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BlackBook

“Insanely central location easy stumbles home from E.Vill, Soho, Noho, LES, etc…”

GEM Hotel on Houston, watch your back. New boutique lowrise lets you live out your converted-tenement dreams. Low-key luxury, subdued gold and wood rooms break away from black and gray regime. Nice marble bathrooms, high-def LCD TVs with HBO so you can spend your entire New York visit zoning out to The Wire. Insanely central location easy stumbles home from E.Vill, Soho, Noho, LES, etc. We’re drooling over the midtown views from the sick roof deck.

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Lonely Planet

“Very nice staff, clean modern room, and very close to lots of great restaurants and shops in Lower East Side. Would highly recommend this hotel to the business traveler or young couples who want to explore a cool area of NY with an elegant style hotel”

Slide into the glossy cream, brown and sexy red rooms offered by the East Houston Hotel and embrace the decadence. Rooms are smallish, but the chic decor, Fiji water and Bvlgari toiletries more than compensate. A new addition to the LES boutique craze, East Houston's chocolate brown lobby and vivid red chairs set a sexy tone from the get-go, and the romantic vibe only intensifies in the rooms, which are small but cozy and sensual. The deep, rich golds and creams on the walls, glass-tiled bathrooms, heavily-shaded windows and glossy furnishings make you feel light years away from busy Houston St (even though some traffic noise might occasionally seep in). Free breakfast and wi-fi come with the room. Definitely take advantage of the sunny rooftop deck and lounge area, which in mild weather is a great perch from which to watch the sunset over the Hudson River.

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Gayot.com

“Head up to the hotel roof deck for one of the best views of Manhattan”

Perfectly located for night-time fun, this Lower East Side hotel exchanges standard quality for a great location. This six-floor hotel, located on bustling East Houston Street on the edge of the artsy and nightlife central Lower East Side, isn’t as eye-poppingly sleek as some of the other properties that have opened up in the area since the neighborhood’s gentrification. But for travelers seeking a comfortable place---complete with Wi-Fi and a great location centered around some of the city’s best nightlife and dining options---it’s hard to go wrong here. The 42 rooms may be on the small-ish side, but they’re aesthetically pleasing enough: dim lighting, flat-screen TVs, wall lamps, and elaborate wall paper make for a cozy few days. Head up to the hotel roof deck for one of the best views of Manhattan (note: there’s no bar or restaurant, but plenty of comfy chairs make for a nice BYOB glass of wine).