The James New York
- Style Skyscraping scenester
- Setting Southwest SoHo
The James New York, a towering city hotel, turns heads in one of Manhattan’s most stylish neighbourhoods and it’s not just because it’s the tallest building on the block. Cool-hunters lured by art-covered walls linger over drinks at Jimmy, the rooftop bar, and the working chef’s garden used by the David Burke Kitchen adds eco-love without going full-blown granola.
Need to know
- Rooms 114, including five suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $221.00, 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 à la carte breakfast (US$18–US$25).
- Facilities Gym, spa, garden and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar and Intelligent Nutrients bath products. Bikes are available to borrow and guests can get lifts anywhere between 14th Street and Wall Street in the hotel’s Lexus Hybrid from 7am–10am and 4pm–7pm, weekdays.
- Poolside The rooftop plunge pool (currently closed for the season) is also a great spot for sipping cocktails, which are served straight to your lounger. The handy tanning concierge will text or give you a light tap when one side’s done cooking.
- Check–out 2pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Early check-ins are also based on availablity.
Children Little ones will be stylishly cared for with Paul Frank blankets, pyjamas, car seats and colouring books. Babysitting is available on request for US$25 an hour for each child; 24-hour notice is appreciated.
- Eco‐friendly In rooms, you’ll find reclaimed wood, and pillows from Keetsa, a sustainable bedding brand.
- Also The James is in cahoots with SoHo pet boutique DoggyStyle to ensure visiting animals are pampered with treats, beds and bowls. The chef has even fashioned menus for foodie felines and picky pups. Dog walkers are also available.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Honeymooners or diehard romantics should grab the keys to the huge penthouse, styled by Dutch designer Piet Boon. Through wide windows on three walls, you can admire the city (and Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in the distance) in one skyline sweep. Bone, cream and taupe furnishings keep it soothing without being a snoozer, and in the marble bathroom, there’s a massive egg-shaped stone tub. Bathed in natural light, the panoramic Corner King Studio is rather wow-worthy. The rain shower and heated floors don’t hurt either.
- Packing tips Bring your journal to jot down the names of the up-and-coming artists whose work is on show in the public spaces. If you think of anything you've forgotten, enlist house stylist Mimi Lombardo for an in-room session to fill your bags with the season's hippest clothes and accessories.
- Also The first piece of artwork you’ll see is Sarah Frost’s Qwerty 5 on the ground floor, one in a series of installations made from recycled keyboard keys. Curator Matthew Jensen used Artists Space (www.artistsspace.org) to find work by local artists to line the walls. Horticulturist Rebecca Cole’s landscape design is modern and calming in the multi-decked Urban Garden.
Food and drink at The James New York
- Hotel restaurant Oversize gingham napkins, woven-top chairs and a tilted wooden ceiling lend the David Burke Kitchen a barn-meets-loft feel. The menu echoes the same blend of refinement and rusticity, with dishes such as duck meatballs, scallops and pork belly, bone marrow and snails, and bison tartar. This is iced-tea country: there are seven flavours in massive cloth-covered jugs.
- Dress code A crisp shirtwaist dress and wedges for Mrs Smith. Gents go clean-cut preppy with checked button-down shirts (avoid gingham so you don't match the napkins), cuffed khakis and loafers sans socks.
- Top table Pick a cabana on the patio for more privacy or, if the weather is chilly, sit near the carving station to watch your meal come together.
- Last orders At the David Burke Kitchen, breakfast is available until 10am; lunch from noon to 3pm; dinner from 5pm to 11pm. Snacks and drinks are served from 5pm to 1am at Jimmy. The Treehouse Bar is open from 5pm to 11pm.
- Room service Order anything from the David Burke Kitchen menu, anytime.
- Hotel bar Hotel guests have the run of Jimmy, the James' rooftop pub, until 9pm; after that, they have to enter on Thompson Street with the civilians. Fresh-from-the-chef's-garden herbs are infused in the house speciality cocktails. Mixologist Johnny Swet whips up seasonally driven drinks. Pretzel sticks, tuna tartare tacos and charcuterie platters are served, too. The Treehouse Bar above the restaurant muddles up 16 flavours of margarita, including refreshing watermelon and yuzu.