Hotel Highlights

  • Amazing views from floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Achingly hip Lower East Side location
  • Two buzzy and trendy lounges

Overview

Located in district du jour, the Lower East Side, the Hotel on Rivington is contemporary, lively and spacious. It's the tallest building in this part of town, so ask for a room that affords you panoramic views of New York’s skyline through the floor-to-ceiling windows. And the TempurPedic beds are the best feature when it comes to the time you spend with your eyes closed.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

108, from Regular King to Owner’s Suite and the Penthouse.

Check–out

12 noon.

Rates

Double rooms from $295.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (choose from Continental for US$12, or the à la carte menu).

At the hotel

Private terrace or balcony in many rooms, Swedish Tempur-Pedic mattresses, Frette linen, in-room spa services, large refrigerator with gourmet selection, WiFi, on-demand movies and music, gym, work-out facility, driver services.

Our favourite rooms

Room 184 is a Unique King with glass walls on two sides, and a huge steam shower with three shower heads. Other rooms have showers with views, or a two-person Japanese soaking tub. Lower East Side nightlife means rooms facing onto Rivington Street can be noisy.

Packing tips

Bring your birthday book if you feel bad about 'me, me, me!' shopping.

Also

With floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, and the Rivington’s status as a giant among 19th-century tenements, the views are spectacular. Small, well-trained dogs and cats are welcome (with pet waiver); animals over 10 pounds will cost $100.

Children

Rollaway bed, US$50 a night; cribs, no extra charge. Nanny service by arrangement.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

If you needed any proof that New York is at the top of the food chain, look no further than this hotel's cosmopolitan eatery, CO-OP Restaurant. Here, sushi and sashimi are served alongside smart American concoctions, including lobster cappuccino, fried oysters and roast bone marrow. Decor-wise, the influence is Seventies California, with photographs of New York icons adding further glitter to the dining room.

Hotel Bar

The private lobby lounge is open to hotel guests and their guests.

Last orders

Breakfast is available from 7am to 11am; dinner is from 6pm to 11pm on weekdays and until 1am on weekends; 2am in CO-OP's bar; midnight in the lobby lounge.

Room service

Order from the breakfast menu from 7am to 11am. A smaller menu of CO-OP cuisine including edamame, chicken satay, salads and steak is available for dinner from 5.30 to 11.30pm, Monday through Saturday.

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Dress code

LES hipster style.

Top table

Make sure you're under the glass atrium.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

La Esquina is a triple threat on Kenmare Street with a taqueria, brasserie and secret subterranean nightclub. Just look for an out-of-place bouncer holding a clipboard by the kitchen entrance and you'll know you're in the right place (+1 646 613 1333; esquinanyc.com). Lovely Day on Elizabeth Street in nearby Nolita serves up tried and true Thai fare such as chow fun, coconut milk-infused soup and pad thai (+1 212 925 3310). For one of the best brunches in the city make a beeline to Clinton Baking Company. House-made biscuits, pastries, sandwiches and shakes await (+1 646 602 6263; www.clintonstreetbaking.com). Expect to split one of the massive sandwiches on offer at the classic Katz’s Delicatessen at 205 East Houston Street. Bring your appetite and opt for the pastrami or corned beef (+1 212 254 2246; katzsdelicatessen.com). Schiller’s Liquor Bar is the go-to hotspot for late-night nourishment and classic cocktails on the Lower East Side. The shrimp, served sizzling in a small cast-iron skillet, are life-changingly delicious (+1 212 260 4555; www.schillersny.com). You won’t be expecting the warm and welcoming under-the-radar eatery Freeman’s at the end of fairy-lit Freeman’s Alley off Rivington Street. Even though they take walk-ins, you may be in for a long wait if you’re rolling with a posse, so make a reservation for groups of six or larger (+1 212 420 0012; www.freemansrestaurant.com). Savour braised pork tacos, chorizo croquettes and blue-cheese topped burgers at The National at 8 Rivington Street (+1 212 777 2177).
 

Local bars

Check out emerging indie bands and maybe grab a sweet treat at Cake Shop at 152 Ludlow Street (+1 212 253 0036; cake-shop.com), a record store doubling as a low-key venue.

Local cafés

Health nuts will love pop star Moby’s shop teany at 90 Rivington Street. Pick from vegetarian BLTs, meatless club sandwiches and dairy-free desserts accompanied by a bewildering array of tea, of course (+1 212 475 9190; www.teany.com).

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Lower East Side

Hotel on Rivington

107 Rivington Street, New York 10002, United States

Planes

JFK is the nearest airport – it's a 20-minute drive to the hotel. Getting from Newark will take you around 25 minutes. Virgin Atlantic has regular flights to both airports (www.virginatlantic.com).

Trains

New York Penn Station and Grand Central station are both around a 10-minute drive from the hotel. From here, you'll be able to pick up Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) services to other destinations all over the USA. Penn Station will get you to the Hamptons, too, on the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org).

Automobiles

From the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, cross over to Manhattan on Williamsburg Bridge. Valet parking is available, and the hotel can also arrange town car taxi services for guests.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every city has its rules. Don’t plead with a London traffic warden to let you off the ticket – that gives them even more pleasure. Don’t ask a Parisian taxi driver whether he knows the way – he doesn’t. And don’t call a New York limo service to get a car at 5pm on a Friday – they have all been booked for at least three hours. So it was on a windy winter...

