Guests enter this art-filled 144-room boutique property via a soaring glass-walled reception area dominated by a quirky mosaic-like wall made of thousands of recycled computer keyboards. Don’t miss the modern American fare of the David Burke Kitchen restaurant, or sunset cocktails at the rooftop lounge.
Steps from the Canal Street subway station, this art-inspired five-star boutique hotel is well-placed in a quiet part of the sophisticated and upmarket Soho area of downtown Manhattan. The property is a 10-minute walk from independent art galleries and designer boutiques around Prince Street and Spring Street (including Prada, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Paul Smith). The heart of Tribeca, where guests can access the designer bargain department store Century 21, as well as the Freedom Tower or stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, is a 15-20 minute walk.
Style & character
Modern and sleek with several artful touches, including a large vertical abstract piece sprawled along the inner wall of the shaft of the glass lift. On the first floor, guests are greeted by the glass-walled, two-storey Sky Lobby reception area furnished by the home and interiors curator Cristina Grajales who has worked on the homes of Brad Pitt and Helmut Lang. The Sky Lobby, featuring high ceiling lights with giant bulbs and a comfy lounge space, has a plush, residential feel. The hotel showcases more than 100 works of art from local and international artists, including a collection by a different New York-based artist on each floor, and a quirky mosaic-like wall made of thousands of recycled keyboard keys along the staircase of the ground floor entrance.
Service & facilities
Friendly and laid back but can feel a bit absent at the ground floor desk. Guests are supposed to head up in the lift to the Sky Lobby for check in but it’s hard to know this if you happen to arrive when there is no one manning the ground floor.
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The 114 rooms, including one penthouse and four suites, are spacious and airy with a clean and simple feel, coated in warm earthy tones of beige, brown and grey as well as black and white. All rooms have dark wood floors with large windows (the corner king and queen studio rooms have a double wall of windows) allowing plenty of natural light to fill its space, glass-enclosed bathrooms with showers (suites have marble floors as well as baths, while studios and suites have heated flooring), and views of the either the East River or Manhattan cityscape. There is also the Urban Garden outdoor seating area for relaxing and sitting in the sun and a well-equipped small gym with floor-to-ceiling windows offering great views of the city plus spa treatments.
Food & drink
Guests can enjoy a fresh and flavourful seasonal menu of modern American fare at the David Burke Kitchen and its outdoor garden restaurant devised by the award-winning celebrity chef David Burke, who has featured in several American television chef series. The crunchy pretzel-crusted crab cake and smokey baby octopus salad are two must-haves. Mains from $19-$55 (£12-£35). The rooftop JIMMY bar has a small outdoor pool and lounge area for sunbathing by day as well as an intimate and atmospheric indoor space. Guests can soak in panoramic vistas across the East River, including views of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. If your room doesn’t include breakfast, grab a light bite from The James Club bar lounge in the lobby, which provides complimentary drinks and snacks from 6am to 11pm, including coffee and pastries until 11am, fruit and water through the early evening and wine, cheese, grapes and crackers between 6pm-8pm followed by gourmet chocolate chip cookies from the David Burke Kitchen from 8pm.
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