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“Beautiful Experience”
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Blue Moon Hotel
Ranked #393 of 467 Hotels in New York City
Halifax, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Experience”
Reviewed 29 January 2012

This is a funky boutique hotel. It has reclaimed furniture and architectural features all lovingly restored. Art decorates everything. Our bedroom was large (it had a sofa and writing table - as well as a king size bed), comfortable and extremely well appointed. The breakfast area in the lobby served fresh bagels and coffee and all the staff were friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend for singles/couples and would love to go back there next time we're in NYC.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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BlueMoonManager, Manager at Blue Moon Hotel, responded to this review, 3 February 2012
Your kind recognition of all our restorative and artistic efforts is deeply appreciated. We fretted over every detail. Although authentic in historical accuracy, our furniture is not reclaimed; it is period-appropriate with custom fabrics and details. The entire project is a case study in preservation. Commitment and fastidious attention to detail transformed a five-story tenement into a stately eight-story hotel and have earned us the recognition of National Geographic Traveler and 100 Best Little Hotels, as well as 30 major articles. Mosaics found in a central vestibule are reconfigured and placed strategically throughout the lobby. Banister spindles and newel posts are incorporated into our front desk, bars, lobby furniture, and the bar sinks located in each and every room. Each room contains historical memorabilia in frames we created from moldings and window shutters. All the moldings and wainscoting found in the building were brought down to a hand finish and reincorporated in the design of the lobby and rooms.

From our spacious accommodations to the artifacts and historical collages lovingly displayed throughout the hotel, to our complimentary breakfast featuring delectable choices from the neighborhood, we hope to create a memorable and unique experience that will inspire a guest to return. Knowing that you would love to come back to our boutique hotel is a compliment that is truly appreciated. Our Lower East Side location is ideal for visitors to explore and enjoy a New York City and we hope that our staff was able to direct you to all of the NYC attractions located close by, which include many shops, galleries and lounges. Thank you for your kind review and recommendation. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back for another beautiful experience at the Blue Moon Hotel in NYC.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Great desk clerk; she was helpful, real and funny. Realised we were in a rush and sorted out travel directions to our comedy show. Room was large and well stocked but we spent very little time inside. Would have liked to stay longer. Downside was our room (John Garfield) was a bit too orange but bed was super comfy. Old pipes meant shower was noisy but we came away feeling we'd had a good 24hrs in NYC. Most definitely helped by our last minute choice of a cool, but service driven hotel. Recommend it.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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BlueMoonManager, Manager at Blue Moon Hotel, responded to this review, 10 January 2012
We are delighted that our helpful and convivial staff could help make your NYC trip so enjoyable! Our cozy, yet spacious suites are uniquely designed with all of the luxurious amenities to make our guests feel right at home. Regarding the pipes, all the infrastructure is new. The project’s distinction is that we gutted a 5-storey tenement and gave it a second life as a stately 8-storey hotel. We are flattered that the integration of the artifacts was so tastefully done as to make it hard to distinguish between the original edifice and the rejuvenated one.

The color in each room varies in that we mixed our own oil pigment. The base is overlaid with scumbling and gentle glazes provided by distinctive brushwork. It was not our intention to mimic a flat, monochromatic, industrial-chic style. Our goal was to reflect upon the harmony of color, creating an atmosphere to soothe “the soul by means of the senses” (Oscar Wilde) in a painterly style borrowed from the layering techniques of Renaissance artists. All rooms are meant to complement the original woodwork, which was scraped and stripped by hand using a heat-gun, sandpaper and other devices, in order to bring it down to a natural, hand-finish. The colors are not overly subdued in that they are meant to contrast and complement the large expanse of woodwork and earth tones, which is the general palette of the Blue Moon Hotel. Rest assured: as we fret over our responses, so did we fret over every detail in creating the Blue Moon Hotel and making your stay a most enjoyable one.

Thank you for choosing the Blue Moon Hotel for your NYC getaway. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back in the future to experience all of the treasures and historic memorabilia that make the Blue Moon Hotel in NYC a truly one-of-a-kind experience! See you on your next trip home.
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

We've stayed here a couple of times and really enjoyed it. The rooms are great and quite big. The staff is always friendly and the bagels in the morning were top notch.
The location is interesting; not much right near there, but a subway stop is a few blocks away and can get you anywhere.

