The Westhouse is like the home of the globe-trotting billionaire you wish you knew. The property opened in December last year and each of its 172 rooms is furnished with marble-topped desks, leather chairs and art deco fittings. High-end amenities include in-room tablets, GHD hair dryers and 400 thread-count sheets. For a $US30 a day amenity fee, hotel residents (no guests here) have access to The Den, a wood-panelled oasis of leather sofas that serves breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapes. In June, this will be joined by The Terrace, a sumptuous living room and outdoor space on the 23rd floor.
An aura of hushed refinement descends the moment you step into The Quin’s elegant two-storey lobby. A 4.5-metre digital installation cycles through artwork from the artist in residence while a team from high-end concierge service Luxury Attache discreetly arranges restaurant bookings and personal shoppers from nearby Bergdorf Goodman. The property opened in November last year and all of its 208 stylishly decorated rooms and suites feature Sferra linens and bedside touch-screen tablets. Be sure to check out Wayfarer, the hotel’s adjoining restaurant and bar that specialises in locally sourced seafood.
Championing the tagline “affordable luxury”, citizenM made its US debut with this 21-storey property in April. All 230 rooms are identical – compact but functional affairs with king-sized beds, rain showers and an Ikea-like aesthetic. In contrast, the lobby/lounge area has a whimsical, Alice in Wonderland feel with a soaring ceiling, bold murals and surrealist artworks. There’s a lot to like about this property with its efficient, self-service check-in, free Wi-Fi, free movies and 24-hour cafe. The icing on the cake? A 360-degree rooftop bar and terrace with views of Times Square and the Hudson River.
Before its rebirth as the Marlton Hotel in September last year, Marlton House was a magnet for artists and writers during Greenwich Village’s celebrated bohemian era. Hotelier Sean MacPherson has managed to retain much of the building’s original 1900s charm, while injecting a distinctly Parisian feel. Rooms range from small to tiny but are cute, with brass fittings and original herringbone wood floors. Even if you don’t stay here be sure to check out the hotel’s French bistro Margaux, a cosy haven of antique mirrors and banquette seating that serves a mean bavette steak.
There’s an inviting intimacy about The Jade, from the flickering lamps on its elegant brick and stone Georgian facade to its opulent sunken lobby. This 113-room Greenwich Village gem opened in March last year and pays homage to the neighbourhood with a library filled with works by authors who lived in the area. Rooms have a 1920s feel with intricate art deco detailing, ebony desks and vintage rotary phones. The speakeasy theme continues in the hotel’s bar and restaurant Grape & Vine, where evocative photos from the ’60s and ’70s by photojournalist Fred W. McDarrah show the Village in all its bohemian glory.
THE HIGH LINE
From the outside, the imposing red-brick General Theological Seminary looks anything but boutique, but the 60-room High Line Hotel occupies a small portion of the complex – the remainder still operates as a seminary of the Episcopal Church. Rooms are spacious, with wood floors, king-sized beds and vintage furnishings. There’s no restaurant but an Intelligentsia coffee truck in the hotel courtyard serves lovingly poured espressos and Chelsea Market is but a bagel toss away. Location-wise you’re perfectly positioned for strolls on the delightful High Line elevated park and forays into Chelsea’s art gallery district.
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