Built in 1880, 5 Beekman Street in lower Manhattan stood as an office building for much of its existence. The historic building became a landmark in 1998 and opened a couple of years ago as The Beekman – it is an architectural gem, hailed for its iconic nine-story atrium and pyramidal skylight. The atrium’s upper levels are decorated with Victorian wrought-iron railings, balustrades ad ornamated with dragons, sunburts and flowers.
The interior décor is by British architect Martin Brudnizki (famed for London’s Ivy and Le Caprice restaurants). The result feels like the setting for an Agatha Christie murder mystery – all fringed antique lampshades, enormous bookcases filled with curios and a clubby palate of absinthe green, dusky pink and shades of cocoa and St Bruno. The lighting is set permanently to twilight.
In the rooms at The Beekman you will find hammered leather headboards, luxurious sateen Sferra linens, an enormous custom-built armoire that looks like it should contain Narnia. swag lamps, marble desks and an intriguing mix of modern artworks all feature. The generous white Carrara marble bathrooms are reached via a sliding barn-style door. There’s a large TV, a Revo player, a locally curated minibar and cult Brooklyn perfumier D.S. & Durga supplies the toiletries. Every evening there is a complimentary turndown service.