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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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BlueMoonHotelNYC, Manager at Blue Moon Hotel, responded to this review, 20 December 2011
We are so thrilled that you keep coming back to the Blue Moon Hotel! Each of our rooms range in size with historic details to ensure that every visit with us is a new experience. Located on the Lower East Side, our boutique hotel is surrounded by many NYC attractions such as the Tenement Museum just across the street and the new Museum of Modern Art only 2 blocks away. With the vibrant neighborhoods of SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown close by, there is always a new place to explore and our staff is always eager to direct you to them. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Blue Moon Hotel and truly appreciate your review. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
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Westerville, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

This is a nice Hotel in the Heart of the Lower East Side.. The building is an original tenement building that has been redone in a very retro way. We stayed in the Tommy Dorsey Room which had a small balcony that overlooked the Williamsburg bridge. Clean , close to Soho , shopping, nightlife. If you want to stay in authentic New York, Not times square, then stay here.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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BlueMoonManager, Manager at Blue Moon Hotel, responded to this review, 8 December 2011
Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Most of our apartment-styled rooms include balconies with breath-taking views! Located near many NYC attractions, the Blue Moon Hotel is a great spot for business travelers and tourists. Each of our rooms in our boutique hotel offers their own unique experience and we hope we get the opportunity to welcome you back!
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Hudson, NY
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

This is not a cookie cutter hotel chain. It is in a fun location, off of Delancey St, 2 blocks from Essex St (and market), and the area is kinda funky, good coffee shop and walkable to east village. It is best suited for those intrepid souls who know NY and/or want to explore the fun, non-touristy areas other than Times Square/midtown tourist traps (though we did go to the theater and returned easily by bus). Easily accessible to F train to go uptown or you can walk to Chinatown and east village.

Desk clerk persons who change throughout the day are different. Not in a happy/polished/upscale hotel/friendly way, but tolerable.

This hotel has the feel of a hostel without the value. The Marx Bros room was drab and very oddly layed out where there was not quite enough room for the chairs, small table and a person (to be fair, the sofa bed was out). The bathroom was clean and bright. It had the smallest TV imaginable which you certainly wouldn't be able to view from the bed, but hey, it's NY and we didn't come to watch TV!
We peaked into another room which also looked kinda dingy. Think: Grammercy Hotel before rehab, but slightly better.

You have to turn in your key when you go out. There may or may not be someone at the desk when you return at night to unlock the outside door for you. It was a puzzle how to unlock the Marx Bros room door (good balcony; view of Williamsburg bridge). Housekeeping does not speak English. The sofa bed is as bad as your sister's who doesn't know it because she never sleeps on it.
There were 2 of us yet they couldn't get it together to give us 2 bars of soap?? When we told the person downstairs the lamp was not working, they gave us a light bulb to replace ourselves. It's that kind of place. The coffee maker did not work. There was no free water; a refrigerator and a $2 price tag on its liquid contents. We bought water at the deli around the corner. And cool coffee/lunch/breakfast place down the street at 88 Orchard St serving excellent coffee.

But it was a fine base for a great long weekend exploring the city!

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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BlueMoonManager, Manager at Blue Moon Hotel, responded to this review, 22 November 2011
We are pleased to hear how much “counrygal” enjoyed the views from the Marx Brothers room, a huge custom room designed with historical details in a period appropriate fashion. The spacious bathroom with a large, deep tub exemplifies a 1930’s grace. The balcony is 300 square feet and overlooks the Williamsburg Bridge. Most of our guests have concurred it’s incredibly romantic at sunset. In fact two thirds of our rooms have terraces. This is a rarity in NYC and the Blue Moon’s views from the upper floors are spectacular, in fact, some of the best in the city. Yes, the LES is New York’s playground, surrounded by NYC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

To ensure that all of our guests experience a comfortable stay, we provide any additional items upon request. All the guest has to do is ask. We are pleased that “counrygal” was able to enjoy some of the local restaurants which our area is famous for, but hope they also took advantage of our very own complimentary continental breakfast which embodies the culture of the Lower East Side: fresh baked goods from Kossar’s and Gertel’s, two venerable old local bakeries; fresh fruits, juices, spreads, gourmet coffee and fine teas.

Blue Moon was chosen by National Geographic Traveler as one of 150 hotels in the Western Hemisphere to check into. We have 30 major articles expressing the beauty of this five year art preservation and design project. Our staff is both warm and friendly, multilingual, and create a helpful atmosphere for all of our guests’ needs.
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Property: Blue Moon Hotel
Address: 100 Orchard St, New York City, NY 10002-3106
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Lower East Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in New York City
Price range (per night): $74 - $414
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Moon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street welcomes guests to the Lower East Side. This new, boutique Manhattan hotel leads the resurgence of the landmark old New York neighborhood. The hotel is located along cobble stone streets once occupied by push cart vendors, pickle packers, butchers, and bakers. Now, New York City's historic past has come to life in the authentic yet modern and comfortable neighborhood hotel. ... more   less 
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