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Ian Schrager’s fourth ho­tel for Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s Edi­tion life­style brand has opened in a New York land­mark, the 1909 Clock­tower on Madi­son Square Park, for­merly home to the Metropoli­tan Life In­sur­ance Com­pany and for a brief time the tallest build­ing in the world.

Ide­ally lo­cated in No­Mad, an up-and-com­ing precinct wedged be­tween up­town and down­town, the ho­tel fea­tures 273 gue­strooms and suites af­ford­ing great views of Madi­son Square Park, Em­pire State Build­ing or the city sky­line. Each gue­stroom has a warm, res­i­den­tial vibe, in­spired by the pri­vate clubs and man­sions of New York’s so­called Gilded Age. The fit-out might be con­tem­po­rary and un­der­stated but there are enough old-world lux­u­ries — fra­grant Le Labo lo­tions, faux fur throws and cus­tomised mini bars — to make ev­ery cham­ber feel like your own NYC pad. This homey mood is ac­cen­tu­ated by a dark oak-pan­elled en­try foyer and cus­tom fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories that in­clude wal­nut bed head­boards, white oak desks, silk up­hol­stery, hand-tufted rugs and large black and white pho­tos from fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Melvin Sokol­sky’s 1963 Bub­ble se­ries.

Mod cons in­clude large flat-screen tele­vi­sions, Blue­tooth speak­ers and gratis high-speed Wi-Fi, while iPods and iPads are avail­able on re­quest. The room in­ven­tory in­cludes three large pent­house suites on the 29th, 30th and 31st floors, com­mand­ing bril­liant views. Down­stairs, the lobby is a roll call of de­sign must-haves: Jean-Michel Frank-in­spired cof­fee ta­bles, Chris­tian Li­ai­gre-de­signed floor lamps and silk drapes, and Al­varo Aalto lounge chairs all set about a hand-forged steel fire­place and a dra­matic white oak stair­case. Fur­ther fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a 24-hour fit­ness cen­tre and a small day spa.

DON’T MISS: A drink in the down­stairs lobby bar over­look­ing the park through floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows.

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