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Hotel on Rivington

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every city has its rules. Don’t plead with a London traffic warden to let you off the ticket – that gives them even more pleasure. Don’t ask a Parisian taxi driver whether he knows the way – he doesn’t. And don’t call a New York limo service to get a car at 5pm on a Friday – they have all been booked for at least three hours. So it was on a windy wintery afternoon, at the start of rush hour in Manhattan, that my relationship flashed before my eyes.

I had just two hours to get to La Guardia airport to pick up Mrs Smith, without a taxi, limo or even rickshaw anywhere to be seen. I’d arrived in Greenwich Village a couple of days earlier for business and, accepting the hospitality of a legal-alien associate, I hadn’t even checked into our Lower East Side hotel. Then it dawned on me: an Englishman in New York might not be able to get a limo at this hour, but perhaps an accommodating and connected concierge at a supercool hotel in the East Village could? It was a long shot, given that I hadn’t even shown my face yet, but it was worth a try. Jimmy the limo man was beeping his horn on the street below within 20 minutes, and the Hotel on Rivington instantly became my favourite NYC hotel ever.

It was 9pm by the time Jimmy dropped us back at the Rivington, and my assertion that jetlag is all in the mind didn’t seem to help Mrs Smith’s mood. Then fatigue gave way to curiosity as the sound of music and voices in the glass-fronted bar above reception blew the cobwebs away. We appreciated the red-carpet entrance, especially the way it went up all up the walls. It was all slightly suggestive, with red and black wallpaper and white cave-like mouldings. I liked it. Mrs Smith was more concerned with the fact that the Friday-night glitterati were clogging up the lift on their way to the first-floor bar, which also happened to house the reception.

It’s easy to forget, coming as I do from a low-rise 'burb in southwest London, just how tall the buildings are in Manhattan. As we reached the 20th floor and stepped into our room, we took a long, gobsmacked break in proceedings to take in the panoramic view of the Financial District through our two-sided floor-to-ceiling windows. And being this far downtown, we knew we could happily leave our curtains open and enjoy that vista whatever state of undress we might find ourselves in. The bathroom had the same-size window, albeit frosted from the waist down – what a luxury.

This room and that view had managed to remove any vestiges of tiredness but, despite our knowledge of the double-king-sized bed’s state-of-the-art memory foam mattress, sleep would have to wait. It was time to eat, and we were in the right city for that.

Levant East at Thor is this boutique hotel's destination restaurant. Asking if they had a table on our way out was more of a long shot than limo-fishing, but the reservations lady did manage to keep a straight face while promising a table within ‘just a couple of hours, sir’. Outside, the energy of the Lower East Side was palpable. Like London's own Shoreditch, it’s a world where the graffiti is now considered art, the property prices have driven the artists out, and bourgeois inhabitants talk fondly of the area’s unsavoury past. The place was buzzing, and the three restaurant choices we were given were clearly going to feature waits even longer than two hours.

As though by magic, from a small back street popped a Time Out-recommended Mexican restaurant called San Loco. The review says: ‘This all-night taco shop is nearing institutional status because (a) it has the freshest lettuce and tomatoes you’re likely to find in the East Village, and (b) where else can you find a taco when you really need one – at 4.30am, after a night of hard drinking?’. How did they know it was 4.30am in London right now? Perfect! Not perhaps the fine-dining experience we had anticipated, but at 11.30pm/4.30am, after airplane mush, Mrs Smith was happy. And if she is happy then I am happy. And if two people are happy and well-nourished, that means only one thing: memory-foam-mattress time!

How many channels does American TV have? Why are they all so bad? How do you know what’s on, and how do you find it? Is it too early to call for DVDs? All great philosophical questions that arise in the early hours of Saturday morning. It really was 4.30am now. There was only one thing for it. Suppfast: that essential meal between supper and breakfast that, if intelligently ordered, can send you straight back to sleep. Thank the lord for 24-hour room service and fully adjustable mood lighting. It worked. We awoke refreshed, just in time to set out on the NYC adventure that everybody knows and loves: shopping.

Now, I am not saying that Mrs Smith was keen to leave our two-year-old son with his grandmother for three days so she could better devote herself to crazy shopping, but the fact that I once spotted her kissing the credit card as she placed it back in her wallet did make me wonder. The trip scored me brownie points, but it wasn’t cheap. There was compensation for my weary legs, though: the very classy Rivington bar, where they take their thirst-quenching skills pretty seriously.

They’ve got it just right, the clever people at the Hotel on Rivington – it is contemporary, unique, lively and spacious. It has great beds, super service and, above all, excellent contacts in the limo business. When my credit card recovers and Sak’s of Fifth Avenue has written us a thank-you card for the boost in sales, then we will return to the gastronomic and retail heaven that is New York City – and head straight for my favourite ever NYC hotel.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel on Rivington's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on 20 Feb 2014

We loved

I liked the views.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 11 Oct 2012

We loved

Fantastic location on the lively Lower East Side. In walking (or stumbling) distance of loads of great restaurants and bars. A great place to experience a less tourist filled slice of New York. Go for a high room – there is nothing better than opening the curtains early in the morning and watching the sun change colours on the skyscrapers whilst you're in bed planning your day.

Rating: 10/10 stars