We all know that Lower Manhattan aka. Downtown has something for everyone: cool architecture, rich history, a range of shopping from discount to high-end, and great food so, for those seeking to explore, we wanted to fill our awesome readers in on some Thompson Hotel properties that caught our eye: Smyth TriBeCa, Gild Hall, and Thompson Lower East Side. Things we like? Thompson’s LES haute minimalism, the Andy Warhol filmstrip pool, Smyth’s Yabu Pushelberg sleek design (think warm walnut paneling and crisp sleek glass), and Gild Hall’s classic English-inspired den compliments of Jim Walrod. I’d love to move into Gild for a nice long relaxing weekend. It almost feels like a hunting lodge in the middle of the city. All of their rates are competitive too (hey, it’s still NYC so you’re looking at at least $260 +), but the design and selection of art is so topnotch, any spend is worth it. Plus, they do a good job of showing you all that lower Manhattan has to offer.
Smyth TriBeCa is your sophisticated chic downtown property while Gild Hall is your modern-day club fit for the kings and queens of Wall Street. Both aren’t far from some Lower Manhattan sights like City Hall, New York Stock Exchange, South Street Seaport, 9/11 Memorial, Battery Park, The New York City Police Museum, Staten Island Ferry (go ahead and see Mob Wives up close and personal. We dare you!), Statue of Liberty, Skyscraper Museum, World Financial Center, Stone Street (for suits and brews), and Cipriani Wall Street.
You can also find more sights and attractions here: www.nycgo.com/getmorenyc/lower-manhattan
Smyth TriBeCa does a great job of celebrating TriBeCa’s dynamic lifestyle by combining sleek and modern design with rich, vintage accents to create that bespoke experience. You can lounge, eat and drink in the chic and spacious lobby designed by Yabu Pushelburg and you don’t have to wander far to eat at Plein Sud, Fredrick Lesort’s downtown French brasserie located in Smyth TriBeCa. The restaurant features an array of dishes influenced by the diverse gastronomic heritage of France with a nod to its southern regions. In January 2012, Smyth TriBeCa was also named the year’s trendiest hotel in America by TripAdvisor. And hey, sometimes you want to hang with the trendsetters, nay?
Rates from $299
Gild Hall, located on historic Gold Street, also brings a new level of luxury to Manhattan’s illustrious Financial District. The hotel features a bi-level library lounge and bar, a modern English tavern THE LIBERTINE, and 126 luxe, cosmopolitan rooms. Effortlessly blending classical European sensibility with American contemporary style, it does it’s street name justice. Classic, refined, and cozy… bankers and ballers – you’ll fit right in.
Rates from $279
Thompson Lower East Side is inspired by the provocative undercurrent of its neighborhood’s surroundings embodying the ultimate in clean, industrial New York with timeless modern style. It also includes a bevy of hotspots (a private outdoor rooftop bar, luxe spa facilities, third floor outdoor pool and lounge as well as the newest addition, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya). Starting rate: $299