I love hotels. Correction: I love nice hotels. I love the friendliness of hotel bars and the comfort of luxurious hotel lobbies with tall ceilings and innovative artwork. I love sheets that feel expensive and the fact that I can jack the room’s themostat down as low as it will go and I don’t have to pay the electric bill.
And if you want me to stay in a specific hotel you only need to say the words “recently redesigned.” There is nothing better than a four- or five- star hotel that has all of the special perks that make staying at a hotel feel like a complete and total indulgence whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure. The Smyth, A Thompson Hotel in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, delivers in every way: it’s swanky and upscale, adjoining to a restaurant helmed by James Beard award-winning chef,Andrew Carmellini and has all the feels you’d expect from the artsy neighborhood.
Inspired by the rich history and vibrant culture of Tribeca, Smyth aims to be a sanctuary of comfort and familiarity, with highly curated, residential-style gathering spaces that include a living room, nighttime bar and private event dining room and meeting space. The property offers new amenities, from a complimentary town car service in the 10 block radius and twice daily housekeeping service to complimentary bottled water at turndown, complimentary wi-fi and a fully equipped fitness center.
The common areas are definitely the most special part of the hotel. Within moments of checking in, you’ll want to head to the living-room-meets-ski-lodge den and grab a seat on one of the comfortable couches and surround yourself with fur throws, charming pillows the centerpiece of the room, a two-sided fireplace. Christine and John Gachot of Gachot Studios led the recent redesign and infused the property with their signature warm, comfortably chic mid century aesthetic.
When describing their overall concept for the hotel’s revamped interiors, the Gachots told the New York Times that bringing in a sense of local color was paramount. “People are still making things in TriBeCa, which is really cool,” Christine said. “I think people will feel like it’s recognizable as their own aesthetic in TriBeCa. Certainly a loft-living, layered, slightly bohemian midcentury look, which is very iconic.”