Hotel Indigo Lower East Side in 5

Following one not so good experience in a Hotel Indigo, I had the best ever experience in a different Hotel Indigo. I’m not sure how that can happen within one hotel chain, but I swear these two hotels were chalk and cheese. Anyway, moving away from the negative and onto the very much positive. I stayed at the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side for one night in June; let me give you a run down of the place in 5.

1. The rooms.

What more can I say?

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

My room was absolutely stunning. I was lucky enough to get a corner room, which meant I had alllll the views. I was on floor 9 which was one of the lower floors; they go up to 24 or so. I think it’s generally recommended to be on as high a floor as possible for the views, but I actually quite liked being a bit closer to ground level.

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

I could see a bit more of what was going on, and felt a bit more in the action. To be honest, I think the views go from good to breathtaking and I was delighted with mine.

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

My bathroom was beautiful with a good shower and a window! It also had an excellent toiletry selection – yes, that’s conditioner in the shower. Hooray!

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

The room had a full length mirror, heaps of hanging space, and enough plugs – although still not enough near the bed. Never mind, my bed was so comfy I never wanted to leave it.

There was a TV with a good selection of channels which I definitely indulged in, a minibar with a teeny space for your own stuff, and a drawer full of snacking goodies and a coffee maker. There was also this awesome cocktail shaker, and an ice bucket and tongs (just in case of emergency). I expect it was to encourage you to buy their mini booze bottles but still… Nice touch.

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

In the sake of full disclosure, here are the negative points I found about the room:

  1. The curtains, which refused to shut properly around that difficult pillar. It was a bit like trying to fight with an uncooperative changing room curtain, and it wouldn’t have been so bad had there not been a group of people sat on that roof you can see that’s right outside my window. Slightly awkward!
  2. The desk chair, which was supremely uncomfortable
  3. The lack of space in my mini fridge, which I would have liked to use to store my donuts in (it’s one of the automatic charging kinds so you can’t even take the overpriced minis out)

2. The pool.

This is possibly the best view from a hotel pool I’ve ever been to. Except possibly that one in Bangkok. Nope, actually I think I preferred this one.

Up on the 15th floor is this magnificent infinity pool with views stretching out over the city.

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

As you swim up one way, you get an eyeful of the Empire State Building and all those lovely midtown skyscrapers. And as you turn and swim back the other way, oh there’s One World Trade right there.

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

I went for a pre-breakfast swim with this heavenly view on my last day in the city, and it was the perfect goodbye to the city.

The pool doesn’t open until 8.30am, so it wasn’t a particularly early swim. It’s also quite chilly at that time in the morning, because the sun is around the other side of the building. So if you’re keen to sunbathe, you’ll need to wait until after lunch.

3. The location.

The Hotel Indigo Lower East Side is set slap bang in what I have just decided is one of my favourite parts of New York. It’s surrounded by plenty of places to eat and drink, some helpful shops, great attractions like the Tenement Museum, and it’s not overly touristy. It’s got a buzz to it that I just loved – and some cool street art, too.

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

Me too!

I felt safe walking around alone, even in the evening, and it’s well connected by subway, too.

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

If you’re gluten free then I’d highly recommend this as a place to stay. It’s got a number of gluten free eateries nearby (more on that later) but all you need to know is you’re two blocks from the best gluten free donuts I’ve ever eaten.

4. The staff.

The staff were all unfailingly friendly and very efficient at this particular Hotel Indigo, in stark contrast to the Hotel Indigo on Long Island where they were a) unfriendly and b) could best be described as bumbling.

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

Everyone was all smiles here, and I had a good laugh with the brave souls on the morning shift on the pool terrace the morning after the night before.

5. The lounge & bar.

If you’re not on for a swim, you can enjoy those same stunning skyline views with a drink in hand. The pool deck is also the bar deck, and although I didn’t venture up there myself in the evening (I had a box sensible sized portion of donuts and HGTV to attend to) it looked pretty fun judging by the conversations I overheard in the lift. Also, in the daytime you can enjoy their lounge which is on the floor below and enjoys just as stunning views.

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You can relax in a comfy chair come rain or shine, enjoy the free wifi and/or grab a drink. It’s a chilled space and they seem quite happy for non-hotel patrons to use the facilities.

This is beginning to sound a lot like a sponsored post, so I’ll happily declare that I stayed at the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side for free (!) thanks to my IHG credit card points. I’d highly recommend this credit card, with the usual financial caveats of affordability and repaying the balance every month. I can’t believe I got to enjoy these amazing views and that swim (I’ll be dreaming about that swim for the rest of my days) for zero pennies! Hooray for reward credit cards!

What do you make of the views? What’s the best credit card freebie you’ve ever received?

-Rachel

This hotel has absolutely stunning views of New York City from its infinity pool as well as its rooms. What do you think?

