Shane Fonner

Gramercy Park Hotel

with Shane Fonner www.palmiersdumal.com
  • Where:New York City

  • Why:Staycation

  • When:March 2017

  • Who:My wife and I

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Highs & Lows

  • The beds are unbelievably comfortable, with fine linens and super soft mattresses that sleep like a dream (and a custom-made blanket that sits splattered like a brushstroke of paint across the beds).

  • The museum-quality artwork throughout the property showcases the owner, Aby Rosen’s, personal collection of contemporary art, and features works by Andy Warhol, Fernando Botero, Julian Schnabel, Damien Hirst, and many more.

  • The dynamic Rose Bar pulses with action in the evenings, and especially during the vibey Rose Bar Sessions, featuring live music from emerging and established musical artists (even Lady Gaga has been known to show up unannounced and jump on stage).

  • The hotel has a selection of vibrantly hued bikes by Martone Cycling Co. on offer for guests, ideal for exploring the charming Gramercy Park neighborhood.

  • The hotel’s warm tones, executed in burgundy, rose, and blue, recall the warm hues of a Caravaggio painting that’s been brought to life by the endlessly talented Julian Schnabel.

  • The hotel’s historic legacy (JFK stayed here as a child, and numerous artists have been known to carouse the dimly lit, baroque hallways, including the Rolling Stones, U2, Blondie, and Madonna, amongst others) is felt in every corridor, and the hallways reverberate with the epic rock and roll pedigree any other hotel in the world would die to replicate.

    The Barometer

    • Design

    • Website

    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Stealable Stuff

    • Refer a Friend

    Total: 50/50

    Important Bits

    • Type

      Haute bohemian artists’ hideaway.

    • Vibe

      Artistic Haute Bohemian.

    • Location

      Centrally secluded, just off the serenely quiet and private Gramercy Park.

    • Rooms

      190

    • Music

      Rock and roll.

    • Year Opened

      Originally opened in 1925, renovated in 2006.

    • Designed By

      Julien Schnabel.

    • Pool/Gym

      There is no pool, but there is a gym.

    • Restaurant

      The immaculate Maialino from Danny Meyer is just off the lobby.

    • Bar

      Two bars downstairs- the cozy Jade Bar facing Lexington Avenue, and the legendary art-laden Rose Bar just off the lobby.

    • Minibar

      Superbly stocked mini-bar in each room, presented in an English Drinks Cabinet.

    • Wifi

      Free (and solid) WiFi throughout the hotel.

    • Children

      Children are welcome, but best left in the room for visiting the Rose Bar.

    • Price

      Accessibly luxurious.

    A legendary music and art venue sits just off the lobby, and houses some incredible live music and art shows.

    Rose Bar

    Rose Bar, New York, NY, United States

    A legendary music and art venue sits just off the lobby, and houses some incredible live music and art shows.

    Danny Meyer’s spectacular Italian restaurant is downstairs in the hotel, and offers an unreal brunch on the weekends. Try the ricotta pancakes. Trust me.

    Maialino

    Maialino, Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, United States

    Danny Meyer’s spectacular Italian restaurant is downstairs in the hotel, and offers an unreal brunch on the weekends. Try the ricotta pancakes. Trust me.

    Gramercy Park is one of the only private parks left in the sprawling metropolis, and Gramercy Park Hotel has a key. Treat yourself to an hour in the blissfully quiet, undisturbed environs and enjoy serenity not found in many other corners of the city.

    Gramercy Park

    Gramercy Park, New York, NY, United States

    Gramercy Park is one of the only private parks left in the sprawling metropolis, and Gramercy Park Hotel has a key. Treat yourself to an hour in the blissfully quiet, undisturbed environs and enjoy serenity not found in many other corners of the city.

    Gramercy Park Hotel

    Gramercy Park Hotel, Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, United States

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