Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Gramercy Park Hotel
Never have the colors rose, jade and pale blue been so well served by interior design as they have been at Ian Shrager’s new luxe oasis – the Gramercy Park Hotel. To be honest, our first thought was that this was exactly the type of hotel to have a torrid love affair at. Everything about the hotel screams creative sensuousness, from the plush furnishings and fixtures to the bold and rich original art work throughout the hotel.
Utilizing a “haute bohemian” design concept, the hotel brings together modern design sensibility and artistry with a lush color palette, and vividly creative object d’art from artists such as Twombly, Basquiat, Warhol and Schnabel. The most highly-anticipated addition to the hotel - Park Chinois - a fine dining Chinese restaurant from London-based, Michelin-starred restauranteur Alan Yau, is opening soon. In the mean time – you must check out the bar offerings at GPH. The Rose Bar and The Jade Bar are so far beyond the current modern (cold) décor that you find at most of New York’s trendiest hotels, and practically BEG you to stay for another martini. Featuring a menu highlighting “best of” choices from some of the city’s top chefs, both are absolutely worthy of a stop for a cocktail or a nibble.