Worst Anti-View of 2012: Fenced In At The Out NYC
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Last summer, a lot of buzz surrounded the opening of The Out NYC, New York's first-ever gay-themed hotel, located in midtown, several blocks west of Times Square (and right across the street from Yotel).
However, unlike its neighbor Yotel, which towers 27 floors above 10th Avenue, there was one thing missing from this place: a good view. When we checked into the hotel shortly after it opened in March, we were greeted by the above view from our Superior King—bright green astroturf, funhouse mirrors and an assortment of beanbags. Can you really blame us for feeling like we were trapped inside a daycare center, dressed up as a hotel?
In fact, all of the rooms here face inward, rather than out to the street, so this is pretty much what every guest sees. The hotel's website calls it a "courtyard view," which sounds much quainter than it is.
And that's part of the Out NYC's problem: as much as we love the concept, the hip restaurant, Kitchn, and the heavy focus on gay culture, the rooms themselves do very little to elevate the place from its humble roots as a reconverted 1950s motel on Tenth Ave. The colors are a little too bright and plastic-y, the rooms a little too small, and the layout too claustrophobic.
Meanwhile, in the rear of the hotel, we can't say enough good things about the glass-enclosed bathhouse, known as the "Spa Deck." The oasis offers plenty of natural light, lounge chairs, and two jacuzzi tubs. As far as killer views go, there ought to be plenty of eye candy in here to compensate for the lackluster scenery outside the rooms.