The tailoring-themed Refinery is another challenger to the crown of New York luxury hospitality, a chic contemporary hotel in a neo-Gothic tower dating back to 1912, amidst the haberdashery and trimming stores of the garment district. Like a piece of haute-couture, the hotel is put together beautifully, with its elegant lobby area opening up into sumptuous, loft-like rooms – beautifully curated with fine attention to detail. The enormous floor-standing beacon light featured in our room fused contemporary artistry with functionality in design, while the cast iron legs on the furnishings resembled old sewing machines, staying subtly true to its theme.
The hotel’s attentive and on-point staff were the icing on the cake, each clad in figure-hugging uniforms by G-STAR, complete with signature needle and thread lapel pins, they anticipated our every need and struck the perfect balance between helpful and overbearing. In its previous life, The Refinery was a milliners and tea salon, and even in its new guise you can still expect to rub shoulders with the city’s fashion elite. No real surprise, as this property certainly offers something a cut above the rest.