NY’s five new uber-cool hotels
New York - They say New York is the city that never sleeps, but if you decide to lay your head down, Aoife O’Riordain has discovered five newly-opened hotels in the US’s most populated city.
11 Howard, SoHo
Art is the buzzword at the newly unveiled 11 Howard, which opened at the beginning of the month in Manhattan's SoHo neighbourhood.
Owner Aby Rosen curated the 221-room hotel's impressive art collection, which starts on the outside, with one wall sporting a huge mural created by emerging artists from the local Groundswell Group under the supervision of Jeff Koons.
Inside reception, guests are greeted by one of Alexander Calder's iconic mobiles, Untitled 1977. Created with the help of Danish design firm Space Copenhagen, the look is Scandi-chic, with metal, wood, felted wool and velvet dominating the interiors and public spaces. Chef Daniel Rose will be manning the stoves of the hotel's Le Coucou Restaurant when it opens in May.
11 Howard, 11 Howard Street (001 212 235 1111; designhotels.com). Doubles from $220 (about R2 600), room only.
Renaissance, Midtown New York
Midtown Manhattan's garment district has been enjoying something of a renaissance, so it's fitting that the latest outpost of Marriott''s niche brand opened in the neighbourhood in March. It has a decidedly modernist feel; on entering the 348-room hotel's entrance, guests are greeted with an interactive digital tapestry triggered by human movement. The fifth floor also features a huge terrace, with views of Manhattan''s forest of skyscrapers and a retractable roof for when the mercury starts to rise.
Renaissance Midtown, 218 West 35th Street (001 212 239 0014; renhotels.com). Doubles from $300, room only.
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Boro Hotel, Long Island City
It's not just the wide-angle views of Manhattan that appeal at the Boro Hotel, which opened last year in the intriguingly named Dutch Kills neighbourhood of Long Island City in Queens. This is one of New York's most hotly tipped micro ''hoods and it's a short hop across the East River from Midtown Manhattan. The look here is evolved industrial chic, with concrete, steel windows, white oak floors and collaborations with a number of leading designers, including Jasper Morrison. The theme continues throughout the 108 rooms -the ones to book are the west-facing Manhattan View rooms.
Boro Hotel, 38-28 27th Street, Long Island City (001 718 433 1375; borohotel.com). Doubles from $299, room only.
1 Hotel Central Park
It's a case of bringing the outside in at the 1 Hotel, which couldn't be better placed for springtime strolls in Central Park. This self-styled, environmentally-conscious hotel opened last year, one block from Manhattan's verdant lung. Outside there's three-storey living wall of potted English ivy, while reclaimed wood, exposed brick walls, natural materials, hemp mattresses and soft, neutral hues set the tone for the décor of this nature-centric 229-room hotel. Last month, the top-floor, two-bedroom Greenhouse Suite was unveiled, with its panoramic views of the park. Guests also get a tree planted in their honour. The ground floor Jam restaurant is headed up by James Beard award-winner, Jonathan Waxman, an exponent of seasonal, Californian cuisine, and there's a lobby farm stand selling seasonal snacks, fruit and treats. Next up is the 1 Hotel Brooklyn later this year.
1 Hotel Central Park, 1414 Avenue of the Americas (001 212 703 2001; 1hotels.com). Doubles from $499, room only.
The Beekman, Lower Manhattan
One of Manhattan's most hotly anticipated hotels, The Beekman, will finally be opening its doors in June. Set in Lower Manhattan near World Trade Center, the distinctive, turreted, Queen Anne-style landmark building with a soaring, nine-storey internal atrium dates from 1881. Part of the Thomson Hotels stable, its 287 rooms and public spaces have been done by go-to designer of the moment, London-based Martin Brudnizki. Catering will be taken care of by two of Manhattan's hospitality heavyweights -Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally -which will only reinforce its status as the island's hottest new arrival.
The Beekman, A Thomson Hotel, 5 Beekman Street (001 855 523 3562; thebeekman.com).
Doubles from $619, room only.
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