Aman New York Has Finally Opened

Housed in a sensitively restored Beaux Arts skyscraper, the all-suite hotel is the brand’s second urban retreat after Aman Tokyo.

A bar on the 14th-floor Garden Terrace at Aman New York. (All photos courtesy of Aman)

Aman junkies, look here — the group’s much-anticipated outpost in the thick of Midtown Manhattan is now welcoming guests, after its opening date was pushed back by two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. No expense was spared on the head-turning interiors at Aman New York, whose room rates place it among the priciest ultra-luxe hotels in the city.

The yearslong project has involved the careful restoration and conversion of the landmark Crown Building. Situated on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, the 26-story tower was built in 1921 by Warren & Wetmore, the same architects behind some of New York’s most notable Beaux Arts structures including Grand Central Station and the Helmsley Building. Aman Resorts has transformed its office floors into an 83-suite hotel and 22 branded residences.

Aman New York sports interiors by the celebrated Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy, and arriving guests will be whisked from street level to the hotel’s 14th floor, where a double-height atrium with a textured Asian-inspired ceiling connects several drinking and dining venues. The options include convivial Italian restaurant Arva, whose menu celebrates locally sourced seasonal ingredients; Nama for the brand’s interpretation of traditional Japanese cuisine, featuring an omakase counter made of hinoki wood; and the Wine Library; all are linked by the wraparound Garden Terrace. Dotted with reflective pools and firepits, the 650-square-meter outdoor space has a retracting glass roof so it can remain open all year round — a rarity for Manhattan. Meanwhile, a classic New York experience awaits at the subterranean Jazz Club, which hosts daily live performances.

Left to right: Chef Dario Ossola at Italian restaurant Arva; the hotel’s jazz bar.

Outdoor seating on the Garden Terrace at Arva.

The living room of a 180-plus-square-meter Corner suite.

Suite bathrooms come with a standalone tub, double vanities, and folding screens.

Another drawing card is the flagship Aman Spa spanning 2,300 square meters across three stories, with its centerpiece being a 20-meter indoor swimming pool flanked by firepits and daybeds. Guests can look forward to 10 treatment rooms and a gym with the latest equipment. Available for private use, two Spa Houses encompass double treatment rooms, banya and hammam rooms, hot and cold plunge pools, and private outdoor terraces with daybeds and fireplaces.

The property’s 83 suites recall the architecture of Aman resorts in Southeast Asia; expect a soothing aesthetic characterized by organic, natural materials and muted tones. All accommodations come equipped with a functioning fireplace — said to be a first for any hotel in New York City — while the oversize bathrooms feature oval soaking bathtubs, marble rain showers, and double vanities. In a further nod to the brand’s Asian roots, each suite also has a large-scale mural by contemporary Japanese artist Ryoko Adachi, who was directly inspired by the late 16th-century masterpiece Pine Trees (Shorin-zu byobu) by Hasegawa Tohaku. Adachi’s re-creation of the piece has been printed on delicate rice paper and acts a visual focal point in the guest quarters.

Notably, Aman New York is the first hotel worldwide to house an Aman Club with dedicated facilities. Members have exclusive access to two lounges, a private garden terrace, as well as a cigar lounge and wine room that hosts curated programs. Following in the footsteps of Aman Tokyo, the property is the second in a new generation of urban outposts for the brand, and its third destination in the United States after Amangani in Wyoming and Amangiri in Utah.

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Left to right: A Premier suite; wallpapers were the work of Japanese artist Ryoko Adachi.

The dining area of a Corner suite at Aman New York.

Left to right: A hammam room at the three-story spa; one of 10 treatment rooms on-site.

The exterior of the restored 1920s Crown Building.

Firepits and water features adorn the Garden Terrace at Aman New York.

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