The East Village's towering Cooper Square Hotel, years in the making, opened yesterday?but wander inside and it's hard to tell. The bar area, restaurant and outdoor spaces are still very much under construction, and there is no check-in desk. Rather, Cooper Square employees are stationed in the small lobby to meet and greet guests in a more face-to-face manner. A residents' library and lounge, previously seen here, is also ready. Hotel management tells us 55 rooms are booked this weekend, which is pretty much all the rooms they currently have ready (for an example of what the rooms look like, there's this). Please note: cocktail service begins at 5 p.m. Until then, have a look around, won't you?
· Cooper Square Hotel [Official Site]
· Cooper Square Hotel coverage [Curbed]