Upon arriving at Hôtel Americano, the one-year-old boutique hotel situated in West Chelsea’s art district between the High Line and the Hudson River, a suave doorman rushed to our side. Equally handsome was the lounge area, adjacent to the covert front desk, complete with lush leather sofas, modern cork stools, rope strung stainless chairs, and pairs of lighting inviting a feeling of conversation and gathering for guests. Bowery Bikes sit just outside the hotels industrial stainless exterior, designed by Latin American architect Enrique Norten.
In our Uptown Studio, we were greeted by what we’d describe as a kind of serene industrial naturalism. Through the hotels perforated stainless steel frontage, we overlooked West 27th street, The Highline, and even further uptown. Raw elements in the room designed by Arnaud Montigny, included a carefully positioned cork stool, mustard upholstered felt wool chair and matching ottoman, a warmly lit wooden platform bed, hanging stainless steel fire-place, and a generous closet (complete with minibar, felt wool slippers, an umbrella, and a lush alpaca throw).
Keeping in mind the cities hustle and energy, each room in the hotel is outfitted with customized iPad’s, in-room shopping via Net-A Porter (with same day delivery!), and of course, LCD TV’s, wi-fi, and 24-hour room service.
We were immediately drawn to the Aesop bath products and the pinstriped Japanese Imabari wash cloths in the bathroom. Natural touches of the overall design continued in the wooden soap dish and step stool, the perforated stainless walls surrounding the soaking tub, and the denim Loden Dager robes.
Dining, cocktailing, and light snacking take place mainly in their French Latin fusion restaurant (aptly named, The Americano). Elements of the hotels atmosphere even extended into their rest rooms; individual stalls with elegantly scented candles lit in each. Heading upstairs to the roof for a swim in the pool or a cocktail at La Piscine offered glorious views of the city in nearly every direction.
The Mexican hotel group behind Hôtel Americano, Grupo Habita, did a fabulous job capturing Manhattan’s Latin-infused energy within the bones of a truly unique building and their signature contemporary minimalist South American aesthetic. Next time you find yourself in Manhattan, we highly recommend you experience this exceptional place.
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