Hotelier Ian Schrager’s latest property in New York’s Lower East Side, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is an updated boutique hotel for the 21st century. Gone are the trappings of traditional hospitality: check-in is done digitally, and there’s no room service or turndown service. Instead, traditional hotel staff is replaced by customer service representatives and digital chat-bots.
Two restaurants by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, PUBLIC Kitchen and LOUIE (a marketplace and coffee shop), and three bars, Diego, The Roof, and The Lobby Bar put the “public” in the hotel’s namesake: the hotel was designed to be as accommodating to New Yorkers as it is to out-of-towners, and there’s plenty of space for both. A multimedia performance arts space, Public Arts, which has featured everything from Pride events to film screenings, even throws some local fun into the mix.