Smyth, A Thompson Hotel
What We Love
- Downtown location near the Hudson River, Financial District and best Tribeca restaurants
- Andrew Carmellini’s restaurant, Little Park
- Neighborhood views through floor-to-ceiling windows in Deluxe Rooms
What To Know
- Thin walls in guest rooms means noise from the hallways and neighbors
- There is a small fitness center, or head to the river for a run along the Hudson River Greenway
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Smyth borrows from the open-plan layouts and boho-industrial style of Tribeca’s signature lofts. Unflashy, midcentury accents lend a cozy vibe, from the centerpiece fireplace and well-curated library to the vintage posters and works by local artists, plus cozy throws and scatter pillows on the mismatched chairs and sofas. The 100 rooms and suites are equally fashion-forward but comfortable, with polished wood walls, chrome lamps, and plush beds. Marble bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass showers, Frette robes and C.O. Bigelow bath products. Chef Andrew Carmellini’s Little Park restaurant attracts a hip crowd to its gorgeous low-lit dining room decked out with cozy booths. The farm-to-fork menu is organized by seasonal vegetables, pastas and whole grains, fire-roasted meats, fish and seafood, and all things “raw, cured and smoked.” Seasonal standouts include the black kale ravioli with squash and pine nuts and the stuffed artichoke with lamb and cucumber. On the opposite side of the lobby, the appropriately named Evening Bar is an after-dark den for sipping creative cocktails and admiring the gorgeous midcentury furnishings.
In the Area
Tribeca has its fair share of fine-dining establishments — think Corton, Bouley and high-concept foraging favorite Atera — but more common are unpretentious neighborhood spots that combine excellent food with a local scene. Keep it classic with all-American farm-to-table fare at brunch stalwart Bubby’s, splurge on schnitzel and a liter of Bitburger at Viennese Blaue Gans, or join the off-duty model set at Tiny’s. For a caffeine fix, choose from Franklin Street market All Good Things, the seasonal blends at the two branches of Kaffe 1668, or support Hugh Jackman’s fair trade Laughing Man Coffee & Tea cafes. After hours, head to cocktail bars like date-night favorite Weather Up and edgier Ward III where bespoke drinks are mixed and muddled until the wee hours. For serious shopping Tribecans head north to Soho, with a pit stop at J. Crew Men’s Shop at the Liquor Store en route, but there are a handful of splurge-worthy boutiques in the neighborhood. For home decor, browse the antiques shops that line Duane Park, including lovely linens at Stella, or walk north on Franklin Street to Steven Alan Home Shop.
How to Get There
This was my first time staying at an AKA property. And there's no other way to put it: I loved my experience. In large part, this was due to the friendliness demonstrated by Xavier (a bellman) and JC (one of the front desk attendants). They went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and in good spirits. For instance, when I first arrived, Xavier was kind enough to offer me a bottle of Fiji water; he later wished me good luck before a law firm interview of mine. These are, of course, only small gestures, but they say a great deal about Xavier's character.
For those who are deciding whether or not to stay at the AKA Tribeca, I highly recommend it. It's not just a beautiful hotel; the staff are phenomenal as well.
My gf and I stayed a lot at the AKA / Smyth Tribeca during the last 12 months. The interior design of the hotel is clean, almost minimal, exactly what we needed (I believe that the interior is being upgraded now). But what absolutely stands out is the whole team working there, everyone: the whole reception team during the day and night (thanks Albert for kindly helping us out after hours!!), doormen and house keeping! You all made us feel home. We miss you!
I spent three nights at the AKA Tribeca.
Overall, I had a good stay here. The hotel is in a excellent location in Tribeca, surrounded by restaurants, cafes and shops.
The staff are generally courteous and professional.
I stayed in a premium room, which was nice. But there were a few quirks: the lighting is very limited (this is apparently an intentional design choice), but the staff kindly added an extra light stand which made a big difference; (ii) the shower has no door, so expect water to splash out in the rest of the bathroom!
The gym is OK if somewhat basic and dated (the Fiji water is a nice touch).
More generally, the hotel is technically newish but you can’t help but feel that it’s more of a ‘soft’ refresh of the previous Smyth hotel (indeed, you can still see some Smyth logos in parts of the hotel!).
Overall, I’d consider staying here again for a short stay if I got a decent rate.