It may be the city that doesn’t sleep, but New York is having a moment with a wave of new places to bed down. The latest hotels, popping up all over Manhattan and beyond, are perfect for those who want to eat, drink and be merry (and perhaps catch a few winks, too).
The Roxy Hotel, Tribeca
If you want to be in the heart of achingly hip New York, then head downtown to the reincarnation of what was once the iconic Tribeca Grand Hotel. Now reborn as The Roxy, and described as ‘the ultimate living room’ for the arts world, the hotel is as cool as it gets.
Once a 1920s movie theatre, the new design references its past in the huge, open-plan lounge-lobby with its bare-brick walls, red velvet curtains and worn-out leather sofas. While the guest rooms are small but interesting, with their mix-match of late-1960s and contemporary styles (think over-sized bronze lighting, honeycomb-print wallpaper, crisp linens and statement chairs), it is the ground floor public space that has the buzz.
Here, the hotel calls on Tribeca’s collaborative culture by pulling in some of New York’s starry names. Owned by Paul Sevigny, brother of Chloe, for instance, is the private Paul’s Cocktail Lounge (open Wednesday to Saturday; be warned – entry is down to the doorman’s discretion). It’s an eye-popping scene straight out of Palm Beach with a neon coral and emerald colour palette, floral hand-painted wallpaper, patterned mirrors and a backbeat by some of the city’s most in-demand DJs. Waitresses deliver drinks, designed by noted mixologists Jeremy Oertel and Natasha David, on silver trays dressed in Chloe Sevigny-designed outfits. It’s a scenester’s paradise.
For a more laid-back option, the hotel’s Roxy Bar is a sleek, intimate space with a craft cocktail list (try The Magic Spell, a twist on the classic Julep). While the all-day eaterie sees chef Joseph Abbruzzese, formerly of the Breslin, offer up modern American organic dishes: oysters, lobster, black sea bass, lemon chicken. It comes into its own for brunch with a baked ham carving station, black raspberry coffee cake, house-made waffles and omelettes made to order.
Jazz is the soundtrack here with live music played on Sundays and every evening in the lounge. Real buffs, however, should head downstairs to The Django, a jazz club inspired by the classic Jazz Age Parisian boîtes.
While you may be tempted to pop over to the new Starbucks opening up nearby in Chelsea (the ‘coffee-as-theatre roastery’, as it is being called, will be the biggest in the world at 20,000 square foot when it opens in 2018), we advise you to stay put. Your caffeine fix can also be catered for at The Roxy with its own outlet of Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, famous for its custom espresso specials (the East Village opening was one of NYC’s first fair-trade coffee shops). It’s hot, hot, hot.
The Roxy Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013; +1 212 519 6600; roxyhotelnyc.com. From $299 per night, room only, excluding taxes.
The Penthouse, The Mark, Upper East Side
Back in 2009, when legendary designer Jacques Grange put his spin on The Mark hotel, one of New York’s iconic hotels since 1927, it became the talk of the town. His haute-pop fusion style includes a stand-out lobby with a bold, zebra-striped black-and-white floor, Paul Mathieu orange velvet sofas and a Ron Arad low-hanging sphere chandelier.
While the bedrooms are a tad more understated, the glamour-factor is not scrimped on with marble bathrooms (huge for New York), deep carpets, Italian bed-linen and shimmery grass-cloth wallpaper. Laduree macaroons left on your bedside, whimsically-illustrated toiletries and 24-hour access to Bergdorf Goodman are just some of the on-the-button details, that have been pulling in Park Avenue princesses as well as glam travellers.
Set to put the hotel back in the limelight, the designer has now returned to add his piece de resistance: a new 12,000 square-foot penthouse suite – the largest in the whole of the US – carved out of what was formerly a private residence. Stretched over two floors, this is as majestic and opulent as it gets (at $75,000 a night it is also America’s most expensive suite). It includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a steam room, walk-in wardrobes, a chef’s kitchen, library lounge and conservatory. Best of all, perhaps, is the expansive private roof terrace with its jaw-dropping views across Manhattan, taking in Central Park and the top of the Chrysler Building.
