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by Susan Waits | November 21, 2008 | Style & Beauty
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Chambers Hotel; Dylan Hotel; Stay; Greenwich Hotel.
Steps from Fifth Avenue, the Chambers Hotel is ideal for visitors with a refined eye and money to burn. It features more than 500 pieces of original artwork and a Henri Bendel personal shopper. After a retail blitz, guests can relax with inroom yoga sessions and services from Exhale Spa. Bumble and bumble bath products add a nice touch as well. Chambers Hotel, 15 West 56th Street, 212-974-5656; chambersnyc.com.
Housed in the former Chemist’s Club Building, a landmark dating from 1903, the Dylan Hotel lives up to its heritage. Interiors by globally renowned architect Jeffrey Beers are a comforting relief from the ultrastark designs of some of the city’s newer developments. Beers keeps with the building’s classic Beaux Arts style while infusing his own subtle modernity. The 107 spacious guestrooms feature 11-foot ceilings, American walnut furnishings, and Carrara marble sinks. Dylan Hotel, 52 East 41st Street, 212-338-0500; dylanhotel.com.
THE LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT COULD
Robert De Niro has a thing for Tribeca—this we know. Thankfully, his stellar taste has translated for the best, especially in his recent development, the Greenwich Hotel. Handloomed Tibetan silk rugs and Moroccan tile accent the building’s rich architecture, and no two guest rooms are alike. The cross-cultural environment also extends to chef Agostino Sciandri’s restaurant Ago, with its signature Tuscan fare, and a Shibui spa housed under a 250-year-old Japanese farmhouse roof. The neighborhood (not to mention a raft of happy guests) thanks you, Mr. De Niro. Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street, 212-941-8900; greenwichhotelny.com.
Offering some of the best unobstructed views in Manhattan, the Hotel on Rivington towers some 21 stories above the historic Lower East Side. Its sleek structural design and first-rate amenities— including in-room spa services and Tempur-Pedic mattresses—impress. But for those looking to venture out, famed hairstylist Ricardo Rojas’ salon, along with acclaimed restaurant Thor and lounge 105 Riv, are all just an elevator ride away. Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington Street, 212-475-2600; hotelonrivington.com.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Hudson; Kitano New York; Hotel on Rivington; Library Hotel;
Only celebrated developer Ian Schrager and designer Philippe Starck could produce something as visually stunning as the Hudson. The former YMCA touts a vivid exterior fused with rustic interior accents. Guests can enjoy exclusive perks like the property’s private park, sky terrace, and solarium penthouse. Hudson, 356 West 58th Street, 212-247-0769; hudsonhotel.com.
JAPANESE IF YOU PLEASE
Kitano New York was known as the Murray Hill Hotel under the proprietorship of the Rockefeller family. In 1973 Japan’s Kitano Group purchased the space and transformed it into the serene refuge it is today. All 149 rooms boast soundproofed windows, bath-towel warmers, a Japanese green tea set, and Shiseido bath products. This choice destination for tennis great Maria Sharapova is ideal for international travelers due to the wide range of languages spoken by its staff, including Japanese, German, French, and Spanish. Kitano New York, 66 Park Avenue, 212-885-7000; kitano.com.
Literary fiends will rejoice at the sight of the Library Hotel with its cozy, denlike décor. The 10-floor, 60-room design is based on the Dewey Decimal System, and guests can choose their textual surroundings, with topics ranging from philosophy to technology. The property also offers ample quiet space in its poetry garden, writer’s den, and reading room. Library Hotel, 299 Madison Avenue, 212-983-4500; libraryhotel.com.
STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE
On October 1 international hotelier Vikram Chatwal opened the doors for his latest venture in the heart of Times Square. Stay hopes to provide the same chic atmosphere of other boutique hotels, with no room priced at more than $600 a night. The high-tech amenities (such as an in-room LCD display where guests can order room service) are a big selling point of this brand-new property. But we predict its so-trendy restaurant/lounge Aspen Social Club will become the winning ticket. Stay, 157 West 47th Street, 212-768-3700; stayhotelny.com.
photographs courtesy of Kitano New York (KITANO NEW YORK); HK Hotels (LIBRARY HOTEL)