As of today, Ground Zero has its first hotel.
The World Center Hotel, which had already begun construction when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks hit, is finally, officially open for business on Washington Street on the southern tip of the World Trade Center rectangle.
So what is the hotel like? For starters, it boasts unimpeded views of the Ground Zero construction, including the Freedom Tower and the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, as well as breathtaking views of the Hudson River, the Manhattan skyline and the surprisingly beautiful New Jersey skyline (yes, you read that correctly). And for the weary traveler looking to drink in these views and a few tasty beverages, the World Center Hotel also has its own bar, the View of the World Terrace Pub, located on the top floor.
According to a Gadling.com review, the rooms are “perfectly simple,” well-tailored for business travelers needing free Internet and iPod docks; the amenities — including fitness equipment delivered directly to your room — are boundless; the View of the World Terrace Pub is “bound to be a meeting mecca”; and, perhaps most importantly, “The World Center Hotel is a great addition to the revitalization efforts of lower Manhattan.”
Sounds like a welcome addition to Ground Zero. We can’t wait to check it out.