After a brisk walk down Greenwich Street, an impressive building made with hand-made crimson bricks and boasting the steadfast façade typical of the TriBeCA area comes to the fore. Step inside Robert De Niro’s chic design-led The Greenwich Hotel and everything changes. In public areas (reserved just for guests) you’ll be awed by the dimly-lit gentleman’s club-like feel which highlights within a cosy space artworks by De Niro senior as well as plush armchair chairs in a variety of colours – some complementary in colour while others aren’t – elegant reading lamps to encourage contemplative leisure, large green plants, and threadbare oriental rugs, all of which add a subdued sense of elegance. Each area of the hotel offers laid-back luxury but with a big baller feel as if you had just stepped into the private den of a mafia leader. There’s mystery, intrigue, and lavishness, but ultimately, this hotel is one of utmost comfort and the staff that run it take very good care of their guests.
The living room in the Tribeca Penthouse
If you’re starved for greenery, there’s a verdant inner Tuscan-style courtyard where on warmer days you can sit back in a wicker chair with a drink in hand or simply cuddle up with a good book. From wherever you perch, glistening rays of West Side light beam through at dusk. The light provides a gentle and calming air, especially when you’re snuggled up near to one of the hotel’s many crackling fireplaces. Each of the hotel’s 88 rooms features a slightly different design. Once again, plush velvet sofas and aged leather armchairs combine with antique silk rugs, an array of leisurely books and delicate artworks to endow each room with a homely yet upscale ambiance. Elegant bathrooms come aligned with either Moroccan tiles or Carrera marble – more proof of the high-end materials used for each and every space of this Manhattan retreat. Some favourite rooms are N. Moore Suite and the Greenwich Suite each of which are fitted with kitchens, stone fireplaces and also offices. These offer the most space and come at the highest price tag. The Superior rooms are handsome and still quite spacious. Opt for one that looks over the inner courtyard as I did. You’ll wake up in the morning with the sunlight beaming in and look out on the scene below as if you were in an apartment in Florence or Rome.
The Studio Suite
The hotel’s magnum opus is its lantern-lit Shibui Spa that takes its inspiration from Japanese architecture, design and beauty treatments. Dominated by a 250-year-old bamboo farmhouse especially imported from Japan, the spa’s Asian vibe is all-encompassing and you’ll immediately feel as if you need to whisper when you arrive at the reception area. The spa incorporates a stunning aqua-colour indoor pool. The fitness center is nearby and guests can also enjoy morning yoga classes by the pool. This is what makes The Greenwich Hotel truly a retreat. Enter the lantern-lit pool and you’ll feel miles away from anything taking place outside.
The hotel lobby filled with leather sofas, plants, brass urns and plus couches
If you’re senses haven’t had enough at this point, your taste buds can surely take on more. Head to Andrew Carmellini’s La Locanda Verde, which serves high-end rustic Italian food, and indulge in plates such as pappardelle with Bolognese ragu, roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and pecorino, and roasted garlic chicken. Warm earth tones and wooden interiors make-up the setting as do the low lighting – elements complementary to the hotel’s seductive interior. After your meal, grab a drink at Locanda Verde’s Parisian-style bar and mingle with a mixed crowd of glitterati, intellectuals and other punters all there to simply have a good time. These are comfortable and luxurious settings made just for you.
The Greenwich Hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World. Double rooms start from Dhs1,788 lhw.com and greenwichhotel.com