It's the Little Things
by Sue Apfelbaum, 02/06/2013
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
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355 W. 16th St., 212-229-2559, Chelsea, Manhattan
Dream Downtown's porthole windows, a delightful remnant of the building's past life as home of the National Maritime Union, form a unifying theme throughout this flagship property for hotelier Vikram Chatwal's boutique chain. Spherical lighting, circular-patterned upholstery and round fur-lined ottomans are just a few of the hotel's curvy features. Cutout, bubble-like peekaboo windows on the ceiling of the lobby give guests a glance at swimmers overhead in the heated lap pool, open year-round, one flight up. Considering the clubby draw of this Dream location—the indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, PH-D, is a popular hotspot, while the subterranean, Brit-rock–themed Electric Room is even more exclusive—guest rooms are decidedly serene. No music is playing when you walk in, and patchwork Persian rugs lend a homespun warmth to the uber-cool surroundings. Artwork throughout the hotel is curated by Indiewalls, giving exposure to local artists, and is available for sale, too. All guests can enjoy the lobby-level Marble Lane steakhouse and bar—serving breakfast, lunch and dinner—and the new Japanese-French-fusion restaurant Cherry, with an opulent dining room designed by Studio Gaia.