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In town for The Armory Show this week? We’ve got you covered—here’s where to stay to in New York.
The Bowery Hotel
After being welcomed by the red-coated doorman on entering the lobby, it becomes quickly apparent how the hotel epitomizes opulent comfort and character with its Edwardian antiques, leather seats, and Persian rugs. It is also home to one of the city’s most coveted fireplaces with a bar and a courtyard calmly awaiting thirsty guests. If you’re in the mood for food the hotel also offers Gemma, the downstairs restaurant with Northern Italian fare served in a beautiful room designed by Taavo Somer.
The rooms are newly furnished but keep with the lobby’s theme of oriental rugs and deep velvet chairs, but it’s is the bathroom with its giant tub and patinated bronze fixtures, which steal the show, offering treasurable respite from the city that newer sleeps. The hoteliers Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode have created a cozy sense of British countryside without sacrificing modern amenities such as 24-hour room service or a complimentary shoeshine for when you’re recharged and ready to greet the streets again.
Don’t let the name fool you, Hôtel Americano located near the Hudson river in the Chelsea area has Japanese inspired rooms creating a subtle yin and yang balance of style and comfort. Each room has the feel of an urban Ryokan with wooden platform beds, warm light and some of them with soaking tubs.
The lobby of this 56-room hotel was devised by designer Arnaud Montigny, best known for Paris’ Colette boutique. Its clean lines of modern minimalist design and zen like sophistication perfectly match the contemporary art which the neighborhood is known for, and makes this hotel a great home base for any gallery hopping traveller.
The Americano offers a rooftop pool and lounge with beautiful views. Free bicycles are available and all room service meals come into bento boxes, including breakfast. Designed by Enrique Norten, it includes two restaurants—The Americano providing French fare with a Latin twist, and Arriba, a new winter rooftop concept featuring tapas and tequila along with traditional Spanish dishes.
The Hudson Hotel
The Hudson Hotel is ideally located just two blocks from Central Park and short walking distance to the Theater District. Part of the exclusive Morgans Hotel Group, the site born from Philippe Stark’s hyperstylised vision is characterized by its large and dramatic public spaces and its young feel. With its wide choice of bars and restaurants the Hudson Hotel stands out for its varied options of entertainment.
The Lobby’s Hudson Common offers a casually chic modern day beer hall and burger joint with nocturnal performances. The Hudson Bar with its glowing yellow glass floor and fresco ceilings by Francesco Clemente. The picturesque sanctuary provided by the Sky Terrace’s rooftop garden, home to 45-foot trees, ivy covered bricks, and antique and modern furniture, impressive panoramic views. The Library Bar patterned after an old English drawing room is equipped with an antique billiard table, leather sofas, and a colossal fireplace.
The rooms offer an original modern take on transatlantic ship cabins with rich dark sherry wood, African hardwood floors and Egyptian cotton sheets. The hotel nurtures a youthful, energetic buzz that allows it to function as a microcosm reflective of New York’s cosmopolitan identity.
The Mercer offers an authentic taste of SoHo within an intimate setting of only 75 rooms spread on six floors. The interior of the landmark’s Romanesque building’s atmosphere feels like a familiar home where guest services are comparable to that of a personal concierge or a private secretary. This elegant familiarity is akin to that of Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, its sister hotel, but its modernist design by Christian Liaigre is very much individual, emphasizing high comfort, natural light, harmonized lofty proportions and calming, subtle color palette choices.
The 41-story clock tower offers jaw-dropping views of Madison Square Garden, the Empire State building, and is in itself an iconic landmark against the city’s skyline. The Flatiron district hotel is a home-away-from-home, with 273 rooms that have sophisticated finishes and a minimalistic look that succeeds in maintaining the cozy feel of an airy apartment. The second floor restaurant run by Chef Jason Atherton offers stylishly updated classics of British cooking. The Lobby bar and Gold Bar have bold decors and expansive spaces that still manage to achieve an intimate feel.