Hotel on Rivington is a luxury boutique hotel on New York City's Lower East Side and features Thor restaurant, designed by Marcel Wanders.
It’s an incongruous sight, this sleek glass tower sprouting above its low-slung brick neighbors, but you can’t argue with the results — the views from the rooms, even on the middling floors, are extraordinary, taking in the Financial District, the downtown bridges, even the midtown towers, depending on your room’s orientation. And the rooms themselves are surprisingly luxurious, with flat-screen televisions, CD stereo systems and access to a carefully curated DVD library, along with low-tech charms like Frette linens and robes and, in many rooms, private terraces from which to take in the jaw-dropping views.
In-room spa services are available, though they’re very nearly rendered superfluous by the stunning Bisazza-tiled bathrooms, complete with deep Japanese-style soaking tubs and Paul Labrecque bath products. The Thor restaurant, designed by Marcel Wanders, seats guests in low leather banquettes beneath futuristic floral-print wallpaper and a 21-foot glass ceiling, offering odd views up the fire escapes of the surrounding tenements. A strange sight, but a reminder that the Hotel on Rivington will live or die by its unique location. The shops and restaurants of Soho are within easy reach, and the Lower East Side has its share of attractions, including truly gritty dive bars, hipster hangouts and music venues, as well as a new crop of more upmarket nightspots.