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Summary


Pros

  • Extremely comfortable beds
  • Bose wave radio and large flat-screen TVs in all rooms
  • Four blocks from Central Park; five blocks from Theater District and Times Square
  • Free access to nearby fitness center
  • Delicious room service from Serafina Italian restaurant
  • Two scenester bars on-site, one with a panoramic roof deck

Cons

  • Smaller standard rooms than at most New York boutiques
  • Slightly worn bathrooms
  • Significant traffic noise in street-facing rooms

Bottom Line

The Dream is a quintessentially stylish New York hotel, with small rooms, noisy streets outside, and two popular bars attached. Rooms aren't overly fancy, but they nail important features like comfy beds, flat-screen TVs, and Bose stereos. The location -- four blocks from Central Park -- adds additional appeal to a hotel that usually offers good value for the money.

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Scene

Dream is as whimsical and fluffy clouds-esque as you can get in Midtown Manhattan; the lobby is like a cross between the Cheesecake Factory and a Buddhist temple, in a good way.

I asked a manager to describe Dream's mission and vibe. She sort of shrugged her shoulders and looked around the lobby, which features a two-story fish tank, an enormous statue, and a model ship hanging over the front desk. "It's definitely pretty whimsical," she finally said.

The Dream’s stunning Beaux Arts building dates to 1895, and it definitely stands out amid Midtown’s office towers. On each floor the elevator opens to an illuminated mural (mine had a somewhat creepy seagull montage), and the hallway carpet creates the optical illusion of an elevated curvature. Beds and desks are backlit with blue lights, and beds are covered in plush (but hypoallergenic!) feather beds.

With both the Hearst Magazine building and Universal Music Group across the street, Dream attracts a lot of fashion and entertainment types. Management brags that Kanye West, Madonna and Beyoncé have all stayed there, though the hotel gets a healthy mix of non-celebrity leisure and business travelers.

Location

In Midtown West, 10 blocks from Times Square and even closer to Central Park.

Map of Dream

The immediate area around the hotel is mainly tall office buildings, though there are also plenty of restaurants, drug stores, ATMs and other convenient amenities. The hotel is also three blocks from some of the best high-end shopping along Madison and Fifth Avenues.

  • 5-minute walk to Central Park
  • 5-minute walk to Columbus Circle
  • 7-minute walk to the Museum of Modern Art
  • 11-minute subway ride to Penn Station
  • 9-minute walk to Times Square
  • 2-minute walk to Carnegie Hall
  • 7-minute subway ride or 12-minute walk to Rockefeller Center
  • 12-minute subway ride or 11-minute walk to Lincoln Center
  • 8-minute subway ride to the Museum of Natural History
  • 11-minute subway ride the Empire State Building
  • 23-minute subway ride to The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 21-minute subway ride to the Guggenheim Museum

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Rooms

Ranging from 150 to 285 square feet, rooms are on the snug side and a little plain, but fun and comfortable.

The "Medium-size" (that’s Dream lingo), 185-square-foot room actually felt more on the small side. It had a single window in the middle of the wall, and the narrow, 19.5-inch closet and equally narrow bathroom door each felt half-size. I could only fit my small suitcase in the closet and had very little room for anything else.

  • Desks glow a strange blue, with another blue light outlining the bed from behind
  • The queen bed is super comfortable, with a soft duvet, pillow-top feather bed, and plush hypoallergenic pillows
  • 37- or 42-inch Panasonic flat-screen TV
  • Extra drawers in the cupboard that houses the minibar
  • Pre-loaded iPod or CD player upon request
  • Bathrooms are quite small, though bright enough with a white and periwinkle blue color scheme
  • L’Occitane toiletries

Rooms and Rates

Features

Limited services and amenities on-site

  • Concierge services
  • Valet parking for a fee
  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Passes to off-site fitness center nearby

Families

Small rooms and a heavy bar scene give us pause, but the location is unbeatably close to lots of sights.

Kids might enjoy Dream's funky decor and design elements, but the overall vibe is on the adult side, particularly given the small rooms and the plethora of pictures of naked women. Like most New York boutiques, the hotel definitely doesn't go out of its way to cater to children.

Food

An Italian restaurants and two popular bars on-site

  • Serafina serves Italian for lunch and dinner.
  • AVA Lounge is am indoor rooftop bar with seasonal outdoor seating.
  • The Bar is open every evening, and offers a solid cocktail menu
  • Room service is available

Amenities

Key Features
Internet
Pets Allowed
Cribs
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Laundry
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Balcony
Television
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
210 West 55th Street, New York City, New York 10019, United States
Phone (212) 247-2000
Also Known As
  • Dream Hotel
  • Dream Hotel New York
  • Dream Hotel New York City
  • Dream Hotel Ny
  • Dream Hotel Nyc
  • Dream New York City
Room Types
  • Extra Extra Large One Bedroom Suite
  • Extra Large Super Queen Bed
  • Large Room One King Bed
  • Large Room Two Full Beds
  • Medium Room
  • Small Room

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