Sunday, June 11, 2017

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York

There's a new hotel in New York City. It's not just any hotel, it's Ian Schrager's newest addition to his hotel group and it's designed by Herzog & De Meuron. The whole idea behind Public Hotel is to counter the threat of Airbnb, which is increasingly putting hotels out of business. Public focuses on the social and communal aspect of the hotel, which explains why it's such a good all-rounder. There are multiple restaurants, bars, performance space, club, a huge lobby with fluffy couches and probably the coolest rooftop in Downtown Manhattan. I went to have a peek inside the day after their big launch, so I've got a little sneak peek for you!
PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York

The idea behind Public is to bring affordable luxury, so rooms start from a reasonable $200/night. They've cut costs by not providing room service, having a self-check-in lobby and removing all the typical hotel frills. The result is a very stylish lifestyle hotel, without the hefty price tag. Exactly what New York needed! Enough talking, I'll show you what it looks like on the inside...

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


Walk through the front garden, into the hotel. The first thing you'll see on your left is a little flower shop. 

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


And a nice design store behind it. I usually don't think hotel shops are very interesting, but in this one, you kind of want it all.

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


On the right side of the entrance there's an all-day grab & go deli called Louis. 

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York

All the way at the back of the ground floor there's the Public restaurant. Jean-Georges Vongerichten (remember?) is behind it, so it must be good. I should try it soon!

The very spacy-looking escalators will take you to the lobby and the lobby bar. 

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


You can chill here all day if you want, and they even invite people to bring their laptops and get some work done. I've heard rumors of the fastest wifi in NYC...

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


Although Public is an affordable hotel, it doesn't seem like they were stingy with the details and art. There are lots of nice details all around the hotel for you to discover. 

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


The best part of the whole hotel is the rooftop. I was in awe when I went up there for the first time. You get a perfect 180 view of Midtown Manhattan and Downtown. It's really incredible, and I hope the pictures somewhat translate it!


PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York


I just want to chill here all day.

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York

The top floors of the hotel are reserved for private apartments. Wouldn't it be a dream to wake up to that view every morning?





PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York

PUBLIC Hotel & Rooftop preview | New York

Public is for sure the hottest place in town right now. They've got everything covered, from amazing food to rooftop parties. I can't wait to spend some more time here during my last weeks in New York!

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