Photo Cred: The Edition Hotel and Compass + Twine
To be honest, we’re not really sure what expectations we had walking into the new Ian-Schrager-designed boutique hotel in Madison Square Park. Whatever those expectations were, they were surpassed. The Edition is the definition of ‘modern elegance’. Schrager, famed owner of Studio 54 and now successful hotelier, has stylishly and subtly designed the hotel down to every last thoughtful detail.
Upon entering the lobby, a friendly hostess donned in an impeccably-fitted Narciso Rodriguez little black dress swooped over to be of assistance. Warm, friendly, and eager to discuss the hotel, she possessed the same attributes shared by her fellow top-notch employees at the Edition – an excitement to deliver a quality experience to their guests and a sense of pride in their hotel.
Sophisticated in style, the hotel lobby has neutral decor and an abundance of sleek lounge seating accented with plush throws. The lobby space leads into the first-floor bar, where a dramatic gold-lit backdrop extends to the high ceilings, showcasing the extensive selection of top-shelf bottles. Luxurious green velvet chair covers adorn the bar seats, which pop against the gold background.
All of the 273 guest rooms at the Edition are modern and elegant, maintaining the same neutral palate and quality fabrics as seen throughout the lobby. Grandly spacious by New York standards, the rooms are meticulously put together with an astute attention to detail; even the throw blanket lies perfectly fluffed across the foot of the bed.
Housed in the iconic MetLife building, the Edition Hotel’s modern renovation has been completely transformative. While light and sleek is the new style, the dark-wood panelling on the second floor (where the MetLife executive offices once stood) has been deliberately preserved. Now the restaurant, billiards room and Gold Bar inhabit the brooding space. The hotel’s restaurant, The Clocktower, is a destination on it’s own. Brought to fruition through the combined talents of Chef Jason Atherton and restauranteur Stephen Starr, it has received high praise and is one of the more alluring new dining spots in the city.
If you’re looking for a top-quality, elegant stay at one of the city’s best new hotels, look no further. For us locals, it’s a great place to stop by for evening cocktails or dinner at the impressive new The Clocktower restaurant.
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