With its Georgian-style portico, decorative brickwork and 50-foot-tall copper-clad bay window detail, the Jade Hotel, which opened March 1, is indistinguishable from the prewar apartment buildings in its Greenwich Village locale. Yet the sensitively conceived 18-story structure was built from scratch, offering visitors a suitably quaint place to say in a popular, yet underserved destination. The retro appearance carries on in the lobby, where a fireplace, tin ceiling and bookshelves stocked with tomes written by illustrious one-time Village residents such as Walt Whitman and Jack Kerouac greet guests. The bar and restaurant, Grape & Vine, takes its name from a defunct local speakeasy and evokes snug glamour through distressed mirrors and plush red velvet banquettes. The rooms, designed by Andres Escobar in an art deco style, feature marble-inlaid Macassar ebony desks inspired by a piece by early 20th-century master furniture-maker Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, chrome period lamps and champagne satin poufs—to preserve the period illusion, the TV is secreted behind a decorative cabinet. The classic black-and-white tiled bathrooms (stocked with toiletries from venerable Village pharmacy CO Bigelow) and the fact that there are only five to seven rooms per floor evoke the feel of a residential building. Some rooms have private terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows or cozy window seats, and many offer amazing views—of 1 World Trade Center rising to the south or the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings to the north. Rooms: 113.
|Venue name:||Walker Hotel Greenwich Village||Contact:|
52 W 13th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Sixth Aves|
|Transport:||Subway: F, M to 14th St; 1, 2, 3 to 14th St; L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||$269–$599 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
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