Those traveling to NYC who aren’t into the whole “Times Square” gig and all the hecticness that comes with it should opt for a stay in Tribeca. When in this Lower Manhattan neighborhood, you won’t find tourist traps — instead, you’ll be privy to one of the city’s most quiet (and local) areas.
One of the best luxe stays in the area is The Greenwich Hotel, a member of Leading Hotels of the World. At first entrance, the outpost feels warm and cozy, with leaded glass windows and reclaimed oak beams outfitting the lobby. Right around the corner is The Drawing Room: a handsome, nightcap-worthy space comprising velvet & leather couches, 12-foot ceilings, antiquarian splendors, and a wood-burning fireplace.
From the Drawing Room, French doors open out to our favorite feature of the hotel, its herbaceous and verdant courtyard, a true urbane oasis that makes you forget you’re in the USA’s largest city. Reserved solely for hotel guests, the courtyard and its vignetted tables fill gaps between swaths of lush plants. Summer and fall afternoons here serve as the perfect respite, especially with a coffee concoction or creative cocktail in hand.
With 72 rooms, 13 suites, and three penthouses, the stay imbues a boutique hotel essence through and throughout, with each room decorated differently than the one next to it. A hodgepodge of styles populate corridors: hand-loomed Tibetan silk rugs, patterned Moroccan tile, hand-made Italian terracotta floors, plus reclaimed pine, oak, chestnut, and hemlock wood details. If you’re looking to splurge, opt to spend the night in the TriBeCa Penthouse: a 6,800 square-foot masterpiece designed by illustrious duo, designer Axel Vervoordt, and architect Tatsuro Miki — expect an open floor plan equipping custom-made furnishings, three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, as well a lush garden terrace with a spa pool and outdoor firepit.
It would be amiss not to visit the Shibui Spa during your stay at the Greenwich Hotel. One of the hotel’s best features is this basement space’s lantern-lit swimming pool, sheltered under a recreated Japanese-style roof embedding centuries-old wood and bamboo. Whether it be an afternoon swim or massage in one of the five treatment rooms, you’re due to feel relaxed after a visit here.
And last but certainly not least, the hotel’s Italian restaurant Locanda Verde deserves your attention. Chef Andrew Carmellini helms culinary efforts here. Need a menu recommendation? Let us suggest the Duck Sausage Orecchiette or My Grandmother’s Ravioli.
Location: Tribeca (New York City)
The vibe: A rare urbane oasis that’s unassuming for “the city that never sleeps.”
Amenities: Restaurant & bar, spa, swimming pool, fitness center, and 24-hour concierge
Food & Drink: Locanda Verde, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, is due to win over your tastebuds. If in the mood for nightcap, the Drawing Room is where you want to be.
Our favorite part of the hotel: The courtyard — it truly feels like an oasis from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Nothing in the city like it exists.
Any neighborhood recs?: For the best pancakes of your life, opt to brunch at Bubby’s down the street. Weekends here are packed with brunch enthusiasts, so if staying on a Saturday or Sunday, make sure to get there early.
What’s nearby?: World Trade Center, Seaport District (a 20-minute walk), Hudson River Park, Wall Street, and the Oculus.
Rooms: There are 72, plus 13 suites, and three penthouses.
Pricing: Rooms start at $825/night
Airport: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark International Airport, New York City LaGuardia Airport
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