While we were dozing…three great new hotels have recently opened in New York City. Here’s a little teaser for your next trip to the city that never sleeps. Full reviews to come when we relaunch of this blog sometime in early 2013!
WYTHE HOTEL IN BROOKLYN
Picture all the hipsters in Brooklyn and then imagine opening up a hipster hotel sending hipsters from all over the world into this hipster zone and what you have is a kind of hipster theme park where thoughtful interior design meets scruffy facial hair meets politically correct caffeinated beverages….
Situated in the a former textile factory, the 72-room Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg makes a feature of its industrial past, while a renovation has opened up amazing new river views to Manhattan. Like Manhattan’s Ace Hotel, it aims to cater to the full-deck of clientele – lofts for the loaded, bunks for the broke. Also on offer, hipster-ish eating options at the Renard restaurant that draws the local foxes, Instagram competitions for guests and if you ask nicely they probably have a fixie out back that you can take for a spin. For details and bookings: Wythe Hotel.
HOTEL AMERICANO IN CHELSEA
Ever since we unwittingly stumbled upon some photos of the beautifully nostalgic La Boca Chica in Acapulco a few years ago we’ve been watching the Grupo Habita hotel group to see what they would do next… The Mexican group’s latest ventures is situated in the heart of NY’s Chelsea art district, the hotel was designed by Mexico City-based architect Enrique Norten with interiors by Frenchman Arnaud Montigny (best known for his work on the Paris concept store Colette).
The hotel’s steel exterior presents a hard shoulder to its gritty urban environment but inside an industrial aesthetic is softened by Danish-style leather sofas, wooden sleeping platforms a la ‘urban ryokan’ (as the marketeers would have it) soft Japanese textiles and homely touches such as gas fireplaces (in suites). We like the occasional splashes of bright yellow that brighten up the neutral tones and remind us of New York’s iconic taxis. Perks include a roof top swimming pool that converts to a hot tub in winter. Guests can cement their hipster credentials by borrowing a bicycle from reception. Rooms priced from US$255. For details and bookings: Hotel Americano.
NOMAD HOTEL IN BROADWAY
Broadway, NYC is at the centre of everything yet until now it’s been hard to find a cosy hotel to call home. We love the rich bohemian vibe of NoMad Hotel – the mash-up of pictures, textures and colours evoke a mood of travel, a sort of melting pot that reflects the make up of this most cosmopolitan of cities.
Housed in a Beaux-Arts building, the interiors were given a classic make-over by French designer Jacques Garcia. The French influence is apparent in the art work drawn from Be-pôles’ Portraits de Villes art book series that document a city through the eyes of a single photographer. Another French touch includes the in-house Kitsune boutique, the hipper-than-thou Parisian music and design label. The end result is an old school European-style hotel with a New York sensibility and service ethos. Modern nomads better be packing plastic: room rates start from $395. For details and bookings: The NoMad Hotel.