Housed in a sensitively restored Beaux Arts skyscraper, the all-suite hotel will be the brand’s second urban retreat after Aman Tokyo.
Aman junkies, look here — there’s finally a confirmed launch date for the group’s much-anticipated outpost in the thick of Midtown Manhattan. Aman New York will welcome its first guests on August 2 this year, with reservations set to open from July 25.
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 a 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 connects several drinking and dining venues. Restaurants here include convivial Italian restaurant Arva; Nama for the brand’s interpretation of traditional Japanese cuisine, featuring an omakase counter made of hinoki wood; and the Wine Library, all 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. Meanwhile, a classic New York experience awaits at the subterranean Jazz Club, which will host regular live performances.
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. Available for private use, two Spa Houses encompass double treatment rooms, banya and hammam rooms, and private outdoor terraces with hot and cold plunge pools, daybeds, and fireplaces.
The property’s 83 suites have been inspired by the architecture of Aman resorts in Southeast Asia; guests can look forward to 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.
The hotel is the second in a new generation of Aman properties in urban settings, following in the footsteps of Aman Tokyo and taking the brand to 34 destinations worldwide. Aman New York will join Amangani in Wyoming and Amangiri in Utah as the brand’s third destination in the United States, and Aman Miami Beach is scheduled to open in 2024.