Have you ever spent a day in New York City where you wished you could catch some sun, get some work done, hit up a tequila bar, and dance the night away… all in one location? Welcome to PUBLIC Hotel: a collaborative masterpiece by Ian Schrager and Jean-Georges that’s both an adult labyrinth of fun and every Instagrammer's dream. Quickly becoming one of the best places to stay in Downtown New York, this hotel is also incredibly accommodating to locals who are looking for a good night out. PUBLIC Hotel has it all. Airport lose your luggage? No problem. Walk into PUBLIC hotel and the first thing you’ll find is a boutique with all your necessary items. Need underwear? You got it. An APC raincoat? Check. All the necessities of travel are right in the lobby! On the other side of the ground floor lobby, you’ll stumble upon Louis, a fully stocked, high-end cafeteria-style eatery with the perfect on-the-go basics. Connected to it, but separated by a sliding wall, is a Jean-Georges restaurant called PUBLIC Kitchen. It’s a clean-cut restaurant that opens into garden seating, and has an extensive menu of pizza, pasta, fish and more.
Wander upstairs and there’s another lobby; one with an open working space, tables and chairs, conference rooms, plush seating and a full-service bar. It’s a great space for freelancers, workers who need a change of scenery, and even a great escape for cozying up with a book. In the back of this room is Diego, named after Mexican artist Diego Rivera, which is a tequila bar and lounge with specialty drinks created by New York City’s own top mixologist and bartender, Ivy Mix. Much like a smoky private debonaire club, Diego has couches you can sink right into, a warm and inviting fireplace, snapshots of Diego’s art, and low, sensual lighting. Make sure you take a date there sometime, as Diego is definitely the sexiest room in the hotel.
PUBLIC also has one of the nicest rooftops in lower Manhattan, with an almost 360-degree view from the top, a complete bar where you can drink “Frosé St. Tropez,” white sofa seats and an amicable wait staff. Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the week, and Noon on weekends, this is definitely the place to hang out over the summer. You don’t need reservations to hang on the roof, but we have a feeling that might change soon. Given how cool it is, this place is sure to become more difficult to frequent in the near future, so get in while you can!
And last, but certainly not least, head to the basement to see PUBLIC Arts: a brand new art and culture oasis that turns into a nightclub after the sun goes down. There’s a doorman at the front, so make sure you get in there now and start cozying up to staff members—this place is too awesome not to explode with guests soon. In short, PUBLIC Hotel is the place to be if you’re in The Big Apple for a night and want to do it all.