What We Love
- The rooftop scene: tapas and tequila at Arriba, late night DJs and knockout skyline views
- Lively weekend brunches with a good mix of guests and locals
- Bento box–style room service available from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
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What To Know
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
Love the soft denim bathrobes. Blinds go up and down with the flip of a switch. The subtle flat black bicycles are perfect for a weekend morning ride in that location. Spacious Colombe Coffee nearby. Entrance to the High-line on 26th and 28th. The key is old school and a bit bulky but the front desk can hold it for you in their key box when you step out. Stay here for any reason but the pool. It’s like they dug a 6 ft grave then said “Hey, let’s put a pool here instead!” Although the provided tote is très adorable. Bring your own blowdryer if you won’t be happy with a pint size Revlon. 5 star mini bar snacks and toiletries.
Terrible service. Staff is very slow and not responsive. The room was very small. There was very loud noise from the air conditioner. Room service food was good. Overall I would not recommend this hotel.
The staff were good and so was the restaurant. However the rooms have been long neglected since we stayed when they opened. Now there are water stains across the roof and walls and decay along many edges (I have photos as proof but unable to post). Management makes overtures of big plans to fix the problem yet tellingly are unable to provide any dates, not even approximate ones, for these so-called renovations. Meanwhile they are happy to keep charging for sub-standard conditions...
The worse service ever. Please don’t visit the pool area, we experienced discrimination and the pool bar manager was hostile. I have never been attended like this. The word service is big for them. The waitress attended other groups but never attended us (my girlfriend and I). One of the supervisors tried to cover her misses but unfortunately it was to many and obvious. And the service manager tried to fix-the situation but didn’t work. At the end you discover that the gratuity is included in the price, so it doesn’t matter what type of service they provide they still get their tip. The service manager promised the tip was going to be refunded, but has not happened.
We were visiting New York and had Sunday brunch here on Father’s Day. The food was great - best potatoes I’ve ever eaten. In addition, there was a jazz duo (piano and vocals) that was outstanding and set a nice tone. We would definitely return when we are in NYC.