This Swanky Lower East Side Hotel Is a Lesson in Classic New York Style

In New York City, it’s hard to escape cool landmarks and iconic buildings. But in the heart of the Lower East Side, Nine Orchard is the epitome of both. Located just off Canal Street on the quiet corner of Orchard Street, it’s a retreat that celebrates the beauty of lower Manhattan. Every detail of the hotel was designed to evoke the comfort of a private apartment and exude downtown glamour. 

Like many of the city’s structures, Nine Orchard’s story is brimming with historical significance. Though the hotel was established in 2022, the original building was constructed in 1912 and was the home of the Jarmulowsky Bank. However, today the 83,000-square-foot splendor houses luxury suites, dreamy decor, and one of the most noteworthy cocktail bars in the city.

Restoring the landmark tower wasn’t an easy feat. A skillful team of architectural historians and interior designers worked meticulously to bring the building back to life. The result is a modern oasis that maintains much of the original architecture and neo-renaissance designs. 

Nine Orchard’s grandeur isn’t lost on anyone who strolls through its quaint lobby doors. As the doorman greets you, you’re instantly transported to a time past. The wallpapered entryway, the charming furniture that feels cozy yet undeniably chic, and the wood-paneled reception desk that was once the bank teller station are just a few of the inviting elements that make the hotel special. 

However, the lobby, with its welcoming staff and bespoke decor, is just the beginning. Upstairs, awaits a completely new escape. Each of the 113 rooms offers a stylish sanctuary with homey touches. The furniture—custom-made by renowned downtown carpenter Tyler Hays—is a melange of European antiques and contemporary pieces. 

Even the bones of the rooms reflect the city’s chic style, featuring hardwood floors, restored moldings, and large windows that keep the rooms sundrenched and warm.

Despite the lived-in feel of your room, you’ll want to be sure you explore both of the hotel’s culinary offerings. Adjacent to the lobby, the two dining spaces have very different experiences. 

The Corner Bar is a hidden gem eatery inspired by stylish taverns. Its menu blends comfort foods and traditional bistro dishes, such as the famed Corner Bar burger and stacked club sandwich. 

Then there is the Swan Room— a restaurant/bar that cocktail enthusiasts will likely recognize by name. Housed in the bank’s former lobby, the elegant hotel bar is the destination for a glamorous atmosphere and impeccable libations. 

Here, it’s not just the decor that feels quintessentially New York, as the menu is designed to evoke the same vibe. From the list of classic cocktails and modern riffs to the fancy bar snacks displayed in silver hors d’oeuvre holders, the Swan Room doesn’t disappoint.

Those who want the full cocktail experience can opt for a plate of briny oysters and the signature martini service to wash them down. For locals and travelers alike, it’s a New York experience that’s just as memorable as lavish. 

Top Takeaways

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan, NY

Star-Rating: Four-star 

The vibe: Elegant architecture and classic design elements create an intimate setting that extends throughout every inch of the hotel.  

Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel? The charismatic and charming lobby lounge is also known as the Swan Room. From the lavish decor and luxe furniture to the ornate ceilings, the space is brimming with Instagrammable views. 

Food + Drink: The Corner Bar restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but also boasts an impressive brunch and mid-day happy hour menu. For an elegant evening of cocktails and small bites, the Swan Room is open daily at 5 PM with hours that extend to 12:30 AM Thursday-Saturday.

Any Neighborhood Recs? Just outside the hotel, there is a mecca of culture to explore. The cult favorite Beverly’s homewares store is great for unique finds while the Metrograph offers intimate film screenings and an exceptional cinema experience. Shoppers can hunt for gems at Desert Vintage. The store is even a hub for many fashion stylists. Lower East Side is also home to several restaurants and bars, such as Gem and Casino, that are well worth checking out.

Amenities: Exclusively furnished with custom pieces by the local Manhatten BDDW furniture store, and equipped with an Ojas sound system loaded with complementing playlists. Beyond the luxe rooms, there’s an onsite gym and complimentary coffee and continental breakfasts for guests at the restaurant each morning. There’s in-room dining and a full-service concierge for those who like to sleep in. Plus, it’s dog-friendly.

What’s Nearby? Lower East Side’s artsy mix of restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops.

Rooms: There are 113 rooms, including 26 suites.

Pricing: Studio queen rooms start at $575, suites start at $925.

Closest Airport: The central location is close to the JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports.

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