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Stunning modern style sets this hotel apart in a trendy Lower East Side location.
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. 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 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 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 individual balconies. The accommodations were furnished by designer India Mahdavi, and other notable influences include the private, second floor Upstairs on Rivington lobby by Pieor Lissoni. All accommodations 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.
House restaurant Café Medi serves flavors from the coasts of Spain, France and Italy. There is also an on-site juice bar offering fresh-pressed juices and raw foods. For cocktails, JIA Bar showcases a gorgeous interpretation of 1930’s Shanghai style. Guests enjoy priority reservations at Balthazar and Pastis. Of course, traditional Lower East Side chow (think bialys and knishes) is mere steps away.
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