Sleeping in Lower East Side Peace at Thompson LES
Today, we welcome our very own hotel Agent Zero, the first in what we hope to be a larger network of hotel spies. Her not-real name is Myra Ellen and she's our version of Alex Goran who travels once a week for business, usually along the Eastern seaboard. Every so often, she'll be dropping in with her latest hotel and travel observations. And awwaaaaay we go!
I stayed at the Thompson LES recently and experienced a Manhattan nighttime first: silence.
True silence from about 11pm until maybe 7:30am. No street noise, no doors slamming or hallway clatter, no ruckus of any kind. I'm still bewildered by that and wonder if perhaps I was actually in a coma. It's hard to explain how rare this phenomenon is for me.
Where, I wondered, were the trucks? The sirens? The garbage trucks? And since this is a Thompson hotel, where was the thud-thud-thud of the lounge music? The answer: if it was there, we didn't hear it.
Ed. Note: Maybe the hotel really took the neighbors' complaints to heart.
Now, Thompson LES might be an interesting hotel choice for a frequent biz traveler but when you combine that blissful silence with the hotel's always-competitive rates, great downtown location (especially when business trips, uhm, happen to coincide with great shows at the Mercury Lounge), large king rooms, friendly service (including a concierge who has overnighted forgotten belongings to me), Thompson LES is place I've returned to frequently in the past months. And we're loving our recent room view too.
Some may take issue with its small, public lobby, especially when compared to the 60 Thompson's elevator access that bypasses front desk staff. But I'm ok with that because there's a refreshing absence of that tired hipster vibe given off by the staff.
I've even forgiven them for a lack of room outlets that requires me to crawl along the bed unplugging light fixtures to charge my computer, phone, and blackberry. But after a night of uninterrupted sleep, even that seems like the mildest of sins.