Dream Hotels or Dream Downtown located at 355 West 16th St between 8th and 9th Avenues is one of the hottest downtown hotels in the city by upscale party standards. The rooms look pretty unique and comfortable too from the looks on the site.
The ocean liner-inspired stainless steel façade with porthole windows, reminds of its 1960’s role as the National Maritime Union headquarters.
Haven’t spent the night yet, although I’ve eaten there and had drinks at PH-D Lounge, the rooftop bar, club and of course lounge with outdoor space. You can view the Empire State Building and a lot more from the terrace. When I was there, it was still light out and several people like myself were taking pictures and sharing them on social media.
Although this article is about Dream Downtown, the MeatPacking District / Chelsea location, the Dream Hotel brand has additional locations in San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Cochin, Austin, Bangkok, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle.
So far I have only been to two of them in NYC. OK, back to Dream Downtown.
Complimenting PH-D the rooftop Penthouse aka a serious hot spot to party downtown, Dream Downtown includes The Electric Room and The Beach. As if PH-D, location and hotel wasn’t enough to sell me.
The Electric Room is a high end bar located beneath the hotel.
The Beach is where the hotel pool is located. It also includes a bar, two private cabanas and chaise lounges.
Let’s talk about food. Bodega Negra, hot website by the way, as per the Dream Downtown website is described as upscale Mexican by Chef Michael Armstrong.
Another option is Cherry, offering, “a bold fusion of modern Japanese cuisine with French influences.”
Some more hot downtown hotels include, but are not limited to, Trump Soho, The Standard, High Line, Crosby Street Hotel, The Mercer, Mondrian Soho and Gansevoort Meatpacking.
When I say hot, I mean hotels located in the mix of plenty of shopping, bars, clubs, restaurants in the trendy downtown locals that many people in their 20’s through 40’s and even higher desire. I’m 38 and I have a lot more downtown hobnobbing to do.
They have a suite called the Guest House where you can entertain in 2,500 sq ft with outdoor space. Personal security by request for an extra fee. Just in case you didn’t come with your own. Personally, I never leave home without my personal security team although the more the merrier in my opinion.
This video is a little old, from August, 2013.
Here is another video from around the same time. A little dated, but still includes some good stuff.
There is a second floor conference room called the library and a state of the art ballroom called The Gallery. They also have pet friendly rooms for dogs less than 25 pounds.
Some notable nearby places include the High Line, Apple Store, Chelsea Market, La Perla, Morimoto, tons of other bars, clubs, lounges, restaurants and shopping. It’s located around the boarder of Meatpacking, West Chelsea and Chelsea. For me it doesn’t get much better then that as a base.
When researching the hotel for this article, I did notice some people mention noise from the club coming into the rooms on Google Plus Local and Yelp. As I stated, I have no idea because I never stayed there. Sometimes reviews are helpful and other times they are not. Me personally, it wouldn’t matter because I like the music and I’m a tried and true New Yorker. Dance music or whatever kind they play there wouldn’t upset me. Especially if I was there to party. Maybe some rooms are quieter than others. I’ll say this, it’s not the Upper East Side. Although I’m sure there are noisy hotel rooms up there if you count the street noise.
Another interesting piece of info is getting into PH-D Lounge as a guest. Do not quote me on this because I don’t own or control the hotel, but I did call and this is what the person who answered told me. If you are staying at the hotel you can get into PH-D from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM as long as there is no major event taking place. Once inside you can stay through the night.
Inside information like this is what blog disclaimers are created for. If you are considering staying, please verify yourself. I can not guarantee that info. I’m just trying to be helpful. What I do know, from the times I’ve tried, it can be extremely difficult to get inside the penthouse lounge, so as an added bonus of staying there to be able to get into the lounge, albeit a little early and be able to party the night away is a good deal in my book. You just may see me there.