An elegant, art-filled hideaway in the hip NoMad district, HGU New York has the character and style of an old-world property, with all the comforts and mod cons required by present-day travellers.
A haven of tranquility just four blocks from the roiling bustle of Penn Station, the HGU New York is well located for both Downtown and Midtown destinations. The Empire State Building is just four minutes on foot, and the shops of Fifth Avenue and the Flatiron District are a 15-minute walk away. Until recently, the former Garment District was short on good restaurants and bars, but in recent years, thanks to the arrival of the Ace Hotel, the NoMad, and other upscale hotels, the area is awash with excellent options in close walking distance, including Missoni, Upland, The Cannibal and The Breslin.
Style & character
Built in 1905, the hotel has retained the grandeur and period details of a turn-of-the-century landmark property, with interiors a mix of mid-century modern furniture and pre-war styling. Owned by Michael Namer, who also runs Gallery 151 downtown, the hotel’s public spaces are filled with contemporary artworks, including a vast painting by Fab 5 Freddy, a graffiti artist and hip-hop ambassador, and a piece by Cuban artist Carlos Quintana, both in the lobby lounge. One wall of the restaurant serves as a portrait gallery of photographs, many of which pay homage to the neighbourhood’s artistic history – Andy Warhol’s famed Factory was just one block away.
Service & facilities
As is the case with many central Manhattan hotels, there is no on-site gym, but guests can get complimentary passes to the New York Sports Club four blocks north.
The 1905 Lounge hosts jazz nights every Wednesday, with live performances.
- Room service
Chic, tasteful and extremely comfortable, the bedrooms at HGU New York recreate almost every detail back at home. Every room has a a pale-wood desk, brass angle poise lamp, and a plush swivel armchair, a spacious walk-in closet, blackout curtains and incredibly soft linen, while the suites also have a separate lounge with a sofa, coffee table and bar area, separated from the bedroom by solid wooden doors. The elegant bathrooms are tiled floor to ceiling in white subway tiles, and feature a giant prewar-style sink I could almost do backstroke in.
Food & drink
The ground-floor restaurant is discreetly stylish, with black leather banquette seating down both sides, serving lunch and dinner from a simple bistro-style menu including roasted sea bass, cheeseburgers and quinoa and avocado salad. The same menu is also served in the club-style 1905 Lounge, a spacious cocktail bar and lounge furnished with long Chesterfield sofas, deep leather armchairs, objets d’art and a collection of paintings by Liz Marcus.
Breakfast is served in the front lobby lounge, where the continental option includes cereal, fruit and pastries; the restaurant serves an à la carte menu featuring chorizo and eggs and breakfast quinoa with eggs.
The in-room mini-bar features high-end snacks from Dean & Deluca, and a liquor selection of small-batch spirits such as Hudson Baby Bourbon Whisky and Monkey 47 Dry Gin.
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