Alex Tieghi-Walker

The New York Edition

  • Where:New York City
  • 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 oversized lamps are a nod to light fixtures in other Edition hotels.

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

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

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

The room stretched around two sides of the 1909 skyscraper.

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

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

Another great collaboration: Edition x Le Labo.

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

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

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

Billiard room with full-sized table.

Architectural details have been preserved as much as possible.

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

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.

  • Pool/Gym

    Gym

  • Restaurant

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

  • Bar

    Yes, two, both beautiful.

  • Children

    I think so, yes.

  • Price

    $$

Sawdust on the floor, porter on tap and a roaring fireplace in the back room, Molly’s is a thirst-quenching time warp like no other in Manhattan.

Molly’s Irish Bar, 3rd Avenue

287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States

Sawdust on the floor, porter on tap and a roaring fireplace in the back room, Molly’s is a thirst-quenching time warp like no other in Manhattan.

Book curation like no other in NYC, and a great timetable of art shows. Jonas Woods was showing whilst I was there; this is always one of the first places I head to in NYC and is just a 15 minute walk from Edition.

Karma Gallery

188 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009, United States

Book curation like no other in NYC, and a great timetable of art shows. Jonas Woods was showing whilst I was there; this is always one of the first places I head to in NYC and is just a 15 minute walk from Edition.

A lush passageway of trees, cacti, pots and orchids occupying this dense city block. It’s a mecca for plant lovers, a verdant break from the surrounding streets.

Flower District, W28th St between 6th and 7th Avenues

133 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001, United States

A lush passageway of trees, cacti, pots and orchids occupying this dense city block. It’s a mecca for plant lovers, a verdant break from the surrounding streets.

The New York Edition

5 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States

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