Dream Downtown Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

Cons

  • No spa
  • Super modern touches can feel over-the-top (especially the metallic bathrooms)
  • Bronze King rooms are on the smaller side
  • Painfully hip crowd can make the hotel too much of a "scene" for some

Bottom Line

The Dream Downtown is an aggressively modern hotel located directly behind the Maritime in Chelsea. The hotel blends public spaces together in a unique way: The fitness center has portholes overlooking the pool, and the pool itself has a glass bottom that looks down into the lobby. The hotel's scene is decidedly hip, especially at PH-D lounge (a popular celeb haunt) -- with stunning, sweeping views of Manhattan, PH-D is easily one of the best parts of the hotel. Gold King rooms have portholes surrounding the bed with killer views. But the super modern, futuristic touches can be weird (such as the odd lighting near the minibar, and overly metallic bathrooms), making the space feel less comfortable.

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 Location

Located in gallery- and restaurant-heavy lower Chelsea, directly north of the trendy Meatpacking District

The Dream Downtown is directly behind the Maritime, across the street from the shops, famous bakeries, and restaurants in Chelsea Market, a former Oreo cookie factory turned upscale shops and offices (among them, Google and the Food Network). Beyond it, there is Hudson River Park, Chelsea Piers (perfect for a boat ride), and -- elevated above the street -- Highline Park. It's equidistant from the heart of Chelsea, the swank nightclubs in the Meatpacking District, and the more quaint West Village, three of the city's most fashionable destinations.

Many elements of the West Village culture -- the gay clubs, art galleries, and trendy restaurants -- have migrated north to the bordering neighborhood of Chelsea over the past decade. And today, with some 350 art galleries, it's often considered the epicenter of New York's contemporary art scene.

  • Three blocks from the A, C, E, L subway lines; four blocks from the 1, 2, 3 subway line
  • 20-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • 20-minute subway ride to Times Square
  • 25-minute subway ride to the Empire State Building
  • 30-minute subway ride to the ferry terminal to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • 25-minute subway ride to Rockefeller Center
  • 25-minute subway ride to the American Museum of Natural History
  • 40-minute subway ride or $13 taxi to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Met") and 20-minute subway ride to the Museum of Modern Art (the "MoMA")

 Bottom Line

The Dream Downtown is an aggressively modern hotel located directly behind the Maritime in Chelsea. The hotel blends public spaces together in a unique way: The fitness center has portholes overlooking the pool, and the pool itself has a glass bottom that looks down into the lobby. The hotel's scene is decidedly hip, especially at PH-D lounge (a popular celeb haunt) -- with stunning, sweeping views of Manhattan, PH-D is easily one of the best parts of the hotel. Gold King rooms have portholes surrounding the bed with killer views. But the super modern, futuristic touches can be weird (such as the odd lighting near the minibar, and overly metallic bathrooms), making the space feel less comfortable.

Things You Should Know About Dream Downtown

Address

  • Dream Downtown 355 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

Room Types

  • Bronze King
  • Gold King
  • Platinum Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 316
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan
Address: Dream Downtown 355 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
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