THE BIG SLEEP

From open­ings to ren­o­va­tions and re­flags, New York of­fers an ever-in­creas­ing ar­ray of places to lay your head. We ex­plore some of the lat­est ad­di­tions to the ho­tel scene

Business Traveller - - CONTENTS - WORDS PAUL J DEVRIES

New York has an ever-grow­ing ar­ray of stylish ho­tels to try

Far from be­ing the city that never sleeps, there are al­ways new ho­tels to try in New York. To take three ex­am­ples, in the last few years there have been sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ments from Four Sea­sons, with its Robert AM Stern-de­signed tower next to the Wool­worth Build­ing in Tribeca, 1 Ho­tels with its water­front ho­tel in Brook­lyn, and Fir­m­dale Ho­tels with The Whitby on 56th Street.

At the other end of the scale, in ev­ery sense, mi­cro “bud­get-chic” ho­tels con­tinue to be pop­u­lar in a city no­to­ri­ously short on space, with Pod Ho­tels cre­at­ing its 665-room Times Square flag­ship, and new­comer Arlo Ho­tels set­ting up in both Hud­son Square and NoMad (Madi­son Square North).

In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Bar­clay, a rail­road ho­tel dat­ing back to 1926, re­cently re­vealed the re­sult of a $180 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion, while W Ho­tels dropped its orig­i­nal flag­ship on Lexington Av­enue af­ter two decades.

Look­ing to the fu­ture, there will be more ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments. Vir­gin Ho­tels will open a 500-room ho­tel in NoMad, as part of its plans to grow to nine ho­tels across the United States. Com­ing to the same neigh­bour­hood is a 250-room Ritz-Carl­ton Ho­tel, along with 16 res­i­dences in a Rafael Vi­noly­de­signed tower. Wal­dorf As­to­ria New York is due to re­open as a much smaller ho­tel of around 350 rooms and suites, with a sim­i­lar num­ber of res­i­dences and a full restora­tion of its pub­lic spa­ces.

Over the next few pages we round up some of the most com­pelling new op­tions the city will have to of­fer over the next few years. →

MR C SEA­PORT

Open since mid-July, Mr C Sea­port is the sec­ond ho­tel from Ig­nazio and Mag­gio Cipri­ani, and is the East Coast coun­ter­part to Mr C Bev­erly Hills. It oc­cu­pies a con­verted red­brick build­ing on the cor­ner of Peck Slip and Front Street, in the Sea­port Dis­trict at the foot of the Brook­lyn Bridge. Teak ve­neer con­trasts with neu­tral greys and whites in the 66 rooms and suites, with sev­eral cat­e­gories of­fer­ing out­door space. Bellini is an Ital­ian restau­rant and bar on the ground floor. Later this year, a third Mr C Ho­tel is due to open in Co­conut Grove, Florida. 33 Peck Slip; +1 877 528 4249; mrc­sea­port.com

MOXY NYC DOWN­TOWN AND MOXY NYC CHELSEA

Fol­low­ing its de­but in Times Square in 2017, two fur­ther Moxy Ho­tels will take the Mar­riott’s mil­len­nial brand to a ca­pac­ity of more than 1,200 rooms in Man­hat­tan by the end of this year. Moxy Down­town comes in at 30 storeys and 298 rooms, with a 7-me­tre-high atrium fea­tur­ing a 4x6m LED wall. On West 28th Street, Moxy NYC Chelsea pushes 37 storeys into the sky and will have 349 rooms. Like the Times Square out­post, the Chelsea branch is de­signed by Yabu Pushel­berg. In ad­di­tion to an Ital­ian trat­to­ria and flower shop on the ground floor, there will be a glassen­closed rooftop bar with views of the Em­pire State Build­ing. An­other two projects are in the pipe­line for the Lower East Side and the East Vil­lage. Moxy NYC Down­town, 26 Ann Street; Moxy NYC Chelsea, 105 West 28th Street; +1 212 514 6699; moxy-ho­tels.mar­riott.com

THE HOXTON WIL­LIAMS­BURG

Due this au­tumn, The Hoxton will de­but in the US with a 175room ho­tel in the Wil­liams­burg dis­trict of Brook­lyn, build­ing on its in­ter­na­tional ex­pan­sion from London to Am­s­ter­dam and Paris. Wooden

floors, raw con­crete ceil­ings, brass de­tails and vel­vet head­boards are some of the fea­tures in the rooms. Pub­lic spa­ces in­clude the brasserie Klein’s, which serves food in its restau­rant and in the lobby; Back­yard, an in­for­mal out­door restau­rant; and Sum­merly, a sea­sonal rooftop space. Ad­di­tional ho­tels are planned for Port­land, Los An­ge­les and Chicago. 97 Wythe Av­enue; +1 718 215 7100; the­hox­ton.com

CIT­I­ZEN M NEW YORK BOW­ERY

Dutch ho­tel group Cit­i­zen M will open its sec­ond Man­hat­tan ho­tel in Septem­ber, this time on the Lower East Side. Its 300 com­pact and mod­u­lar rooms – con­structed off-site, then as­sem­bled – largely fol­low the brand’s fa­mil­iar con­cept, with XL king-size beds set against wall-to-wall win­dows. Pub­lic spa­ces are filled with Vi­tra fur­ni­ture, and Can­teen M serves food and drink 24 hours daily. 189 Bow­ery; cit­i­zenm.com

