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Baroque-meets-boho playground for the celeb set with a museum-worthy art collection at one of New York’s most exclusive addresses
This 1925 icon (Humphrey Bogart and Babe Ruth were fans) got a full makeover in 2006 courtesy of artist Julian Schnabel. The result? A constantly evolving study in excess, mixing a rotating collection of contemporary art pieces — Basquiat, Warhol, Hirst — with Old World intrigue, thanks to Venetian glass chandeliers, a 10-foot hand-carved Italian fireplace, scarlet velvet curtains and Moroccan tilework.
Bed and Bath
Tasseled chairs, nailhead-trimmed velvet headboards and leather tables lend a please-touch magnetism, and dimmed lights cast a sensual glow on the jewel-toned walls, curtains and bedding in the 190 guestrooms. Though standard rooms start at just 220 square feet, they feel indulgent thanks to such details as cut crystal barware and marble bathrooms with luxury products by Aesop.
Though it has mellowed with age, there’s still a definite buzz to the Rose Bar, where celebs and fashion types sip cocktails in the shadow of pieces by Richard Prince, Damien Hirst and Keith Haring (reservations mandatory after 10). Danny Meyer’s trattoria Maialino provides an open, airy counterpoint to the buzzy excess of the rest of the hotel. Locals grab seats at the rustic wood bar for antipasti and bowls of cacio e pepe, or settle into one of the checked tablecloth perches in the back for hearty feasts of oxtail and fritto misto.
Gramercy Park Hotel
2 Lexington Ave
New York, New York 10010
How to Get There
The closest major airports to Gramercy Park Hotel are:New York, NY (LGA-LaGuardia) - 10.4 km / 6.4 miNewark, NJ (EWR-Liberty Intl.) - 17 km / 10.6 miNew York, NY (JFK-John F. Kennedy Intl.) - 20.1 km / 12.5 miThe preferred airport for Gramercy Park Hotel is New York, NY (JFK-John F. Kennedy Intl.). Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.