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Ian Schrager’s new five-star hotel for people on a two-star budget

Hotelier Ian Schrager says: “Time change. People change. Everything changes – hotels have not.” The ‘Public Hotel’ is Schrager’ new experiment.



Hotelier Ian Schrager announced the opening of his latest $300-million bet venture: PUBLIC, the luxury hotel for ordinary people.

The 70-year-old known for the founding of 1970s New York mythical nightclub Studio 54. He also credited with creating the concept of the ‘boutique hotel.’ “Time change,” he says,”People change. Everything changes – hotels have not,” claim Ian Schrager.

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Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning firm Herzog & de Meuron, the stylish hotel located at 215 Chrystie Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The 367-room is a five-star hotel for people on a two-star budget.

It worth every penny. To reduces costs, guests are self-check-in on their mobiles and get into their rooms through the same system. The hotel supplies an online food ordering system, ample USB ports and free fast Wi-Fi.

Celebrity Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will manage the hotel’s two restaurants, PUBLIC Kitchen and LOUIS. The Michelin-starred chef will serve healthy food via counter service such hot pastrami sandwiches, pizza, spicy Korean chicken and sushi.

Three bars in the hotel. The lobby bar, the Roof, with a view and communal tables, and Diego, a cocktail bar inspired by a private gentleman’s club; weekend barbecues and DJ sets.


In the room a marble-topped table, a stool and wood bed platform, built-in reading lights, with a nook for a 50-inch Apple TV. It has hidden outlets and a space-saving built-in sink and closet unit. There’s also a floor-to-ceiling window that makes the room feel larger.

Starting price for a room is about $200 (£155) per night.






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