We’re probably guilty of overusing the term ‘urban oasis’ to describe the city hotels we stay in, but this time it’s perfectly apt. Stepping off the industrial streets of RiNo into the Ramble was like walking into a 17th-century Parisian movie set styled by Restoration Hardware: think Persian carpets, golden teardrop chandeliers and gilt-framed artwork from local galleries and studios. But full credit for the hotel’s look must, in fact, go to local firm Avenue Interior Design.
We love this independent boutique hotel, which has just 50 stylish rooms. In our suite, the aristocratic theme continued, albeit with a contemporary edge. Personal iPads ensured we were in touch with guest relations at all times and the minibar was stocked with gluten-free and organic snacks. We enjoyed a fantastic night’s sleep – the beds were incredibly comfortable – and we were told that each room has been individually sound-engineered to maximise the acoustics of its Bluetooth gramophone speaker, should guests want to throw an in-room party (it happens a lot, apparently), but also to block out any external noise to guarantee the most perfect of rests.
We were also impressed by the service here: the young, fashionable team couldn’t do enough for us and were full of recommendations. They deserve a special mention.
The bar, run by New York institution Death & Co, serves delicious East Village-style drinks and snacks, ensuring that the inside of the hotel wasn’t too far a cry from the rest of the neighbourhood.
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While you’re Out There
Make sure to try Suite 6A, the intimate 20-seat bar and private dining space with a cocktail tasting menu, perfect for a special occasion.