- Style Mesh-covered mod enclave
- Setting Chelsea arts district
Sporting a façade shinier than the top of the Chrysler Building, Hôtel Americano makes a striking statement. A multinational love child of Mexican architecture, Manhattan modernism and Japanese serenity, the boutique hotel manages to create a refreshingly natural feel. Located in Chelsea’s gallery district within feet of the High Line, it’s a favourite for the fashion set, who love to sun themselves by the rooftop pool, or be seen on the back terrace nibbling on the restaurant’s French-meets-Latin-American cuisine.
Need to know
- Rooms 56, including seven suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $225.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude Continental breakfast (from $15).
- Facilities Roof deck, cruiser bicycle rentals, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: pre-loaded iPad with music, activity ideas and local recommendations; LCD TV; minibar; beanbag chair and Aesop bath products.
- Poolside The heated rooftop lap pool is surrounded by squishy day-beds for people-watching and skyline-gazing. NOTE: The pool and rooftop bar, La Piscine, close each winter.
- Check–out Noon, but guests can check out between 2pm and 4pm for a half-day charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children All ages are welcome, though the hotel does not provide rollaway beds, baby cots or a children’s menu, so accommodations are best suited to independent teenagers who can occupy their own room.
- Also Dogs are welcome; a $50 non-refundable deposit is required for Spot to stay in your room.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Each room type is modeled after a Japanese ryokan, with a platform bed and minimalist furniture, but the Studio Suites are the most spacious, with a chair, a fireplace with gel-burning fire, and a soaking tub. Opt for rooms 85 or 95 to catch the most sweeping skyline views. Upper-level Uptown Queen rooms have bird’s-eye views of the High Line.
- Packing tips Hipster glasses to help fit in with the gallery-hopping art crowd; botany books for identifying native plants along the High Line.
- Also No frumpy robes here. Kick off your clothes and try on Loden Dager’s soft, slightly distressed denim bathrobe, and a pair of felt wool slippers. Even the striped Imabari washcloths add to the bath appeal.
Food and drink at Hôtel Americano
- Hotel restaurant The Americano’s menu is as culturally cross-pollinated as its decor. Chef Joseph Buenconsejo prepares French dishes with Latin American accents: classic French lobster salad has distinctly South American touches from quinoa and salsa verde, and the burger is topped with poblano peppers and avocado.
- Dress code Casual, but worldly. Rompers have been spotted.
- Top table In good weather, stake a spot on the back terrace, where a bright Americano sign and blossoming trees make this slice of Manhattan more like a film set.
- Last orders The restaurant serves until midnight.
- Room service The kitchen creates a series of clever bento boxes, available from 7am until midnight. One combines guacamole, tacos and refried beans; another neatly compartmentalises a burger, coleslaw, ketchup, chips and pickles.
- Hotel bar Americano’s Lobby Bar is open from 7am until midnight, with breakfast pastries to start the day, and an enticing line-up of European beers to start the evening.