Visitors to New York now can enjoy simple and stylish accommodations and amenities in one of Manhattan’s most in-demand neighborhoods. The new, 56-room, 10-story Hotel Americano in Chelsea is already creating design buzz with its clean, spartan look, mesh exterior, low-to-the-ground platform beds, bean bag chairs and hanging fireplaces. Expect the buzz to grow next spring and summer as guests and city dwellers alike discover the outdoor dining venues The Americano and The Grill at La Piscine, both taking advantage of the scenic views from the rooftop pool area. (You can also avoid the rush and enjoy the fine fare now from the comfort of inside.)
The hotel, which opened in September, is located in what is being called the “Chelsea Riviera,” an area that stretches west to the Hudson from the High Line. And thanks to the success of the High Line, this is one of New York’s burgeoning neighborhoods with hotels, restaurants and nightspots in development and under construction.
There are three room types at Hotel Americano, whose names indicate the view offered: the Uptown Studio, Uptown Queen and Downtown King. All have the feel of an urban ryokan (traditional Japanese guesthouses) with wooden platform beds, warm lighting and luxurious natural materials, some with soaking tubs and fireplaces.
A focal point of each guestroom has become the iPad featuring the Runtriz Hotel Evolution platform that brings hotel services and neighborhood activities to guests’ fingertips with just a touch. Along with such tasks as ordering room service, making restaurant reservations and submitting housekeeping requests, the app provides guests with options to explore the neighborhood, including a guide for shopping, dining and nightlife. It’s pre-loaded with a selection of digital newspapers, blogs and links to shows and events and even offers a custom-tailored music playlist from Brazilian icon Bebel Gilberto that reflects the decidedly Latin flavor of the hotel.
The Latin beat continues with the Brazilian-style Bar Americano offering signature cocktails and shots of house Mezcal all day and well into the night. And it’s French fare with Latin flair in the main dining room or patio of The Americano restaurant headed by Chef Olivier Reginensi, formerly of Daniel. Other options for food and drink include Bento Box Room Service, with five selections available for breakfast and five more available around-the-clock, and Americano On-The-Go, the lobby coffee shop serving fresh juices and smoothies, coffees and teas, paninis and patiserinis.
Hotel Americano is located at 518 W. 27th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. For reservations and information, visit www.hotel-americano.com or call (212) 216-0000.