Travelling to New York? Head to The Smyth, a luxe yet trendy boutique hotel in the heart of downtown. WGSN Travel Associate Editor Emily Cater reports
Whether you are a seasoned traveller, or it’s your first time in New York, finding the right hotel is key. The Smyth’s overall aesthetic is an inviting, intimate space with Scandinavian influences and a chic combination of mid-century and modern pieces. It provides the perfect escape from the busy city, while delivering awesome views of Lower Manhattan so you can plan your trip accordingly.
Here’s three other reasons we loved it:
City: New York
Where: 85 West Broadway 10007 / 1 212 587 7000
What: Stay and Eat & Drink
1. The facilities
The staff are charming and eager to please, happy to arrange spa treatments and other sightseeing trips for guests as well as making recommendations for the local area. Plus, guests are entitled to complimentary use of its courtesy car – taking you anywhere within 10 blocks on a first-come-first-served basis, as well as the usual necessities such as free wi-fi, a 24 hour fitness centre, and daily newspapers. The room we stayed in – the King Superior – was surprisingly spacious (by New York standards) and beautifully designed featuring a marble bathroom and rain shower, a generous mini-bar full of delicious local treats, and impressive views of the neighbourhood and the One World Trade Centre.
The real highlight though is the hotel’s in-house restaurant Little Park and its Evening Bar, from restaurateurs Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard. The bar exudes a relaxed, yet glamorous feel, complete with huge fireplace, mid-century Danish furniture, low-level lighting and fur throws, perfect to warm up and enjoy one its craft cocktails away from the chill of a New York winter. At chef Andrew Carmellini’s restaurant, expect delicious seasonal product with a Mediterranean twist as well as complementary wines. It’s a real must-try for brunch.
2. The location
This branch of the Smyth is located in TriBeCa, nestled between the financial district, SoHo, and the West Village – all in all a highly desirable part of the city to be in. Local to the area are numerous art galleries, restaurants, bars, and theatres, but we’d recommend taking the short walk to Brooklyn Bridge – great for taking insta-worthy shots, as well as a visit to the beautiful and sympathetically curated 9/11 memorial alongside the new One World Trade Center. Ask for a King Superior in order to secure a room with a view.
3. The decor
Refurbished by Gachot Studios in 2014, the designers John and Christine Gachot intended to create a space that felt like a stylish home as opposed to a hotel, with teak and leather sofas from Casamidy, vintage Ib Kofod-larsen chairs in the bar/lounge, and a cosy fireplace made of Guastavino tiles, resulting in a look is very much streamlined throughout its lobby spaces The Library, The Den, The Living Room and the Evening Bar.
The Gachot’s approach in breathing new life into the Smyth centred around local collaborations, having asked neighbourhood artists to create works for the walls – including Raymond Pettibon and Matthew Benedict – which reflect the richness of the Tribeca neighbourhood itself. Aside from artworks, books and photographs adorn the spaces creating a thoughtfully curated, yet cosy and homely feel and a space that entices both creatives and business guests alike.
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