The Lower East Side, one of the oldest areas of Manhattan, has roots firmly planted in this traditionally immigrant, working-class neighborhood full of tenements and small storefronts.

The LES has always been rich with history and urban diversity, once containing Little Germany and perhaps best known as having once been a center of contemporary Jewish culture. Today, the neighborhood is following in the footsteps of northerly neighbor the East Village, and experiencing its own rebirth, with droves of young professionals and students making it their home.

Located in the heart of the LES, the Hotel on Rivington rises above neighboring tenements. The modern glass and steel structure creates a stark contrast to the surrounding historic, red-brick buildings. The 21-story structure offers guests unobstructed, 360º views of the city, with the entire design of the hotel centered around that specific amenity.

The ground floor is home to Thor, a restaurant and lounge designed by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Featuring a 21-foot glass ceiling in the back atrium and an open front, the views of the historic tenement buildings connect guests to the energy of the Lower East Side. The restaurant serves American bistro fare and provides 24-hour room service for hotel guests.

The real magic of the Hotel on Rivington is revealed upon room entry, as guests are greeted with spectacular views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooms feature motorized drapes that roll back to showcase unobstructed city views through the building’s façade, which consist entirely of steel-framed windows.

The larger-than-average interiors were furnished by designer India Mahdavi with a thoughtful mix of luxury, elegance and modern sensuality from the velvet sofas and chairs to the Tempur-Pedic mattresses, Frette linens and down pillows. The bathrooms feature Bisazza tile floors with modern fixtures and many rooms offer Japanese soaking tubs and showers with a view.

Each element alone would make for a fine hotel. The Hotel on Rivington successfully combines the necessary elements to create one of the best hotel experiences in Manhattan.