The Big Apple’s best boutique stays
The Big Apple’s best boutique stays
The Greenwich Hotel
Located in the hip Tribeca neighbourhood, home to the most coveted real estate in New York, The Greenwich Hotel is an establishment more than worthy of its place in the island’s most elite precinct. Don’t let the handsome exterior of hotel trick you: while the striking hand-moulded brick. wrought iron and glass façade blends seamlessly with its historic neighbours, the impressive structure was impeccably constructed to look that way. One of two hotels owned by New York, New York Robert DeNiro – a third will open in London in the not too distant future– oozes the masculine sophistication you’d expect from the born and bred New Yorker. Each of the 88 bedrooms have been individually decorated with bespoke touches including Tuscan marble and Moroccan tiles.
377 Greenwich St, New York. Click here to book with booking.com.
Nestled conveniently between Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the East Village, The Bowery is a stone’s throw away from an abundance of world-class restaurants and music venues. The hotel’s striking interior and potpourri of quirky furnishings feel like the aftermath of a Wes Anderson raid on an antique store — by no means a bad thing. The real drawcard here is the bar; spilling out onto the courtyard, it attracts dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers and travellers alike, sipping quirky cocktails as the time flies by.
335 Bowery, New York. Click here to book with booking.com.
There’s much to be said for staying in Midtown; sandwiched between the Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building, it also happens to be at the beating heart of New York’s fashion district. This industrial-era hotel is minutes from 5th Ave, offering truly refined lodging before some highly refined shopping. Refinery Hotel encompasses a juxtaposition of industrial edge and sophisticated style, with the rooms reflecting this fusion of old and new. At the hotel’s Jazz Bar, Debonair mixologists sling enticing concoctions with enthralling dexterity, while at Refinery’s restaurant, Parker & Quinn, a superb kitchen whips up a culinary concerto with nary a bum note to be heard.
63 W 38th St, New York. Click here to book with booking.com
The Nomad Hotel
The Nomad Hotel drips style. Housed in a meticulously restored turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building, to say The Nomad Hotel has ‘good bones’ is an understatement par excellence. The Nomad is an architectural delight and, befittingly, the interior has been designed with almost reverential care by French Designer Jacques Garcia. His continental influence is immediately apparent throughout this still very much New York-style hotel, with every room richly appointed with custom-designed, timeless furnishings. Not to be overshadowed by the hotel itself, the Nomad Restaurant, run by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, is something of a Manhattan institution, garnering three Michelin stars among a host of other awards.
1170 Broadway, New York. Click here to book with booking.com.
Boutique and luxury are not always easy bedpartners, but Manhattan seems to be a city where hotels find no trouble striking this delicate balance. Enter Sixty SoHo, which is, in its own words, “understated-yet-sophisticated, subtle-yet-chic”, and any guest would find themselves in easy agreement with these liberally hyphenated descriptors. SoHo might be a little less bohemian and a little more bourgeois than in days gone by, but it’s still Manhattan’s artistic Mecca, and Sixty SoHo provides the perfect launching pad to explore one of the island’s most storied precincts.
60 Thompson St, New York. Click here to book with booking.com.