Fabulous, fun and brimming with fashionable visitors and locals alike, The OUT Hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks away from Times Square and walking distance to midtown, the fashion district, restaurants and major attractions like Broadway, the Hudson River walkway and The Circle Line.
The ambiance is energetic and interesting from the minute you enter the front doors — modern and retro-style seating areas accent the lobby including a coffee table with free old-school video games under glass. Plush sofas, divans and a few lucite chairs invite guests to gather. A collection of original paintings aligns the corridor walls — The Ivy Brown Gallery presents Aner Candelario’s series Noble Salvage thru August 1, 2015.
After you check-in, you’ll pass by various indoor and outdoor common areas that are certain to be chock-full of revelers, tourists and New Yorkers, especially in the coming months as things warm up. You can meet for cocktails in one of the cabanas, take a dip in the jacuzzi, play Ping Pong, sunbathe or just kick back with a book or your personal devices (free WiFi).
The rooms are bright and contemporary with charcoal and grey checkered carpeting, textured cream, slate and onyx colored striped wallpaper and white lacquer furniture. There are bedside reading lamps and side tables that glow. The baths are modern with travertine floors, grey subway tiles from floor to ceiling and a spacious walk-in shower. The wall itself is mirrored giving the room an expansive feel. You’ll also enjoy the lavender hand wash and shower products from New York’s C.O. Bigelow.
However, paws down, the latest and most impressive accommodations at The OUT Hotel are their pet packages. While furry friends are allowed in most rooms, the hotel also offers two suites with private courtyards for you and your ‘best friend’ to run, sun and enjoy. These rooms are on the second floor and come with doggie doors for easy access from the suite to the exterior. My dog, Chi (above), loved the space and after a few laps around the courtyard, she hunkered down in her own private house.
More spacious than many city apartments, the courtyards include all hotel amenities along with doggie treats, dog beds, a toy, food and water bowls, a glider and seating area plus the dog house. Dogs are allowed in all common areas as long as they in their carrier or on a leash.
Here is what to expect:
• King or Queen bed
• Pint-sized pet door in each room that leads to a private courtyard
• Outdoor enclosed space with dog house, faux fire hydrant, and human seating for pet “parents”
• Wireless High Speed Internet Access
• 40” Flat screen IPTV equipped
• In-room MP3 docking stations
• Doggy beds, comfortable cushions, water and food bowls, and overflowing cookie jar filled w/ healthy treats
• Pet spa products
• A Dog-Cam so guests can keep an eye on their dog whenever they are not in the room remotely
• Soft, squeaky, stretchy, bouncy, and fun-filled interactive toys for doggy guests
For travelers who need an escape or want to visit the city with their pooch, this option gives you a great location, comfortable and modern rooms and enough space for your dog to chill, play and enjoy their stay as well.
“The entire resort is pet-friendly but above all we offer two pet house suites that include the pet cleaning fee,” said General Manager, Charlie Katz. “We understand that many guests with dogs love this option. The hotel is close to the Hudson River promenade which is a great place for exercise and dog walks.”
What are the restrictions regarding dogs and other pets? “We like to keep dogs below 50 lbs and we’ve yet to have a request for a cat but we’d make arrangements,” said Katz.
The hotel has three open-air courtyards and Urban Greens will be offering raw, organic pet treats in the coming weeks.
While your pet frolics in the secured courtyard, you can take advantage of the spa, hot and steam sauna, workout room or massage therapy. They also host the popular restaurant, KTCHN.
Pros: Location. The rooms are clean, modern and comfortable. Hospitable staff. Great vibe.
Cons: There is a nightclub attached to the hotel. It can be very loud at night.
Tips: Book early on their website and save some cash.
The Out Hotel is not just for the GLBT community or straight people for that matter, it’s also for our four-legged friends.
This is the second of our pet-friendly hotel series. Return to our Travel Section for more coverage in the coming months.
The OUT Hotel
510 West 42nd Street
New York, NY