Hudson Hotel

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Hudson Hotel The Hudson Hotel's stone fortress façade and single flickering torch over the neon green door give no hint of the whimsical complex of bars inside, but after beaming up from the foyer via two phosphorescent escalators, the... New York United States 40.768354 -73.984659
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Party Earth Review The Hudson Hotel’s stone fortress façade and single flickering torch over the neon green door give no hint of the whimsical complex of bars inside, but after beaming up from the foyer via two phosphorescent... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    A, C, B, D, 1, 2: 59th Street-Columbus Circle; N, Q, R, W: 57th Street-7th Avenue

  • Phone:

    212-554-6000
    Hudson Bar: 212-554-6217

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Hudson Bar: daily 4pm–2am (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
    Library: daily noon–1am
    Private Park: daily 11am–11pm (normally May–early October, but currently still open)
    Sky Terrace: daily 8am–11pm (May–early October)

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Hudson Hotel Review

The Scene

The Hudson Hotel's stone fortress façade and single flickering torch over the neon green door give no hint of the whimsical complex of bars inside, but after beaming up from the foyer via two phosphorescent escalators, the...

The Hudson Hotel’s stone fortress façade and single flickering torch over the neon green door give no hint of the whimsical complex of bars inside, but after beaming up from the foyer via two phosphorescent escalators, the upscale clientele will find a playground of drinking options and parties.

The main attraction is Hudson Bar, with its swirling ceiling mural, pink marble bar, and “Billie Jean”-style glass floor illuminated from below. Weekend nights see chic young artists and hip tourists mingling and dancing among the neoclassical furniture, while others enjoy table service at VIP loveseats tucked into niches in the gold-painted brick walls.

On weeknights, scenesters in a scholarly mood can retire to the Library Bar, an Old English sitting room with a modern twist featuring a giant copper hemi-dome suspended over the purple-felted pool table and plenty of leather sofas where guests can lounge in front of the roaring fireplace after perusing the towering bookshelves.

When the weather turns a bit balmier, patrons make their way up to the fifteenth-floor Sky Terrace, whose candlelit chaises and ivy-covered pergolas create a romantic atmosphere beneath the starry sky, or hit up the Private Park, an Alice in Wonderland-inspired courtyard with chic patio furniture and oversized planters where young professionals rock out to weekly theme parties or cozy up and chat over cocktails on baroque futons and daybeds.

Although style and sophistication reign in all of the venues, Hudson Hotel still knows how to put on down-and-dirty rock nights that attract a high-energy crowd of glam-punk rockers, hip Lower East Siders, models, and celebs – a perfect mix of luxury and cool that keeps the city’s polished partiers coming back for more.

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Tip from Adriana:

Keep in mind that if you leave Hudson Bar to check out the rest of the hotel, you have to wait in line all over again to get back in! It’s best to get there early on weekends if you want to hang out at the other bars first.

  • Crowd

    Artists, young professionals, and hotel guests on regular nights; hip glam-punk Lower East Side rockers, celebs, and people from the worlds of fashion and music for special events and theme nights, early 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Hudson Bar:
    DJ spins pop, hip-hop, and house music Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10pm. Modern Love Thursdays features guest DJs 10pm–2am.

    Library Bar:
    DJ spins rock music at the Ladyland in Library dance party Thursdays from 10pm. Billiards table.

    Private Park:
    DJs spin from 10pm on Lady Starlight Tuesdays (May–October only), a Lady Gaga-style outdoor party featuring wildly-dressed patrons and celebrities. Occasional DFA DJ nights on Wednesdays featuring music curated by DFA records.

    Sky Terrace:
    DJ spins mellow house music at the Speakeasy party Thursdays 6–10pm (May–October only).

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small plates menu at Hudson Hall, the hotel’s upscale cafeteria-style restaurant with tuna tartare, skirt steak, and sliders. Hudson Bar turns table service only F–Sa once it hits capacity.

  • Prices

    Small plates $9–$15. Beer $9, wine $15–$23, cocktails $16/glass or $55/pitcher. Table service $50/person minimum.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Wild rock attire for Ladyland in Library and Lady Starlight nights: pink mohawks, studded belts, ripped jean vests. Elegant casual on weekends: button-downs, flowy tops, dresses, heels. Dress code: no hats, sneakers, or flip-flops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for Lady Starlight in the Private Park, Thursdays for Speakeasy on the Sky Terrace and Ladyland in Library, and Friday and Saturday nights for Hudson Bar, though table reservations are recommended.

  • Close By

    In the basement of the hotel is Good Units, an 80s-inspired, graffiti-covered live music venue and club featuring well-known DJs and musical acts.

