Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 3rd 2011
Luxury hotels do have their perks, but sometimes the atmosphere is just a little too stuffy. You don't really feel like you can just relax and let yourself go (within reason, of course). If you want to find a trendy, slightly different hotel, try some of the hip ones listed below. They offer their own atmosphere and excitement, and you'll most likely go back home with some interesting stories to tell.
This hotel is only a ten-minute walk from Madison Square Garden and a three-minute walk from the Herald Square Subway Station. This puts you in a perfect location for enjoying everything that Manhattan has to offer.
The hotel is located in one of the many historic buildings in New York, and still retains some of the "old fashioned" atmosphere, but it is completely modern. What it isn't is your average New York hotel. It's way more fun.
This used to be the old Pickwick Arms hotel, but it's recently undergone a few changes. And, what changes they are! To begin with, you choose from a number of "pods" (that's what they call rooms here). Your "pod" can have a queen size bed, a double bed, a single bed, or even two bunk beds! In addition, you can choose from a double double (two double beds in the same room) or a townhouse studio. If you choose the townhouse studio, you'll need to be renting for a month or more. A rooftop garden and on-site restaurants only add more fun and flair to this completely different hotel. So, choose your "pod" and get a good night's sleep at The Pod.
This hotel is hip for its very unusual amenity—a shared bathroom! That's right, you do not have a private bathroom in your room; rather it's right down the hall, and you'll share it with the tenants of the 10-room floor you are occupying. If the thought of this bothers you, don't let it. The bathrooms are sparkling clean, as is your room. If you feel better doing so, wear shower shoes, but you really don't have anything to worry about.
If the SoHo location wasn't enough to make it hip, how about the fact that it is located in what was once an old warehouse? Still not enough? The hotel is designed to resemble a "loft" apartment or home, rather than a traditional hotel room. You'll have a lot more space and natural light than you would in an ordinary hotel room. In fact, you'll feel like you're in a home rather than in a hotel.
Enjoy The Mercer Kitchen, which is in the basement of this multi-stories hotel, and actually gives you the impression that you're eating in the kitchen. But, hey, you already feel at home anyway, so why not?
What makes this hotel so hip is the fact that it's not a hotel—it's actually a private club that has hotel rooms to rent. You don't have to be a "member" to obtain a room for the night, but if you're not staying there, you won't have access to any of the amenities, such as the chance to have lunch on the rooftop, relax in the spa, swim in the pool, or anything like that.
All this exclusiveness only serves to make you determined to become a "member". But, guess what? That's the whole idea. So, don't be intimidated. walk right on into the small reception area and procure your membership to Soho House.
This shiny glass and steel tower structure is located right in the middle of a bunch of dilapidated "row houses". Surprisingly, though, the mixture of old and new in this Lower East Side neighborhood works.
The entrance is a cave (yes, a cave) and the fact that this is the only tower structure in the neighborhood gives you a unique view and perspective of the New York City skyline. You'll be intrigued at this very unusual, but very hip hotel.