If the need arises, the super-suite’s lounge, with its 26ft-high ceilings, oversized fireplace and grand piano, can transform into a grand ballroom, the stately dining room can seat 24 people and the kitchen has enough gadgets to make Gordon Ramsay jealous.
Of course, it won’t be Ramsay who will be dropping by to cook for your guests, but instead three-Michelin-starred Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who oversees The Mark’s downstairs restaurant, and who is available for private dinners. He is just one of a number of high-profile names who can be called on to meet guest’s needs – personal trainers, a driver with your choice of car and private shopping and tailoring are also on tap.
As expected, interior details are opulent and unique with every piece of furniture purposely designed by Jacques Grange, a grand Eric Schmitt staircase, heated floors and an infinity tub. This is uptown pizzazz taken to another level.
The Mark Hotel, 25 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075; +1 212 744 4300; themarkhotel.com. From $650 per night, excluding taxes, staying in a Superior Courtyard Queen room.
The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn
Following on from the success story that is the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, and also found on the same street, is new kid on the block The Williamsburg Hotel. Due to open its doors any day now, lovers of the quintessential New York industrial scene will be right at home here. Carved out of an old factory, the boutique hotel features an edgy brick, glass and steel décor and rooms with double-height windows and balconies. A rooftop pool, three bars, with one set in a reimagined water tower, and grand ballroom will no doubt attract a sophisticated following as well as the usual hipsters to the neighbourhood.
Meanwhile the 150 bedrooms have interiors designed by London-based Michaelis Boyd (who also designed Babington House and Soho House Berlin) and staff will be wearing uniforms conceived by the Brooklyn-raised Ovadia brothers, the designers behind the menswear label Ovadia & Sons. Bathrooms feature brightly-hued subway tiles and brass fittings, while the pared-back natural style in the bedrooms is softened with padded headboards, colourful rugs and one-off pieces of furniture.
The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn New York, NY 11249; thewilliamsburghotel.com. From $250 per night, room only, excluding taxes.
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, Lower Manhattan
Set to open later this year, and perfect for Wall Street city slickers, is the much anticipated Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. A welcome addition to Lower Manhattan, the luxury opening, being built in one of the city’s tallest residential towers, will feature Wolfgang Puck’s first NYC outpost of his CUT steakhouse, elegant interiors by Yabu Pushelberg (think greys, silvers and metallic accents), an indoor pool and luxury spa. Stretching over the tower’s first 24 floors, the brand’s second NY property, found one block from the World Trade Centre, promises to cement the revitalisation of the financial district.
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, 27 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007; + 1 212 350 6500; fourseasons.com/newyorkdowntown
11 Howard, SoHo
Blending Scandinavian design with a raw NY aesthetic, this latest Design Hotel is the epitome of cool and not just because of the way it looks. The upscale hotel has partnered with a number of non-profit organisations, such as Global Poverty Project and FEED, in an effort to give back to the local community.
The refreshing approach is echoed in its design ethos, devised by Danish duo Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard. Guests step in to a light and airy lobby, with bleached oak wood panelling and concrete floors. Rooms, meanwhile, feature 11-foot high ceilings, large windows and a multi-textured scheme, with woods, warm metals, wool and velvet details. Bathrooms mix porcelain tiles, marble countertops, and brass trimmings, and have organic Grown Alchemist and Glossier products for in-room pampering sessions. The hotel’s culinary concept is headed up by renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr, owner of Upland, and Buddakan and set to be one of the area’s hottest drinking dens is bar-club Blonde, perfect for after-hours cocktails.
Owned by property tycoon and avid art collector Aby Rosen, 11 Howard also boasts a huge collection of unique pieces of sculpture, paintings and digital art. Alexander Calder’s Untitled, 1976 mobile is found in the entrance, for example, and Jeff Koons has curated artworks from various artists on the history of SoHo. It’s rock and roll, with a conscience.
11 Howard, 11 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013; +1 212 235 1111; 11howard.com. From $218 per night, room only, excluding taxes.
A version of this article can also be read in this month’s Canary Wharf Magazine.