Linking up with Van, Marcella, Lauren and Isabel for Wanderlust Wednesday

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18 Comments

  1. 14th July 2016 / 17:42

    Those views from that hotel are stunning, not only in your room but also from the pool too! It also looks like the rooms were a decent size too, which is sometimes hard to come by in NYC with the limited space. Overall you can’t beat a good, clean hotel with great staff, amenities, and location, but it’s even better when it’s free!

    • 14th July 2016 / 18:38

      Aren’t they amazing? I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. I still can’t believe it now, to be honest! The rooms were huge, I’m not sure if I lucked out and got a big one or not but I could have comfortably thrown a party in mine. Maybe I should have invited the people from the roof outside! The hotel just surpassed all my expectations, which were fairly low given it was free…!

  2. Jen
    14th July 2016 / 22:11

    I can’t get over the views, wow! I am so glad that you had a good experience the second time around.

    • 16th July 2016 / 19:35

      They’re incredible, aren’t they? I couldn’t get over it the whole time I was there, either. I’m glad it got better too 🙂

    • 16th July 2016 / 19:37

      Isn’t it beautiful? I was debating where to use my points and I’m so glad I picked this hotel. That pool will stay with me forever – I’ll be that old bat in the corner of the nursing home chuntering on about “that pool” and everyone will go there there, yes dear. But I’ll know 🙂

  3. 15th July 2016 / 17:00

    I’m thinking of staying there very soon – their rooftop bar/lounge Mr. Purple is one of the hottest on the radar right now!

    • 16th July 2016 / 19:38

      Oh I definitely recommend it if you can. Yes, Mr. Purple seemed achingly hip, so it’s quite a surprise how I managed to be anywhere near it. That’s probably why I stayed in my room with donuts 😉 It’s all in the same space with the pool, so I imagine that view is pretty special at night with a drink in hand, too. Have an awesome trip and let me know if you do stay there!

  4. 15th July 2016 / 18:25

    It’s funny how hotels can be part of the same chain but give you a two totally different experiences. Glad this one was a good experience! Your room and the view are stunning!

    • 16th July 2016 / 19:39

      Isn’t it strange? The ones I’ve stayed in in England have been very consistent so I was quite thrown. My room was top notch and the view was unbeatable, I had to keep pinching myself the whole time. Definitely a once in a lifetime thing.

  5. 18th July 2016 / 15:32

    oh free hotel, nice!! we only have an airlines credit card thingy, which i love because we haven’t paid to fly anywhere in the US for a couple of years, so that’s always nice. this hotel looks so freaking nice, that bathroom! swoon. i hate the automatic charging mini fridge thingys, so rude!

    • 18th July 2016 / 20:51

      That’s really useful with airmiles. We have a British Airways card that earns us airmiles but so far we’ve not earned enough to be useful. The hotel was absolutely gorgeous, I couldn’t believe my luck. I loved the bathroom too! It’s like my dream bathroom basically! The automatic charging mini fridges are just so mean spirited. It’s annoying because the Hotel Indigos that I’ve stayed in in the UK have a free minibar in the room – which ok is like 3 cans of assorted fizzy drink and 2 chocolate bars so not like go crazy free minibar, but to me that’s really exciting. So I was very disappointed with the US Hotel Indigo’s stingy minibar setup!

  6. 21st July 2016 / 14:56

    Oh, I would love to stay at a place like this with those views and the pool. Sounds like you had a lovely time!!

    • 21st July 2016 / 18:57

      It was just so dreamy from start to finish. I like to think I made the most of it, but I’d definitely love to go back just to make sure…!

  7. 21st July 2016 / 18:37

    I could swear that I commented this already – at least I’ve definitely read it! Anyway, great to see you on Wanderful Wednesday and I totally envy you for that credit card sponsored stay! The pool and the view seem amazing and the room seems pretty gorgeous too 😉

    • 21st July 2016 / 18:57

      I can heartily thank my work expenses for this stay, I am happy to say! Yes, I’m a very lucky girl 🙂 It was all just as nice as it looks, if not nicer. Thanks for hosting WW and I’m really glad to be able to join in at last!

  8. 22nd July 2016 / 01:25

    Looks like a lovely stay and those are definitely some great city views! And for free?! That’s almost unheard of in NY?! Yay for credit card points 😀 Next time I’m in the area I’ll have to check out this hotel!

  9. 27th July 2016 / 17:24

    Love the IHG reward points. Credit card is meh aside from getting free points.

    I had considered this property for one of my most recent stays in NYC, but ultimately decided to go with another hotel. I do appreciate the review though. It can be so hard to decide on hotels. I often do a lot of research on google for bloggers who have stayed at hotels I’m considering so that I can make the best decision possible for me. When/if I return to NYC, I’ll definitely be keeping this review/post in mind as I choose a hotel. The view from the pool is stunning! (And the room looked pretty great too!)

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