If there were one word to sum up the vibe at the Greenwich Hotel it would have to be “cozy.” Located on Greenwich Street between N Moore and Franklin Streets in Tribeca, the Greenwich Hotel is not known for its skyline views, but that’s definitely not a problem. Once inside, its dimly lit atmosphere and warm wood surroundings, far remove you from the frenetic NYC chaos right outside its door.
The guest rooms are impeccably sharp, from the furnishings to the overall design: high ceilings, floors planked with thick slabs of what looks like refined barn wood, plush leather chairs, beautiful paintings and sculptures; the bedroom area was fitted with a king-size bed and fully-stocked bookshelves—the perfect getaway for the traveling reader.
The hotel boasts a pool and spa on the lower level. After weaving in and out of the Tribeca cobblestone streets burning holes through your shoes, it’s nice to come back and take a dip in a serene atmosphere. Upon entering the area, past the glass-encased gym, and through the locker room, meet the floor’s focal point: a tranquil lantern-lit pool, surrounded by a 250-year-old wood and bamboo Japanese farmhouse that was actually imported from Japan and reconstructed for the hotel.
Down in the tucked away guests-only Drawing Room bar and courtyard on the street-level—yes there’s an outdoor courtyard nestled in the middle of the hotel—sip potent cocktails while listening to the crackle from the fireplace. Head over to the hotel’s restaurant, Locanda Verde (Andrew Carmellini of Lafayette, The Dutch, and Bar Primi fame), a sleek Italian spot in dark wood, brick and blacks, bustling and alive with a chatty crowd.
The Tribeca nabe is ripe for gallivanting, with shops, cafes, and restaurants all in walking distance. Easily accessible via the local 1 train around the corner on Franklin Street that can take you to Midtown in 15 minutes. For the driver in you, the Holland Tunnel is right up the block off of Canal St. The Greenwich Hotel succeeds in making you feel comfortable and appreciated—and that can put a smile on any traveler’s face.
TIME OUT TIP: Head one block south to the Shinola store on Franklin Street, currently the only NYC outpost of the trendy Detroit watchmaker; have brunch at Sarabeth’s Tribeca for the scrambled eggs-stuffed popover with scallions and cream cheese; then swing by J. Crew’s Ludlow Shop on Hudson Street for a suit fitting, though maybe do this before you eat.