A new hotel with old world charm opens in Tribeca
Built to blend in with the stalwart industrial buildings of Tribeca, Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel is a study in craftsmanship and old world charm. The hotel, which opened in April, boasts beautiful guest rooms fitted with Moroccan tile and Carrara marble, a bamboo spa built without nails by Japanese craftsman, and a star-studded trattoria that oozes Tuscan charm. But the headliner of this stunning new structure is its intricately detailed façade crafted of ruddy hand-moulded bricks.
Like a movie production, the Greenwich is the work of many including the Rockwell Group, which together with the owners conceived the project; Samantha Crasco, who designed the guest rooms and Mikio Shinagawa who was responsible for the Shibui Spa. But the exterior of the building and the design of its public spaces are the work of Grayling Design, a Long Island City based studio known for its craftsmanship and use of recycled and natural materials which here abound.
The hotel’s façade with its many brick bonding patterns reads like an old world tapestry. Here you will find a mix of Flemish and herringbone bond, a soldiered course and corbelled crown, stepped window returns and collared bronze medallions modeled on historic manhole covers. Grayling brought the same discerning level of detail to the hotel’s public spaces where reclaimed windows from the Flatiron Building have been recast as a decorative wall surface and New England barn flooring has been reshaped into doors. These elements provide a fitting backdrop for the hotel’s interiors, which are drawn from a wide range of cultural influences.
The eight storey hotel houses 88 guestrooms, with no two alike, 13 suites and a top floor 2,500 sq ft penthouse that overlooks the city and the Hudson River.