Dream Downtown

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Dream Downtown
Photograph: Courtesy The Dream Downtown

Be sure to pack your totem: Staying at the latest property from hotel wunderkind Vikram Chatwal may make you wonder if you’re in a dream within a Dream. The expansive, tree-shaded lobby, furnished with curvy, metallic-lizard banquettes, and presided over by a DJ nightly, provides an overhead view of swimmers doing laps in the glass-bottomed pool on the terrace above. Housed in the former annex of the New York Maritime Union (now the adjacent Maritime Hotel), the surreal building is riddled with round windows. In the upper-floor rooms, these frame elements of the Manhattan skyline, such as the Empire State Building, in intriguing ways and are picked up by circular mirrors and wallpaper motifs. Quarters combine classic elements (white chesterfield chairs or sofas, Tivoli radios, Turkish rugs) with futuristic touches like shiny steel bathtubs in some rooms. The hotel recreates a "beach club" experience on its pool deck with a sandy patch and suites that lead directly on to the pool area from ivy-concealed private spaces. To complete the indulgent vibe, guests can even book massages or other spa treatments in one of the outdoor cabanas. Also channeling the feel of a luxury resort, the rooftop PH-D (short for Penthouse Dream) bar-nightclub has a lushly planted terrace running the entire length of the building and overlooking the pool. Rooms: 316.

Venue name: Dream Downtown
Address: 355 W 16th St
New York
Cross street: between Eighth and Ninth Aves
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: from $395. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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