You know how much we love lovely places. How much do you think we love this?
Who? What? When? Where? How?
It is the latest masterpiece from Ian Schrager of fancy hotel fame (London’s St. Martin’s and Sanderson, New York’s Royalton and Hudson, LA’s Mondrian) and it’s called Gramercy Park Hotel and it’s a hotel right near Gramercy Park somewhere deep in Manhattan. See more of it…
The jewel in the crown of the place is the exclusive Roof Garden Club, available only to residents and to people who know people who once went out with people who can get their hands on a key that opens the elevator that takes you right up there. This is what some of it looks like.
The stuff on the ceiling is a huge light installation and, sophisticate that you are, you’ll recognise the dotty picture over there as an original Mr. Hurst. There are also originals by the likes of Warhol, all on a rotating basis so you never have to look at the same dreary multi-squillion dollar masterwork twice.
The restaurant (here it is)…
is called Wakiya and it serves Chinese food, but not as you know it. This is special Nobu Chinese brought to you by Nobu people. It’s not quite open yet, but when it is we obviously won’t get near a table for months unless it’s to replenish breadsticks (or the Nobu Chinese equivalent of breadsticks).
Rooms are, let’s just say ‘sumptuous’: richly coloured, richly swathed in rich materials, richly. There’s very much a rich thing going on, in contrast to your run-of-the-mill boutique jobby that is still doing the minimal thing and thinking it’s getting away with it. We love it and want to stay there. Really soon.
The address of this hotel is 2 Lexington Avenue, between 21st and 22nd Streets. Have a snoop about at here.