PUBLIC New York

New York, USA

The hotel

Chic, refined, simple, classic, smart. The PUBLIC Hotel oozes modern touches, quirky art and cool technology. You’re in the perfect spot here to explore Lower Manhattan, full of eclectic districts and not forgetting those well-known sites like Brooklyn Bridge, and hotspots like SoHo that come alive after sundown. But it’s not all about where it is. Your room is a chilled-out retreat away from the city’s hustle and bustle, and there’s market-style food to grab when you’re on the go. And not forgetting the pièce de résistance – the rooftop bar complete with 360-degree views where you can let your hair down, classic cocktail in-hand, of course.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Close to City Centre

Where is it

In Manhattan's Lower Manhattan and Bowery districts, a short walk to SoHo and Lower East Side. Transfer time from John F. Kennedy International Airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

All rooms have 50" flatscreen LCD Smart TV with Apple TV, floor-to-ceiling windows, Bang & Olufsen bluetooth speaker, safe, mini-fridge, and steamer. Queen Rooms are 205 sq ft and are on floors 3-7, with 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

King Rooms are 220 sq ft and are on floors 8-16, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

King Great View Rooms are as above, but with views of Manhattan.

Double Park View Rooms are 220 sq ft and have views of the treetops of Chrystie and Sara Roosevelt Park, with twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Public Kitchen (market and season-inspired food, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch). Louis (NY themed, gourmet 'slow food', open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Diego (intimate bar with light bites and cocktails). Lobby Bar. The Roof (rooftop bar with 360-degree views of Manhattan, live entertainment). Room service*. 24-hour fitness centre. Trade (boutique and eclectic shopping, offering clothing, books, jewellery, and more). Complimentary warm cookies and milk at Louis (8:00pm-12:00pm daily). Complimentary Shinola bicycle hire. Complimentary WiFi.

* Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating If you don’t mind noise until the early hours...

May 22, 2020 csy0685 London, United Kingdom

I’ve stayed at the Public Hotel a few times and I largely enjoy the services and comfort they offer. Unfortunately the last time I stayed, the room next to mine had a party. I called front desk and complained twice from 11.30pm but the party ignored the warning security gave them, continuing to play loud music until 4am. By the second complaint I… Read more
I’ve stayed at the Public Hotel a few times and I largely enjoy the services and comfort they offer. Unfortunately the last time I stayed, the room next to mine had a party. I called front desk and complained twice from 11.30pm but the party ignored the warning security gave them, continuing to play loud music until 4am. By the second complaint I had expected the hotel to ask those who weren’t staying at the hotel to leave the room but to my disappointment nothing had been done. I emailed the hotel to complain twice and unfortunately on both occasions, received no response. Perhaps a hotel not suited for business trips. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Cool but not functional

Feb 20, 2020 FelipeP122 Sao Paulo, SP

The whole concept is nice. But the operation and installations aren’t. The bathroom isn’t actually a bathroom. It’s look like it is not even concluded, like something to be finished. The staff in the check in area aren’t friendly at all. One highlight to be mentioned was Cesa (or Cesar) from the Public Kitchen. He gave us the best attendance by… Read more
The whole concept is nice. But the operation and installations aren’t. The bathroom isn’t actually a bathroom. It’s look like it is not even concluded, like something to be finished. The staff in the check in area aren’t friendly at all. One highlight to be mentioned was Cesa (or Cesar) from the Public Kitchen. He gave us the best attendance by far. The rest of the staff from the Hotel should follow his shoes. Do not recommended for couples. The rooms are made for single travelers. If you are travelling alone, this is the spot. Cookies at night were another highlight. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Don't stay here too long - 2 nights max

Feb 20, 2020 AlexandJas

I stayed here for 4 nights on a work trip. There isn't a formal lobby for check-in which I thought was efficient until all the iPads stopped working and there was a line for check-in/check-out/baggage hold all the way to the bar. The room was quite small but I loved the layout of the space - it made it feel bigger than what is was. The control… Read more
I stayed here for 4 nights on a work trip. There isn't a formal lobby for check-in which I thought was efficient until all the iPads stopped working and there was a line for check-in/check-out/baggage hold all the way to the bar. The room was quite small but I loved the layout of the space - it made it feel bigger than what is was. The control panel next to the bed was great! It controlled the lights, window shade and curtains. I liked how updated the hotel room was - Apple TV, Bluetooth speaker, updated shower and toilet - but it was missing a few standard items all hotels have such as facial tissue and laundry bags. Location - The location was nice for vacation but since I was traveling for work I found it a little inconvenient to get to my specific locations. There's tons of food nearby so that was nice, especially since the room service was subpar. Overall, I will probably not stay at the Public for my next work trip but I may recommend it for a getaway weekend! (Traveler - Jas) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 1 Night-Cozy and Functional

Feb 18, 2020 aqua_ana Englewood, New Jersey

Small but cozy and functional room. The designer made great use of the space. Great location. The hotel was very cool inside, had everything we needed for the most part. The view was absolutely amazing. Waking up to the sunrise and beautiful view of NYC was definitely a one of a kind experience. Would definitely stay here again. The one thing that… Read more
Small but cozy and functional room. The designer made great use of the space. Great location. The hotel was very cool inside, had everything we needed for the most part. The view was absolutely amazing. Waking up to the sunrise and beautiful view of NYC was definitely a one of a kind experience. Would definitely stay here again. The one thing that would have made it extra special would have been having a coffee maker in the room so that you could make a nice cup of coffee and enjoy the view. However, they do have a place to buy coffee and food right downstairs. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Way to concerned with style than substance

Feb 13, 2020 stevenj354 Dorking, United Kingdom

I stay in hotels 2 or 3 nights a week around the world. I have always been a fan of Schrager and what he does, sadly this is a total failure for the traveler. Do not stay here, the staff are to concerned about their look, rather than helping you, the facilities are a complete joke