“Character” and “comfort” are never synonymous with Manhattan’s Financial District. Despite its location, Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel stands as a place of respite for travelers and New Yorkers alike.
Tucked away on Gold Street, a narrow thoroughfare named not for the glitz associated with Wall Street, but for the yellow flowers that blossomed in the neighborhood when Dutch immigrants settled there in the 17th century.
Long dominated by the skyscrapers that dot the iconic city skyline, Gild Hall was one of the first luxury lifestyle hotels to open in the area.
The bespoke interiors were conceptualized by the late New York designer Jim Walrod, whose clientele included David Bowie and the Beastie Boys’ Mike D. Brass furnishings complemented by wood and leather furnishings provide the same understated elegance and mid-century warmth associated with the chateaus of Aspen. Portraits and photographs of Hollywood’s silver-screen icons by the late photographer Slim Aarons line the walls throughout.
Leather headboards, also created by Jim Walrod, are a focal point of each bed found in the 130 guest rooms and suites. Marble-floored bathrooms feature deluxe DS&Durga bath products and plush French terry cloth robes and towels.
The property boasts six expansive suites, all of which offer a separate lounge area. Regardless of the hotel’s small footprint in Lower Manhattan, the 560-square-foot and above floor plans are hard to come by no matter the city sector.
The beloved Felice Ristorante has an outpost within the lobby, serving elegant Tuscan fare. Neighbors and visitors alike indulge in handmade pasta and secondi that seamlessly pair with the wines sourced from their dedicated vineyard outside of Florence, Italy. Nestled just upstairs is La Soffitta, the 35-seat wine bar serving Felice Ristorante’s offerings in an intimate setting.
For a stay at an urbane haven exuding history and design, be sure to book Gild Hall.
Location: Financial District, New York City
The Vibe: Your chic aunt and uncle’s rustic-yet-refined Aspen cabin has found its way to Manhattan’s Financial District.
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: Those looking to live lavishly during their stay should book the Penthouse Suite, the largest suite of the six offered. At 850 square feet––a rare find in Manhattan––it is equipped to impress.
Food + Drink: Felice Ristorante is a beloved New York staple serving sophisticated Tuscan fare to guests and locals all day. La Soffitta is the intimate wine bar on the second floor that serves the full Felice Ristorante menu in a discreet, 35-seat setting.
Any Neighborhood Recs? Just a stone’s throw from the property stands The Tin Building by Jean-Georges. Known for his plethora of iconic restaurants across the globe, Chef Jean-Georges has unlocked a profound appreciation for specialty curated retail within this sprawling culinary marketplace. Purchase a litany of epicurean goods hand-selected by Chef Jean-Georges himself, and be sure to book a reservation at one of the fine dining establishments or wine bar.
Amenities: Pet-friendly; Room service; 24-hour front desk; Welcome glass of champagne; Restaurant; Bar; Concierge; Free WiFi; Valet parking; Three fitness rooms
What’s Nearby? The Seaport District; Wall Street; One World Trade Center; Battery Park; Brooklyn Bridge; City Hall Park
Rooms: The hotel offers 130 guest rooms and six luxurious suites.
Pricing: Rooms start at $188/night.
Closest Airport: LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport are equidistant from the property.
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