The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel
What We Love
- The beautiful nine-story atrium topped with a pyramid-shaped glass roof
- There’s free access to nearby gyms until the fitness center is finished (it’ll have Peloton studio spin bikes)
- Toiletries are from cult Brooklyn fave D.S. & Durga
What To Know
- The old-fashioned elevators take their time
- The hotel has a Lexus guests can use on a first-come, first-serve basis
- If you’re curious about the hotel’s fascinating art collection, there’s a handy printed guide
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Sherlock Holmes meets the English gentleman’s club in this architectural wonder, which boasts two destination restaurants
With an interior that feels like a cross between the sets of Clue and Downton Abbey, this landmark nine-story “skyscraper” from 1881 is one of the city’s swishest properties. The English country-house vibe is courtesy of British architect Martin Brudnizki (best known for The Ivy Restaurant in London) who never saw wood paneling he didn’t like. There’s no wasting time here: from the moment you check in at the reception desk, which has been draped in Victorian-inspired carpets, you feel as if you’ve stepped back a century (with the added benefit of WiFi and, we’re guessing, much better mattresses). Upstairs, the rooms have custom-made beds with leather headboards, aged oak floorboards, and pops of color like blue ceramic Chinese dragon lamps as well as—possibly best of all—a bar for making your own craft cocktails, stocked with a variety of glasses and a selection of eclectic spirits. By choosing trendsetters Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio to helm its two restaurants, the hotel put New Yorkers on notice that this is a hotspot for locals, not just for tourists.
In the Area
Manhattan’s Financial District is heating up as a place to stay, where the restaurant options are no longer limited to Chipotle and Starbucks. Grab your morning java at Birch Coffee, just around the corner, which roasts its own beans, and stop in for an evening snack of Wagyu burgers or avocado deviled eggs at the industrial-chic Malt House. If you’d rather do classic New York dining, Delmonico’s is a few minutes walk south. The Beekman is also within walking distance of One World Trade Center (there are views from some rooms) and Brookfield Place, a luxury shopping center home to Hermès, Diane von Furstenberg, and Theory.
How to Get There
I will preface this review by stating that I usually write my reviews with pro's & con's so that anyone can make a truly informed decision on whether or not to use an establishment. It's what I appreciate in others' reviews. But, it was very, very hard to find con's for The Beekman.
My husband and I wanted to celebrate our 6-year anniversary in NYC and were looking for a place to stay for the weekend. We wanted somewhere nice, but not something too extravagant since I would be showing him the sites most of the time that we were there and wouldn't be fully utilizing the room.
We e-mailed and called a few hotels, but The Beekman hotel and staff really stood out to us, and Julia ensured that we were being accommodated, even before our stay! We had read the previous reviews about the construction & bar noise, and Julia assured us that we could have a room away from those noises (which we did).
We booked a Premium King room with the "Eat and Drink Package" online that included $50 of food & beverage credit per day and complimentary room upgrade based upon availability.
We had an awful time getting to the hotel (4 hour delay via plane with 2 de-planes and our cab had brake failure on the way to the hotel from the airport), but when we got to The Beekman, our day turned around when the doorman and bellman greeted us. Check-in was a breeze. The most fascinating thing about our arrival was that everyone whom guided us and helped us told us something different about the history of the hotel. It was literally like being in a museum.
When we walked into our room, we were surprised by a complimentary bottle of champagne and a wonderful note from the staff, celebrating our anniversary, and a one-bedroom suite! Since we were so exhausted by the misadventures of our first day, we ordered in pizza for dinner, and concierge was kind enough to call us to ensure that we ordered it, and security was amazing enough to deliver it to our room. We slept like babies since our room was away from the construction and bar.
We were able to get last-minute dinner reservations at Augustine the next day, with the help of the concierge team. It was a wonderful dining experience and very delicious (I recommend the cheese souffle and my husband recommends the lobster!).
The best part of The Beekman was definitely the staff. My husband and I can be misjudged on our socio-economic status due to our ages and how we dress down most of the time. This has kind of become an internal indicator that we use to see if we'll stay loyal to a business. Though we got a few judgmental glares from some of the bar patrons, the staff did not bat an eye and treated us like anyone else. It was refreshing and a great test of character for the establishment.
The accommodations, food, location, and staff were well above the price point for this hotel. We had planned to stay at different hotels when we visit the city in the future, but now we're reluctant to branch out, knowing how wonderful The Beekman was to us.
Happily will recommend The Beekman to anyone looking to visit NYC.
Our stay at The Beekman was absolutely amazing! The location is great and was in walking distance to a lot of things we chose to do. The staff was so helpful and friendly. The architecture was amazing and we loved the atmosphere. We would definitely return to the this hotel!!
Best rooms, best bar, and best reception. Clean, cool and beautiful rooms. Helpful and courteous staff. Really cool bar. Excellent restaurants. Great location. Incredible Atrium. Industrial sheek meets 1930's glam.
always consistently amazing, hotel is absolutely beautiful, bar and food is gorgeous and the staff are brilliant. cannot recommend enough, after 5 stays at the Beekman we will always return as this is our hotel of choice in NY.
I want to be honest with you. Was my room a fancy pants dream?? Yes it was. Was I also low key concerned that I would be transported to the 5th dimension in the elevator?? Also yes.
My bed was so so comfortable
The rainfall shower is super luxurious
The blackout curtains are NO JOKE (seriously set an alarm)
Construction right outside my room that lasted super late (unsure what time because I was out every night but at least 8p) and started up every morning at at least 7:30p
I tried to use the in room phone to call the front desk but they couldn't hear me and hung up on me
The maid was SO THOROUGH except for the most obvious things. Rearranged the toiletries in the bathroom including my things, replaced all the towels and linens, but didn't throw out the Shake Shack bag? It was truly strange.
Overall I would recommend but only if it's not your own money and you haven't ridden the Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World as many times as I have.