Dream Scene

New York's Dream Downtown

Kate Stukenberg
December 19, 2012

It’s been just over a year since Dream Downtown opened in New York with a lavish celebrity-studded bash, and the chic hotel is as impressive as ever. Located at the edge of both Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, Dream Downtown’s ’60s-era shell received a $280 million makeover by New York–based firm Handel Architects, who have had their capable hands on a variety of Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and Rosewood properties worldwide. Directed in design by visionary and founder Vikram Chatwal, the iconic 12-story building retains mid-century modern ideals, from the minimalist decor of the lobby (think polished teak-plank walls, tufted metallic leather sofas and 200 retro glass globe chandeliers) to the 316 loft-like hotel rooms, a highlight being the Presidential Suite inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory. And if that isn’t dreamy enough, the second-floor pool bar and lounge has a seductive, transparent acrylic-bottom pool that’s visible from the lobby. Upstairs is hot rooftop nightclub, PH-D, with an outdoor terrace and a spectacular view of the Empire State Building, and steak-centric restaurant Marble Lane stakes out the lobby. Rooms start at $275. 355 W. 16th St., New York, 212.229.2559; dreamdowntown.com.