This Autumn, Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel will officially open its doors as one of the tallest properties in Manhattan’s enchanting Flower District.
Standing at an impressive 430-feet-high, the property is located on the site of the former Antique Garage, a beloved indoor flea market.
“This project brings together the past and present of Chelsea,” says General Manager of Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel Chris Rynkar. “Not only will guests experience the heart of the neighborhood, from the ground level to the skyline, every detail intentionally pays tribute to the district.”
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood and the site’s charming history, renowned New York City-based architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor is spearheading the project’s design.
“The hotel’s interiors uniquely blend characteristics of Chelsea’s flower district and the site’s rich history into an immersive and unexpected guest experience,” says Sara Duffy, Senior Interior Design Associate at Stonehill Taylor. “Imbued with a sense of clever ambiance, we designed the spaces to surprise and delight guests with anachronistic and wondrous moments throughout the hotel.”
An abundance of greenery and eclectic vintage accents will be peppered throughout every space for guests to discover.
Tapped to curate the hotel’s collection of artwork, art consultant Indiewalls lead a massive two-story installation of antique knobs, locks and keys that will take center stage as the backdrop to the lobby staircase as well as many video art moments throughout the hotel, inspired by the “secret garden” and flea market concepts.
Trellage-Ferrill Studio fabricated custom pieces, like a collection of upside-down bird cages, as well as a large pendant at the elevator lobby inspired by a bird’s nest. Leather tiles made from vintage belts inspired by the flea market will coat the walls of the elevator cabs.
The property will soar 38 floors with its glass facade providing unobstructed views of the city. With reservations, hotel guests and the public can enjoy exclusive access to Somewhere Nowhere, a two-floor nightlife lounge that will boast one of the city’s highest open-air rooftop pools, a hidden retreat with a lush, garden-like atmosphere.
The rooftop terrace will provide a panoramic setting showcasing quintessential New York landmarks like the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Chrysler Building and Hudson River.
Below the rooftop terrace is an indoor lounge that will be accessible via a hidden ground floor passageway – a repurposed loading dock transformed with spray-painted murals – that leads to an elevator transporting guests to the 38th floor. Somewhere Nowhere will be managed and operated by El Grupo SN.
Renaissance Chelsea New York Hotel will also feature a signature restaurant helmed by renowned chef Fabrizio Facchini. The restaurant, named Cotto, will focus on Italian and Mediterranean fare.
Located next to the lobby, Cotto will offer indoor and outdoor seating, with a trellis-covered courtyard composed of red brick flooring, water fountains and eclectic garden furnishings. The garden area will transport restaurant guests to a serene oasis in the midst of New York’s concrete jungle.