The world is a changing place. New emerging cities and accessibility are quite frankly, causing a paradigm shift in migration and travel; opening up the possibilities to see different places, and the possibility of replacing the old with the new. But there will only ever be one New York City; a place that has endured trials & tribulations and yet always remains. So it’s no surprise that the city also has hidden inside its walls, some of the coolest places to see and experience, and definitely to stay. Yes, the glorious world of New York boutique hotels; raising the bar on the modern travel experience. And so we wish to shine the spot light on a special place, in the heart of the big bad (as in good) city : Hotel Americano.
The unique hotel finds its home between the High Line and the Hudson River, also known as Chelsea. Owned by Grupo Habita in Mexico, they assigned the design of the hotel to New York based architect Enrique Norten. Mr Norten is the principal of Ten Arqitectos firm; the first to receive the Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin American Architecture. With this being Grupo Habita’s first American hotel, they equipped themselves with the best; including MCH (Arnaud Montigny), as their Interior Designer.
The power house trio of firms, crafted some especially appealing essentials : food, design, quality & service. The rooms are almost indescribable; a magical combination of nature, modernity, functionality and good vibes. Picture natural materials, warm ambiance, wood platform beds, soaking tubs, hanging fireplaces – and of course, a stellar city view. And it’s not over. You can expect to indulge in bathrobes designed by Loden Danger, dry off in turkish bath towels, stay warm in felt wool slippers & alpaca throw blankets and keep fresh with Aesop bathroom products & Japanese Imabari washcloths; and since it is 2014, keep up with the latest with a customized iPad. Their amenities are so fresh and refined that they’ve even developed an online store, selling a curated selection of their hotel goodies. ..Time for some room service? Well no stress, because they have you covered until 1am with Bento Boxes for breakfast lunch and dinner – I guess that’s what to be expected, in a city that never sleeps. As hard as it may be to tear yourself from your rooms, we insist you do visit the hotel restaurant, The Americano. Chef Joseph Buenconsejo serves up a sexy marriage of French and Latin culture : in the heart of America. Their dining room, patio and rooftop grill adding the perfect setting to the mix. And when you’re heading out for a day of some raw New York fun, stop at Americano On-the-Go for fresh juices, smoothies, coffees and pastries. But first, don’t forget to grab a bicycle from the hotel for your adventures! Talk about city cool.
Written by Diana Eskander / CITYGUIDE, KA Magazine