About Gramercy Park Hotel
Overlooking a quiet, tree-lined square of Nineteenth Century townhouses surrounding a beautiful fenced-in park, the Gramercy Park Hotel offers its guests a unique, haute-Bohemian experience. Built in 1925, the elite and storied hotel underwent a dramatic renovation in 2006, spearheaded by hotelier Ian Schrager and artist Julian Schnabel. It now features 185 suites (instead of its previous 500 rooms), and an eclectic aesthetic that includes lots of velvet, a rich color palette, Iberian accents, furniture and fixtures individualized to each suite and original works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. A room here feels less like a hotel and more like the artsy apartment of a cool friend – a cool friend with coveted access to the private Gramercy Park.
The Gramercy Park Historic District stretches from approximately 23rd Street to 14th Street, between Park Avenue South and First Avenue, and evokes images of Edith Wharton’s New York. In fact, the Gramercy Park Hotel was built on the site of architect Stanford White's home where previously the townhouse that Edith Wharton was born in had stood. Quiet and exclusive, this district is filled with historic homes, clubs and apartments. Notable buildings surrounding the park include the Players Club, founded by 19th Century Shakespearean Edwin Booth, and the 100-year-old National Arts Club, whose members have included Mark Twain, W.H. Auden, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Alfred Stieglitz, Ethan Hawke and Martin Scorsese. Gramercy Park, which gives the neighborhood its name, is Manhattan’s only private park – open only to residents of the grand townhouses surrounding the park as well as guests of the Gramercy Park Hotel. Dashiell Hammett wrote The Maltese Falcon here.
Irving Place, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare, stretches five blocks from Gramercy Park to 14th Street, and has a local, neighborhood feel. It is home to less-trafficked bars and restaurants, and to the oldest saloon in the city, Pete's Tavern, where O. Henry wrote The Gift of the Magi.
Gramercy Park Hotel’s two-story lobby is fragranced with the hotel’s signature scented candles and decorated in dark, unfinished woods, Moroccan tile floors, plush rugs and a large, open fireplace. Hallways are painted warm shades of red and, in places, lined with prints that reflect the hotel’s history (like a print of Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball). Suites feature a chic, eclectic decor with leather-top tables and chests, velvet-upholstered chairs and headboards and English drinking cabinets – stocked with quality glassware, drinks and snacks. Beds have pillowtop mattresses and bathrooms include Japanese-style soaking tubs and luxurious toiletries. Many suites offer bright and beautiful views of Gramercy Park.
Preloaded iPods as well as iPads are available on loan from the front desk.
In addition to an in-house fitness center, guests have access to a spa and the nearby New York Health and Racquet Club.
The hotel’s Jade Bar and The Rose Bar are candlelit, edgy spaces offering fanciful cocktails, 20th-century art and an eclectic, Bohemian decor. Reservations are required at both bars after 10pm. Danny Meyer's famous Roman-style trattoria, Maialino, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Gramercy Park Hotel is ideal for guests who want a unique and rich experience that includes top-flight service, interesting décor, and amenities with an artistic flair. Leisure travelers devoted to the worlds of art, fashion and visual design will feel especially at home, but executives will find their needs met in terms of conference space, exercise, and document production. Family guests can take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour child care service. Finally, the hotel is ideal for travelers who want to sample one of the city's most historic and peaceful neighborhoods, halfway between midtown, Greenwich Village and the Flatiron District.
Gramercy Park Hotel Location Information:
2 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10010
6 to 23rd St.; 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, L to 14th St./Union Square
Danny Meyer’s full service Italian Maialino (meaning “little pig”) offers tasty finger foods; a central station offering breads, salumi and cheeses; and deliciously, authentically Roman classics like spaghetti carbonara. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Gramercy Park Hotel’s rooftop terrace, Gramercy Terrace – a popular wedding venue, houses a trendy bar and restaurant, and provides beautiful views of the city. Breakfast and lunch menus include American classics like pancakes and biscuit sandwiches, as well as cocktails and coffee from the Stumptown coffee bar.
The Rose Bar
Late Night and All Day Bar dining menus created by Maialino Executive Chef Nick Anderer are available in this velvety, sceney spot, complete with oversized art and fireplace. Reservations are required after 10pm.
The Jade Bar
An adjunct space to The Rose Bar, this smaller, similarly-Bohemian space offers Late Night and All Day Bar dining menus created by Maialino’s Executive Chef, Nick Anderer. Reservations are required after 10pm.
- Dry cleaning service
- Parking - Valet