The future is alive and well on the Lower East Side.
If only the immigrants who packed the Lower East Side's tenement houses back in the day could see the neighborhood now --- especially the Hotel on Rivington. Open since 2005, it is a distinctly visionary property amidst one of the city's most historic neighborhoods. The public spaces are futuristic to the point of Space Age. But, worry not, that doesn't mean the hotel is in any way cold. The guest rooms are contemporary in a timeless way, and there's a sexy warmth about them. A Japanese influence can be felt throughout, not only in Zennish touches such as artsy soaking tubs that feel like oversized Japanese dishware but also in the lobby's pod-like atmosphere. Accommodations feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls with views in four directions --- at 21 stories, the hotel offers unobstructed sightlines. The average room size is 380 square feet, and two-thirds of the rooms have private balconies. The guest rooms were furnished by designer India Mahdavi. Other notable influences include the private second floor lobby by Pieor Lissoni. Situated in the Hotel are CO OP Food and Drink, an American brasserie and sushi bar, and Viktor and Spoils, a contemporary Mexican taqueria and tequila bar. All rooms come with fridges stocked with gourmet snacks, flat-screen TVs, Frette linens and robes, CD players, MP3 speaker connections and cordless phones. The bathrooms are done in Italian mosaic Bisazza tile. Surprising in a hotel this hip, there are pet-friendly floors. Guests here enjoy priority reservations at Schiller's Liquor Bar, Balthazar and Pastis. Of course, traditional Lower East Side chow --- think bialys and knishes --- are also steps away.