A key opening in the 57th Street luxury hotel boom, the Quin has an evocative past and some impressive perks. Less than a block from Carnegie Hall, the former Hotel Buckingham opened in 1929 and put up a colorful cast of divas and virtuosos, including Polish pianist and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Marc Chagall and Georgia O’Keeffe. In the hotel's new incarnation, the rooms have been designed with the comforts and conveniences expected by a pampered clientele. An automated system turns on the lights and raises the blinds as you open the door, and the cushy Dux by Duxiana bed—topped with sumptuous Sferra linens—is an insommniac's dream. Further niceties include a Nespresso machine, exclusive Fresh products in the roomy marble-tiled showers, and Bergdorf Goodman’s personal-shopping department on speed dial. The decor is tastefully understated down to the leather-covered door handles (only the carpet, in a dingy shade of gray, hits a slightly bum note). The Quin's public spaces are equally stylish. The double-height lobby has a reflective ceiling made of hammered-metal plates, sleek leather seating and a 12-screen video wall for curated art installations. Instead of a windowless basement exercise room, the glass-enclosed gym perches on a mezzanine overlooking the light-filled space. The house restaurant, the Wayfarer, puts a contemporary spin on the NYC tradition of high-class seafood and steak establishments, but if you’ve got your heart set on a hard-to-book table, one of the five specialized concierges can probably secure it for you. Rooms: 208.
|Venue name:||The Quin|
101 W 57th St
|Cross street:||at Sixth Ave|
|Transport:||Subway: F, N, Q, R to 57th St|
|Price:||Double $599–$750. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|