In between the art galleries and fine-dining restaurants in New York’s Chelsea is Hôtel Americano, a boutique hotel that celebrates the city’s multicultural identity. The first North American outpost for Mexico City-based Grupo Habita, the hotel is a unique blend of Latin American spirit, modern Manhattan style and Japanese minimalism – creating a space that both reflects its surroundings and acts as a place to escape from the city.
The hotel itself is a former parking garage (tying in with Chelsea’s industrial past), sandwiched between two warehouse-style buildings. It was transformed by architect Enrique Norten, who covered the 10-storey build in a grey-bronze metal mesh. The interiors, on the other hand, were designed to create a Zen-like quality, with French interior designer Arnaud Montigny taking inspiration from the Japanese ryokan and adding an urban twist.
Rooms are clean and simple, with beds on wooden platforms, white walls, natural materials and Japanese soaking tubs making up the space. The effect is calm and serene; a welcome contrast to the city that never sleeps.
As for the public spaces, there are a number of dining options: The Americano, serving up French-inspired menu with a Latin American twist; rooftop Mediterranean grill La Piscine which sits next to the open-air swimming pool; private spaces Bar Americano and El Privado; and Americano On-the-Go, serving coffee, juices and pastries.
To see more of Hôtel Americano, visit its website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images courtesy of Design Hotels™