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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.
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.