If you were a travel expert, where would you reserve rooms for the San Francisco-based DWR team to stay in New York? Our most recent visit – we were in town for the opening of the DWR: Tools for Living store in SoHo – was at the Hotel on Rivington designed by Marcel Wanders. Located on Manhattan's Lower East Side, this hotel is in a great location, providing a true New York feeling (and not just the gentrified neighborhoods) no matter which direction you travel. Walk across Delancy Street and you feel like you've stepped back in time. Prune, Shiller's and Katz's, all within a few blocks of each other, make you realize why New Yorkers don't cook at home.
And being less than a mile from SoHo, the walk was an ideal way to start each morning (made complete with a look-see at Sigerson Morrison shoes on Price Street). The Rivington gives visitors the unique feeling of being part of the neighborhood. As for the rooms, they're comfortable and feel super spacious due to floor-to-ceiling windows. We liked the remote-control window shades that opened with the press of a bedside button, and the bathtub was especially beautiful. The Hotel on Rivington is one of about 10 hotels in New York that have joined the Mr. and Mrs. Smith luxury boutique hotel group (no, they have nothing to do with Angelina and Brad). If you never want to stay in another could-be-anywhere hotel, check in with the Smiths.