The East Village was once an accommodations wasteland, but now visitors drawn to its excellent restaurants, bars and shops can choose from a pair of standout boutique hotels. For lower rates and a taste of local life, our East Village hotel guide also includes a funky neighborhood B&B.
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This fanciful boutique hotel from prominent hospitality duo Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson is the capstone in the gentrification of the Bowery. Shunning minimalism, they have created plush rooms that pair old-world touches (oriental rugs, wood-beamed ceilings, marble washstands) with modern amenities (Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD library). Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the neighborhood’s historic tenements, and the property includes an antique--looking trattoria, Gemma. Rooms: 135.Read more
Popular with European travelers, this East Village B&B (minus the breakfast) embodies quirky downtown culture. Each of the nine guest rooms has a unique theme: For example, the "Black and White Room" or the "Treehouse" (not as outlandish as it sounds, with an ivory and olive color scheme, animal-print linens and a whitewashed brick wall). Owner Anne Edris encourages guests to mingle in the communal areas, which include fully equipped kitchens and three loftlike living rooms (bathrooms are also shared). When the weather's nice, sip your complimentary morning java in the private garden. Rooms: 9.Read more
Carlos Zapata’s curved, 21-story glass tower is hard to miss, but approaching the unmarked entrance to the city's second Standard, formerly the Cooper Square Hotel, you might wonder what it is. A doorman ushers you into a dramatic, double-height lobby, where you should be greeted by staff. Checking in over a glass of wine, admire the contemporary lodgelike library-lounge, stocked with diverse reading matter from Housing Works—you can buy the books, benefiting the charity—and furnished by B&B Italia. Rooms start at a compact 250 square feet, but floor-to-ceiling windows and spare furnishings in shades of gray lend a sense of space. If you can afford it, get a high corner room (prices rise with the floor level) for spectacular dual-aspect views. Choose from three robes—terry cloth, silk or cotton kimono—in the minimalist slate-floored bathrooms. Rooms 145.Read more