Alex Tieghi-Walker

The New York Edition

  • Where:
  • Why:Opening week bonanza; Frieze Art Fair 2015.
  • When:May 2015
  • Who:With a group of London pals, all staying in the hotel. It was like summer camp.
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The New York Edition The oversized lamps are a nod to light fixtures in other Edition hotels.

The oversized lamps are a nod to light fixtures in other Edition hotels.

The New York Edition  The former Met Life building sits in a cluster of other early 20th Century Skyscrapers, it’s like Gotham after the clean-up.

The former Met Life building sits in a cluster of other early 20th Century Skyscrapers, it’s like Gotham after the clean-up.

The New York Edition Rooms are simple and fresh, as with most other Schrager properties.

Rooms are simple and fresh, as with most other Schrager properties.

The New York Edition Due South from my room on floor 37; East River to the left, Hudson on the right.

Due South from my room on floor 37; East River to the left, Hudson on the right.

The New York Edition The room stretched around two sides of the 1909 skyscraper.

The room stretched around two sides of the 1909 skyscraper.

The New York Edition Big bonus points: Mast Brothers chocolates in the mini bar.

Big bonus points: Mast Brothers chocolates in the mini bar.

The New York Edition Bathrooms are simple but big; the shower poured down like a summer monsoon.

Bathrooms are simple but big; the shower poured down like a summer monsoon.

The New York Edition  Another great collaboration: Edition x Le Labo.

Another great collaboration: Edition x Le Labo.

The New York Edition As with other Editions, the statement lobby bar dwarfs drinkers.

As with other Editions, the statement lobby bar dwarfs drinkers.

The New York Edition The voluminous entry feels like the opulent entrance to a 1920s New York apartment building.

The voluminous entry feels like the opulent entrance to a 1920s New York apartment building.

The New York Edition On the second floor, the principal Met Life office suites have been transformed in to an enfilade of common rooms.

On the second floor, the principal Met Life office suites have been transformed in to an enfilade of common rooms.

The New York Edition Billiard room with full-sized table.

Billiard room with full-sized table.

The New York Edition Architectural details have been preserved as much as possible.

Architectural details have been preserved as much as possible.

The New York Edition Back downstairs, a hand-forged steel fireplace stretches the length of the backwall of the lobby.

Back downstairs, a hand-forged steel fireplace stretches the length of the backwall of the lobby.

The New York Edition The New York Edition has taken over the landmark Metropolitan Life Building on Madison Avenue, which is a damn fine building.

The New York Edition has taken over the landmark Metropolitan Life Building on Madison Avenue, which is a damn fine building.

Highs & Lows

  • The hotel has 273 rooms but feels very small; service is personal, the public spaces are intimate.

  • The interior design is spot on: neutral and modern textures have been harmonized with dark woods and antique furniture. The heritage of the building has been referenced really politely.

  • The lobby and bar work well as an NYC destination even for those not staying the night; the vibe was buzzing and people were having fun. The hotel felt very much alive.

  • Views were special, not just from my room on the 37th floor; I visited other rooms further down who had equally impressive lookouts.

  • Spending a couple of days being greeted by the precarious Flatiron building whenever I exited the hotel was pretty special.

  • Jason Atherton has done it again; Clocktower was satisfying and delicious.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Lifestyle Hotel

  • Vibe

    Well-heeled creative types.

  • Location

    Gramercy/Flatiron, which is one of the most interesting parts of Manhattan.

  • Rooms

    273, over 41 floors.

  • Music

    My ears mainly tuned to early Jazz with splashes of reggae.

  • Year Opened

    2015

  • Designed By

    Rockwell, with massive Schrager input.

  • Health & Wellness

    Gym

  • Restaurant

    Clocktower, by Jason Atherton (as good as you would expect).

  • Bar

    Yes, two, both beautiful.

  • Children

    I think so, yes.

  • Price

    $$

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