A key to the park in an idyllic enclave
Gramercy Park Hotel, fabled Bohemian hangout of yesteryear, has been totally revived by the legendary Ian Schrager. The unique decor orchestrated by artist Julian Schnabel features checked Moroccan tile, swirls of patterned carpets, red velvet curtains and Italian stone fireplaces. The work of renowned contemporary artists including Schnabel, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Damien Hirst complement the mix. And a plus for guests, keys to the idyllic private Gramercy Park across the street are available.
Unlike Schrager’s past projects, the watchword here is maximized rather than minimal. Gone is modernist architectural fantasies and its replacement is opulent and spacious everything. The uniqueness of the lobby decor is carried through to the 185 guest rooms and suites. The large rooms have differing layouts and each one has a unique color scheme inspired by the paintings of Raphael. Opulence reigns with imported hand-tufted rugs, deep rose velvet drapery and mahogany window enclosures. Photographs, artworks from many cultures and carefully chosen period furniture complete the tableaux. Other touches that will impress the upscale guest are premium bedding including feather mattresses, 400-thread count Italian linens, and down comforters and pillows. Mahogany bathrooms boast Corian basins, soaking tubs and marble countertops. Flat-screen televisions, CD and DVD players, and MP3 docks are featured in guestrooms.
For dining, Wakiya, the hotel’s onsite restaurant, offers a fresh style of Chinese cooking. The popular Rose Bar touts a wood-burning fireplace and a walnut bar opposite a custom-designed pool table. In Aerospace, the hotel’s health club, cardiovascular equipment is available 24 hours a day and personal trainers are available by appointment. The Aerospa offers massages, muscle wraps, and a plethora of other beauty and therapeutic treatments.
Available only to hotel guests and select members is the Private Roof Club and Garden, an original and unique indoor and outdoor space, with a retractable roof 16 stories above the city.
Gramercy Park Hotel
Location:2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY, United States 10010; 40 minutes from JFK, 30 min from LaGuardia.
Luxury style: Downtown types with a taste for the finer things, celebrities, cosmopolitan tourists. The larger than average guestroom size make this a good family choice, as does access to the park.
What we’ve heard: Comfort is a big plus here. And many kudos for afternoon drinks on the roof terrace.