By Lauren Epstein | September 4, 2018 | Lifestyle
With New York Fashion Week fast approaching, booking a room at the chicest hotel is just as important as snagging a front-row seat at the shows. Here, three hotels to hang up your heels—or host an unforgettable afterparty.
Formerly home to the George Washington Hotel, the new Roman and Williams-designed Freehand Hotel brings luxurious and artistic elements to the historical space.
From the creators of the nearby NoMad Hotel, Freehand hit the scene early this year with a hotly anticipated opening. (Outposts of the brand already exist in Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.) While the accommodations are perfectly appealing—featuring customized murals from Bard artists—you’ll likely find yourself spending more time outside your room exploring the hotel’s stunning public spaces when you’re not running from show to show. The most buzzed-about of these is Miami transplant Broken Shaker, which opened on Freehand’s 18th-floor rooftop early this summer. Here it’s all laid-back vacation vibes—tropical plants spilling out of pots, vibrant fabrics, cheeky tchotchkes, cleverly named cocktails and island-inspired food—the perfect reprieve from Fashion Week chaos. For fuel, Simon & The Whale is a must-try—a warm, neighborhood-style eatery with dishes that are just plain good. Don’t miss the dark, romantic George Washington Bar or the North African menu at all-day restaurant Studio, either. From $399, 23 Lexington Ave., 212-475-1920, freehandhotels.com
Made’s Good Behavior lounge redefines “concrete jungle.”
There’s something distinctly worldly about the Made Hotel in Chelsea—a spot that you’re sure, upon entering, is full of globetrotters and free-spirited nomads. The feeling can be attributed, in part, to the design-forward interiors that play off the maker movement and reject the cookie-cutter hotel mold. A clean color scheme, raw materials, stone fixtures, locally made furnishings and lots of light redefine luxury, the hygge way. The rustic Paper coffee shop provides your morning energy boost, while the seasonal cuisine at new American restaurant Ferris—helmed by Le Turtle alumn chef Greg Proechel— and tiki-style cocktails at the gorgeous 18th-floor Good Behavior lounge help you wrap up your day. From $225, 44 W. 29th St., 212-213-4429, madehotels.com
Modern minimalism at Public.
A year after its grand debut, Public is still a must-visit (and revisit) among fashion influencers. The spaces were made to be photographed, from the electric neon escalators you’ve seen all over Instagram to the uber-modern guest rooms, where beds are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows and illuminated with golden, mood-setting light. The Lower East Side destination was designed by award-winning architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron and dreamed up by the legendary Ian Schrager, of Studio 54 fame, whose touch is apparent in the hotel’s Public Arts space, reserved for progressive, multimedia performances. Following Fashion Week festivities, head to the rooftop bar to take in jaw-dropping skyline vistas, then grab a table at the hotel’s Public Kitchen restaurant, by none other than luminary chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. From $195, 215 Chrystie St., 212-735-6000, publichotels.com
FREEHAND PHOTO BY ADRIAN GAUT; PUBLIC PHOTO COURTESY OF PUBLIC HOTEL; MADE PHOTO COURTESY OF MADE HOTEL