Gramercy Park Hotel
In the cool city of New York you can find an art-filled luxury hideaway. Set in one of the most coveted areas of Manhattan and bordering on New York City’s only private park, this hotel is one-of-a-kind and like a work of art. Gramercy Park is a village-like neighbourhood and everything one needs is within walking distance. Only hotel guests and nearby residents have access to the elegant and serene Gramercy Park.
The original Gramercy, opened in 1925, was the headquarters for high bohemia and has retained its bohemian charm over the years, serving as a watering hole to generations of artists, writers and musicians. Redesigned in 2006, with the support of Julian Schnabel, the hotel was transformed into an opulent and colourful artist’s studio with eclectic furnishings, paintings and sculptures.
The public spaces are spectacular: black-and-white Moroccan tile floors, hand-woven rugs, large limestone fireplaces, an enormous Venetian glass chandelier, and bold colours dominate throughout. Gramercy Park Hotel is filled with 20th century masterpieces by artists Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, Keith Haring, and of course, Julian Schnabel. This gorgeous and ultra-artistic environment that stimulates the senses is best for urban style junkies.
As you would aspect, the in total 185 rooms (including 6 suites and 1 extraordinary penthouse) are as impressive as the rest of the hotel and offer an invitation to switch off and simply dream. Each room is unique with boldly painted walls, hand-made embroidered chairs, imported rugs, luxurious fabrics, and an amazing collection of photographs. The 7 suites act as luxury private residences with spacious living rooms, some with dining rooms, and bathrooms with custom sculpted soaking tubs. We highly recommend booking a room or suite with beautiful park view.
The Gramercy Park Hotel is blessed with a Roman-style trattoria, a lushly landscaped rooftop restaurant and two cool bars. Danny Meyer’s Maialino Restaurant serves Italian dishes, while Gramercy Terrace, the striking rooftop restaurant, serves daily breakfast and brunch and lunch in the weekends. The real action is downstairs at the magical and eclectically decorated Rose Bar and Jade Bar, the ultimate places to enjoy exotic cocktails, mingle, and soak up the atmosphere.
This bohemian hideaway is also home to a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness room and massages and spa services can easily be arranged.
There are only two things you should be aware of before booking a room at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Firstly, they organise lots of private events in the public spaces of the hotel, so you’re not always allowed to enter the two bars and Gramercy Terrace. Secondly, you have to pay $16 a day for using the (not so fast) Internet, which we think is a bit old-fashioned these days.
Dust off your passport and start packing!