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Hôtel Americano

In Manhattan, near the much-celebrated High Line park, and alongside Chelsea’s world famous collection of galleries, stands Hôtel Americano. A Grupo Habita property, it is their first in the United States, expanding a collection that includes ten acclaimed boutique hotels throughout Mexico. While Hôtel Americano encompasses a variety of international influences, its heart is in the warmth and hospitality of Latin America.

The ten-storey building, designed by architect Enrique Norten, is a glass structure encased in a metal mesh facade made from repurposed conveyer belts. This strong industrial appearance is both a nod to the neighborhood’s history and a relevant example of modern architecture. The fifty-six guest rooms and studios, designed by Parisian designer Arnaud Montigny, known for his work at famed boutique Colette, suggest something of an urban ryokan; with wooden platform beds, natural materials throughout, and warm lighting, the space is a welcome respite from the bustling city outside. Custom-crafted furnishings in company with classic mid-century designs, make for a smart and thoughtfully composed tableau.

At Hôtel Americano, design details can be found at every turn; in-room robes and staff uniforms designed by Loden Dager, Japanese Imabari washcloths, guest iPads, bento box room service, Zanotta bean bag chairs, and Joe Colombo-designed alarm clocks are just a few of the specifics that work to encourage a design dialogue between guests and the hotel’s spaces.

From the rooftop pool that converts to a winter thermal bath during the colder months, to the Manhattan-built Bowery Lane bicycles for guest jaunts around the neighborhood, Hôtel Americano is just the right size to employ this sort of detail and design-centric personality, without feeling contrived.

Not only do I recommend Hôtel Americano to travelers, but also to those that live in New York City. The hotel is certainly worth visiting: simply to admire, for a drink on the rooftop, or maybe a meal at the chic, ground-floor restaurant, The Americano.

Hôtel Americano is located at 518 West 27th Street, rates range between $325-750.

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