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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Waiting at the Gramercy Park Hotel

Inside the Grammercy Hotel
Photo by myself at the Gramercy hotel, at 21st Street and Lexington Avenue.

Just to the east of the Flatiron District is a tiny park called Gramercy Park. It is a tiny, fenced in park that is open only to those who live directly in the neighborhood.

The Gramercy Park Hotel is in the area. The lobby is other-worldly, done up in red velvet and black and white tile. There is an enormous chandelier and fireplace to suit how high the ceiling is.

Massive paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst and Keith Haring adorn the walls. The hotel was renovated by the artist Julian Schnabel in 2006. Schnabel is an eclectic artist, painting large scale works and directing films.

Rooms and suites range between $450 to $2,400 per night. As part of their stay, guests are allowed access into Gramercy Park.

The original hotel had a glamorous past, having been a favorite of rock muscians. A movie called Hotel Gramercy Park was made about the renovation and was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008.

For the Gramercy Park Hotel's website, click here.
For an earlier post about the movie 'Hotel Gramercy Park', click here.

Related posts: The Royalton Renovated, All Lit Up, Outside the Gershwin Hotel and On A Winter Day, at the Plaza Hotel.

6 comments:

Gunn said...

Looks like a very beautiful and nice place to stay!

Gunn / Norway

Paul said...

Have to agree with Gunn. I would love to stay there if only to visit Gramercy Park!

WTakeuchi said...

Me and my wife fell in love with this little park! This neighborhood is wonderful. It must be just great to stay at this hotel.

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

Beautiful, Kitty! There is such a wonderful variety of hotels in New York. A year ago, we stayed at the fun, hip Ace Hotel. Our visit last month, we stayed on the UES at the Franklin Hotel, a tiny, modest gem of a place. Both were great experiences, completely different from one another.

RedPat said...

I wouldn't mind spending a few hours sitting around that lobby!

Ken Mac said...

them's some fancy digs!