First off, negative points.
1. Putting reception on the second floor seems daft. The whole layout of this hotel is odd as the ground floor bar/club/restaurant takes presidence and the hotel seems to be an after thought stacked on top.
2. Getting guaranteed great views of Manhatten is hit or miss. Even if you book a Suite.
The Suites are badly designed ( bathrooms being located in the middle of the suites thus breaking up the flow of the rooms,making them feel dark,cramped and pokey ) and feel smaller than the ( less expensive!!!! ) Corner Kings which had a better view of Manhatten.
3.Don't expect a good room if you book via a 3rd party site as the hotel prioritizes guests who book direct.
4. Shower drain was blocked ( we read this on a very old review too - so they have not sorted this issue ) down lights were blown and taps leaked from their wall sockets!!
5.It's cheaky to put two small Evian bottles by the sink in the bathroom and then place a small card stating they cost $4 each!! We drank 2 days worth until we realized we had to pay for them. Drinks in the minibar is understood to cost money, but drinks left by the sink in the bathroom is a bit crafty.
1. They moved us from our expensive suite overlooking some graffiti on the 8th floor after 2 nights and placed us on a 15th floor Suite. The views were simply magical. Watching Manhatten light up as the sun went down was unforgettable. Highly recommended.
2. Personally, i liked the Dub music they played in the lifts. I understand that this point is totally irrelevant to people who do not like Dub music.But hey ho.
3. Location was fantastic. LES is very much like Hoxton in London. Great vibe and gritty while being totally safe ( the whole of Manhatten felt safe and we never saw or heard trouble anywhere - in fact it felt way better than London ). So many cool bars,restaurants and places to go near by. Highly recommend breakfast round the corner at 88 Orchard St. You will love it.The hotel does $5 breakfasts which we never had.Cheap but i suppose ya get what ya pay for........
Over all the Rivington is a cool hotel more suited to the younger crowd and having said all the above, we are planning on staying there again as the whole NY experience was great. We checked out the Gansevoort Hotel a few times and found the roof top bar staff too cool for school and rude, which we never experienced at the Rivington. So i would recommend this hotel if you want that highrise NYC experience in a slightly trying too cool kinda way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historic district of the Lower East Side, Hotel on Rivington offers 108 guest rooms and suites. Constructed of floor-to-ceiling glass, most rooms feature 180 degree city views overlooking Midtown Manhattan, the World Trade Center, Brooklyn, Queens and the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges. Centrally located in downtown NYC, Hotel on Rivington is walking distance to landmark neighborhoods such as SoHo, Tribeca, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Bowery and the East Village. All guest rooms feature Tempur-Pedic beds, Frette linens, feather duvets and Italian bath amenities by Davines. Guests can select a variety of room features and amenities such as balconies, steam showers and/or Japanese inspired deep-soaking tubs. IPod/iHome stereos, HD televisions, electronic programmable safes and complimentary WiFi are all standard features in the guest rooms. Additionally, Hotel on Rivington is home to Juice Press! Juice Press serves organic and cold-pressed juices and raw foods catering to Vegetarian and Vegan guests located on the ground floor. ... more less
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