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Here's your first look at The Out NYC, New York's first-ever "straight-friendly" hotel, which opened this past weekend after a rainbow ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.
Our full review of the hotel is coming later in the week, but we thought we'd share this snapshot of the hotel's interior courtyard, which is lined with astroturf, framed by funhouse-like mirrors, and dotted with over a dozen brightly colored beanbag chairs.
At first, we found this cute. Then, upon realizing our room faced directly onto the courtyard, we started to feel a little exposed. No music, no bar, no scene—just an eerily quiet, slightly exaggerated looking playpen. And then we were welcomed with a packet of gummi bears (packaged in a plastic mini hard hat, to apologize for the ongoing construction). Quickly, we realized we'd arrived at New York's newest daycare center, dressed up like a hotel.
Well, the reflecting pool is still dry, and the big screen is so far just a loop of generic "artsy" videos without sound, but the courtyard behind The Eventi Hotel is finally open for business despite it being the middle of winter.
Accessible via West 30th or West 29th Streets, the oblong stretch is a hidden oasis just behind the towering hotel, and away from the bustle of Sixth Avenue.
Yes, it looks barren now, but mark our words—come spring, every single table and chair here is going to be filled with diners from Foodparc, New York's very own food-court-from-the-future, which opens directly onto the outdoor public space. Pretty convenient, huh?
We like a good Hotel Screening Room, and we're also quite fond of a Hotel Courtyard. Which leads us to the burning question: What's going on with Eventi's outdoor screening room/courtyard/plaza thingy?
Here's what it looked like when we strolled down 29th Street over the weekend. Below, you can see the hotel's rendering for how the space will look ...
Our very own hotel Agent Zero returns with yet another review. 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. In this episode, she revisits a hot hotel in NYC.
I hadn't been to The Bowery Hotel since it first opened in 2007. Then, some described the hotel as carefully broken-in like a pair of very expensive jeans. Now, a few years and scores of tabloid mentions later, that look and feel remains true.
However, arriving and departing in the bright light of day, the hotel did feel a degree less glamorous and the decor in the lobby and the narrow hallways slightly dingy. But at dusk and into the night, the cozy intimacy of my room was unbeatable.
In a deluxe king room that was more guest house than hotel room, I worked comfortably from the bistro table with the heavy-paned windows cracked open to a view of the secret half-block-long stretch of green behind the hotel.
The Hudson Hotel's 'Private Park'.
It may not feel like it this week, but Hotel Rooftop season is almost upon us here in NYC. In addition to the usual heavy-hitters in the rooftop bar game (A60, Mad46, and Salon de Ning at the Peninsula), there are plenty of new spots getting outdoor drinkers excited, including Press, Upstairs, and the Sky Room at the Fairfield Inn and Suites—Times Square.
But our recent cocktail at the Hudson Hotel's Private Park got us thinking about the humble ground-level garden. Sure, rooftops are splashy and sceney, but for a more intimate, exclusive experience, could the hotel courtyard be the hot new hotel trend?