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Inside The Cooper Square Hotel aka The Pretty Pak Hotel

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December 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM | by | Comment (1)

Yes, the Cooper Square Hotel is home to the Pretty Pak--a make-up kit in the minibar that includes lip gloss, bronzer and mascara. (Shout out to Betrand for guessing correctly!)

Now that the hotel is nearly a year-old, we've decided to see how it's faring. And away we go.

Check-In: Check-in was quite pleasant. After walking through the short, high-ceilinged lobby we entered a little library/lounge sort of room. Off to the right was a small room with a desk which we assumed was the Front Desk. We were right!

Since we showed up early, our room was not quite ready but a hotel staffer offered us a drink while we waited. We sipped on Chardonnay, perused the hotel's bookshelves and hopped onto the free wireless as the "finishing touches" were put on our room. About 45 minutes later, the room was ready and a girl was showing us up to our room on the 12th floor.

Room Reaction: As we rode the extremely dark and small elevator up, the hotel staffer told us we had been upgraded to a Cooper 3 room. We got very excited about this since the Cooper 1 room that we booked is only 275 sq.ft. on a lower floor. But the Cooper 3 is not much bigger at 300 sq.ft. Which, as you can see in the video above, is still really small.

However, what makes the room is the view. We had stellar views of the Lower East Side, even of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The rest of the room layout was a little odd. A flat-screen TV was off to the left of the bed and even though we didn't turn it on during our stay, we thought that was a weird place for it. There was a little desk on the other side of the bed, but really it felt like another table to place things. The room is so cramped we can't imagine anyone seriously working there.

The bed was the star of the room. Super comfortable with big sinking pillows and most importantly, soft sheets that did not scratch our skin.

The bathroom was a decent size with a large shower and three options of robes for guest to choose from--silk, black cotton and terry cloth. (You can also purchase these upon check-out too.) Red Flower toiletries and plenty of towels rounded out the bath offerings.

Amenity Madness: We loved the goodies inside the minibar which included candies, soft drinks and bottle of wine. Every little bit helps make up for the lack of space we guess. The minibar is actually located on a side of the armoire/closet. It's an adventure opening those doors to see what is where.

A small cordless phone was on the desk and an iPod dock was on one of the nightstands. In case you were curious, the Cooper Square hotel uses pencils.

Also, there were plenty of books on the nightstand and the odd-shaped bookshelf against the wall. You can learn more about CSH's book program here.

Internet Connect: Free and fast wireless with a simple code given out by the Front Desk.

Dining Scene: The hotel has a Table 8 bar and restaurant. Table 8 is on its way out but we sampled the goods at the Table 8 bar and we were not impressed. Hopefully, they get a new restaurant in there fast.

Fitness Center: Hotel guests get free passes to the New York Health and Racquet Club across the street each day of their stay.

Location, Location, Location: The Cooper Square is about two blocks from the Astor Place subway station (The 6 Train.) It's also a short walking distance to NoHo's Broadway street, which after a few more blocks leads you right into the heart of SoHo shopping. Going behind the hotel is the East Village proper. It's a rather good location if you plan on being downtown and the room rates are fairly decent for downtown.

Bottom Line: Speaking of room rates, we actually booked this room using credit card points but we saw that rooms were starting at $220 the night we stayed there. Then again, that was for a Cooper 1. Hopefully, you can get an upgrade too.

All in all it wasn't a bad place to spend the night. The hotel has a strange layout--those rooms are the strangest we've seen--and while the doormen are brooding, the rest of the staff was very cheerful and helpful. But if you want space to throw your belongings around, you should look elsewhere.

P.S. The hotel still has rooms open for New Year's Eve. Cooper 2 rooms start at $400 a night.

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whoa

View or no view...that is a ridiculously small room! Not made for anything but sleeping, apparently. if you're not claustrophobic.

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