In the same way Amanresorts has Aman junkies jetting to remote parts of the earth to experience its properties, Edition Hotels—Marriott’s brand of uber-chic city hotels created in partnership with hotelier extraordinaire Ian Schrager—is gathering a growing group of devotees and a reputation for being the boutique hotel brand du jour among the stylish set.
Joining a roster of locations in London, Istanbul, and Miami Beach, the most recent addition to the group is the New York Edition in Manhattan, which opened mid-May with as much fanfare as a Fashion Week show, attended by the likes of Alexa Chung, Iman, and Inez and Vinoodh. Located on Madison Avenue in the former MetLife clock tower (which held claim to being the world’s tallest building from 1909 to 1913), the hotel is set on the eastern edge of Madison Square Park across from the iconic Flatiron Building and Mario Batali’s Italian food hall Eataly and is walking distance to Union Square and the Meatpacking District.
Similar to The Edition London’s design modeled after gentlemen’s clubs, the New York Editions’ inspirations come from the city’s Gilded Age mansions, giving the 273-room hotel a feel of high-brow intimacy, with ivory Venetian plaster walls, windows with custom concrete moldings and silver silk Christian Liaigre drapes, and fine-art photography curated by Trunk Archive. Wellness comes as a 24-hour gym and spa with two treatment rooms, but the real attractions are the dining spots. As certain Manhattan hotel lobby bars are—that of the Ace Hotel, the Tribeca Grand—the Edition’s Lobby Bar is poised to be a watering hole for non-guests as well, with a black walnut bar and hand-forged oversized fireplace. And The hotel’s restaurant, Clocktower, is already making waves on the city’s dining scene, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus created by chef Jason Atherton served in three gorgeous velvet chaired, mahogany tabled dining rooms, adjoined to a billiards room and library.
Further Edition Hotels are set to open in Sanya, China; Bangkok; and Gurgaon, India in 2016.
For more information, visit The New York Edition.