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
The hotel is located in Chelsea. It was great for our visit to the Whitney museum - walking there on the Highline which is right at the hotel.
The room has design maybe influenced by Japanese style. The bed is basically a mattress on the floor. Which was all fine for us . The mattress was of good quality and we slept well.
The simplicity in the design has gone too far as there were no hooks for hanging your clothes or even towels. A closet though exists, I suppose to keep everything look “clean”.
There was also an odd oven or what ever it is supposed be hanging from the ceiling. Maybe it is just a piece of art. I like design and art, but also functionality. Here this combination doesn’t quite work.
Still, all is basically fine.
Room temperature was high and the control for it did not have any effect. Fortunately windows could be opened.
WiFi extremely fast (fiber optic pace), but inconsistent dropping internet connection off frequently. Maybe these were just one-off incidents.
Breakfast is a la carte. I prefer buffet style. However this was of excellent quality.
All in all, a good hotel with some flaws but could well stay here again.
If you want different, this is it.
We chose it for the location near galleries in Chelsea. Right by the Hi Line Park.
Vibe is industrial chic.
Small room with the mattress on the floor. Well not quite on the floor. Halfnthe floor is poured cement (no carpeting). The other half of the the floor is a 4inch high wooden platform and the bed is on that. You have to crawl to get into it. You don’t need a bedside table as you are kind of sleeping on the bedside table. The mattress was very soft and felt well-used. Sheets were pretty standard.
All the light switches and plugs are on one side of the bed, so hard to access if you are on the wrong side of the bed. No USB plugs.
The light in is very indirect. Hard to read in bed as no bed side lamps.
One large window that faced an air shaft.
Tiny desk with no plugs for a laptop and covered with the food they want you to buy. As well as an “intimacy kit.” If you need a cord to charge your phone it’s available. For $35. Hey it’s NY.
Small TV on the wall but we couldn’t find the remote. And it’s 90deg angle to the bed so wouldn’t have been comfortable to watch anyways.
Tiny bathroom with the smallest sink I have ever had in any hotel room ever in my life. No where to put any toiletries. No where to even hang a towel as the two small pegs are occupied by a robe and a tote bag they are trying to sell you.
The toilet seat is oddly high. If you are less than 5’6” your toes will touch.
The shower pressure is good from a rain head. Plenty of hot water.
Reasonable quiet for a hotel in NY, but you do hear the construction in the neighborhood. AC was reasonably quiet white noise.
No parking. No valet parking.
No free water in the room.
Room cost $575 with taxes. It was not a good value. Was more of a 250-300 experience.
I won’t be returning.
We love the location and the room is also comfortable. We were shocked on our day of arrival that they were overbooked though and had to wait for the receptionist to get a room for us at another hotel. Frankly we were upset initially but we could see that the receptionist was trying his best to get us a room and make us comfortable. So in spite of this incident, we might still consider this hotel again.
I sort of felt like I was staying at a upscale youth hostel. The mattress was on the floor and all of the furniture in the room was very low to the ground and super hipster (meaning not very comfortable, but I am sure lots of selfies are taken in the room). The room was in a great location to get to Javitts for the NY now trade show but the street in front of the hotel is very loud and there was construction so bright and early there is lots of noise in the morning. The staff of the hotel was very kind and helpful.
Found this hotel a couple of years ago via SPG. I stay here on business as my office is a short walk down the High Line walkway (~1/2 mile) and Hotel Americano is less than a block from a High Line stairway.Clean, super modern, minimal, this place is everything I love about traveling.Bring ear plugs and an eye mask as it can be typically "New York noisy".