Boutique Hotels New York
With Miami, New York is at the origin of the “Boutique Hotel” revolution. Since becoming a laboratory for hotel industry experiments in 1983 it has never looked back, and the city is constantly conceiving new travel experiences through ever more audacious designs.
A Touch of History
Although some big names in the hotel industry such as Ian Schrager and André Balazs were perhaps the founders of this movement, it is a movement that has taken off namely thanks to the talents of some big names in design, like :
- Andrée Putman (Morgan’s – opened in 1983 and renovated in 2007),
- Philippe Starck (The Royalton – opened in 1988 then totally revamped in 2008; The Paramount – opened in 1990 then sold and transformed in 2007; The Hudson – opened in 2000 and now known as one of the most popular design hotels in New York City),
- Christian Liaigre (The Mercer – 1997),
- or, more recently, the talented Jacques Grange (The Mark – 2009).
Noted at the beginning for their quest for sleek décor, New York’s design hotels have gradually diversified over the years. One symbol of this evolution is The Royalton, designed originally by Starck then given a total makeover in 2007 by the New York based design group Roman & Williams, making the hotel more glamorous and more turbulent.
Boutique Hotels in New York - The Loft-Style
With the opening of design hotels in key, trendy areas of New York, such as Soho (Soho Grand – 1996), Tribeca (Tribeca Grand – 2000) and the Meatpacking District (Soho House – 2003), a “Loft” style that was typical of New York City also emerged: a mixture of brick and metal, wood and glass, half-bohemian half-arty, yet at the same time totally urban and vintage, promoting an open, trendy and relaxed lifestyle where the hotel bar is an unavoidable feature.
New York Renaissance
Something which has become very fashionable in recent times is a characteristic seen recently in Roman & Williams’ latest creations: a modern reinterpretation of this “Loft” style, which is highly iconic in the city.
We see this in the Standard New-York (2009 – a more accessible version of André Balazs’ hotels, where the design has a rather sleek and festive vision) or The Ace (2009 – located in the heart of NoMa, aka North Madison Square, and with even more of a vintage-bohemian feel).
But New York’s design hotels have lots more to offer…
Boutique Hotels in New York - Elegance never sleeps
In terms of hotel design, if you are looking for something that is above all chic, elegant and luxurious with a refined atmosphere yet also a strong personality, there are three hotels which opened between 2008 and 2009 that you cannot ignore:
- The Crosby Street Hotel, which injected into New York the same rich and colourful décor that made Tim and Kit Kemp such a big hit in London;
- The Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, developed by Robert De Niro, with its Moroccan vibes and its debonair and perfectly chic allure;
- and, finally, The Mark, a former palace from the 20s in Upper East Side, which Jacques Grange infused with a modern energy that’s elegance, cannot be matched.
Although New York’s design hotels may offer slightly less services than those of London’s, have slight less charm than those of Paris and be slightly less conceptual that those of Stockholm, they do have one advantage that can’t be rivalled with: they are so much bigger and have so much more life and energy that you become totally intoxicated!
Boutique Hotels in New York - Champagne!
When it comes to festive and sparkling design, The Maritime and The Bowery, both created by the hotel industry stars Sean McPherson and Eric Goode, come top of the class. We also find The Gramercy Park Hotel, where the bar is a must see, or the Gansevoort, with its rooftop swimming pool (which is heated in winter) and its bar lounge, the aptly named Plunge bar.
Finally we have all of the prestigious Thompson chain’s hotels, safe bets which present a perfect balance of décor, elegance and social life: the Six Columbus, the Sixty Thompson or maybe the Smyth Tribeca.
Boutique Hotels in New York - The Latest Trends
- The opening of small design hotels which are cheaper yet still well done, like the beautiful Nu Hotel in Brooklyn.
- The audacious towers right in the middle of arty or bohemian areas, such as the Hotel on Rivington and the Thompson LES in the Lower East Side, the very chic and cultivated Cooper Square Hotel found a little further north on the border with East Village or the impressive, recently opened Trump Soho (2010), with its 46 luxury floors rising high above Soho’s fashionable boutiques.
- The development of design apartments such as the Aka chain’s hotel residences.
- The long-awaited (until its opening in 2009) ANdAZ Wall Street, which we hope will have the same success as its London brother, as well as the brand new ANdAZ 5th Avenue.