Hotel Americano Opens in Manhattan

By Paul Joseph

A new luxury hotel has opened in Manhattan featuring a bare, minimalist interior to help ensure its guests avoid art-fatigue during their stay.

Located just a stone’s throw from some of New York’s best galleries, the interior designers of Manhattan’s new Hôtel Americano decided to provide it with neutral walls bereft of any art.

The 10-story building, designed by award-winning Mexican architect Enrique Norten, is a glass structure encased in a metal mesh façade that captures the industrial feel of the surrounding neighbourhood. Along the exterior, a glass-enclosed elevator shuttles guests between a street-level restaurant and rooftop terrace.

The 56 rooms, created by French designer Arnaud Montigny, known for his work at Parisian boutique Colette, boast wooden platform beds, warm lighting and natural materials.

Guests have the option of ordering a bento box from the in-room iPad, which also has a Hôtel Americano playlist of music and listings of cultural activities. The rooms also feature custom Alpaca throw blankets, 400 count European percale sheets, and fireplaces.

In the lobby, Montigny has placed a black leather sofa, rope and steel side chairs, and a pair of gunmetal pendants.

The Americano, a restaurant helmed by chef Olivier Reginensi, serves Latin and French fusion food, whilst La Piscine, a rooftop bar and restaurant, features a swimming pool that turns into a winter thermal bath during the cooler months.

The hotel is the brainchild of Mexican hotelier Group Habita. Room rates range between around $250 and $550.

By Paul Joseph