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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
In the sake of full disclosure, here are the negative points I found about the room:
- 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!
- The desk chair, which was supremely uncomfortable
- 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.
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.
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.
I felt safe walking around alone, even in the evening, and it’s well connected by subway, too.
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.
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.
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?