Meet the Howard Johnson at 5 Allen Street

Posted on: April 16th, 2012 at 6:48 am by

The multinational Wyndham Hotel Group is flexing its muscle here on the Lower East Side, having constructed two hospitality destinations within just a few blocks of each other. The flagship Chinatown branch of the hotel at 93 Bowery, slated to open this summer, is now joined by its more lowly cousin Howard Johnson at 5 Allen Street. Indeed, two years of start-stop drama are concluding before our eyes.

The interweaving mess of scaffolding, plywood, and netting was dismantled rather recently, leaving an unencumbered view of the finger building. There it is. As we speak, contractors are putting the final touches on the lobby situation. The freshly installed banners above the entrance confirm the fate – Howard Johnson is in fact coming soon.

There are reportedly 43 keys for prospective guests – 22 double bedrooms and 21 single bedrooms. The distribution is four units per floor, with a pair stacked in the ground-level lobby.

Of course 5 Allen was always destined to become a hotel, but the road was here was complicated by pitfalls. For instance, the property was put up for sale last May mid-construction, marketing the development as either hotel or office space. Nevertheless, here we are.

It’s also worth noting that this is a second coming of sorts for HoJo; an Express outpost formerly occupied what is now the deceivingly-named Gem Hotel SoHo at 135 East Houston.

 

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  • David

    Uggie. setback has nothing to do with current surrounding buildings… fail.