While Manhattan’s Lower East Side isn’t shy about finding hip bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and live music venues, the area could always use another boutique hotel. Just opened in fall 2022, Moxy Lower East Side – the Moxy Hotel the brand’s fourth showpiece in New York City – made its grand debut at the corner of Bowery and Broome Streets. And while there are several Moxy Hotels in the world, each of their properties feels individual, boutique, and one-of-a-kind.
The buzz of the neighborhood is immediately felt as guests step through the front doors, which open onto a catwalk that leads to the uber-eccentric lobby. Inspired by 19th-century vaudeville theaters, burlesque houses, and old menageries, Michaelis Boyd and the Rockwell Group outfitted the lobby with whimsical touches: Andy Warhol-style wallpaper, circus-themed chandeliers, and all-day co-working lounges the space.
The 303 guest rooms feature the same eclectic, unique design in all bedroom corridors – king-size bed headboards with brightly colored backdrops and floor-to-ceiling windows allow for expansive skyline views and natural light. Mimics a studio-style city Apartments offer similar amenities to guest rooms and suites to maximize space: folding wall stationery, built-in under-bed storage, and hanging shelves camouflaged in the decor, to name a few. Bathrooms feature rainfall showers with stained glass shower doors, lava stone sinks, and lined mirrors inspired by Hollywood lighting—the perfect place to get ready for a night on the town.
However, guests don’t have to stray far from this boutique hotel to find the lively nightlife that the Lower East Side is best known for. Start the evening at the sparkling 16th floor rooftop bar. The highlight room, replete with lush greenery and breathtaking views of New York City for a pre-dinner aperitif. When it’s time for a bite to eat Sake No Hana — a stylish 1980s-style New York-meets-traditional-Japanese restaurant beneath the hotel’s dramatic entrance walkway — offers a shareable menu of grilled teppanyaki dishes, wagyu beef and creative sushi rolls, paired with a curated list of sake and beer, and cocktails made with Japanese spirits.
Once dinner is over, it’s time to visit the hotel’s lively nightclub: loosies. The sleek underground club features a dazzling disco ball chandelier and unique cage-like bar, accompanied by a killer sound system and an inviting dance floor. And if the guests aren’t ready to end the evening, they can set off Silver lining loungethe sultry piano lounge adjacent to the lobby, which, with its blue velvet accented furniture and mellow jazz ambience, is the quintessential elegant spot for a nightcap.
It goes without saying, but the Moxy Lower East Side beats it out of the park in the trendsetting boutique hotel space, from its wealth of entertainment options to its ubiquitous eccentric style.
Location: Lower East Side, New York City
Valuation: four star
Food + drink: A variety of food and beverage options are available at Moxy Lower East Side. Grab a coffee and pastry at the hotel’s all-day coffee shop, The Fix, in the lobby before venturing out on adventures around town. Then return to Sake No Hana Japanese restaurant for dinner together. And last but not least, a cocktail should of course be enjoyed at some point during the trip in the Highlight Room or in the Silver Lining Piano Lounge.
Our favorite part of the hotel: From the eccentric design to the number of dining and entertainment options, it’s hard to say which part of the hotel is our favorite. However, the place that most grabs our attention is The Highlight Room on the 16th floor, with its unrivaled city views and lush foliage at its center.
Furnishing: Fitness center, restaurant, bar, meeting room, daily housekeeping, pet friendly
What’s nearby? Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Flatiron Building, Empire State Building and Chrysler Building
Any personal neighborhood shots? On the way to the famous Katz’s Delicatessen and Essex market is highly recommended when staying on the Lower East Side. Our official guide to the Lower East Side and East Village highlights the best places to eat, drink, and visit as you stroll through these famous Manhattan neighborhoods.
Pricing: Rooms start at $147/night
Nearest airport: LaGuardia Airport
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