This hotel was quite nice. More Eurpoean in its stylings than American. Clean room, spartan furnishings and quiet, brightly lit halls.
As a business traveler, however, I would have preferred a Midtown location, and I didn't realize how far off the beaten path the Lower East Side truly is. That's no disrespect to the hotel itself ... it is where it is ... but when you're there, you definitely feel like your "off the grid." For instance, there isn't a neat line of yellow taxes parked anxiously outside the door ... the desk clerk had to call one both times that I left the hotel. And although the subway is just a few short blocks away, you're still a good 20 minutes from Midtown. I know the LES is trendy and all, but I probably wouldn't stay here again because of the proximity issues.