Hello again! We’ve finally made it to February, and we are just starting to get in the thick of our newest projects at ARI. In the beginning of the year, I love looking at my calendar as a clean slate and planning out goals for my year in all areas: family time, work, special events, and VACATIONS!

One place I try to visit at least once per year, is New York City. Everything about it is inspiring. The people, the food, the history, the unique interiors, and the endless variety of new places to explore, make NYC a vacation that never gets old. I find time to visit new fabric and furniture stores along with some old favorites. It’s a place where I am guaranteed to find inspiration for my work AND have some fun all at once — huge bonus!

My trip planning process starts with a plane ticket and moves right into finding where I should stay. In New York City there is no shortage of hotel choices, and I love having personal recommendations, so I want to share three that I absolutely adored. From design down to service, these hotels have the “WOW” factor that I love when I travel!

The Whitby Hotel

In Upper MidTown Manhattan, The Whitby Hotel is a work of art. It is located only two blocks from Central Park and walking distance to MoMa and some fabulous shopping. The hotel is extremely visual and colorful art surrounds you from the moment you enter.

The Whitby Hotel entrance

Wallpaper by Kate Blee and Art by Joe Tilson Photo from The Whitby

livingPhoto from The Whitby HotelThe designers of the hotel recognized that Midtown is a more serious, working area, so the hotel’s interior brings some colorful fun to this part of the city. The breakfast room, pictured below, transports you to an upscale London tea room with some spunky additions.

Photo from The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel dining area

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The Whitby’s design combines so many patterns and bright colors, but somehow never overwhelms you. Each detail adds a fun eccentricity to these sophisticated designs.

The Whitby Hotel room

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The Refinery Hotel

The Refinery Hotel, situated near Bryant Park, is a reimagined version of the Colony Arcade, a former hat factory, and Prohibition-era tea room. You can find pieces of history from the Garment District (our fave) on display in every room. Classic telephones, antique lamps, and vintage hardware are sprinkled throughout each design.

The Refinery Hotel side table and chairs with painting

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The Refinery Hotel lobby

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The rooms at The Refinery combine classic industrial elements like distressed hardwood floors and some dark stained pieces, with modern furniture and artwork.

The Refinery Hotel room

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The Refinery Hotel desk area

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If you really want to time travel to the roaring 20’s, visit Parker & Quinn restaurant inside the hotel. For that touch of NYC magic, visit the hotel rooftop bar with a killer view of the Empire State Building.

The Refinery Hotel restaurant

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The Refinery Hotel outside eating area

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The Crosby Street Hotel

Last but certainly not least, The Crosby Street Hotel could be my favorite, because it’s located in SoHo (South of Houston Street) near the BEST shopping and cutest restaurants. We are lucky enough to have an amazing friend who works here and were given an in depth tour of the hotel. You’re welcomed to the hotel with a playful cat sculpture by the famous Colombian artist, Fernando Botero.

The Crosby Street Hotel exterior

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Walking through a lobby full of modern art feels like a cozy museum and leads you into the drawing room. You’ll find a french inspired fireplace and cheeky animal visuals that really set a fun and warm tone for your stay!

The Crosby Street Hotel lobby

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The Crosby Street Hotel room

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The Crosby Street Hotel living room

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Your choice of rooms are endless and feel more like you’re staying in the French countryside than in a hotel in a big city. On our tour, we got to check out the incredible variety of suite designs.

The Crosby Street Hotel room living

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The Crosby Street Hotel bed

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The Crosby Street Hotel living area

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The Crosby Street Hotel living room area

Photo from The Crosby Street Hotel

Head to the inside bar at night for a cocktail where playful colors and modern light fixtures sit above you. For breakfast head to the garden terrace. On a warm day, it is absolutely beautiful, and also holds a direct view to Kelly Ripa’s rooftop terrace!

The Crosby Street Hotel bar

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The Crosby Street Hotel outside dining

Photo from The Crosby Street Hotel

That about wraps it up, but I only TOUCHED on the amazing design work and elaborate rooms inside of these hotels. As for my next visit to NYC, I’m planning to stop by in May! For more information on these spaces, visit the links below. Have a wonderful week!

Always Inspired,

Anne Rue

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