An epicentre of the arts and world-renowned for its architecture, New York City is a design-lover's dream. Unsurprisingly, the capital of cool has no shortage of stylish accommodations that capture its unique energy and vibrance. Planning a trip? Scroll on to discover three of the best design hotels in New York.
11 Howard is a smart SoHo spot that fuses Scandinavian minimalism with New York realism for a relaxed yet sophisticated feel. Anda Andrei Design and Danish firm Space Copenhagen collaborated to design an intentionally untrendy space that instead prioritises ideals of lightness, utility and timelessness. Conscious design is the guiding principle: every aspect of the interiors has been meticulously considered for the ultimate guest experience. 11-foot-high ceilings and enormous windows allow for abundant natural light while bespoke furniture from renowned Scandinavian names and carefully curated artworks fill the rooms. The sleek aesthetic continues to 11 Howard's bar the blond: characterised by dark woods, subdued colours and low lighting, it's seductive and stylish — the perfect place to kick off a night in New York City.
Since opening its doors in 1925, Gramercy Park Hotel has hosted some of the world's biggest names, from Humphrey Bogart and John F. Kennedy to The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Having received a 21st century facelift from Oscar-nominated director and artist Julian Schnabel, the iconic hotel captures the essence of Renaissance revival style. Custom-designed, handcrafted furniture pieces fill the rooms while deep jewel-toned hues and plush textures characterise the soft furnishings. Original artworks by the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol are constantly in rotation, ensuring guests are always treated to a new visual experience each time they visit. The hotel even hosts its own fair, the Gramercy International Art Fair.
Located on the eclectic Lower East Side, The Ludlow Hotel is a dynamic downtown hub that exudes a sense of relaxed elegance, with the perfect dose of old-school rock 'n' roll flair. Interior designed by Sean MacPherson, it boasts industrial-style features that include factory-style casement windows, repurposed wood beams and a distressed limestone fireplace in the lobby lounge. Handpicked vintage furniture and striking artworks lend the hotel an authentic lived-in feel, making it the perfect home away from home. The hotel's Gallic-inspired bistro Dirty French is beloved by hotel guests and the neighbourhood's fashion-forward locals alike. Order one of the bar's signature cocktails and indulge in a spot of people watching.
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