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Hotel Highlights

  • Enjoy an A-list stay at Bobby De Niro’s hip New York hangout
  • Lantern-lit pool in a Japanese bamboo farmhouse
  • Great Tribeca location; away from the noise but close to the action

Overview

Built to blend in with the classic New York façades of trendy Tribeca, Robert de Niro’s Greenwich Hotel boasts beautiful bedrooms fitted with Carrara marble and Moroccan tile, a bamboo spa building constructed, nail-free, by Japanese craftsmen, and a cool but cosy Italian restaurant – all encased in a classic exterior of ruddy, hand-moulded brick.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Greenwich Hotel with us:

$100 spa credit

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

88, including 12 suites and a penthouse.

Check–out

Midday, but flexible depending on availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $550.00, 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 breakfast.

Also

In a tribute to the hotelier’s artist father, Robert De Niro Senior’s Picasso-ish paintings line the walls of the lobby and drawing room.

At the hotel

Spa, fitness centre, drawing room, DVD library, free WiFi throughout, valet parking, in-room check-in. In rooms: HDTV, DVD player, preloaded iPod, book selection, electronic curtains, Kearsley cotton sheets, Japanese Red Flower toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The N. Moore Suite and the Greenwich Suite each offer more living space than 95 per cent of NYC urbanites could ever dream of, and the 30-foot skylights merit a gawp (as do the rates). They’re each fitted with kitchens, offices and stone fireplaces. The Superior rooms are more economical options that are still luxuriously spacious – go for one with a view of the Greenwich Hotel’s Tuscan-style courtyard.

Poolside

Shibui spa contains a reconstructed bamboo farmhouse that houses the heated indoor pool, lit by lanterns. Freshly squeezed fruit juices, light spa meals and sake are always on hand.

Packing tips

Your favourite suede slippers to put your feet up in the reading room – and something to read while you’re there.

Also

One small pet is allowed in each room.

Children

Welcome. All rooms can accommodate extra beds or baby cots, except Courtyard or Greenwich rooms.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Locanda Verde is where chef Andrew Carmellini dishes up high-end Italian comfort food – wood-fired rabe sausage, roasted garlic chicken. The colour scheme is all warm earth tones, the lighting low and the ambience seductive.

Hotel Bar

Guests, glitterati and meedja moguls sup bellini martinis at Locanda Verde’s Parisian-style bar, which packs in the punters on weekend evenings. The wines and vodka menus are distinguished and lengthy, and if you’re into grappa, this is the bar for you.

Last orders

The restaurant is open until 11pm, but guests at the hotel can drink and dine round the clock.

Room service

Selections from Locanda Verde’s menu are available in-room 24 hours a day.

Smith Insider

Dress code

A-lister at ease; don’t wear a dark shirt or tie unless you want to be mistaken for one of the immaculately attired Italian waiting staff. (Or a Goodfella.)

Top table

Ask for one of the tables in the northwest corner; these are quieter than the spots around the bar and the building’s support columns lend the space some privacy.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Nobu (+1 212 219 500) – which De Niro also has a stake in – is just down the road at the corner of Franklin and Hudson and is still serving immaculate sushi 10 years after it opened. Assuming you can get a table, naturally. 66 (+1 212 925 0202) on Church Street offers creative Chinese cuisine that's as impressive as the design, with foie gras dim sum and lobster noodles on the  modern menu. The Odeon (+1 212 233 0507), on West Broadway is a local institution, and serves some of the best burgers in town to south Manhattan's champagne-chinking set.

Local bars

Attached to the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Sixth Avenue, The Sanctum (+1 212 519 6800) is spoken of in hushed Manhattanite tones for its cocktail innovations, stylish decor and fashionista clientele.

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Soho-side Tribeca

The Greenwich Hotel

377 Greenwich Street, New York 10013, United States

Planes

JFK, La Guardia and Newark are all within an easy drive of the hotel – it shouldn't take more than an hour (depending on the city traffic, of course).

Trains

Getting to Grand Central Station and Penn Station shouldn't take more longer than 30 minutes in a cab. You'll be able to board Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) services to other destinations all over the USA. You'll also be able to get out to the Hamptons on the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org) from Penn Station.

Automobiles

From JFK, take the Van Wyck Expressway then the Long Island Expressway and Queens Midtown Expressway before heading over to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. There's parking and a valet service at the hotel.

Reviews

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The Greenwich Hotel – New York – United States

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

I’m excited. Having been in New York on business with my wife, my one-year-old son and my wife’s mum excitement isn’t necessarily the obvious sentiment attached to a break which involves toddlers, mother-in-laws and back-to-back meetings – even if it is at a romantic boutique hotel. After a hard week of work, our payback is for Granny Smith to look after baby Tom while we s…
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The Greenwich Hotel

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

I’m excited. Having been in New York on business with my wife, my one-year-old son and my wife’s mum excitement isn’t necessarily the obvious sentiment attached to a break which involves toddlers, mother-in-laws and back-to-back meetings – even if it is at a romantic boutique hotel. After a hard week of work, our payback is for Granny Smith to look after baby Tom while we stay at Robert de Niro’s new hotel for two nights. We are pressing pause on parenthood and once again becoming a real Mr & Mrs Smith. Setting off with just one piece of luggage between us it really does feel like a proper ‘dirty weekend’ or ‘quickie getaway’ as I learn the Americans call it – minus the saucy connotations.

Don’t misunderstand me, I love spending time with my son, but as anyone that has children knows, your time isn’t your own after the little darlings arrive so getting the promise of more than six hours sleep in my favourite city is a real treat. Plus we have carte blanche for a whole weekend of whatever shenanigans we choose based in Manhattan’s south-western swathe, TriBeCa. We can hit Century 21 department store for designer label bargains without having to negotiate the crowds with a cumbersome stroller. We might seek out a SoHo speakeasy and stay out well past our usual bedtime. Or maybe we’ll just stay in bed.
 
