Last year was characterized by a slew of exciting new hotel openings in New York City, each with its own unique look, atmosphere, and amenities. As we ease into 2023, we’re still gushing over the ultra-luxe minimalism of the Aman, the world-class dining and amenities at the new Ritz-Carlton NoMad, and the understated elegance and Art Deco touches at the Wall Street Hotel.
Aman New York
Aman Hotel Spa. Photo, courtesy of hotel.
In August 2022, legendary architect Jean-Michel Gathy and his studio, Denniston Architects, transformed Manhattan’s 100-year-old Crown Building into a new Aman hotel and residences. They’ve married the building’s historic architectural elements with the Aman’s modern, Eastern-inspired style, creating a space that feels simultaneously classic and contemporary. The new hotel boasts an Aman Spa, a Garden Terrace that’s open all year, and some of the largest suites in the city (also the first in the Big Apple to offer functioning fireplaces). Guests can look forward to oversized soaking tubs, marble rain showers, and huge windows that yield lovely city views. A warm, earthy color palette of beige and cream complements organic fabrics and textures, creating a tranquil retreat from the bustle of the city. That spa encompasses a sprawling 25,000 square feet across three floors with a 65-foot heated swimming pool and cryotherapy chamber. The food scene at Aman New York is equally impressive. Guests can choose between rustic Italian cuisine crafted from locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients at Arva, or an elevated omakase experience at Nama. After dinner, the speakeasy-style Jazz Club beckons with craft cocktails, gourmet light bites, and a nightly lineup of live musical performances.
The Ritz-Carlton New York NoMad
Ritz Carlton Nomad lobby, Photo courtesy of hotel.
Designed by esteemed architect Rafael Viñoly, the new Ritz-Carlton New York NoMad is the definition of opulence. The 50-floor, all-glass building offers 250 rooms decked out in subtle gilded colors, plush textures, and statement chain-link chandeliers above the beds (the hotel’s light fixtures steal the show throughout the property — especially the hand-blown pieces by Randall Zieber in the lobby and lounge). The bathrooms feel just as luxurious, with standalone soaking tubs, steam showers, and black and white terrazzo tiles. No expense was spared during the conception of this hotel, nor any detail overlooked. Every room boasts 400-thread-count linens by Frette and bathroom amenities by Diptyque, and the downtown-facing rooms on floors 25 and above offer breathtaking views. Foodies will love the hotel’s dining options, all by renowned chef José Andrés. There’s Zaytinya, a Mediterranean concept that will transport diners to straight the Turquoise Coast. There’s also The Bazaar, opening this spring. The stunning lobby bar serves up impeccable cocktails in a gorgeous, jungle-inspired setting, while the hotel’s rooftop bar, Nubeluz, pairs every spirited sip with 360-views of Manhattan.
The Wall Street Hotel
Wall Street Hotel New York lobby, Photo courtesy of hotel.
Housed in a former office building with a grand Beaux-Arts facade, the Wall Street Hotel offers couples, families, and corporate travelers alike a luxurious retreat in the heart of New York City’s buzzing financial district. Its 180 rooms and suites feature bespoke details like marble tables and walls, Bang & Olufsen speakers, original art pieces, and even handcrafted bar carts. Rose Ink Workshop’s Liubasha Rose designed them using soothing colors, rounded edges, and rich textures to offer a reprieve from the city’s frantic, nonstop energy. Everything — from the Frette bedding to the heated bathroom floors — was curated to maximize comfort and convenience. The Art Deco-inspired lobby bar, Lounge on Pearl, evokes a hint of Great Gatsby vibes with its brass fixtures and jewel-toned fabrics. And at La Marchande, Michelin-star chef John Fraser offers a fresh riff on the classic French brasserie that weaves in global ingredients and flavors. For guests looking to stay on top of their workout regimens during their stay, there’s a 24-hour fitness center outfitted by Rogue Fitness, with personal yoga and training sessions available upon request.