Queen Rooms are small, but the minimalist design makes them feel more spacious
The rooftop pool is closed for the season
Bowery Lane Bicycles for guests’ use
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One-stop party pad for design lovers, foodies and scene seekers on Manhattan’s West Side
In Manhattan’s gallery-lined Chelsea neighborhood, Hotel Americano — the first U.S. outpost of the Mexico-based Grupo Habita — feels like a work of art in its own right. Located on a gritty stretch of West 27th Street, the 56-room hotel stands out against its brick-clad neighbors with a steel mesh façade designed by starchitect Enrique Norten. In the lobby, concrete floors, a black leather sofa and cork footstools set a minimalist tone, while blond wood walls, a low, boxy sideboard and considered pops of color reveal the hotel’s true personality: urban ryokan.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms have the sleek, streamlined look of a hip Japanese abode, with wooden platform beds, white walls, black vinyl beanbag chairs and pea-green felt stools — all arranged with precise symmetry. Uptown Queens and Downtown Kings are on the small side, but all have flat-screen TVs, minibars and iPads preloaded with your coolest friend’s music. Small but perfectly laid-out bathrooms score points for the rainfall showers and lovely Le Labo bath products, but could do with more surface space for toiletries.
Off the lobby, the Americano restaurant is a high-design setting for chef Andres Grundy’s delicious French fare with a Latin twist. Nab a seat on the patio in the summer months, or book ahead to join the local crowd for a boozy brunch on weekends. But Hotel Americano is all about the rooftop and its winter party den, Arriba. Start with dinner in the lofty dining room, where sheepskin throws add a cozy contrast to the gray-on-gray color scheme, and floor-to-soaring-ceiling windows frame views across lower and midtown Manhattan. The kitchen stops serving its menu (merluza en salsa verde, croquetas de bacalalo and more) at 11 p.m., but the sceney bar and DJ nights keep going until 1 a.m.
In the Area
A destination for art lovers, Hotel Americano is smack dab in the heart of Chelsea’s gallery district, with Paul Kasmin, Ceres, Gagosian and Pace galleries all within two blocks. Or see a different sort of installation art with a wander along the High Line, a park built on old elevated railway tracks and one of the city’s most popular new attractions. You can jump on at 26th Street, just a block from the hotel. In the Meatpacking District, take your plastic for a walk down Washington Street to Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship and along 14th Street's designer stores. Then recharge with dinner and a dose of people watching at the Standard Grill. For a memorable, only-in-NYC experience, book tickets in advance for Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel. A surreal performance of Macbeth that moves through elaborately dressed rooms and up and down floors of an abandoned “hotel,” it’s best not to ask too many questions — don your Venetian mask and follow the actors’ lead.