My absolute favorite downtown NYC hotel. A cozy gem I didnít want to leave. Co-owned by Robert De Niro, draws a celeb crowd who can feel comfortably part of the scene. Each guest-house-like room is decorated differently; some more Asian-inspired, others have a rustic farmhouse feel. Spring through Fall la piece de resistance is their zen-charming interior landscaped courtyard garden for a bite, cocktails or to read the paper. In every season the large English-country style library with roaring fire is a nod to letting guests sit back, relax and be well looked after.
(Date experienced: March 2012)
Need to Know
Business or pleasure Ė weekdays or weekends. Always plenty of people meeting and tapping away on iPads and laptops in the Drawing Room as well as the interior courtyard.
Solo or a partner. Super bet for a group of friends celebrating something special in NYC.
Sitting between Meryl Streep on one side and Antonio Banderas on the other at Locanda Verde (the in-house fab restaurant with inventive fresh Italian-continental cuisine). Iím not usually star-struck but comíon!
Best time to go
Year-round, the property has its delights from the Japanese style pool and lounge on the lower level to warm up and chill out pre-bed time to the courtyard teeming with flowering plants as urban oasis. THE place to stay during the Tribeca Film Festival in April annually.
Young, hip vibe Ė nothing classic nor cookie cutter about it (thank God).
Good to note
Pets are permitted in some of the rooms at no additional cost.
Each of the 88 eclectic rooms, of which 13 are suites, is decorated differently and range in size from 325 to 2,000 square feet. Love the Duxiana mattresses for a good nightís rest! (Look for upcoming press about a certain tremendous suite being designed by a certain famous Belgian architect...)
Service & vibe
Eclectic, yet understated vibe. Friendly, helpful staff who are polished and easy-going.
Bustling in-house restaurant Locanda Verde is worth checking out for hearty, Italian fare. While the restaurant closes at 11 pm, room service is available 24 hours. Breakfast in their Milanese style little nook is lovely Ė treat on the homemade jelly donut.
Price per night
From $495 per night and up Ė season depending
To Do & See
In a city like New York, you never run out of ideas on what to do and see. Check out Luxe City Guides or New York Magazine for suggestions. Niche apps like GOOP have some great insider suggestions as does the hotel website for local area picks.
Sport & Activity
Hudson River Park is only a block away and a great place to go for a run or walk. If youíre into spinning, take a class at Soulcycleís flagship location nearby or try to schedule a personal training session at Tracy Anderson Method.
Spa & Grooming
Check out the hotelís Japanese-inspired Shibui spa and pool. Facials, massages and the like are offered in-house.
Plenty of options to choose from hip & trendy such as Super Linda and Tinyís to established classics such as Nobu and Corton. I like Greenwich Grill for creative Japanese-Italian cuisine and Sushi Azabu, which is tucked underneath Greenwich Grill, for Tokyo-style sushi. In nearby West Village, two of my more recent faves: Recette and Red Farm.
Off the beaten path: A superbly edited selection for fab womenís shoes can be found at Edon Manor. If youíre looking for an entire outfit, go to Otte or Patron of the New. Beautiful home accessories and presents can be found at Cristina Dos Santos.
377 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
In the heart of Tribeca yet within easy walking distance to Soho and the West Village.
Consider flying into Newark instead of JFK airport as itís only 20 minutes away (without traffic).
Tel: +1 212 941 8900
General Manager: Philip Truelove