Hudson Hotel User Reviews

Average rating:
It's like entering an enchanted forest where anything can happen...
Alyson K. Apr 16, 2013
As soon as you enter the Hudson Hotel, one of the Morgan Group's gems, you know this place is not your boring mid-town establishment. A bright green tunnel leads you into the hotel where you are faced with options of where to go. You can enter the grandiose libraries with floor to ceiling books (think the library in Beauty and the Beast) where couples are cuddled in front of the fire place or handsome strangers are challenging one another to a game of pool. Or perhaps the enclosed garden, surrounded by walls of fern, that serves as a covered ski lodge in the winter (animal fur blankets are placed over the chairs and beds to keep you warm) or a sunny oasis, perfect for sipping a glass of rose, in the summer. If you get hungry head to the newly created Hudson Common for a burger and pint of craft beer and stay through the night to hear some of the best DJs spin their tunes. And don't forget to check out the ballroom where well-heeled New Yorkers spend their Friday and Saturday nights dancing the night away to a mixture of house and pop music. The bottom line - at this establishment, anything (and I mean anything) goes.
The Hunt: nailed it for this part of town.
Seb S. Apr 4, 2013
The Hudson hotel is a godsend in an area that is mostly a junction for the ballet, the Met, and philharmonic goers. If you're not sitting down for food at Smiths or PJ Clark's and you're not rushing to beat the curtain and the dimming lights, the Hudson is a great place for drinks. A short walk south from Lincoln Center, you will have just enough time to recap on the melisma or dynamics of what you just saw and heard, before arriving at the sleek Hudson with a chic yellow band across the middle of the building and a sole flame. Venture up the escalator and through the ivy trellised lobby to the reading room in the southeast corner. Here you can shoot some stick, shoot the breeze and order almost any cocktail from a bartender at a floating bar. The books and saloon chairs and sofas give it a sort of air of sophistication for intoxication. Like if Joyce were in Madmen. A rotating collection of large photos frame the room in the humor de jour. Animal, mainly antlered, last I was there. So whether stag or with company the over 30ft vaulted ceiling and click clack of heels and cues will do. Just right. Head west from here to reach the garden - a mew like setting enclosed on three sides but open to the air above. Be bold and sit among tables and chairs that dot the center or be coy in booths that snake around the edges, guarded by enormous 100 gallon clay pots and lush vegetation. Stay a while and breathe and drink and forget for a while where you ever were and that you ever have to go.
OK
Katie G. Dec 12, 2012
My dad stayed at the Hudson Hotel and said how "chic" it was - and if he had something positive to say about it then it must be OK. But when I went there with a few friends, the place was empty! I'm not quite sure if I'd want to come back.
Tourist Paradise
Nicole H. Dec 9, 2012
New Yorkers won't be drawn to this type of flashy neon light scene, but it's not the worst of that genre. There's typically a line to get in, but it moves quickly. The drinks, service and music are standard and familiar. The crowd is primarily foreign men, who definitely outweigh the number of women. If you're visiting New York and don't know where to go, this is a safe bet. You can get in without connections. You'll meet people from all over. You'll blend in.
Come for Good Units
Risa C. Dec 6, 2012
I've been here as part of a birthday club crawl and had an ok time at the Hudson Bar. By the time I got there I was so drunk...we'll I'll skip part of the story, but long story short I somehow ended up with a leather riding crop spanking a wedding party from the midwest. On the other hand, if you can get here on a night when Good Units is going on in the basement you'll be in for a unique experience. Even though its clearly sanctioned by the hotel, Good Units is kind of what you expect to see when someone tells you there's a warehouse party in NYC. I came by accident after going to Le Cirque and was dressed entirely ridiculously for the party in which people were wearing belly shirts (or no shirts) and sneakers but the music was awesome and the low key vibe made for a great party atmosphere. And the drinks were cheap which was a nice touch.
I was the only American there
Chris K. Nov 20, 2012
The Hudson Hotel is primarily a hangout for European and Middle Eastern tourists, the kind of folks who would be staying in this overdriven lair of decadence in the first place. The library, with its classy decor, pool table, and plush leather sofas is nice, but the other clubs, alcoves, and lounges are a bit too much of your typical New York downtown dance hall nonsense for this reviewer. Plus, while my friends and I were there, we were talked up by three, count 'em, three different working girls who wanted to know if we'd like to check out their rooms. So, in general, this place is a tourist haven that is frequented by club kids and employees of the oldest profession. Great martinis, though!
Bar Scene is Much Better than the Hotel
Jimmy D. Oct 6, 2012
The bar scene is completely different from the hotel. I stayed in the hotel once and the rooms were the smallest I have ever seen. Felt like a Japanese hotel. I could touch the edge of the bed with my hand, extend my foot to touch the door and touch the shower with my other hand. Tiny rooms. But the bar is a cool spot with tons of talent.
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