There’s something very special about being the first people to stay at a new hotel. We set about securing our invitation to the Beekman awhile back, as soon as we heard about the reimagining of this historic property. In September this year, the Beekman soft-opened and while its restaurant, a number of floors, iconic penthouses and top-floor lounge were not yet completed, we could see that it was already one magnificent hotel. The 1881 former law offices, one of New York City’s architectural treasures, laid unoccupied for three decades before interior designer Martin Brudnizki, backed by Thompson Hotels, added his finess. He had a great start, as the property already boasted a jaw-dropping nine-storey Victorian atrium, lit by a pyramidal skylight – but we could see that detailed work went into its restoration and contemporisation. Look out for the artistic touches in homage to the cultural history of Downtown NYC – Hamlet, Poe and Harry Potter fans rejoice! The rooms are luxurious, with period touches from outside creeping in. One thing stood out throughout our stay, though – an amazing and courteous team, clearly so thrilled to be part of the Beekman family.