AC HO­TEL NEW YORK DOWN­TOWN

Only a few blocks from Mr C Sea­port is the AC Ho­tel New York Down­town, the sec­ond ho­tel on Man­hat­tan Island for this par­tic­u­lar brand in the Mar­riott sta­ble. There are 274 min­i­mal­ist rooms spread over 33 floors, a fit­ness cen­tre, and a break­fast restau­rant serv­ing Span­ish tapas – a nod to the many AC Ho­tels in Spain. 151 Maiden Lane; +1 212 742 1900; acho­tels.mar­riott.com

THE ARTEZEN

Aim­ing for an Oc­to­ber open­ing is The Artezen, the con­ver­sion of a Lower Man­hat­tan of­fice build­ing just two blocks from the World Trade Cen­tre into a 21-storey ho­tel. It will have 89 suites as well as a two­s­torey “sky lounge” that in­cludes a restau­rant called Hide. 24 John Street; +1 212 679 7685; artezen­ho­tel.com →

SIS­TER CITY NEW YORK

From the peo­ple be­hind the Ace Ho­tels comes this new ho­tel in Lower Man­hat­tan. Rather than aim­ing for the thriv­ing lobby scene of the Ace in Mid­town Man­hat­tan, it will be a refuge where guests can recharge. The 200 rooms are on the cosy side, rang­ing from 12-24 sqm and fo­cus on the es­sen­tials, look­ing to Fin­nish saunas and Ja­panese bento boxes among other things for de­sign in­spi­ra­tion. There will also be a ground floor restau­rant and rooftop bar. 225 Bow­ery; sis­ter­ci­tynewyork.com

THE TIMES SQUARE EDI­TION

Edi­tion Ho­tels has plans to add seven prop­er­ties this year, bring­ing the to­tal to 11. With destinations rang­ing from Bangkok to Bo­drum, New York will welcome The Times Square Edi­tion on 7th Av­enue and West 47th Street. More than 20 blocks north-west of its Madi­son Av­enue sib­ling, the ho­tel will have 452 rooms and suites, four lev­els of pub­lic spa­ces with mul­ti­ple food and drink out­lets, and a 540 sqm beer gar­den over­look­ing Times Square. 20 Times Square; +1 212 398 7017; edi­tion­ho­tels.com

TWA HO­TEL AT JFK AIR­PORT

Early in 2019, the 1962 Eero Saari­nen-de­signed TWA Flight Cen­tre at JFK air­port will fi­nally find a new pur­pose as part of the aptly named TWA Ho­tel. Dor­mant for more than 15 years, the iconic shell-shaped struc­ture will be flanked by two newly con­structed build­ings with 512 sound­proofed ho­tel rooms filled with mid-cen­tury modern fur­ni­ture. There will be eight restau­rants and six bars, ex­ten­sive meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and an ob­ser­va­tion deck with pool. JFK Air­port; +1 212 806 9000; twa­ho­tel.com →

THE CARLYLE, A ROSE­WOOD HO­TEL

The Carlyle has been a fix­ture on the Up­per East Side for decades, tow­er­ing above the cor­ner of Madi­son Av­enue and East 76th Street. While the ex­act de­tails are still be­ing kept un­der wraps, the ho­tel is in the mid­dle of a ren­o­va­tion that in­te­rior de­signer Tony Chi is over­see­ing, tack­ling both guest rooms and a num­ber of suites. Work is due to be com­pleted by the mid­dle of 2019, with the first new rooms likely to be ready at the end of 2018. 35 East 76th Street; +1 212 744 1600; rose­wood­ho­tels.com

EQUINOX HO­TEL

High-end fit­ness chain Equinox is set to branch out into ho­tels on a global scale over the next few years, start­ing with a prop­erty in the Hud­son Yards de­vel­op­ment, near the north end of the High Line. Likely to open in 2019, the ho­tel will have the largest Equinox club to date at 5,574 sqm, along with a spa, restau­rant and of­fice space. An ex­act room count is not yet con­firmed, but in­te­ri­ors will be by Yabu Pushel­berg, and there will be a num­ber of res­i­dences above the ho­tel. Hud­son Yards, 11th Av­enue and West 33rd Street; equinox.com/ho­tels

AMAN NEW YORK

As the new decade starts, Aman New York will open in­side the 1921 Crown Build­ing on 5th Av­enue and West 57th Street (not far from Cen­tral Park, on the same side as The Plaza ho­tel). Its 83 rooms and suites will start at 70 sqm, vast by New York stan­dards. The ten­th­floor lobby will fea­ture dou­ble-height ceil­ings and a wrap­around gar­den ter­race with views of Cen­tral Park. There will be mul­ti­ple restau­rants and bars and a three-storey Aman spa with 25-me­tre in­door pool and out­door ter­race with open fire. In ad­di­tion to the ho­tel a to­tal of 20 pri­vate res­i­dences are part of the de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing a five-storey pent­house with pri­vate in­door and out­door pools. 730 5th Av­enue; +1 800 477 9180; aman.com

CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE: Moxy NYC Chelsea; Mr C Sea­port; Hoxton Wil­liams­burg; Cit­i­zen M Bow­ery; The Artezen; AC Ho­tel New York Down­town; ex­te­rior Moxy NYC Chelsea; Moxy NYC Down­town

FROM TOP: Sis­ter City New York; The Times Square Edi­tion; TWA Ho­tel (ex­te­rior and in­te­rior)

FROM TOP:The Carlyle; Equinox Ho­tel will be part of the Hud­son Yards de­vel­op­ment; Aman New York

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