About Hudson, a Morgans Original
Only a block from Columbus Circle and Central Park, the Hudson, a Morgan’s Original is an oasis of both chic and classic modernism. Designed by noted architect Philippe Starck; the Hudson sits on the edge of business-centric Midtown Manhattan and the more residential neighborhoods of the West Side and Clinton.
Just south and west of the Hudson is the neighborhood of Clinton. Once known as Hell's Kitchen (as most locals still call it), Clinton is now a revitalized neighborhood of small stores and hip new restaurants, including Afghan, Thai and Indian cuisines. Its narrow side streets are filled with low-rise, pre-war apartments, and it sports a classic New York vibe: part struggling artist, part working class, part fashionista. It is home to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. Traveling farther west will take you to the studios where The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are filmed. (Visitors should be aware, however, that there are no subway lines west of 8th Avenue, and it is hard to find buses west of 10th Avenue; this can be a consideration on a particularly hot or wintery day.) Walk only a block west of the Hudson and the neighborhood is dominated by St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and two colleges, Fordham University and John Jay. Beyond them to the north is the stunning and newly renovated Lincoln Center.
A block east of the Hudson hotel brings you to Columbus Circle, one of the city's major subway stations, gateway to Central Park and home to the exclusive shops of the Time Warner Center. Visitors in the know often grab a drink at the Mandarin Oriental's magnificent bar overlooking the park – a big-ticket item but worth it for the view. Columbus Circle swarms with vendors hawking bike rentals and pedicab rides. A few blocks east along Central Park South, some of these hawkers give way to the last remaining horse-drawn carriages in the city.
The architectural theme of the Hudson could be "hidden surprises." Tucked away behind a windowless stone façade, this avant-garde hotel was designed to shut out the outside world for an away-from-it-all vibe. Entering the building, where most hotels would have a busy lobby, the Hudson has only a small, quiet foyer – "a decompression chamber" as their website puts it – with two vibrantly lit escalators connecting to the second floor lobby and check-in.
The lobby and common areas are striking. The lobby is two stories high, paneled in dark brick and wood, with an ivy-covered ceiling and an enormous window behind the checkout counter revealing the hotel's private patio, which overlooks the block behind the hotel.The large patio is surrounded on three sides by the soaring walls of the hotel, with chairs, tables, and a snack bar, and it leads back into the wood-paneled library.The library has a bar, an enormous fireplace, a billiards table and a wide selection of books and newspapers. (The hotel's main bar and main restaurant will open in the fall of 2012.) Finally, the hotel has the Sky Terrace, a rooftop garden offering views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. Tiny architectural details are hidden in nooks and crannies, like the little bronze angelic figures overlooking the corners of the hallways to the lobby and lounges.
The rooms feel almost like the cabins on a 1920s luxury liner: They are compact and well-appointed, with wood paneling and simple, Deco-esque fixtures that carry on the visual themes of the lobby and bar. Corridors outside the rooms are decorated in two-tone grays and greens, and they have communal vending areas with high tables and stools, reminiscent of a gathering area in an upscale dorm room.
This hotel is good for family travelers, whose children will appreciate the hotel's "secret" atmosphere and startling views. It is also ideal for guests who want to be centrally located near the park without being immersed in the crowds and traffic of Midtown Manhattan, and for leisure travelers who appreciate whimsy in their architecture and décor.
Hudson New York Location Information:
356 W 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
A, B, C, D, 1 to 59th St./Columbus Circle; N, Q, R to 57th St./7th Ave.
Breakfast and coffee is served at the Hudson's Library Bar
- 24 hour front desk
- Business Center
- Dry cleaning service
- Fitness Center
- Non-Smoking Facility
- Parking - Valet