We pull up in our yellow taxi at the understated entrance of this brick mid-rise to be met by a friendly porter who opens the door and wishes us a good afternoon; his smile neatly dovetails into ushering us to a fine-looking receptionist. We are of course anonymous – and anyway, currently ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ means Angelina and Brad stateside – and although my beautiful wife does have a touch of the Jolies about her, I’m certainly no Pitt.

We’re shown to our room, and our escort gives a quick tour of the ground floor. He points out recovered beams salvaged from a Civil War-era factory; silk rugs sourced from Tibet; each and every brick has been handmade; and the impressive terracotta and marble flooring is 14th-century Italian palazzo inspired. As for that hotel buzzword du jour – it’s super eco thanks to so many hand-sourced recycled furnishings. The overall style is hard to define – rustic Italian villa meets Spanish finca with a whiff of Morocco given the spectacular intricate tiling in the bathrooms.

We heave open heavy wooden door to our bedroom and it’s surprisingly understated; Mrs Smith lunges for an inspection of the bathroom as is her wont. I hear a yelp of delight as she declares there’s a deep, deep tub for two, as well as a choice of rainfall showers. Noted are the requisite big white fluffy towels and robes and sweet-smelling Red Flower products, plus there’s playable-with soft lighting that makes you look good any time day or night (still not quite passing as Brad though).

Our bedroom is a little plainer than I expected but the help-yourself minibar is a nice touch. OK, so they charge for alcohol, but with a huge basket of retro candy and quirky snacks, the sugar high might be enough. There are electric curtains (I know, stop playing with them…), stripped reclaimed lime-wash-look floorboards and an extremely comfortable and particularly large bed with an enormous TV at the end means we barely needed to move. I do think that a bit of art on the walls would liven it up but as we are there during the ‘soft’ opening – perhaps Mr De Niro has yet to pop out and buy the bedroom art in between being the world’s biggest movie star. Interestingly, his father was a painter and some of his work adorns the communal areas but sadly there isn’t enough for all 88 bedrooms.

Most people get excited about going up, up, up in hotels but here it’s the basement that provides the biggest thrill. A 250-year-old pine and bamboo farmhouse was transported from Kyoto and reconstructed by 13 Japanese specialist craftsmen – this is Greenwich Hotel’s hidden treasure and a real treat in an urban hotel. On our visit, the Shibuispa cellar treatment rooms aren’t open yet but the pool was one of the most stunning that I’ve ever seen. The spa director from Georges V in Paris will oversee the individually tailored array of treatments available only to the hotel’s guests. As for the rest of the health and fitness facilities, if you’ve always hankered after perfect buffness as sported by de Niro in ‘Cape Fear’ and ‘Raging Bull’, his personal trainer has dropped his exclusivity and he’s now available through the gym. (Watch out Brad, I could catch you up yet.)

With a restaurant sister to the one that is legendary in LA, deciding where to have dinner that night is a no-brainer. Locanda Verde serves simple Italian fare, but of course with an American accent and in comfortable rustic-inspired surroundings. The atmosphere is buzzing and it’s a great place for our first-night date. A glass of prosecco at the long, sweeping bar is followed by three courses rather than the customary Italian four. If I were to be pressed for a criticism, I never thought I’d complain about service being too speedy but the food did appear and disappear rather quickly; as we don’t want the night to end too soon, we take coffee and digestives from the comfort of a sofa in the vaulted lobby lounge.

There was talk about going out somewhere – perhaps a new trendy bar where you have to call in from a hotdog stand on the corner, or that bonkers transsexual cabaret nightclub that is hip with the in-the-know crowd – but as I spy Mrs Smith sneak in a yawn, with me quickly following, I know the only place we’re going is our big comfortable bed. After all, we’ve never been so excited in the city that never sleeps to get some shut-eye in such an surprisingly peaceful neighbourhood. And there’s always tomorrow night…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Greenwich Hotel's Guestbook below.

 

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the gorgeous room; the front desk staff were good.

 

Don’t expect

It was annoying that you can't get breakfast in the restaurant without booking.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms were very comfy and they had thought of everything – free WiFi, free non-alcoholic drinks from the mini bar and a lovely basket full of snacks that they refilled everyday. The staff we friendly and attentive and made us feel at home.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The atmosphere was welcoming and warm. We had one or two minor issues which the staff dealt with professionally and helpfully to our full satisfaction. The spa is a haven of tranquility, the early morning yoga and the massages being a welcome contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. It's a real indulgence but this hotel is memorable for all the right reasons.

Don’t expect

It would not be too much to offer free tea or coffee in room.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We stayed at this hotel before; during and just after Hurricane Sandy hit New York in October/November 2012. They were exemplary. First of all, the hotel is amazing. You pay the money and get a genuinely individual experience – not the cookie-cutter luxury experience that you get from many other New York hotels. The location is interesting – it forces you to walk and experience the city beyond the midtown boundaries that can define short breaks to New York. The food, service, staff and the facilities at the hotel were wonderful. Whatever you needed, you got. In addition, they made sure we were all safe despite being on the edge of the evacuation zone for the hurricane. They provided food, drink, torches – anything we needed. When the power went out, they attended to our every need and organised a hotel room for us in midtown so we could have power and heat. This was all while their own staff were either staying at the hotel (due to lack of public transport) or staying to help out – many of them had friends and family stranded by the aftermath of the storm. I cannot speak more highly of this hotel, but shh – don't tell everyone about it!

 

Rating: 10/10 stars