“Discreet, elegant and luxurious downtown hotel with stunning Japanese spa and A-list owner in arty Tribeca”
Behind heavy farmhouse doors lining the corridors, an array of room types, each decorated uniquely, awaits. All are beautiful and my only gripe was the lack of artwork - an apparently deliberate choice to highlight the eclectic furniture.
The Dux bed and 300-thread-count sheets delivered an unrivalled night’s rest and tricked me into thinking that I’d overslept. Which left plenty of time to enjoy the Red Flower toiletries and the rainwater and power showers in my cheerfully patterned Moroccan tile bathroom (no two bathrooms are the same).
The minibar contains complimentary soft drinks and affordable tipples (a rare treat); you also get a snack basket with sweet treats. As accoutrements go, there’s all you’d expect - desk, phone, voicemail, iPod docking station, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, HD flat-screen TV and a delightful library with quirky art biographies.
Size-wise, rooms start with the Courtyard variety, overlooking the hotel’s ivy-clad courtyard. Greenwich Rooms are larger with sitting areas, Superiors have kingsize beds, while Deluxes have extra-deep soaking baths.
The vast Studio Suites boast bigger bathrooms, double vanity units and monolithic marble bathtubs; 3 also have saunas. Corner Suites have seating for 4, floor-to-ceiling windows with Hudson river views, soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers; some also have fireplaces.
Opt for the best and you’re entering super-swanky territory, the Greenwich and North Moore Suites (which can be joined with additional guest rooms), boasting 2 bedrooms apiece, soaring 30ft sloping skylights, chef kitchens and stone fireplaces.
Meals are served in the Locanda Verde restaurant, which evokes a traditional Italian ristorante with its exposed brick walls, hand-finished wooden panelling and snowy white linens. A section of the ceiling is lined with 90,000 corks - quirky but cool. Chef Andrew Carmellini's menu is delightfully unfussy Italian fare (porchetta de la casa with black kale; gigatone ala pescatora with shrimp meatballs etc), and their risotto di pesce e crostacei (seafood risotto) was all that was needed to win my vote here. Perfectly al dente and not too creamy, it was almost as fingertip-kissingly good as the accompanying Pinot Grigio. Karen DeMasco, one of the city’s best pastry chefs is in charge of desserts, which sound suitably mouthwatering (spumoni ala Napolitana, almond semi-freddo).
The restaurant is now a popular meeting spot for locals, whether for lunch, or dinner (there are three menus to choose from) - look around to see business deals being signed and sealed over excellent fare.
Breakfast can be taken in the restaurant or in your room. Choose from an excellent spread that includes pastries, egg dishes, pancakes, waffles.
At the other end of the block, Niro’s original restaurant venture, Tribeca Grill, competes. Open since 1990 and now a ‘New York institution’, it’s famous for robust dishes like seared scallops with chanterelles and corn pudding, and its extensive wine list includes the world’s largest Châteauneuf-du-Pape collection. There's also a nearby Greek restaurant, Thalassa, serving seafood and organic fare, which comes recommended.
Children are welcome and will love splashing about in the pool. Cots and babysitting available on request.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking