, and a wood burning grill as its focal point. There is delicious fare for all diets, including vegan.
The Lobby and Lobby Bar, with super fast Wi-Fi, power outlets and tonnes of comfortable seating is a great place to grab a coffee or a drink. It’s also the perfect environment for working, networking or meeting with friends.
The Roof which appears to float in the sky is a trendy rooftop bar with floor to ceiling windows
and incredible 360-degree panoramic views of New York City which are truly dazzling at night. This hotspot also features a large outdoor terrace, communal tables and lounge areas. Public Arts is a 3,000 sq ft perfect cube and multimedia art space that hosts exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, dance, theatre, music art and comedy, that evolves into a nightclub where you can expect hot and sweaty dancing.
Last week, we attended a late night bash at Public Arts where Swizz Beatz celebrated the launch of Bally Collective, his collaboration with the Swiss luxury house with his wife, Alicia Keys. In a speech, Bally CEO Frédéric de Narp described his enthusiasm for the brand collaboration Kid Capri was the D. J. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and Swizz’s pals Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and Vicious performed. Jermaine Dupri, 2 Chainz and Fabolous and several other celebrities were in attendance and partied there.
Written by Nathan Best for Client Voyage