CHECK IT OUT 11 HOWARD, NEW YORK
A Scandinavian-inspired hotel has landed on historic Howard Street in New York’s Soho featuring a notable art collection from owner Aby Rosen, whose property portfolio includes the city’s landmark Gramercy Park Hotel.
The 11 Howard occupies an old building now claiming an elegant new look put together by Anda Andrei Design (Ian Schrager’s design maestro for three decades) in collaboration with the Danish studio Space Copenhagen.
The pared back “New Nordic” style begins in the lobby with its polished concrete floor and bleached oak panelling but its world-class art is likely to garner most attention, including a striking mural on the hotel’s outer south wall by a local arts collective mentored by Jeff Koons.
The 211 guestrooms at this newest Design Hotels’ member have high ceilings and large windows overlooking Manhattan streets and feature custom lighting and furniture by Danish companies Mads, Raaschou and Gubi. Oak floors and naturally dyed fabrics are complemented by large flat-screen televisions, free high-speed Wi-Fi and an in-room tablet to contact the concierge and room service.
Elegant bathrooms feature marble countertops, brass tapware and unguents by Australia’s Grown Alchemist; a premium suite features a private, wraparound rooftop terrace with 270-degree views, a full kitchen, dining room and two bathrooms.
The hotel partners with the Global Poverty Project and part of your room rate, if booked directly with the hotel, will go to the project.
DON’T MISS: The chance to design your own healthy mini bar using products from Thrive Market, a social enterprise that provides support to low-income families.
DINING IN: Head chef and owner of well-known Paris restaurant Spring, US-born Daniel Rose, delivers his take on traditional French bistro fare at 11 Howard’s Le Coucou. Light meals are available in the library (try the avocado toast or 11H burger) while the Blond bar is rapidly establishing itself as a local favourite.
DINING OUT: Cafe Select, a smart Swiss outpost (try the truffle burger or rosti and, in winter, a hearty fondue or raclette); La Esquina (Mexican fare; reservations recommended); or Lure Fishbar (interiors channel a luxury yacht and there’s a sushi bar).
ASK THE CONCIERGE: Be sure to have a cocktail in the moody Blond bar; after midnight it morphs into a nightclub.
CHECKING IN: From $US300 ($418). More: designhotels.com.
ALSO TRY: Miss Clara by Nobis, Stockholm; Coppersmith, Melbourne; The Thief, Oslo; The Old Clare, Sydney.