This Lower East Side
Hotel Offers The Best Of
Old NYC With Modern
Are you sick of staying at hotel chains that seem the same all
over the world? For a pleasant change of pace, try the boutique
Blue Moon Hotel on the Lower East Side.
This restored 1879 award-winning
hotel at 100 Orchard St. will provide
you with an unforgettable
experience in New York City’s
trendy, artsy neighborhood.
If you have traveled to Manhattan before, you may have found your choice
for lodging limited to mega-hotels in shiny high-rise buildings that do not
have any flavor of the city.
Today, though, you have an option in a
historic, 22-unit boutique hotel that gives
the experience of the glamour of old New
York - while still having the convenience of
smartphone booking and keyless entry.
The website explains that the refurbishment of the Blue Moon Hotel was
the vision of artist Randy Settenbrino, who spent five years transforming
the 1879 tenement building into an award-winning small hotel.
Settenbrino purchased the
tenement in 2001 with the idea of
transforming the five-story
building into an eight-story
When the building's apartments were reopened 70 years after they had been
abandoned, those apartments held a treasure trove of personal effects, artifacts, old
newspapers, calling cards, 1920s sheet music, and wooden material.
Settenbrino wanted to maintain as much
of the original building as possible, so he
oversaw the refinishing of every
salvageable artifact, fixture, and personal
effect that could be used.
The website describes how these items were then reintegrated into the
hotel’s design and repurposed throughout. For example, the wrought iron that
originally formed beautiful fire escapes was repurposed as elegant window
Original hinges and knobs can now
be seen on closet doors, and
collages made from personal effects
of former residents appear in
decorative touches throughout the
The Blue Moon Hotel has been featured in 50+ articles that mention the artistic value
in the refurbishment