See what we loved about our stay after the jump. Even Meatballs was in heaven!
- You’d be hard-pressed to find loftier views over Downtown Manhattan. Even the newish 17-story Bowery Hotel, just three blocks away, doesn’t afford guests this level of intimacy with the skyline. The Cooper’s curved floor-to-ceiling windows do the trick. Book a room on the northwest corner if you want a ménage à trois with the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.
- No front-desk formalities (in fact, there is no front desk). Instead, complimentary cocktails are served around a fireplace in the library/lounge upon check-in.
- Atop the duvet? Not a tired old mint but a vintage Playboy magazine (“We spent all last summer buying them on eBay,” said Evan Altman, the hotel’s sales and marketing director. “We expect guests to take them home.”). We took home the October 1976 issue.
- The timelessly minimalist, modestly decadent vibe from Milan-based interior designer Antonio Citterio, who did the Bulgari hotels in Milan and Bali.
- Pet-friendly to the max! In addition to a princely dog bed, Meatballs got a faux Luis Vuitton-patterned amenity kit from Arf Dog, complete with white terrycloth bathrobe, throw blanket, treats, ceramic bowl, etc.
- The gadgetry: iPhone-compatible Sony docking station, flatscreen TV, DVD player (with extensive library of rare films), room key cards with radio transmitters (no more swiping!), and free Wi-Fi.
- Mini-bar stocked with Tina Thor jewelry. Forget your earrings? Wear Tina’s during your night on the town; then, either return them or pay to take them home.
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