Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Take Me There: The Dream Downtown in NYC

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A couple of years ago on a work trip out to NYC I was booked into the Dream Hotel in Manhattan.  At the time, I had never heard of the hotel, but the girl who made my travel arrangements told me it was, and I quote, “A totally cool, modern, sorta trippy hotel” that I would love.  She was spot on – I photographed my way through the hotel to the point where my Facebook friends called a moratorium on hotel photos.  Well, it seems that Dream Hotels have recently expanded and now have a second location in Manhattan, this one even cooler than the original.

The building was designed in the 1960’s by Albert C. Ledner for the National Maritime Union, and is appropriately dotted with portholes.  The Dream Downtown was given it’s modern twist by the team at Handel Architects who decided to keep the portholes and incorporate other awesome features like the glass-bottom pool.

I particularly love the lobby lounge and garden walk which are outfitted with teak wood, and allow light in from the glass-bottomed pool above.

You’ll find the Marble Lane Restaurant sunken in the middle of the lobby, dotted with what seems like a never-ending supply of globe-shaped lights.

And then, there are the rooms.

I just love the incorporation of the portholes into the design of the room – every room is different and you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get.  I think I’d request a corner room like the first photo in the room section above to get as much light as possible!

What do you think of the Dream Downtown?  Would you stay here?

Photos 2, 4, and 5 courtesy of Bruce Damonte.

All other photos via the Dream Hotel.


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  1. Brian says:

    April 18th, 2012 at 12:21 pm (#)

    Great post Erika – thank you very much! Next time you are in NYC I will make sure someone gives you a full tour!
    Be well

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