The Gramercy Park Hotel
The 184 well-sized guest rooms are done-up in warm jewel tones, with accents like velvet-upholstered head- and footboards, tapestry-covered chairs, leather-topped tables and furnishings custom designed by artist Julian Schnabel, who served as the hotel’s art director.
Instead of a mini-bar, each room at The Gramercy Park Hotel contains a mahogany “English drinking cabinet” stocked with custom-cut crystal glasses, regular-sized liquor bottles, snacks from local grocers like Balducci’s.
Add to that iPods preloaded with 10 genre-specific playlists, silk shawls thrown haphazardly about, and “Best Of Beauty” bathroom amenities chosen by Allure Magazine, and rooms feel more like an artist friend’s cozy garret than the standard boutique fare. The hotel’s entrance feels inclusive, too: smoked wood beams, Moroccan tile floors, and a 10-foot-high fireplace welcome guests to the lobby, while the adjacent Jade and Rose bars are adorned with a rotating collection of art from names like Warhol, Basquiat and Schnabel.
For a retreat from the bustle of the city, guests receive exclusive access to Manhattan’s only Private Park, the beautiful Gramercy Park.
Gramercy Park, 2 Lexington Avenue