New Hotel Alert: The Renwick New York

New Hotel Alert: The Renwick New York

Of course, NYC’s 50-million-plus visitors need comfortable accommodations to rest their weary heads after exploring this bustling metropolis. And, when it comes to hotels, the big city has something for everyone: from pet-friendly pads and palatial penthouses to low-key lodges and hipster-themed havens.

If you’re making the trip to the Big Apple and want a cool place to call your temporary home, The Renwick New York just opened in Midtown East. A hop, skip and a jump from venerable Grand Central Terminal, the latest offering on the Big Apple hotel scene takes its name from James Renwick, Jr. If you’re a history buff or trivia champ, the name might sound familiar, as the 19th-century architect was the man behind famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.

When Renwick wasn’t designing houses of worship (he also built Grace Church in the East Village and Calvary Church in Gramercy), he was constructed residential buildings, including the one at 118 E. 40th Street that now bears his name.

To understand the hotel’s aesthetic, first it’s important to know the building’s history. Built in 1928, the edifice was once a long-stay residence for artists and authors, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Mann and John Steinbeck. The space, revamped for 21st-century sensibilities, is inspired by their creativity and a whole new team of young artists has helped bring that vision to light.

Artful Accommodations
Given the building’s rich history, it’s only natural the hotel would give a nod to the past. Mimicking an artist’s studio, accommodations feature painter-esque custom furnishings, including easel-inspired TV stands, desks reminiscent of an artist’s workbench, nightstands that look like flat file cabinets and plush carpet that resembles concrete splattered with paint. Not your grandma’s hotel, the color scheme leans towards a masculine, monochromatic palette, with jet-black headboards, stark white bedding and heather grey accents paired with emerald-hued couches and mustard yellow chairs.    

When it comes to the studios and suites, all of these room types pay homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann or Ernest Hemingway. Strategic shout outs come in the form of author quotes and images splashed on the walls, plus décor of the literary variety.

Feel inspired? Creative types can opt for a stay in one of the two Creator Suites, including the Artist Suite, with a blank canvas on a wall ledge and an artist easel with paintbrushes; and the Writer’s Suite, which features a fully functioning typewriter (because who needs computers anyway), inkwell and pen. The James Renwick Suite serves as the hotel’s top accommodation, offering plenty of space to spread out in the living room, bedroom and dining area. This pad also comes complete with a wet bar, powder room and large outdoor terrace with Instagram-worthy views of the Midtown cityscape.

Creature Comforts
When not in your room, the hotel boasts plenty of amenities, including a fitness center and business center. On the food front, Chef John DeLucie of The Lion, The Waverly Inn and Crown fame is the man in the open kitchen, whipping up elevated American comfort food (think chicken pot pie, braised short rib and more) at the hotel restaurant Bedford & Co. For a boozy treat, guests and locals can wash down selections with creative cocktails galvanized by the Prohibition Era. If you’re too lazy to head downstairs for grub, no worries, the restaurant is slated to offer room service later in the spring.

For more on The Renwick, click here or check out the nifty slideshow below.


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